Archive for Category: "TREASURE TROVE"

Mao & More | Surry Hills, Sydney

Mao & More | Surry Hills, Sydney

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.

Dirty Pretty Things | Sydney

Dirty Pretty Things | Sydney

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.

Pre-loved Roots | Sydney

Pre-loved Roots | Sydney

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.

Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookshop | Sydney

Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookshop | 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.

Title | Sydney

Title | Sydney

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.