29 June

Shopping with a social conscience at Melbourne Central’s newest pop-up, HoMie

HoMie

It’s estimated that over 100,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness at any given point in time. That’s a saddening figure, but there are practical ways we can all help – including by shopping.

In August last year, two mates with a social conscience, Nick Pearce and Marcus Crook, started a Facebook page called Homeless of Melbourne, the aim of which was to give a face and a voice to an often ignored sector of our community. Inspired by the folks they met and the level of interest generated (Homeless of Melbourne now has over 23,000 likes), Crook and Pearce ran Australia’s first Street Store in December last year (an initiative that started in South Africa in 2014). Basically, they converted Fed Square into a giant outdoor wardrobe, where people could go and hang clothes and folks experiencing homelessness could pick up gear that grabbed them.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Pearce and Crook ran a Pozible campaign soon after to fund another social enterprise – a not-for-profit pop-up store called HoMie.… Read more

19 May

The Melbourne Edit – Melbourne’s shopping giants collaborate for day long retail party

The Melbourne Edit

The CBD’s shopping icons are banding together for The Shopping Edit – a one-day retail extravaganza of ripper sales and extended trading hours

When you add together Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO, David Jones and Myer you get a golden mile of shopping. Collectively, they make up the retail spine of the city and they’ve generated a buying buzz in town again. In fact, since Emporium’s opened, there’s been over a ½ bill spent across the retail hub.

Basically, we’re loving to shop in the city again and to celebrate over 1000 shops in a three-block radius are staying open longer and offering discounts that’d loosen the purse strings of a even the most dedicated spendthrift.

Check out these beauties:

Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central’s gone all out and declared a One Day Shopping Festival complete with mega sales and special events:

Country Road – 25 per cent off storewide
Kiehl’s – 15 per cent off storewide
Bonds – 40 per cent off everything
Vans – 40 per cent off clothing, 20 per cent off footwear

The Strand

Funkis – SNAP, TAG, WIN!… Read more

12 May

No more tea and sympathy as Storm in a Teacup gets ready to shut shop

Storm in a teacup2  

In a sad bit of news, Storm in a Tea Cup, the Smith Street haven for tea lovers, is calling it a day – well, at least in its current format and at least until spring. Hannah Dupree’s first love is tea and educating the masses about its preparation and consumption and, as much as she (and we) loved her establishment, the more brews she served up and tea cocktails she stirred, the further she felt from her purpose. So, Storm in a Tea Cup closes its doors at the end of May, although it will retain its online presence selling its speciality blends, leaving us to await the opening of Dupree’s next venture in Northcote. Dupree’s foreshadowed her next premises will include a tea tasting room, which she anticipates opening in September.

Storm in a  Tea Cup: 48A Smith Street, Collingwood.Read more

24 April

The Palace Theatre’s last items available in garage sale this weekend

palace-theatre

I feel like a bit of a vulture at the moment, but it’s not stopping me.

Last weekend I queued early for the Astor’s garage sale and took a lot of delight in sifting through 30 years of cinematic treasures (and trying to justify the purchase of a giant pressed-brass palm tree – I couldn’t). In the end, I left with a lurid pink poster advertising John Water’s movies (Cry Baby and Pink Flamingoes) and a square of the Astor’s carpet, which I’ll fashion into a purse at some stage.

It was entirely worth the 40-minute wait to get through the doors one more time and admire the Astor in all of its art deco glory. I know it’s re-opening in June under the Palace’s umbrellas, but without George Florence in the helm, it’ll never be the same, so my small purchases are a function of securing its memory.… Read more

12 February

Australia’s first Zara Home lands in Highpoint

Zara Home

It’s been a while since we’ve visited Highpoint and it’s totally high end. It makes sense then that Zara decided to expand the empire by opening its first Aussie Zara Home store today a wee bit west of the city.

Tucked in beside Apple and Armani, we were welcomed at the early-morning launch party with a green juice and an incredibly ritzy-looking gluten free muesli.

We’re not too proud to admit that we have some homeware fetishes (specifically, aprons and tea towels). So, the grand plan for this morning was to hunt those out immediately, but we were distracted by a whole world of other home-based goodies that we didn’t even know we needed – like coat hangers in those anodised steel cup colours our folks had in the ’70s.

Basically, the store covers every home base – manchester, tableware, bath and body – everything from luxury lounge wares and slippers that are way too good to wear to the supermarket, to hyacinth-shaped candles, green faux-cowhide notepads and gilt crabs that double as tiny, secret storage spaces.… Read more