We used to have a delicatessen business for about seven and a half years in 1984. We were reputed for not selling cigarettes which was most unusual for any deli. This economic unsound business practice was by choice on the principle of health hazards of smoking.
Today most or all of these delis have suffered their economic demise. Small business, as like hardware stores, suffered sadly from the competition of supermarkets & service stations. (Kalamunda lies in Perth Hills of Western Australia).
ON TOP of old Kalamunda
With panoramic Perth down under
The air is clean, the scene serene
It really makes you sing.
Set in the centre of Kalamunda Town
Barberry Square Deli has great renown
It’s being called unusual, fantastic & strange
Because of the Deli’s incredible range.
Satay sauce & chilli, all are in store
With Asian ingredients & every spices more
Chocolates, lollies, ice-cream,cool drink
But without cigarettes, now that’s hard to thinkl!
“Why Paul, what sort of store do you run?
We come to play video game just for fun
Yet no cigarettes are here for sale
Surely this means your business must fail?”
“It’s true.” says Paul, “we did think twice
Before we banned the smoking vice.
But we believe that your good health
Is more important than our wealth.”
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent