Tag Archives: Shopping

The ancient art of shopping


Shopping is one of humanity’s oldest pleasures. From ancient Greek agoras to Roman markets to the Turkish Bazaar of the Middle Ages and the modern day shopping mall, people have always liked to come together to shop.
Originally, markets sold food and other essentials as well as luxuries. We still see echoes of these all-in-one destinations [...]

Antiques, woodworks and bakeries in Bungendore


If you’re like me, you’ve probably drive through Bungendore a dozen times on the way to the coast, but never actually stopped there.
While the most visible part of the town is short and if you blink you might miss it, there is more than meets the eye in this New South Wales town only a [...]

My hat. And the future of retail

By 3 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bear with me here. A huge chunk of Canberra’s economy turns on this hat.
Recently I was in the market for a hat. Fedoras had served me well in recent years but a man needs a bit of variety and really, if you can pick one up in Target how cool can it be? (Nerf guns [...]

Sometimes you just have to step back and assess your work. Images of Canberra

By 7 August 2013

@rosannabeatrice has sent in this intriguing signage from the Macpac store in Braddon.
It sounds painful.
Got an image of Canberra to share with the world? Email it in to .

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 [...]

Buying a tuxedo in canberra?

By 11 March 2012

Trying to find a reasonable priced, reasonable quality tuxedo in Canberra but not having alot of luck. I was suprised at the number of stores where I expected to find them that just don’t stock any.
Does anyone know where I could pick up a a tuxedo, pure wool or wool blend for under $1000? [...]

Calwell… Land of the jerk?

By 20 October 2011

I have recently started shopping at the Calwell shopping centre, and at the beginning it seemed nice enough but after a few weeks I can’t help but notice a lot of the people who work there are so rude. And not just the normal amount of rudeness, and not just towards me, they seem to hate everyone. [...]

What’s with Cardeaux?

By 28 July 2011

Cardeaux in the bottom of the Canberra Centre has been shuttered for months now.  What’s the go? 
Anyone know? 
It’s occupying valuable floorspace that could be given over to another nationwide fast food franchise.

Business shirts for a fat necked man in Canberra?

By 26 July 2011

I’m calling out to other athletic fat necked men to suggest some brands or stores I can buy some more shirts from without bleeding dry.

Confirmed.. It’s a Woolies for Dunlop


For those who doubted the original blog back in January, and there were plenty the development application is now in for the new Supermarket at Dunlop even though it’s been under construction for months. (how does that work?)
Did they get in before the (former) Chiefly one insisted on getting more IGA etc, or didn’t anyone [...]

Antiques and old stuff near Canberra

By 15 May 2011

I’m on the hunt for some old kitchenware that is more likely to turn up in a country second hand shop than Canberra antique shops.
Plus a little drive in the country might be good for the overtired three year old on a quiet afternoon.
So can anyone recommend a second hand shop within an [...]

Mother’s Day in Canberra


Mother’s Day is only days away…have you worked out how you’re going to say thank you to the mum in your life?
Here are some suggestions for things to do and things to give this Sunday, 8 May..all of which you can find around the region or with the click of a mouse!
In The [...]

Great customer service in Canberra… I found it!!!!

By 27 April 2011

I know there’s a lot of stories here on bad customer service from businesses in and around Canberra, but yesterday I had an experience of great customer service. They really went above and beyond.
It all started when I was moving in with my partner last weekend with the help of some of my friends. While [...]

ReLoved Pop-Up Shop and Clothes Swap this weekend

By 16 March 2011

[ 18 March 2011 to 20 March 2011. ] For YOU ARE HERE, Re-Loved will be taking over a vacant shopfront and transforming it into a fashion mecca.

The space will be used as a studio throughout the festival, where designers will create and sell new garments in a co-operative pop-up shop.

Designers participating in the event include; Lisa Barrett, [...]

Give us a reason to stay……….

By 31 January 2011

We have all seen the recent campaign by 21 retailers including Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman and Just Jeans urging consumers to keep patronising their retail stores and demanding that GST be applied to online purchases.
Apart from being an ill conceived and somewhat arrogant campaign, which I’m not going to get into, it’s the wrong [...]

Costco to fill out the empty space at Brand Depot

By 21 January 2011

Last October we noted that retailing giant Costco was gearing up to move into Canberra.
Today Chief Minister Stanhope is celebrating this vindication of his economic leadership.
“This is good news for Canberra, good news for shoppers and a good sign of the confidence that a major international company such as Costco has in the strength of [...]

Shoe shopping for a good cause ladies?

By 6 October 2010

The following crossed my desk and seemed worthwhile:
– Emilia seeking as many heels as possible this October for Carmen Steffens’ ‘Heel Swap’
– Once loved shoes to be donated to Canberra based charity Inanna
– Participants will enjoy 30% off any full priced Carmen Steffens shoe in store
Until the 20th of October, Emilia Rossi from Carmen Steffens [...]

We are looking for a vacant retail space 200m-300m

By 29 September 2010

G’day all
We are looking for a vacant retail space in a suburban shopping centre, Ideally in the Inner South/Woden/ Weston Creek area. does anybody know of any empty shops? We would prefer to be in a small suburban shops as this would suit our business better. We have been in North Lyneham for nearly 3 [...]

DFO Canberra stays with Austexx

By 24 September 2010

The Business Spectator reports that a deal’s been done to preserve Austexx, the parent company of the beloved DFO.
Colonial First State is buying the brand and outlets in NSW and Victoria, while the original parent company is taking the money and licencing the brand for its remaining holdings in Queensland, Tasmania, and here in the [...]

ACT retailing in trouble

By 8 September 2010

The ABC has a story on the falling ACT retail sales as our planning processes pump ever more retail space into the market.
David Rumbens from Access Economics says sales lagged in the June quarter.
“A slowing construction activity, potentially as the fiscal stimulus is withdrawn. Potential for further rate rises may have a greater impact [...]

Kambah to get a master plan

By 27 August 2010

Brendan Smyth is celebrating getting an Assembly vote in favour of the production of a master plan for Kambah Village.
“I am delighted that the Assembly agreed with my proposal for the Kambah Village master plan, as a review of retail and other services within Kambah is now well overdue,” Mr Smyth said.
“I have been concerned [...]

Belconnen Markets revamp plans attract mixed reviews

By 30 June 2010

The Canberra Times has a story on the plans to redevelop the Belconnen Markets and the mixed feelings of the existing operators to the plans:
A development application lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority shows the Rock Development Group project includes a mixed-use, seven-storey apartment block, including 212 apartments, a two-storey underground parking facility [...]

Does Canberra have any designer alcohol shops?

By 26 June 2010

Tapping into collective knowledge here, there used to be an alcohol shop in the Canberra Center that stocked drinks in really awesome (and some slightly more than PG) bottles and unique flavours.
Can anyone recall what it was called?
And is there a similar shop open elsewhere in Canberra?

Cowboy boots in Canberra?

By 23 June 2010

I’m getting married in October, and my spouse-to-be and I are wearing cowboy boots. Only problem is, we don’t have any. Anyone got any advice on a good supplier of cowboy boots in the ACT?

Furniture shopping in Canberra

By 31 May 2010

We’re moving house and need to buy furniture for the new house.
IKEA has a flat delivery rate of $295 but you can’t order online so we’d have to do a day a trip to IKEA to buy everything and then have it delivered – that’s a little inconvenient at this stage.
Bringithome will go to IKEA, [...]

Simon flies a kite on banning plastic shopping bags

By 24 May 2010

Simon Corbell is tentatively suggesting he’s thinking about banning plastic shopping bags of less than 35 microns thickness.
Meaning we end up buying packs of plastic bags for putting garbage into, rather than getting them with the shopping.
While many people like to use re-usable bags instead of plastic ones it’s worth noting that those people are [...]


By 28 April 2010

[ 2 May 2010; ] Hoola Hoop Classic Clothing is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Braidwood Billy Cart Derby, which takes place this Sunday the 2nd of May.

Entries have exceeded expectations and there will be several races in a number of catagories thorughout the day! This will be a great, fun event for everyone!

For more details, follow the link [...]

Army surplus/disposals

By 18 February 2010

Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone can tell me if there is still an army disposal store in Canberra?  I know that there was one in Fyshwick (? Second Wind) but I can’t seem to find them.  I need some khakis for a party next week.

Interesting Local Supermarket

By 11 February 2010

I was in Mawson the other day, and stopped in at the Swinger Hill shops. The Friendly Grocer is only new there, and I was surprised to find items on the shelf that I thought were only found in my home state of South Australia – yo-yo biscuits for one. When i mentioned this to [...]

Borders bookstore fictional pricing

By 31 December 2009

So my wife (on behalf of my son) gave me the paperback version of The Road for Christmas, and while reading it the receipt slipped out from between the pages.  After a little chortle at my wife’s expense the receipt becomes my bookmark and I continue my read.
On closing the book, I noticed the RRP [...]

go for the dough

By 30 December 2009

as the swiss will say: old bread is not hard; no bread is hard.
ok rioters, a quick look at the search function tells me we haven’t had a rant or boast about the very staple of life – bread – here any recent time…   so, where is the best loaf to be had in sunny canberra, [...]

Canberra Centre Parking System installation

By 22 November 2009

At the Canberra Centre today, workers were installing a parking sensor system in the carpark closest to Big W.
Basically, when a carpark was occupied, a red light appeared above it on the roof, and when the space was free, the light was green.
Looked like  a great idea to me!
(sorry, no photos)

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