Monthly Archives: May 2014

Calendar Girls

Tomorrow night, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre will host the fantastic and well received play, “Calendar Girls”.
Based on the true story of a fund raising project by a branch of the Women’s Institute in the UK, this play will “make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem”.

Calendar Girls at BREC

Calendar Girls at BREC

 

A ladies night function commences at 7pm with, which includes a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles. Stylo has been asked to judge the “Best Dressed Lady”so we will be on the look out for Stylo at its best!

We are lucky to have 3 Double Passes to give away! All you need to do is be the first to comment on our Facebook Page or text “I’m in” to 0414 901 611!

The play will commence at 8pm! Will we see you there?

New Gallery Space opens up opportunities for Regional Artists

Friday night saw the opening of Bunbury’s newest gallery at Marlston. Filled with a crowd of good looking people, pretty impressive wine and cheese from Ferguson Falls, and a diverse and exciting collection of art, ‘dipikshens’ was humming.  Probably the first commercial gallery of its kind in the area ‘dipikshens’ perfectly compliments the precent which already boasts some great cafes and restaurants as well as the Lava Glass Gallery and Splash Gallery. Fiona (Fi) Collett has always been a lover and supporter of regional and West Australian Art, and she felt the time was right to offer opportunities to both the regional artists and the people of Bunbury to open a gallery that presented an outlet that enhanced this retail and tourist sector of town.

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Currently representing over 15 artists, Fi was thrilled with the turn out on Friday which included over 80% of the represented artists. Amongst the ‘stylish’ crowd were arguably Bunbury’s most respected collectors of West Australian art, Liz and Lloyd Horn.

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It was refreshing to see such a great mix of people attend the opening and perhaps was a reflection of the diversity of the artwork, that it appeals to so many.

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Examples of work that can be viewed at ‘dipikshens’ are pieces by Perth based artist Heidi Mulder and local Bunbury girl Elly Craike.

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Check it out – open 10 to 4 Thursday to Monday www.dipikshens.com.au

Cuts by D

Pop up shops are perhaps not a new concept, but the trend is fast growing and the style of Pop Ups are becoming more innovative and exciting.  Bunbury is proud to boast such innovation in the form of a new Pop Up at ‘The Darkroom Concept’ in Victoria Street.  Since first opening it’s doors, Jordan has added a whole new dimension to the Marlston end of Victoria Street with an awesome shop fit out, unique global brands and a concept that takes retail to a whole new level of experience and diversity. This includes his support of local and state artists where he showcased the work of Jodee Knowles and supported Re-Discover earlier this year.

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“The Darkroom Concept” window lends itself perfectly to Bunbury’s latest Pop Up which is “Cuts by D”. Dino is a local stylist specialising in men’s hair.  While working a mobile business he considered the idea of testing the water for a more permanent place to practise his trade.  As Jordan’s stylist, and as the “Darkroom Concept” stocked many of the products that Dino used, it was a natural progression to try the Pop Up in a space that lent itself to the modern and creative flair that epitomises both Dino and the space.

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In a few short days business is steadily growing and word is spreading. Stylo is so excited to see this take off. It is an example of how a town can take on personality through forward thinking and stylish young people that use creativity to utilise a space.

Want Dino to style your hair – Thursday -3/7 Friday & sat – 11/4 or walk in or message Dino on “cuts by d” Facebook page

Little East Bunbury

There is a little corner of Bunbury nestled to the East that has grown it’s own personality and blossomed into what is now a hub of great food, shops and people. The Stylo team took an afternoon to explore this piece of urban culture, and find out about the people behind what has become a much loved and buzzing precent. First stop “Happy Wife” for coffee and amazing cake. Paul Griffin and his wife Sophine moved to Bunbury 3 years ago to open their own café with the intent of establishing a ‘food to go’ outlet. After an extensive search for the perfect venue they settled on the old deli in East Bunbury. Paul had seen the potential for such a café after some years working in the hospitality industry in Perth, France, Noosa and Pemberton. While he recognised his concept and vision were a gamble, he never imagined that the people of Bunbury (and residents of East Bunbury) were ready to embrace a new injection of energy into this little nook, and within weeks he realised that while the food was ‘to go’ everyone wanted to sit and enjoy meals and coffee at ‘The Happy Wife’. Beginning with 3 staff the team now boasts 12+, and in three short years has expanded to include the much loved outdoor area with amazing views across Bunbury’s beloved inlet.

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The Happy Wife consistently offers amazing food, much of it made from fresh local produce, a philosophy Paul and his staff feel strongly about. He has continued to manage a loyal and dedicated team. Incoming chef Kate, (no stranger to the Bunbury crowds) has just joined the Happy Wife to fill the big shoes of Jake who is heading off to South America on what will no doubt be an amazing adventure with some culinary stops along the way.

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All cakes are homemade at “The Happy Wife” – like this coconut and chili cake – Yum

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Sooooo, while we were on the Café trail, we decided to cross the road and visit “Corners on King”. This establishment is perhaps one of the oldest businesses in the Little East Bunbury precent but perhaps not as we know it today.  Originally The Mangrove Café, a young man born in Botswana and emigrating to East Bunbury at 13, decided to purchase it at the tender age of 20. In doing so he took on an extremely successful café and in 5 years Greg has put his own stamp on this eatery.  Why the change to “Corners on King”? Because Greg saw it as a natural progression for his business within the area, which was gaining popularity and respect from both within and outside the East Bunbury Community.  Greg also wanted to put his own personality and stamp on the business. There is no doubt the make over at Corners is amazing and presents a beautiful and very modern feel to the area.

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Again we have a café that offers fresh local produce presented by a well oiled and committed team of individuals. It is fantastic to see a young man with such drive and ambition realise his dream of owning his own café. Greg is wrapped to see both a new group of clientele coming through his doors, while also continuing to welcome the loyal Mangrove customers. “Corners on King” is a family affair where Greg has had amazing support from his partner and parents. In fact is was his father’s idea with the name change, all coming to fruition around the family dinner table – of course.

But little East Bunbury is not just about cafes, as we discovered.  In fact we were surprised at the number of businesses within in the collective. “Soho Hair and Beauty”, like “Corners on King” has been in East Bunbury for 5 years, however owner/operator Kim Harvey has been in the hair and beauty industry for 32 years.

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When we popped in the salon was buzzing, full of clients and a very beautiful and groovy team of girls. Kim chose to move to East Bunbury because she was looking for an area that had a nice vibe and easy parking for her clients.  When first identifying East Bunbury even her mum didn’t know where the area was, however that soon changed and it has proven to be a fantastic move for “Soho”. Like the Happy Wife, her staff has grown from 3 to 9 and she has many walk ins.  Kim sees the cafes as a great asset to the area as they have definitely enhanced the buzz and continue to attract the flow of traffic.

And who is the new kid on the block?????

“The Flower Bench Boutique”, an extension of the beautiful gift shop in the CBD has opened it’s doors only a few short weeks ago, and has already built up a strong and steady stream of clientele.  Russell Green felt that East Bunbury is now seen as a destination and lent itself to such a store where women could be offered great labels in a store and offered subtle sophistication and amazing service from the effervescent Jorja. How could you not buy something off this girl??

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We were welcomed with open arms so what does a Style team do in a boutique? check out the product of course – and so much to choose from (all while enjoying a beautiful bottle of Geographe Reisling from Talisman)

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That was a wrap but we have only covered half of Little East Bunbury. Stay tuned to the blog, facebook and instagram for our follow up on the other stores in the East, “Paul’s Fruit and Veg” at”The Quays”, “Xquisite” Hair and Beauty and “Parade Fish and Chips”

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Au revoir from the Stylo team

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