Ciccone & Sons Gelateria

Ciccone & Sons Gelateria

Improved shopfront improves business

In May 2015, when Ciccone & Sons Gelateria opened on Regent Street in Redfern, its shopfront consisted of a roller shutter door – and depending on the weather, it hampered business trade.

Co-founders Mark Megahey and Sean O'Brien (pictured) found out while they were negotiating the lease with the property owner, there was an unused City of Sydney grant to improve the shopfront.

“We were able to replace the store’s roller shutters with glass windows and noticed a significant improvement in business the week after the new doors were fitted," Mr O'Brien says. 

"With a glass-fronted shop, we are also able to trade in all sorts of weather conditions – the roller door did not make this possible."

Mark Megahey worked for nearly 20 years as an award-winning gelato chef for Leichhardt landmark Bar Italia, before joining Mr O'Brien on a trip to Italy for a gelato fair where they returned with their business plan for the Redfern gelateria.

The business partners have just celebrated their first year of business and say the City's grant has helped their business become a local and national sensation.

“We’ve found our first year of business to be quite successful. We keep busy with lines out the door from visitors all over the state, and have built strong relationships with people and businesses in the area,” Mr O'Brien says.

Matched funding of up to $10,000 is available across the local area through business improvement grants from the City.

Last updated: Monday, 22 August 2016