Soul By The Sea

In 2003, Diggies popped up at Wollongong’s North Beach following a painstaking restoration of the iconic 1930s Art Deco Kiosk by the local Crinis family.

Serving fresh food and great coffee with coastal vibes, Diggies quickly became a favourite for local families, the active North Beach community, and committed fans of brunch.

Original Co-founder, Stan Crinis, is amazingly proud of Diggies for serving top-quality, local produce. Passionate about health, fitness, and our beautiful beach, Diggies is proud to support and nourish the Illawarra Community.

Diggies has just opened a second venue boasting stunning coastal views, located close to the iconic Kiama Blowhole.

Our Team

What started with a coffee machine and vision over 15 years ago has grown to become a Wollongong institution. The Diggies team now numbers over 90 like-minded people who are passionate about fresh produce, creating experiences and excellent service.

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“Diggies has always reflected the best of the Illawarra - fresh food and beach vibes delivered with a smile”

Stan Crinis
Founder, GM and Creative Director
Stan Crinis

After spending his youth in the water and on the sand at North Beach, Stan established Diggies in 2004 with his family - well-known for selling fresh fruit and veg in Wollongong for over 40 years. 

He entered hospitality after a successful career as a creative specializing in branding for design agencies like Moon and M&C Saatchi. His personal experience in creating experiences via design combined with the family history in fresh produce and Diggies was born.

Stan and his brother Aaron’s hope was to create a hub for North’s active, creative and inspiring beach community. From the beginning, the vision for Diggies was that it distilled the essence of beach living – relaxed, breezy, sun-filled and friendly.

In 2012 he co-founded Dagwood Bar + Kitchen, giving it a playful and irreverent brand identity that has become a fixture on the Gong food scene. And most recently, he opened the second Diggies venue in Kiama next to the iconic Blowhole.

Stan’s deep love of Wollongong somehow doesn’t extend to the NRL where he barracks for the perennially cheating Balmain Tigers.

Morgan Crinis
Marketing Manager
Morgan Crinis

‘Morgs’ grew up in another beloved Illawarra restaurant – Ruby’s – carrying plates as soon as she could walk. Following a successful Marketing career working with retail brands like Westfield, she returned to Wollongong to join husband Stan in running the marketing and events for Diggies.

Morgan is a passionate foodie whose greatest professional pleasure is throwing a successful event. She’s also the committed Mum to three of Diggies’ most loyal little ones – Edison, Jemima and Vivienne, and is subsequently a huge coffee fan.

Alexandra Lewis
Kiama Manager
Alexandra Lewis

Another Gong local who went out to explore the world, Alex has a wealth of experience in hospitality in places as far flung as London, Canberra, Brisbane, and The Whitsundays. 

Arriving back in the Illawarra, she joined the Diggies team as Group Manager, looking after the day to day operations of our various locations. Alex’s positive, chirpy nature is an asset to the team, and she goes above and beyond to give incredible customer service.

Alex is all about living in the moment, as long as the moment isn’t endlessly picking up toy cars dropped by her 3-year-old and soon to be a mum again! 

Daniel Waterman
Head Chef, Wollongong
Daniel Waterman

Daniel’s career in a nutshell is ‘Wollongong to London to Melbourne to Wollongong’. He began his career in the Diggies kitchen and now returns after triumphantly taking on the world as our valued Head Chef. 

After serving epic food, Daniel’s next love is football and cheering on West Ham. He’s an avid fisherman and when he’s not in the kitchen, you’ll find him on his boat reeling in the catch of the day!

Cortney Apro
Co Ordinator
Cortney Apro

One of the longest-serving members of the Diggies family, Cortney started with us waaaaayyyyy back in 2006. In the intervening years she’s worked across almost every aspect of the business. The only thing she hasn’t done is carry a plate!

Outside Diggies Cortney is a makeup artist and photographer who loves to work on weddings. She spends her weekends off cruising down the coast with her fam’ in their RV. She is also obsessed with Christmas and puts her tree up with presents wrapped underneath in October, which is totally normal and not psychotic behaviour whatsoever. 

Passion, Love And Smiles

Our team is what makes Diggies special. Over 70 awesome souls who love to create amazing vibes with a smile. If this sounds like you, drop us a line.