Archive for Category: "TREASURE TROVE"
How would Chairman Mao feel about today’s China – still communist, yet beating the West at its own capitalist game? Probably the same way he’d feel about Mao & More, a shop that sells iconography of the People’s Republic to decadent Sydneysiders as curios and furnishings.
Even in the bright and bustling intersection that is Paddington’s Five Ways, you can’t miss the Dirty Pretty Things (DPT) store – there’s always a scantily clad mannequin on display in the huge black window. She may be cast as a pin-up Dorothy in a red-checked frilly ensemble; or as a starlet in silky, pink boudoir attire; or as a saucy madam with a sexy, black lace corset and a feathered mask.
Imagine an RSPCA for plants, if you will. A nurturing nursery where rejected and neglected withering pot plants can go to be brought lovingly back to life before being sold to owners who can give them a better home. There you have Pre-Loved Roots, a nursery whose passionate and knowledgeable team collects unwanted potted plants (and pots) from around Sydney.
As well as attracting the ‘beautiful people’, Bondi Beach is home to a large percentage of Sydney’s creative types. Artists, writers, photographers, musos and actors all convene at this cosy second-hand bookshop and cafe (the name is a tribute to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas) to read, write screenplays, talk shop, brainstorm and catch up. They lounge on couches, perch at tables among the jam-packed bookshelves or dine alfresco on the street.
When a visiting French musician says, ‘I wish we had a place like this in Paris’ about a Sydney store, you know you’re on to a really good thing. Hidden in a sleepy part of Crown Street, Surry Hills, between a laundrette and a hairdresser, Title is one of Sydney’s very few underground ‘destination’ shops.