20 August

Legoland Discovery Centre coming to Chadstone in 2017


It’s a bit o’ time to wait, but Lego has foreshadowed that it’s opening the first Legoland Discovery Centre in the Southern Hemisphere in 2017 at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Promising to occupy a whopping space (2800 sqm) it’ll include a bunch of family attractions, including Lego sculptures and play zones, party rooms, a 4D cinema (a sensory cinematic adventure: the wind will actually blow in your hair) and a Miniland, setting out Melbourne’s cityscape and landmark highlights.

Intended for kids and families, it’s also a cool development for grown-ups. Have you played with Lego in recent years? It’s as much fun now as when you were a kid, except for the fact that your skills are probably better and you’re more likely to acquit a feat of engineering genius.

Legoland Discovery Centre. Opens 2017.Read more

13 August

RetroStar’s online store opens next week


As of 10am, Wednesday August 19 you can add the joys of internet shopping to the RetroStar vintage-retail stable. Naturally, the brand is keeping its Aladdin’s cave in the glorious, Art Deco Nicholas Building, but you’ll be able to browse the RetroStar wardrobe from the comfort of your couch.

Melbourne’s vintage set and thrifty shoppers have hit up the store for years for choice finds (where else would you get a vintage ’50s Irish linen dress with shamrocks for $80?). Tucked away on the first floor, it’s always felt like an amazing shopping find and it impresses the shit out of interstate guests looking for new kit. RetroStar has also delighted on a regular basis with its deadly warehouse sales – have you pencilled the weekend of August 22-23 into your diary? That said, a good online find brings a satisfaction all of its own.

Go to RetroStar online, sign up for its newsletter and get a fiver off your first online purchase over 40 bucks.… Read more

10 August

Uniqlo coming to Eastland late 2015


If you grew up in the eastern suburbs, chances are you spent some time at Eastland as a kid – not because it was cool, but rather as a matter of necessity. Times have changed though and Eastland’s come a long, long way, baby.

The fact that Eastland’s investing $665 mill in its refurb goes to show that it’s taking the facelift super seriously. As does the fact that they’re attracting retailers the likes of H&M and Uniqlo – who has just announced that it’ll be joining the retail stable and bringing its high quality, modest cost, wardrobe staples with it (where else can you get a cotton-cashmere sweater for just shy of $50?).

The other neat development is the addition of a ritzy food court – can you even call it a food court when you’re getting George Calombaris on board? Look forward to Jimmy Grants (Calombaris’ souvlaki with style shop), Pacos Tacos and Huxtaburger setting up shop, as well as concept venues like the Cellar Door, which is slated to have a rooftop garden and bar, and Hunter and Barrel – basically a celebration of meat, craft beers and curiosity-piquing barrel-aged cocktails.… Read more

30 July

Sephora, you beauty – make-up giant due in Melbourne in time for Christmas


Melbourne make-up addicts, you can now get your Urban Decay’s legendary palettes, Sunday Riley skin potions, and great value offerings from the Sephora Collection range without the hefty postage fee from Sephora’s first ever store in Melbourne.

Due to open their doors in Melbourne Central ahead of the Christmas shopping season later this year, the annuncement of the Melbourne Central site comes hot off the heels of another announcement revealing the location of Sydney’s second Sephora outlet at the Macquarie Centre in North Ryde, due to open in September.

Part of the luxury goods conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), the make-up retailer’s first Australian outlet opened to massive lines in Sydney on December 2014 .

Sephora’s Australian spokesperson Libby Amelia says, “Melbourne has always been on our radar, it was just a matter of timing and the right location – which is hugely important to Sephora.”

“Sephora will continue to expand to other Australian cities outside of Sydney and Melbourne.… Read more

10 July

Get your wallets ready: H&M’s second store bound for Ringwood


If you saw the lines snaking out of the GPO when the first H&M outlet opened early last year, you can probably guess the kind of crowds that that will be camping outside the new store that’s set to open in Ringwood’s Eastland Shopping Centre.

The latest store opening will be the Swedish retailer’s fifth store across Australia. There’s no word yet on the exact opening day, but you better believe that the retail giant will be bringing along more of its cheap and cheerful offering of Scandi-cool designs.

Known for bringing high-end designs to the high street, H&M’s clever collaborations with the likes of Lanvin, Versace, and more recently in Australia, Alexander Wang, has earned the retailer cred with the fashion-savvy crowd. With a designer collaboration yet to be announced for 2015, fashionistas should be on the look out for the next big design partnership.

The new Eastland store will sit amongst other retailers like David Jones and Nike in the new and improved shopping centre.… Read more