Gecko’s inhouse café ‘Headquarters’ has become renowned for its vibrant salads, made with fresh local produce – why not try one this weekend?

IN great news for lovers of fresh local food, sensational coffee, and exquisite art and giftware, Gecko Studio Gallery and Café is reopening this week after a six-month closure due to COVID-19.

Thanks to the easing of regional restrictions, the Gecko team’s thrilled to welcome customers back from 8am this Friday, October 16, to enjoy everything they know and love about the unique Fish Creek venue, plus some clever tweaks to ensure a smooth transition to the new ‘covid normal’ hospitality environment.

A revamped menu will feature plenty of old favourites– including their mouth-watering signature salads, Boscastle pies, and Ricci coffees made with Gippsland Jersey milk – as well as some fabulous new breakfast and lunch offerings such as Invy Baker pastries and vegan and gluten free options.

With limited indoor seating, the emphasis will be on great takeaway service and outdoor dining, with all food and drink served in fully compostable packaging that will be collected and taken to Fish Creek’s new ‘Community Composter’.

Of course, no visit to Gecko would be complete without checking out the latest exhibition enlivening the gallery space, and on show now is ‘Out There 2’: a stunning selection of South Gippsland landscapes, captured in painting, drawing and iPhoneography by Gecko’s own Kerry Spokes.

You can even get your Christmas shopping sorted early, or treat yourself, with a special something from Gecko’s beautiful selection of artisan ceramics, jewellery, and gift cards – many of them locally made in very limited quantities.

Or to make treasured pieces from your own art or photography collection shine, enquire about Gecko’s exceptional quality picture framing services, still available at the onsite studio.

With local small businesses in need of support after many quiet months, Kerry encouraged people to make a day of exploring Fish Creek and the many talented creatives that call it home, with most of the town’s galleries and gift shops – such as the Alison Lester bookshop and the HandMakers Store – opening up again on weekends, and the pub taking bookings for dinner.

And if you really find yourself getting caught up in the charms of this artists’ haven, surrounded by lush dairy country, and minutes away from some of South Gippsland’s best beaches, don’t forget Gecko is on the market, waiting for the right person to take up the reins and make it their own.

Gecko will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 3pm.

From next week, it will be 8am-3pm Saturdays and Sundays only.