29 October

After a radical facelift, Eastland is open for business


It was busier than the Boxing Day sales this morning as 100 new stores opened for business as part of stage one of Eastland’s redevelopment.

On the retail front, big national and international names are set to make shopping in the ’burbs a thing of joy, with the likes of Uniqlo (which opened to the sound of Japanese percussionists, literally drumming up business) and Scanlan Theodore, Alpha60, David Jones, Gorman, Scotch & Soda, H&M Marimeko and Victoria’s Secret opening for trade.

On the food front, notable inclusions come in the guise of celebrity chef outings – George Calombaris has set up his fourth Jimmy Grants and Frank Camorra hots things up with Paco’s Tacos.

In total, the project will rack up an estimated $665m and stage two of the redevelopment is in the pipeline (due for completion in 2016).

Until the novelty dies down a tad, expect queueing and car park circling, but it’s worth it – shopping and food for the eastern suburbs is never going to look the same

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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.

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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