It’s certainly one of Ballarat’s best kept secrets. But the hidden delights behind Ballarat’s famous pink door are too good to keep to ourselves any longer.
Meet Penthea Marshall-Radcliffe, the sweet maker who has been delighting Ballaratians with her treasured brownies for years.
Now you have the chance to experience the mouth-watering flavours of her homemade goodies yourself…
Locals are very familiar with the Vegas and Rose pink door, but for those that aren’t, can you tell us about the Vegas and Rose concept?
Vegas and Rose is an online Ballarat based store. We create baked goods, pantry staples, grazing boxes and giftboxes with an emphasis on supporting our incredible local producers in the region. During the warmer months we open the pink door for takeaway only, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes, frappes and sourdough toasties.
We offer pick up from our little pink door or delivery in Ballarat, Monday – Saturday. It’s always best to check out our socials for opening times.
You moved from Melbourne to Ballarat a little while back now, what prompted your decision to choose Ballarat?
We’d been living in Melbourne for a few years and happened to visit Ballarat on a day trip and fell head over heels in love with this beautiful city. I adore the architecture and the gorgeous wide streets, and the affordable real estate. The train line got a big tick from my husband as he still works in Melbourne.
We moved here a year later, and as much as I love Melbourne, we have no plans of heading back to the big city.
What is it about baking and creating that you enjoy so much?
I guess the possibilities are endless when it comes to baking and cooking. I really love coming up with a new product and everything that goes into making that new product. The recipe, all the samples that come from baking, the packaging, the styling and photoshoot are just as much fun as the baking!
We have no idea what the answer to this one might be given there are too many good options, but what is your most popular product?
Ooh, I’d have to say our house-made brownies. We made these for our cafe years ago and I’m still baking them most days.
They’re gluten free which seems to be a popular choice more than ever.
What times of the year can we pop by the pink door
The pink door is open mostly during the warmer months. Preferably on a sunny day! Although having said that we started making our popular Sourdough Toasties during the cooler months and they were a real hit.
For those that don’t have the chance to pop-by, the good news is you’re also now shipping your brownies, granola and relish Australia-wide.
Yes, it’s so exciting! We’ve been operating as an online store for a while now, but I guess the shipping of our brownies etc really took off during COVID last year when people started sending our brownies as gifts to their loved ones.
Do you have any other plans for Vegas and Rose over the next 12 months?
As with most businesses, there are often never ending plans and new ideas! I’m in the process of a couple of new flavours in our condiments range, plus a new granola – I love playing around with new flavours!
I am very fortunate to be able to work from home, so the plan is hopefully to build a purpose-built kitchen and office in our garden soon.
In your opinion, what’s Ballarat’s best kept secret?
Tough question. The pink door… Ha!
Ballarat Wholefoods Collective. A volunteer based, not for profit group offering a range of seasonal, organic and local staple foods with a focus on reducing waste. It’s my favourite place to shop! Located in the Barkly Square building, Barkly Street.
What are the top three recommendations of things to do in the Ballarat region?
Another tough one to answer…
1. Tuki Trout Farm is one of my favourite places to visit. Incredible location and such beautiful food!
2. The Greenhouse Ballarat is located in an old historic warehouse and has an incredible range of indoor plants and workshops, with plans for a cafe to open this year.
3. The Tenpin Bowling alley in Doveton Street. We’ve been there a few times with the kids and it’s always such fun! I love the 1970s interior, complete with disco balls!