The Ultimate Guide To Bulimba

The Ultimate Guide To Bulimba

Full of village charm

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 10th September 2020

Whether you’re strolling down Oxford Street with boutique bags in hand or skirting the sun-streaked river while pooches pass you by, Bulimba and beyond is the leafy place to be. Get to know the familiar faces and warm smiles at these welcoming local haunts.

Bulimba Dermatology | Bulimba

Aspiring to help people through the varied journeys their skin takes them on, a treatment at this specialist skin care centre is the beginning of a long relationship with caring and responsive reception staff, experienced nurses and specialist dermatologists who know skin best. From medical dermatology, skin surgery, cosmetic and medical grade laser treatments, and now an exclusive personalised medical skin care range – Universkin – Bulimba Dermatology will take care of you and your skin.

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Crackerjack Toys | Bulimba

Walking into this gorgeous children’s toy store is like entering wonderland. Toys and gifts of beautiful quality, sourced from all over the world, fill every nook and cranny. You’ll find something for every occasion in boutique children’s clothes,

crafts, books, wooden toys, science sets and dolls. As a much-loved part of the community for over 14 years, they make ‘playing big’ their speciality, even offering complimentary gift wrapping and free delivery to 4170 and 4171.

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Friday’s at Merci | Hawthorne

Experiencing the cosy and lush vibes of Merci was once reserved for special occasions, but now every Friday is something to celebrate. The boutique private function space is forgoing the guest list on Friday nights to welcome locals and the weekend in the right way. The luxury home-away-from-home feel that made Merci’s intimate events standout is now also the perfect backdrop for post-work drinks. Backed by carefully curated cocktails, cheerful luxury and the belief that making memories should be life’s top priority, the Friday night bar exudes charm

and calm. As for the rest of the week, the heritage style building is still the perfect place to house your memorable event. Whether it’s a beautiful bridal shower or a birthday celebration, you’ll enter the light-filled space in awe and assurance that all the details have been taken care of by the attentive team. Leave it to the professionals and be spoilt to the max with a Queensland-meets-Hamptons inspired aesthetic, gourmet grazing tables, chef-curated canapés and a menu of Instagram-worthy cocktail creations that taste even better than they look.

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Hawthorne Garage | Hawthorne

Although this old school garage has swapped wheels for meals, the traditions of excellent service live on with a fresh twist. A peek into the fridges and pantries of in-the-know locals is sure to find crisp produce, specialty ingredients and deli delights from one homegrown icon that’s cemented itself into the community – Hawthorne Garage.

If you’re already familiar with the fresh brilliance that can be found at the Brisbane Fruit Markets at Rocklea, then it should come as no surprise that this is where Hawthorne Garage source their stock from to ensure only the best. Everything you need for any culinary endeavour can be found on the shelves of their ever-growing grocery section, including a great range of Winston’s specialty meat. And, if you’ve been searching high and low for that one last ingredient, all you have to do is ask the friendly team and they’ll source it for you.

Whether it’s a morning grocery run, an after-work swing-by or anything in between, from 6am to 8pm, a visit to Hawthorne Garage will energise you in all the right ways. Their extensive health and lifestyle section also covers many gluten free and paleo options, along with a great organic grocery range. Plus, if your cooking forte is much more tap-and-go, leave it to the professionals at the delicious deli. You’ll find it all in the store that caters for everyone in a convenient location with excellent parking and exceptional service.

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Morningside Medispa | Morningside

When it comes to a personalised experience and passionate service, Morningside Medispa is a must visit space. Empowered by her international roots and the beauty she’s discovered all over the globe, Founder Sandra Findlay is now making moves in the cosmetic world within a gorgeous boutique clinic where the number one priority is you. From their genuine care to bespoke corrective programs, it doesn’t matter whether you’re receiving skin needling, brow laminations, dermaplaning, fibroplast skin tightening or massages – your treatment will be completely tailored to you. As the one stop for all your beauty needs, the team are always evolving to meet all your skin goals with plenty of personality and professionality to spare! Morningside Medispa know you’ll want it all, which is why they’re offering the first of its kind in beauty with unlimited treatments for $295 per month! If you want your pampering to know no limits, contact Sandra and her team to secure your subscription.

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Ms. Francis | Morningside

Feel like you’re catching up with an old friend, who also happens to be a national cutting and colouring extraordinaire here. Your visit into this luxe and leafy hairdresser hub will begin with a signature herbal tea and mini hand scrub, before New York Fashion Week-approved stylists create beautiful blow drys, face-enhancing highlights and clever cuts that work for you. Expressive, expert and exceptional, it’s all about beautiful hair for lovely people here.

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Revel Brewing Co. | Bulimba

Whether you prefer your sips filled with tropical fruit flavours or a salty sour is your go-to, there’s something for everyone at this laidback, independent brewery. From their handmade gnocchi to their hand-stretched woodfired

pizza, Revel pairs their indie craft beers and wines with delicious food and even better times. Grab the gals and your furry friends too, because supporting local has never tasted so good.

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Soho Bay | Bulimba

Make the most of the stunning Australian landscape we call home with unique designs and lifestyle products that complement its beauty. Soho Bay was born to offer the homewares and fashion that inspire you at an affordable price, so you can live the life you want. In the soothing atmosphere you’ll find niche gifts for you and yours, including gifts for men across clothing and fragrances. And for those further south, they’re opening their third store in Coolangatta mid-September!

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Starfire Diamond Jewellery | Bulimba

As one of the very few female diamond wholesalers and retailers in a male dominated industry, Shweta Khan truly knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Fuelled by her sheer determination to be different, the founder and designer of Starfire Diamond Jewellery carefully crafts each piece of jewellery in her unique collection, with no two diamonds alike. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring, wedding band, push present or anniversary gift, the impressive team of diamond experts, gemologists and jewellers understand the significance of the purchase and will always rise to the occasion.

The beautiful jewellery showcased in every cabinet throughout the space are one-off designs, with gorgeous interpretations on current trends, including the most popular cut for engagement rings – oval diamonds. While the exquisite showroom is renowned for making all of its visitors feel desired and special, the same outstanding experience can now be found online. With digital consultations and stunning videography, the reinvention of their e-commerce website means you can be empowered with the rare and inimitable characteristics of diamonds without leaving your home.

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Temple Eyewear | Bulimba

With a clear vision to deliver the next look for Brisbane, this independent eyewear store has proven quality and expertise is worth looking for. Temple Eyewear was born to combine outstanding optical craftsmanship, superior technical knowledge and optometry with customer service at its heart. Their customers love this approach – since opening in March merely 10 days before lockdown, all eyes have been on them.

Each frame in the relaxed and beautiful space is handpicked to offer Brisbane a stylish collection for all and fitted with high performance lenses sourced right here in Queensland. Featuring independent brands that distinguish themselves through outstanding design, quality, sustainability or craft, like Blake Kuwahara,

Anne et Valentin, Coblens, L.A. Eyeworks, and Otis Sunglasses, there’s no shortage of beauty or excellence. From the bespoke handmade wooden frames made on the Sunshine Coast in Fritz Frames, to the recycled and biobased frames at Eco Eyewear, Temple Eyewear isn’t here to sell the same frame over and over – they’re devoted to finding eyewear as individual as you.

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The Source Bulk Foods | Bulimba

Your go-to locally owned bulk food store will fill your pantry with everything but the plastic. With over 400 bulk products including nuts, seeds, cereals, dried fruits, flours, grains, beans, pasta, herbs and spices, superfoods, snacks and confectionary, as well as cooking oils, sweeteners, locally sourced raw honey and kombucha on tap, you’ll find something for the whole family. The Source Bulimba has measuring cups and scales on hand so you can measure out exactly what you need, without paying for any nasty single-use plastic packaging. You can even BYO jars and containers to refill!

To taste the difference yourself, try their coconut açaí bowl recipe with most of the ingredients available in-store, including the coconut bowl and wooden spoon.

Coconut açaí bowl:

• 2 tbsp organic açaí powder

• 1 tbsp maca powder

• 1 tbsp chia seeds

• 1 frozen banana

• 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

• 1 tbsp cacao nibs

• 1 cup coconut milk

• 1 cup ice cubes

TOPPINGS:

• Toasted coconut chips

• Berries or fruits of your choice

METHOD:

• Combine all açaí bowl ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

• Pour into a bowl and generously add toppings.

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Article by Dinushka Gunasekara

Notorious for turning a random encounter into a three-hour conversation and running across streets to pat a dog, Dinu is a curious girl who loves a good story. Her extensive knowledge of Donald Glover is yet to come to good use and she would do basically anything for a hash brown. Catch her bombarding her friends with articles she thinks they should read or spending way too much time creating the perfect playlist.

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