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Top 10 Canberra Experience Gifts

By 19 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Instead of buying material presents, why not give the gift of an unforgettable experience this Christmas? There are so many great experiences Canberra has to offer, and the memories will last a lifetime for the lucky recipient. Here are my top ten ideas for experience gifts this Christmas:
1. Meet a Cheetah – $175
Animal lovers will [...]

City Walk comes alive with Christmas Markets both day and night

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With 10 market stalls starting at 9am today (Thursday 18 December), this festive hustle and bustle of activity on City Walk near Garema Place is another reason to be in Canberra’s CBD this December.
Everybody loves a good market, especially at Christmas. During the day come and support five of our local charities at the Christmas [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Christmas Edition

By 12 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, but as much as I love it, I don’t love the consumerist habits it encourages. It can be tempting to buy all kinds of shiny trinkets to celebrate the season, but how often do we ending up throwing these items straight in the trash as soon [...]

Get your free ActewAGL community calendar now!

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Twelve talented amateur photographers from Canberra and the surrounding region have had their images selected from 750 entries to feature in the 2015 ActewAGL Postcards From Your Town calendar.
Chadwick Clark from Lyneham was the big winner, receiving a cash prize of $1,000 for his winning photo City Lights – surreal morning lights in the capital, [...]

Shop local this Christmas

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Do you want to help a local Canberran this Christmas? You have the power to support Canberran designers, craftsmen and producers by buying from small local business this festive season. If you don’t quite know how you might do that, here are three examples of places you can do some great gift shopping.

The Capital Region [...]

JB Hi-Fi HOME Superstore NOW OPEN at the Canberra Outlet Centre

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Outlet Centre is very excited to welcome the newest retail addition to the homemaker centre, the highly anticipated JB Hi-Fi HOME superstore!
JB Hi-Fi already offer customers a home entertainment bonanza; all the latest in big screen full HD smart TVs, the biggest range of computers and accessories, digital still, digital video, compact system, [...]

Gift card conditions can lead to surprises

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Christmas shoppers need to be aware of the terms and condition of gift cards and vouchers to make sure they get what they think they’re purchasing, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell today reminded consumers and retailers of their rights and responsibilities.
“Recipients of gift cards and the people who buy them can sometimes be surprised [...]

Canberra Opshoppers Guide – Vinnies Monster Warehouse sale

By 24 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Vinnies Monster Warehouse sale has been and gone for another season, and as a well-seasoned thrifting veteran I thought I’d put together a list of tips for first-timers.
1. Don’t get overwhelmed
Don’t get overwhelmed by the clothing racks spanning as far as the eye can see! If you don’t want to spend too much time [...]

Movember Market This Saturday

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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[ 22 November 2014 at 3:00 pm; ] Local food and fashion collaboration, Hustle&Scout and The Forage, will present a Movember charity drive at their final market event for the year this Saturday, 22 November.

To raise awareness and money for men’s health, the twilight market will take gold coin donations upon entry and present a pop-up barber shop for men, with all proceeds [...]

Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm NOW OPEN in the Canberra Outlet Centre

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra Outlet Centre is proud to be the first retail destination in Canberra to welcome iconic American kitchen and homewares brands Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm. Stocking everything for your home including indoor and outdoor furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, dining, kitchen products and gifts.
Canberra Outlet Centre is [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Streetwear

By 10 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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So it’s getting warmer and the last thing you feel like doing is dressing up right? Fear not: Today we have for you an excessively casual outfit perfect for pretending you are still a teenager or loitering around the skate park eating McDonalds.

T-shirt – $2 Vinnies Mitchell
Denim skirt – $7 Salvos Jamison
Flannie – $5 Ys [...]

Santa arrives at Westfield this weekend!

By 6 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s about to feel a lot like Christmas at Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden this weekend, as both centres welcome Santa’s arrival with a special parade and lots of fun family activities on Saturday 8 November.
Led by husky dogs and a marching band, join Santa, Mrs Claus and other festive characters as they celebrate the [...]

Charity Christmas Card Shop

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Charity Christmas Card Shop will be opening on Monday 3 November, with lots of beautiful and very inexpensive cards and gifts from local charities.

New cookbook the culmination of ten years of Farmers Market history

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As part of its tenth birthday celebrations this year, the Capital Region Farmers Market is launching its very own cookbook on Saturday 1 November 2014.
“This past year has been a big year of celebrations for us, and this cookbook really is the culmination of ten years of Farmers Market history,” said Vic Gibbons of the [...]

The Handmade Markets

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Handmade Markets were on this long weekend at the National Convention Centre, with everything on offer from clocks fashioned out of bicycle wheels and gears, to a stall full of delicious marinades for meat, to hand-sewed foxes wearing trousers.
I went along on Saturday morning, at around 11.00am. The markets had only been open for [...]

Where to buy Vintage Clothing in Canberra

By 6 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking for vintage clothing in Canberra but don’t know where to start? Here are my picks for the best vintage and second hand shops in Canberra:
Designer Op Shop
The Designer Op Shop in Braddon buys and sells quality second hand clothing, accessories and homewares. This is the place to look for pieces that have probably only [...]

The sanctity of Sunday surcharges

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend I had Sunday brunch with my partner at a lovely new-ish establishment in Canberra. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, the service lovely and we didn’t have to wait long for a table. Perfect. When it was time to pay the bill, we were hit with a 10 per cent Sunday [...]

Hustle&Scout Markets Expand to Airport and Beyond

By 22 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As the Hustle&Scout markets celebrate their first birthday this weekend, they will also be celebrating a change in location. For the first time, the event will be held not at New Acton, but in an aeroplane hangar in Fairburn.

The twilight markets have proved a much-loved attraction for Canberrans, gaining popularity with each seasonal instalment. So [...]

Bag yourself some blood oranges

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have been waiting and waiting for the coming spring produce. As I have not yet been satisfied, I thought I’d write about one of my favourite seasonal citrus: blood oranges. You’ll find locally grown fruit at market at present. You’ll also find the fruit grown in other parts of the country at some of the [...]

What’s to become of the Lonsdale Street Traders?

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We knew it wasn’t permanent, while Canberrans have come to love the Lonsdale Street Traders, we’ve known all to well it was just temporary and it seems the end is nigh.
Lonsdale Street Traders helped give Braddon a new edge, it showcased locally made, vintage and specialty imports. It was the place to find a unique [...]

Magnificent munchy mushrooms

By 5 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Did you know there are two mushroom farms on the doorstep of the ACT? Majestic Mushrooms of Murrumbateman and Canberra Mushrooms of Yass are both farmed within 50 kilometres of Canberra. You can buy local mushrooms at Choku Bai Jo in North Lyneham and Curtin. A tip for young players, if you want to buy [...]

Hans J. Wegner Master Modernist Icon furniture exhibition presented by Designcraft

By 3 September 2014

[ 6 September 2014 to 21 September 2014. ] To mark a very significant occasion, Designcraft is proud to present “Master Modernist Icon”, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday.

In the world of design, it would be difficult to find a furniture designer, craftsperson, architect, artist or design student who has not heard of, or been inspired by the work of legendary [...]

Yes it’s Father’s Day next Sunday

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Spring has sprung, birds are chirping. Days are warmer, skies bluer, and soon winter will have washed away.
And what better way to celebrate then by giving Dad happy socks and a Bunning’s gift card to show him how much you love him. Haven’t spoken to Dad much lately? Then perhaps a scratchy to sweeten the [...]

A Canberra Sunday tradition marks 20 years

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Markets are celebrating 20 very successful years in operation next month. They will mark the occasion on Sunday 14 September.
“The Old Bus Depot Markets have been a Canberra Sunday tradition since 1994,” said one of the Old Bus Depot Markets’ Directors, Diane Hinds.
“We’re so thrilled to be celebrating 20 years in [...]

IKEA in the ACT? It’s not all good news

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whip out your Allen keys; IKEA is coming to the Capital.
Whilst a vast majority of Canberrans are rejoicing at the prospect of purchasing trendy and affordable furniture without having to take a day trip to Sydney and lug it all back down the Federal Highway, others are considering the downfalls of the Swedish flatpack furniture [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – House Edition

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Looking to update your décor? Why not give Target a miss and head to your local op-shop for a fun day of bargain hunting? Today, I’m going to give you a look at some of the cool things I’ve thrifted for my home…
Nanna blankets

In my opinion crocheted rainbow nanna blankets are one of the best [...]

Canberra cabbage cravings

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do you have a history with cabbage? Thankfully, I don’t have any of the horrid soggy cabbage memories so many people have from childhood. I know cabbage as a versatile, tasty and nutritious vegetable that is at its prime this time of year. The trick seems to be not to boil it. There are five [...]

How to maintain sensitivity to heritage in old buildings

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Shopping Outfit

By 11 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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What’s the best outfit to wear on a shopping trip?
Firstly, it needs to be comfortable enough to walk around in for a few hours. Secondly, it needs to be easy to slip on and off in the change rooms. And thirdly, it needs to be cute, because this IS Canberra, and it’s like a proven [...]

Healthy eating for your family on a budget in Canberra

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In the comments on my previous story about local shopping many commenters claimed that a single trip to a big supermarket provided the best prices throughout the cart.
I have journeyed through the markets, malls and local shopping centres, clipboard in hand, addressing quality but focusing on entry-level price points.
Shop around for cereal staples: supermarkets usually [...]

Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

By 22 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Braddon is pumping. It’s pretty much your one stop shop. You can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse and then grab some groceries from the IGA on your way home. One problem: there is [...]

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