Shopping (487 Stories)

The sanctity of Sunday surcharges

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

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
hangar pic 1

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
Blood orange juice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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 [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Hitting the Town


Heading out for a night on the town? You could run out to a chain store to find a fun new outfit (and risk looking like every second person you see), or, you could head to your local op-shop, get thrifty, and rock a one-of-a-kind outfit that screams effortless cool.
So, what are the key ingredients [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Nine to Five Style


Choosing what to wear to work can be tricky, but we spend a third of our lives there, so it’s worth putting in a bit of effort! That being said, you don’t need to drop a lot of cash on your office attire. As part of our Canberra Op Shop Guide, today we’ll show you [...]

Weston Centre Draft Master Plan released for public consultation


Canberrans can have their say on the long-term environmental, social and economic security of the Weston group centre with the launch today of consultation on the Weston Group Centre Draft Master Plan.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the master plan will guide the development of the centre to be a more attractive, [...]

Local Food Initiative – making it easier to buy local produce (and free event 11 June)


A couple of recent articles have suggested that buying good local produce is pretty important to some of our readers, so we thought you may be interested in an event hosted by the Food Hub this week.
The Local Food Initiative (a project aimed at making it easier for producers, distributers and lovers of fresh, [...]

$3.25 million for the revitalisation of Woden Town Centre


$3.25 million is to be invested in the 2014-15 ACT Budget to start the revitalisation of Woden Town Centre and to begin the redevelopment of the bus interchange.
The work to be undertaken includes constructing new stairs, ramps and lighting that will greatly improve public safety and access to the Woden Town Square from the interchange [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Casual Brunch Outfit


Op-shopping can be a daunting experience if you’re not sure where to start, but there are some real gems to be found within the many local charitable outlets if you’re willing to do some digging.
To get you started on your thriftventure, we’re launching a new series that will zero in on the best op shop [...]

Why Manuka is the best part of Canberra


I love Manuka because it’s just so quiet on weekdays heading into winter.
Oddly enough, the quieter it gets the more I get to know everyone and it feels like a local suburban shopping centre that just happens to be surrounded by businesses, big government and VIPs.
It’s the local shopping centre whose local residents (to cast [...]

What’s your local shopping style?


With all this talk of IKEA due to hit Canberra and the excitement about no longer having to make that long Sydney trek to collect our flatpacks of brightly coloured laminated furniture, it feels a little unhip to ask whether it’s actually in the best interests of the city to host this multinational.
But as I [...]

Mother’s Day… OFF!

By 8 May 2014

Last week I sent a note out to a handful of Canberra friends who are mums asking about their hopes for Mother’s Day – favourite gifts, places to go, things to do.  I figured I would put together a bit of a ‘real shopping’ guide for anyone stuck for gift ideas for Sunday.   I imagined we [...]

Woolies 3 D card craze

By 7 April 2014

In recent weeks collecting the 3 D cards from Woolies has become a craze among the little kids. But its also creating problems at home about sharing the cards between siblings or friends. Instead of being inspired to buy from WW to get more cards, I have decided to keep away from it till this [...]

Tailor Canberra

By 20 March 2014

I am just wondering where I could get measured for a suit on a weekend in Canberra? also how much this may cost? I am not looking to purchase a suit just require the measurements.
Thanks for your help in advance.

Invisalign recommendations

By 17 March 2014

Hi all,
I did have braces in high school however as I didnt wear my retainer properly my teeth, in particular the bottom row have moved significantly. I was just wondering if anyone could give me recommendations of any dentists who provide the Invisalign service as I’d really prefer not to be a metal month again [...]

Food treats delivery to TCH?

By 12 March 2014

I have a friend who is in TCH for a couple of weeks and I’d like to send him some yummy home baked type treats as a cheer-you-up. I’m on the coast so need somewhere that delivers. Does such a place exist?

Emergency after hours dentist

By 11 March 2014

A family member visiting Canberra at the moment has developed an infection following wisdom teeth extraction a couple of weeks ago. Where can you find an after hours dentist?

Dodgy Dealers at Canberra Outlet Centre and a Toothless Tiger

By 3 March 2014

A lesson learnt.
Last November my wife and I bought a remote control helicopter from a store in the old DFO as a Christmas present for my son. It’s the shop opposite Coffee Club that sells many of these types of toys as well as heaps of other ‘Made in China’ crap toys.
I asked the sales person if  [...]

Ingress in Canberra. A new player guide – part 2

By 5 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Welcome to part 2 of the Ingress – New Player Guide hosted by The RiotACT! This article will explore my journey into the field and the progress I’ve made and what I’ve learnt along the way.
My first week attempting to Ingress turned into a nightmare of dealing with Android. Having ordered a HTC Desire S [...]

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