Shopping (511 Stories)

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 [...]

Quality Jewellers in Canberra?

By 24 January 2014

I am thinking of buying my friend a ring and would like to hear recommendations for a quality jeweller here in Canberra.
I have reasonable money to spend and am not interested in cheap, chain store stuff.
Would appreciate advice.

New bulky goods site near the airport rumbles ahead

By 15 January 2014

Simon Corbell has announced the ever expanding airport precinct is going to keep doing its thing:
A draft variation to free up a large a block of land near the airport for bulky goods retailing, warehousing, freight and distribution has been approved by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
Draft variation 324 [...]

What is the best portable fan to buy in Canberra?

By 14 January 2014

Hello rioters,
It’s hot and getting hotter. I like to sleep without sweating so I am looking for advice on the quietest pedestal or tower fan to buy so that I can use it in my bedroom at night. It needs to be as quiet as possible or the missus gets the hump and turns it [...]

Hats, Heels and Handbags (Wanted!)

By 13 January 2014

Verve Promotions will again present the Canberra Show Fashion Parade from the 21st to 23rd February. 
The fashion parade entitled Hats, Heels and Handbags will showcase a variety of fashion wares and promoters are searching for Canberra’s biggest, oldest, most expensive and weirdest handbags, heels and hats. 
If you own something of the sort please [...]

Peace in our time on Green Square?

By 9 January 2014

After some argie bargy through the week Mayor Rattenbury has made a joint statement with the Kingston Traders on the vexed issue of returning the green grass to Green Square despite the best efforts of some in the bureaucracy to throw spanners in the works:
A meeting between ACT Government officials and representatives from the Kingston [...]

A bit of an apology

By 6 January 2014

Following on from their multi day promotion of criminals the Canberra Times is apologising for a bit of the collateral damage.
Thanks to Tommy for the grab.

Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By 3 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.
My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.
Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.
My initial reaction was, [...]

Changing face of Aranda and Cook shops?

By 2 January 2014

I see a temporary fence has recently been erected around the derelict Aranda shops. Presumably something to do with the ACT government’s notice of intention to terminate the Crown lease held by the current owner/developer.
Any inside story on this?
On a related note, I’ve been told by the owners of the IGA at Cook that the Cook [...]

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