Oasis Takeaway is celebrating 40 years of serving the heart of Nowra.
Still owned and operated by members of the same family that opened it in 1980, the current owners are siblings Matina Strathie and Leo Economos.
The shop was founded by their parents George and Wilhelmina (Willy) Economos.
Leo tells us that their parents George and Willy were visiting Nowra on a day trip when they saw an empty shop in the middle of town and had a bright idea of how to use it.
At the time they were based in the Highlands and also owned a business in Queanbeyan, but the opportunity they saw in Nowra was too compelling to ignore.
The first iteration of the shop looked dramatically different to the way it does now, and they brought in their two eldest children, Jimmy and Peter Economos who worked there well over a decade each. Their two younger children Matina and Leo joined in time and eventually took over as owners.
Leo says the focus of the business has always been the daytime clientele, many of whom work in the CBD and some others who work further out and send one person in to collect everyone's lunch order. Others find it even more convenient to collect their order on the way to work.
For 27 or so years they were open seven days a week, but since the majority of their customers were weekday workers they dropped Sundays and kept a half-day on Saturdays for a further ten years.
A few years ago Leo and Matina decided to concentrate on weekdays, currently opening from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.