Shopping (511 Stories)

Where to buy a hat in Canberra?

By 23 April 2013

As the colder weather approaches I’m in need of something fashionable to cover what remains of where my full head of hair used to be.
As an early 30′s male who’d rather shave his head than look like a 60 year old bald man I’m having trouble finding anywhere that sells a wide assortment of [...]

Record Store Day for the RSPCA

By 22 April 2013

Record store day came and went, I celebrated with a visit to Songland at Cooleman Court. The vinyl on offer was all donated and was generally what you would expect.
I picked up some groovy tunes (6 records for $10) and now just need to work out how to play them; otherwise I will [...]

Rose Cottage Markets


Dropped by the Rose Cottage Markets on Saturday, hoping rather than expecting a small but bustling hive of locally produced goods nestled amongst the gardens of the Old Rose Inn.
The site has always had a chequered commercial history, never quite hitting the mark as a destination location and not really en route to anywhere. [...]

Women who are not ladies uncatered for . . .

By 17 April 2013

Still cleaning out my camera and found this poorly conceived and executed sign from Gold Creek Hair and Beauty. I imagine Chenille of Chenille’s Institute de Beaute’ & House Of Hair Removal would entirely approve of this sign.
I regret never peering inside to discover the nature of the “Treatments”.
[Got an image of Canberra you [...]

A mighty rigid structure appears in the Canberra Centre. Pour Quoi?


The food court atrium in the Canberra Centre has developed a large steel frame for what seems to be some sort of internal roofing.
Anyone want to suggest what could be the cause?

Top English at Top Bargain

By 14 April 2013

Feeding my insatiable desire for cheap and quirky stationery means I spend a lot of time in the discount shops. This creates a pretty high tolerance for poorly crafted advice and signage.
This new sign by Top Bargain in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome has raised the ambiguity bar beyond my wildest expectations.
Good job.
[Got an [...]

Charity tokens; a limited International Study.


A dear friend of mine irregularly sends me snaps of the charity token bins at his local Waitrose supermarket in Suffolk. After discovering a similar arrangement at The Good Guys we did a brief desktop analysis.
The major findings were that:
— Tuggeranong likes Jamie Oliver better than Suffolk;
— The English support historic and [...]

Parking gets the works at the Charnie shops

By 9 April 2013

Adding to tensions at Charnwood Shops is a dangerous thing indeed. But TAMS are warning that they’re resurfacing the car park:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the main car park of the Charnwood Shopping Centre will be resurfaced on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April 2013 (weather permitting). [...]

Zed agin plastic bag compliance


Liberal Cost of Living Shadow Minister Zed Seselja has made an effort to earn his pay while running for the Senate and asked why the Government spent a whole $61,000 on plastic bag compliance.
To this end he’s waving around an answer to a question on notice (which we note was asked by Assembly newcomer Giulia [...]

Where to buy an overcoat in Canberra?

By 2 April 2013

Having recently returned from the Middle East, I am starting to feel the cold.
Could anyone tell me where I might buy an overcoat (not a jacket) to be worn over a suit.
I will try DJs of course but grateful for any other suggestions?

Is this for REAL? (whitegoods scam bites consumers)

By 31 March 2013

I was recently contacted by my real estate agent to say that she had arranged for a new stove to be paid for and picked up at a large well-known white goods supplier.  So I rang them to arrange payment and to let them know that the plumber would pick it up in a day [...]

Good Friday’s Unconstitutional laws?

By 29 March 2013”>From Section 116 of the Constitution:
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.
Seems silly that we all get [...]

DV 317 comes for Kambah


Simon Corbell has announced planning changes (he calls them improvements) for Tuggeranong:
“The ACT Government released the plan which set out the vision for the Kambah Group Centre while also
addressing issues like parking availability and ease of movement around the retail precinct. This draft Variation
317 (DV317) will guide future development while maintaining the village feel that [...]

Chapman shops upgrade


Mayor Rattenbury is letting us know we can have our say about planned upgrades to the Chapman Shops.
“I’m pleased to announce the preliminary sketch plans for the upgrade of Chapman shops have now been developed following input from the Chapman community, traders, lessees and government stakeholders,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“A drop-in consultation session will be held [...]

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”.

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