This is. Thanh, Simply Duo.

Business owner, straight talker with a heart of gold, lover of historic fiction.

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Ask Thanh why she loves Nundah. She’ll tell you it’s the sense of community and the interesting, diverse people that she meets through her cafe Simply Duo.

“People tell me stories of their lives and I love it!”, she says.

And her customers love her back – some even buy her lotto tickets or promise to share winnings hoping that she won’t have to work so hard.

Born the eldest of 3 children in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thanh came to Australia 20 years ago, where she completed her degree in Public Health at UQ.

Following this, after meeting her husband (a chef), Thanh had a baby girl and they opened Simply Duo which has been trading for 13 years. Making the decision to stay in Australia was one of the biggest challenges she has faced.

On the flip side, leaving home to come to Australia to study in the first place is something she is very proud of.

Nowadays, if Thanh travels overseas, it is Australia she misses and calls home.

This is. series focuses on Nundah locals, interviewed and photographed by local contributor Gaylia Lee. Read more local stories here.