About Little Hen

At the Little Hen we pride ourselves on stocking an extensive range of quality, conscious groceries. From organic fresh produce, pantry staples, tasty snacks and household supplies to vegan and gluten free alternatives and beyond -we have thousands of products in store.

Our Story

The Little Hen has been proudly run and owned by Chris and Katie Gaunt, mother and son team, who have been in the health food industry for a combined 50 years! Most Balaclava customers know the Gaunt family from the days when they owned the Carlisle Health Foods. Chris and Katie successfully ran Carlisle Health Foods for many years before joining The Aunt Maggie’s Group, opening 4 other stores across Melbourne. In July 2015, Aunt Maggie’s Balaclava was rebranded to ‘The Little Hen’, as Chris felt that he wanted to bring his store back to the local community, to be in touch with his customers on a more personal basis. The Little Hen have a dedicated team of staff, who love what they do and are dedicated to providing the best service possible to our customers.

Come in and say Hi to The Little Hen family!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King Jr.
our philosophy

What Matters to Us

We ask ourselves this question regularly at the Little Hen because we’re genuinely passionate about helping our community as much as we can. At present we support Save the Children and Edgars Mission charities as well as contributing to local schools and community groups. We are always looking to do more, and we have some exciting initiatives in the pipeline around waste management and reduced plastic consumption. We look forward to sharing our goodness with you.