Shopping (466 Stories)

City to the Lake. A more glorious dawn awaits?


YouTube brings us the ACT Government’s new grand plan to sweep future development down to the Lake, complete with a new stadium:
City to the Lake is a transformational project being developed within The City Plan, and is integral to realising the City’s potential as we embark on our second century. The ACT Government is committed [...]

Giulia demands more government support for shopkeepers

By 20 March 2013

In most parts of the world shopkeepers can be seen cleaning up the areas outside their own shops because it’s a smart thing to do. (And the right thing to do considering the messes are made at least in part by their customers)
Here in Canberra we roll a bit different and so today the Liberals’ [...]

Psychiatrist that will prescribe ADHD medication in north canberra?

By 19 March 2013

I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.

Simon moves to protect the little supermarkets


In the dark of the night Simon Corbell has announced his plans to stop you buying from shops you’d otherwise choose to.
“The primary intention of this draft variation is to protect the interests of smaller independent supermarkets in the ACT retail industry,” Mr Corbell said.
“By restricting retail floor space to 1000m² in local centres the [...]

Blue Illusion in Manuka

By 14 March 2013

[ 22 March 2013 at 6:00 pm; ] Blue Illusion in Manuka are hosting a fundraising night of French inspired fashion & homewares with free sparkling wine & canapés, with profits from the evening going to the AIDS Action Council of the ACT

Friday 22nd March 2013
6pm – 9 pm

Blue Illusion, Manuka
Shop 4/1-7 Bougainville St Manuka Centre Manuka ACT

or call 02 6257 [...]

More bins and seats across Canberra

By 13 March 2013

Shane Rattenbury has announced some capital works:
Work has now commenced to install new street furniture and larger bin facilities at 10 shopping centres and three local parks across the ACT, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“As part of the ACT Government’s urban improvement program, new furniture and bins will replace [...]

Camping world in receivership

By 13 March 2013

We visited the store in Gungahlin on the weekend and was advised by the sales person that Camping world Gungahlin and Tuggeranong are in receivership. 
Tuggeranong has been closed and all stock has been transported to the Gungahlin store

Gungahlin Community Council goes into bat for Magnet Mart

By 13 March 2013

The GCC is kicking up a fuss over the Stalinist command and control based land planning in the ACT which is going to plonk a Bunnings down next to the Magnet Mart.
The Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13 March will hear a presentation on pre Development Application consultation relating to the proposed development of [...]

Pizza in Spence or nearby?

By 12 March 2013

Hey Guys,
I am moving to Spence in a couple of weeks, and I am wondering of the brains trust could recommend a non-chain pizza shop in the area.
Am also interested to know if the Indian place in Charny is still there and any good.
Thanks in advance!

The long arm of store security in Woden

By 8 March 2013

Caught at Woden. I’ve seen this happen too many times, and neither the guards nor the sales staff are paid enough to have to deal with this.
Hopefully this will serve as a warning to potential shoplifters – don’t do it.
And if you’re stupid enough to try and you’re caught, cop it on the [...]

Canberra Subway?

By 7 March 2013

We have a subway already in Canberra, which is nice:
So do most cities in Australia, though, by the look of this Etsy shop’s merch.

Higgins Shops in trouble?

By 7 March 2013

It looks as though another suburb’s shops are facing an uncertain future.  Last night I noticed that the Higgins Foodworks shop is newly decorated with “For Lease”stickers.   A quick google reveals that a small unit for medical / consulting  is also available – this I presume is the doctors surgery.  
This is of [...]

Polish Club Markets in Canberra?

By 28 February 2013

Hello just wondering if anyone has ever attended the Polish markets that are on at the Polish club every few weeks???  
Opinions on the products that are there?  
Thanks in advance.

Waramanga shops get an upgrade

By 26 February 2013

Shane Rattenbury announced the start of a $1 million upgrade to the Waramanga shops today.
“The Waramanga upgrade will include a new retaining wall and paving around the shops and
car park area; better lighting; a drinking fountain, bench seats and new garden beds.
“It will also include provision of bike racks, an access ramp and parking for [...]

Zara comes to Canberra

By 25 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Controversial Spanish fashion retail chain Zara is opening a store at the Canberra Centre.
We are excited to announce the much loved international fashion label Zara will be opening at Canberra Centre on Thursday 14 March.
Zara will bring their collection of stylish, high quality, well priced fashion for women, men and children to their [...]

Tuggeranong Hyperdome scammy ‘Shop, Play, Win’ promotion

By 21 February 2013

I have just complained to Tuggeranong Hyperdome about their scammy promotion – ‘SHOP, PLAY, WIN.’
I was given a ticket in it on Monday because I spent over $60 at a shop there, so went in today to claim my prize only to be told you had to bring your receipt and you had to claim your [...]

One mall to rule them all?

By 20 February 2013

The Economist has an article on the future of retailing.
It’s UK centric, but it rings true for what makes a pleasing shopping experience.
Shops must become “brand ambassadors”, complementing websites. That means keeping the whole range in stock, having good customer service and being sufficiently appealing that people will travel a long way to visit [...]

Brumbies merch 2013. That’s not a baseball cap, it’s a snapback

By 13 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Brumbies have sent forth their merchandise selection for the 2013 season.
It’s some good looking gear and I might well pick some up at the ground on Saturday night.
I particularly like how what we used to call a baseball cap is now a “snapback”.

Farrer facelift

By 4 February 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has announced works on the Farrer Shops:
“The Farrer shopping centre will receive a $1.22 million refurbishment to improve its amenity, safety and accessibility,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The upgrade will include new paving, seating, bins, a drinking fountain and landscaping. It will also feature improved drainage and street lighting, widened footpaths and improved bus stop [...]

Schools kids bonus handouts in Canberra?

By 31 January 2013

School kids bonus… Paid twice in a year to help cover the costs in sending our precious kids to school in a hope they gain a respectable education and not be on the dole system when they leave and enter the adulthood.
So, I received mine for two of my precious angels, one starting year 7 [...]

Where to get ‘keep calm’ plaques in Canberra?

By 29 January 2013

Does anyone know where I can get those ‘keep calm’ plaques in canberra? (eg keep calm and drink tea, carry on, etc).
I know Flight of Fancy used to have them but they’ve sold out mostly…

Simon says we all love the plastic bag ban

By 24 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

If we really all were enamoured of Simon Corbell’s plastic bag laws one would imagine he wouldn’t need to tell us about it.
A new survey of the use of plastic shopping bags in the ACT has shown that 70% of Canberrans want to see the ban of lightweight plastic bags continue while 66% of people [...]

Majura Park gets a medical practice

By 22 January 2013

After a long silence since November the Chief Minister’s media release site has lurched into frenzied activity.
Amongst the announcements is the news that you can now see a doctor at Majura Park:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened the new Airport General Practice, located at the Majura Park Medical Centre. [...]

Spar Ngunnawal responds to noise complaint

By 21 January 2013

In response to the angry sleep deprived residents of Ngunnawal we’ve had this in:
From: Tom
Subject: Spar Ngunnawal
Message Body:
About the thread on the supermarket. The jongler got it right in that we did not know that the alarm was being triggered until a smart resident spoke to us on Saturday. The issue is being addressed and [...]

Majura Park gas leak scare

By 19 January 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue are on scene at the Majura Park Shopping centre, Lancaster Drive, Majura, investigating a suspected gas leak.
The building, including BIG W has been evacuated as a precaution.
Three fire pumpers on scene with the Hazardous Materials unit, Breathing Apparatus Van and a Command Officer. Aviation Rescue Firefighting Service also on scene.
Crews [...]

Ngunnawal residents woken for fourth week by 3.41am Supermarket alarm

By 19 January 2013

Residents of Ngunnawal near the ‘old shops’ on Jabanunnga Ave have been woken at 3.41am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings for the last four weeks by an intruder alarm going off at their local Spar supermarket.
The alarm sounds for five minutes each time before stopping. Local residents have witnessed the flashing lights and ear [...]

Simon back on his gift card hobby horse

By 17 January 2013

Perhaps my social circles are too narrow, but I’m yet to meet anyone who gives a damn about gift cards.
Simon Corbell on the other hand appears to care about them deeply and has again taken up cudgels on the issue.
“It is important that consumers know their rights and get maximum use from their gift-cards which [...]

Military op shop query

By 17 January 2013

Dear Rioters,
I recently picked up a most excellent military jacket at an op shop.  It is black, with cool embroidery on the cuffs.  Here is a photograph.  Sorry, but we can’t all be Gungahlin Al or Ben_Dover with their skills and cameras and so on.
I would love to know which of the armed services it [...]

New visions for Bunda Street

By 16 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Shane Rattenbury has announced the release of concept plans for Bunda Street:
The redesign of Bunda Street will form part of the Civic Cycle Loop project, a 3.2 kilometre path that loops around the City and connects to existing paths that lead into the City. The ACT Government has so far invested $6 million for the [...]

Simon warns about extended warranties

By 16 January 2013

Simon Corbell is warning that extended warranties are mostly rubbish:
“Fair trading agencies across Australia have raised serious questions about the value of extended warranties, and whether they offer any greater protection than that already provided by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Most consumers are offered an extended warranty, particularly when purchasing electrical equipment or whitegoods and [...]

Mode 3

By 15 January 2013

What’s the deal with the brand new Mode 3 building sitting on Lonsdale St, which is supposed to have 2000m of retail space?
I’m not sure if it’s even completed yet (project mgrs projected May 2012) but what are they proposing to put in there anyway that can attract customers?

Gourmet City closed

By 5 January 2013

I’ve noticed that Gourmet City in the Canberra Centre is boarded up.
Anyone know if it is being refurbished or replaced? It will be missed if so.
The Canberra Centre needs a decent delicatessen.

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