Tag Archives: Shopping

Dickson Woollies to get an upgrade

By 5 November 2009

Seldom a month goes by without someone on RA expressing dissatisfaction with the Woolworths at Dickson.
So no doubt people will be happy to know that an upgrade is in the works, with the relevant DA lodged with ACTPLA.
Except…the DA indicates they are only jazzing up the external signage. Surely they are going to do something [...]

Spence shops ?!

By 20 October 2009

Does anyone know what is going on here ?
What was a handy little shopping centre is going to the dogs.  The convenience store (I use this term loosely) is so run down it’s not funny.  You have to check the use by date on the milk every time. Lots of empty shelf space and practically tumbleweeds [...]

Another mega mall for Fyshwick?

By 27 September 2009

As a libertarian my heart thrills to see laissez faire economics driving retail planning in the ACT.
Let the chips fall where they may! Let the businesses that can’t attract custom fall by the wayside!
So imagine my joy to see a Canberra Times report that Harry Notaras Investments is planning to build another enourmous shopping mall [...]

Handmade Market rocks the Yarralumla Woolshed

By 12 September 2009

Oh. My. God. If you’ve been to Handmade Market this weekend, you probably have sore feet, an empty wallet, and the warm inner glow that comes from retail therapy supporting local crafters.
I should state at the outset that I’m a very bad consumer. I don’t buy much stuff (compared to my female friends), and when [...]

Where to buy a vegetarian lasagne?

By 4 September 2009

I’m relatively new to Canberra and need to urgently find a shop that sells pre-made vegetarian lasagnes. I’ve tried Coles and Woolworths, but they only sell beef lasagnes.
Any advice would be much appreciated.

Kafka comes to Canberra as TAMS takes issue with displays on City Walk

By 29 August 2009

The Canberra Times brings word on the latest boneheaded stoush with the Department of Territory And Municipal Services (TAMS) and traders in Civic who’ve been putting displays and merchandise out in front of their stores.
TAMS sound moderately admirable when they say a permit needs to be obtained before taking appropriating the commons that is City [...]

Bus Depot Markets without the bus depot?

By 18 August 2009

[First Filed - August 17, 2009 @ 10:11]
The Canberra Times brings word that the Gubbmint is planning to tear down the old Kingston bus depot to flog off the land for yuppie hutches.
The plan is to throw up some form of building to house the markets down by the lake.
If a new building is approved, [...]

How goes the DFO/Brand Depot War?

By 8 August 2009

I took a trip to DFO yesterday.  It seemed surprisingly busy, at least compared to previous visits.  However, there are a large number of the big shops still empty. (As an aside, could these be used to house Canberra’s homeless?) And I know a bored look on a teenage girl isn’t unusual, but some of [...]

Bollywood fashion in Canberra.

By 31 July 2009

Any suggestion where I can buy a sari in Canberra?
Preferably a shop that also would give me some instructions on how the actually wear it correctly?

Supermarket review policy meets YouTube

By 21 July 2009

The Chief Minister’s Department has announced the brave entry of the Supermarket Review Policy into social media.
In particular this means that John Martin’s thoughts on the supermarket review have a rather spiffy YouTube channel (sadly with embedding disabled). And a foray onto facebook.
Video snobs are even accommodated with the material duplicated on Vimeo.
Perhaps more pressingly [...]

Call me Mr 10%

By 21 July 2009

Ok, yesterday I was spending the residue of our holiday money. We badly needed a DVD / Hard drive recorder for TV programs etc, so I had the remit to go out and get a deal.
Having chosen the model I fancied, I went to play all the outlets down at Fyshwick off against each other.
All [...]

Mother Nature Tuggeranong – Renovation or RIP?

By 18 July 2009

Spotted this morning at the Hyperdome – Mother Nature is swathed in black plastic with black spray-paint advising Closed for Renovations.
I think most Tuggeranong regulars have noted that the Mother Nature here has been circling the drain for quite a while – prices went up, quality down, range reduced, registers not working properly, staff numbers [...]

The archetypes of supermarket self service at the Erindale Woolies

By 15 July 2009

In our earlier discussion of the merits of self-service at supermarket checkouts in Canberra Woody Mann-Caruso has devoted some time to the different characters inhabiting the self service lines at the Erindale Woolworths.
I enjoyed it enough to give it some light editing and a reposting as its own story. So here they are:

Which self serve [...]

Supermarkets without checkouts….

By 14 July 2009

We’ve had ‘Yes, Minister’s’ hospitals without patients, we have ‘service stations’ without service, and now we have supermarkets where customers do their own check-outs. 
I have just been to Woolworth’s at Belconnen where there was one single solitary human at one of the 20 or so check-outs. 
Customers who didn’t spot the checkout light at the [...]

Local designer adds new dimension to Canberra’s fashion scene

By 8 July 2009

Local Canberra designer Polly Stokes will soon be launching her exclusive fashion label Polbymade.  Polly’s label brings together over ten years experience in design with distinctive fabrics to create one-of-a-kind garments for wedding, formal and everyday wear.
Polly’s signature is the innovative use of traditional Japanese fabrics in contemporary designs.  After graduating with a Bachelor of [...]

Help Me its my Dad’s 60th!!!

By 8 July 2009

What do I buy here in Canberra for my father’s 60th Birthday????
Why are Dad’s always hard to buy for?????

Consulting on the supermarket review

By 7 July 2009

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope has announced a program of public meetings to have your say on the ACT Government’s review of the supermarket sector.
If you want to be effective you need to send in a submission before 5pm, 24 July to
But if you like a good chin-wag and a low chance of getting on [...]

The Way We Wear: Vintage Fashion Fair

By 22 June 2009

The Way We Wear are doing another Vintage Fashion Fair at Albert Hall.
Friday 3 July 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 4 July 10am – 5pm
Sunday 5 July 10am – 4pm
Adults $12, children $6, family $30
The theme this time is “Space Age Fashion”, because it’s the 40th anniversary of the moon landing and the 4th of July weekend.
I [...]

Hazy Moon bookshop at Ainslie shops closing down …

By 21 June 2009

The 2nd hand bookshop at Ainslie (down the lane) is closing down early this week. Books are ALL half price. Lots of them are in poor or fair condition but I found a couple of gems today. I think the shop is open from 11 till sundown on Sunday …
A related thought: I must [...]

In search of advice on Supermarkets

By 16 June 2009

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that he’s dragging a former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Commissioner, Mr John Martin, in to figure out what’s needed in the ACT’s supermarket sector.
Mr Martin will advise the ACT Government on a range of issues that surround the review, in particular the local implications of the ACCC’s [...]

What’s happening with Wilsons Organics?

By 13 June 2009

I have been driving past once a week in the hopes that the doors will be open once again for trade  but so far, no luck.
They have been closed for renovations for over a year now, does anybody know whats going on and when  this great little organic grocer will be open again?

Do you want your bags?

By 2 June 2009

This sign has gone up on Cowper Street in Ainslie.
If it is indeed a protest against plans to ban disposable plastic bags here in Canberra how do you feel about the issue?
The moves they are afoot.

Furniture Direct fails to deliver. Newsflash, guys: it’s bad business to give false assurances to close the deal.

By 2 June 2009

We ordered something from Furniture Direct in late April. Before we ordered it, we asked when it would be delivered as we needed it soon. The salesman said it would be a couple of weeks, and when questioned further, he confirmed that we could expect delivery in two weeks’ time. Satisfied that we would have [...]

Hibberson St Mall?

By 21 May 2009

I just heard on channel 7 this morning that the govt may turn Hibberson street, Gungahlin into a mall.
Do any RA readers know anything about this?

$10k to get your grass back

By 19 May 2009

The Canberra Times has the scandalous news that the Kingston traders have been asked to fork out $10,000 a year in exchange for getting a small patch of lawn back in Green Square.
The traders have received a letter from Parks, Conservation and Lands asking them to consider collectively funding the ”additional costs required to [...]

Westfield woden – Indoor Sunday market?

By 11 May 2009

Hi people,
I dont whinge often but I was roaming the Westfield Woden/Woden plaza on Saturday and Sunday for some mother’s day stuff and I was amazed at the number of those little crappy stores they have setup in the middle of the walkways.
From memory there was a:
– Sock store
– Perfume store
– Car > fund [...]

Whatever has happened to the Downer shops?

By 5 May 2009

[First filed: May 05, 2009 @ 09:05]

Back in 1988 quite a bit of bicentennial money was spent on the Downer shops. A very nice precinct was created, almost like a monastic cloister.
Having lived in Downer a couple of times it was something I really appreciated.
Over the years the fortunes of the shops has waxed and [...]

Hurry Hurry Hurry! There’s a flamin sale on!

By 24 April 2009

As a public servant who works in media relations, I know a thing or two about getting a message out there. I know that if you push the same message over and over, people stop listening.
A few big retailers in Canberra obviously don’t know this as every week, another ad screams there’s a sale [...]

Other shopping malls line up to put the boot into the Canberra Centre

By 22 April 2009

The Canberra Times informs us that the other shopping malls in Canberra are kicking some easy goals on the back of the Canberra Centre’s Sunday Pay Parking:
Westfield shopping centres and The G in Gungahlin said they could not foresee it happening. The Tuggeranong Hyperdome did not comment on its plans.
The G centre manager, Julie [...]

Help Fix My Cold Feet

By 20 April 2009

Well it’s nearly Anzac Day and I’ve been faithfully informed that this historic milestone also marks the first day of the year that I can wear my wooly sheepskin boots down to Woolies without being labelled a sook (well, ‘sook’ wasn’t the word used, but I couldn’t find the word he used in the Oxford, [...]

David Jones closed

By 16 April 2009

DJ’s in Civic has had extensive water damage from its sprinkler system and may be closed for weeks.

Minimal risk at Cooleman Court

By 16 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a bit on the trouble at Cooleman Court where asbestos has been found in the aircon and shops have had to close:
Four Cooleman Court shops are gradually reopening after an asbestos scare late last week.
The shops were closed on Thursday when asbestos-related material found in an air-conditioning duct months ago [...]

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