Earlier this week, we asked for recommendations for Easter egg shopping in Canberra.
We wondered whether you visited specialist chocolatiers like Robyn Rowe, Lindsay & Edmunds or Bruno’s (rabbits pictured above, store pictured below), or national chocolate specialists like Max Brenner, Darrell Lea and Koko Black?
Or whether you made your selections at a department [...]
Easter egg shopping is best left to the last minute in our household. The longer these annual treats remain on supermarket shelves, the better chance they have of surviving intact until Easter Sunday, and the less chance there is of Easter-related weight gain registering on the bathroom scales for the adult members of the household, [...]
Yesterday, three separate food deliveries arrived at our place. It felt like Christmas (not least because our fridge is now overflowing), but was really all about choosing the Best of Canberra grocery delivery services for RiotACT.
The first box to arrive was a supermarket delivery, the second two big boxes full of fruit and vegetables plus [...]
Overflowing with Christmas party invites and not sure what to wear? It would be great if we could all pull on our reindeer sweaters a la Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary, but unfortunately that’s not such a good idea in our climate. Instead, why not check out your local op shops for some fun [...]
The Christmas markets are on again this weekend at Old Bus Depot and will continue to run on both Saturday and Sunday, every weekend until Christmas. It gives you ample time to get your Christmas shopping done, and while you may have already sorted out your Christmas gift shopping list, it’s hard to really account [...]
[ 11 December 2015 to 13 December 2015. ] This weekend will be all about Christmas for many of us, whether it’s attending parties with friends, colleagues or neighbours or shopping for gifts online, in our malls or at one of the many Christmas markets or festive art events going on around town. Some of us might rather be lounging by the pool, but [...]
With Christmas just around the corner, we all have to face the perennial problem of trying to find the perfect gift for the people in our lives. But as you walk around a typical shopping centre, it feels like people have already bought themselves all the gift ideas you could possibly have. So is there [...]
Given all the attention IKEA’s tax minimization has received, and because we want to help the local operators stay in business following the Swedish giant’s arrival in town, we put the call out last week for Best of Canberra – non-Ikea furniture stores recommendations.
Our favourite line among all the comments came from Ezy: “Canberra Milk [...]
After the call went out last week for the best markets in Canberra, I realised that it would be best to separate fresh food markets from creative markets. So, this weekend I went with fresh food and visited:
Capital Regional Farmers Markets at Exhibition Park (Epic)
Saturdays 7.30 – 11.30am.
Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets
Thursday – Sunday, 8am [...]
Update: A spokeswoman for the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets called late today to explain that the markets’ website was down for several hours today because a virus struck one of their trader’s websites.
“There is nothing sinister going on with our site at all. It will be up and running again shortly,” she said.
We checked this [...]
I like the idea of visiting the local market for groceries; the food is fresh and nutritious, it is a way of supporting the community and local producers and a fun way of doing the shopping while catching up with a friend. It’s even better if the markets include arts, crafts and activities.
Now that [...]
In four weeks, on November 16, IKEA will throw open the doors to its much awaited Canberra store. I personally have been excited for this for quite some time and am in desperate need of a new lounge so I can’t wait.
I wrote about IKEA’s opening in Canberra a little over a year ago and discussed [...]
Halloween (aka the best day of the year) is fast approaching and you only have two weeks left to plan your outfits! If you’re stuck for ideas, try one of our fool-proof thrifted costumes below for a stress-free spooky season.
Black jumper – $5 Salvos Mitchell
White shirt – $7 Vinnies Belconnen
Black skirt – $7 [...]
[ 10 October 2015 to 11 October 2015. ]
The early bird gets the worm, as they say, and this weekend you’ll want to be that early bird. Rise and shine on Saturday to grab a bargain with a broad selection of garage sales to choose from. We’ve listed five sales going on around the capital below, but there are a bunch more across [...]
There is so much on this weekend we had to make some tough calls to put this list together. You could spend a day of beautiful garden wandering at The Tuliptop Gardens Festival, learn about bonsai-keeping with the Canberra Bonsai Society, or kick back to Mental As Anything at the Gundaroo Music Festival. Other top [...]
My dear hive mind of rioters,
My little astromonkey is having a birthday party this Sunday [11/10] and now desperately wants a pinata. I’ve seen a few places do on-line sales but don’t want to risk non-delivery in time for this event. The party shop line rings out and other [insert search engine of choice] aren’t much [...]
Looking for second hand sports gear? Or a cheap way to entertain the kids on the second last weekday of the school holidays? Like to help save a cute rabbit-sized mini-roo called a bettong in the process? The launch event for this year’s Garage Sale Trail in Civic Square is the place to be between [...]
[ 3 October 2015 at 7:00 am; ]
Bargain hunters of Canberra, here are five of the top garage sales going on around the capital this weekend. There are a bunch more to check out on the allclassifieds website though, so make sure you check out the list before you head out on to trawl the trash and treasure.
Saturday 3rd October 2015
39 Richmond Street, [...]
[ 20 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Recycling, repurposing and going green will be top of mind at the Old Bus Depot Markets’ Green Savvy Sunday on 20 September 2015.
From the media release:
Any time is a good time to look at how you can bring a little more green into your life. And September is the time of year that Canberra’s favourite [...]
The exponential increase in the number of shopping trolleys dumped in Australian streets is a disgrace. They litter the streets and can cause panel damage to parked cars. They are dumped in waterways, on roadsides and nature strips. They make our towns and suburbs look untidy and unloved.
In addition to being eyesores, especially when dumped [...]
Welcome to a new series where I get to introduce you some of Canberra’s most fascinating women, starting with Sarah Kelly.
I invited Sarah to sip tea with me, although you will see that this particular cold day, we both opted for extra strong coffee. Thank you to On Flinders Manuka for hosting us.
Here is what I [...]
A few years ago the ACT Government had a bright idea to confront the problem of the power of the supermarket giants. It introduced a policy to encourage more competition to the usual two or three. It didn’t deliver.
While much was made of this policy when the government’s bureaucracy was developing their so-called master plan [...]
Braddon is getting busier. Well duh, I hear you say. Of course it is. With a new cafe popping up what seems like every second week, new apartment complexes filling up with residents and another huge complex to be built where Lonsdale Street Traders once stood, the suburb is bustling more than ever. Not to [...]
The state of Canberra’s shopping centres is a hot topic of conversation at present.
Southlands at Mawson is going through an interesting phase of regrowth and has been the subject of community consultations, Westfield Woden’s tenants are murmuring about difficulties attracting customers and Civic is overdue for an intelligent and creative make-over.
Meanwhile, issues concerning the Dickson shopping precinct remain unresolved. [...]
Several decades ago, the centre of Canberra provided a very different shopping experience. Civic was a series of pedestrian plazas with a small complex named The Monaro Mall. In 1989 this mall was enlarged to become the first Canberra Centre. There were howls of protest at the time about how the government’s deal to sell off [...]
The cost of attending someone else’s wedding quickly adds up. By the time you buy a gift, choose a dress, get your makeup done and travel to the wedding venue, it can be a pretty pricey day – and you’re not even the one getting married! Sophia Carlini has more.
Like most women, I love weddings. So when my [...]
With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, here’s a quick (but certainly not exhaustive) guide to what’s open in Canberra on Good Friday.
Cafes and restaurants
Penny University in Kingston is open 7am to 4pm every day of the Easter long weekend, including Good Friday.
Wilbur’s Cafe and Bar in Hackett is open 8am to 9pm, [...]
The shops at Manuka in Canberra’s inner south have always been a hive of activity. The first work started there in the late 1930s and by the 1960s the shops were flourishing with florists, shoe stores, two supermarkets, clothing stores, a delicatessen as well as two butcher stores, hairdressers, barbers, and even a fishmonger. Nowadays there’s [...]
There’s a 2008 ACT Planning Report for Braddon in which the key priorities are:
To encourage more water- and energy-efficient building design
To continue to improve transport and land use planning outcomes
To pilot projects to showcase central city development and redevelopment opportunities
The report states that this commercial centre should encourage building forms to ensure a cohesive and [...]