Centrally located in Hamilton, Racecourse Road is synonymous with glamour and a quality lifestyle. A dining, shopping and entertainment mecca in Brisbane’s north, joining Kingsford Smith Drive and Eagle Farm Racecourse, the strip is well known by locals and visitors alike.
Just a few short blocks away, Oriel Park is an equally buzzing pocket of the area and is arguably one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. Lined with fabulous boutiques and charming dining options, Oriel Park is fast becoming popular among the locals.
We spent an afternoon in the area and chatted to some long-standing business owners to get better acquainted with them.
From the moment you arrive at Racecourse Road Dental, you are welcomed by a luxurious, sophisticated & serene environment. Forget the clinical feel that usually accompanies dental practices, this is a place to rejuvenate. Large bay windows welcome a flood of natural light, comfortable chairs, books, and its very own bespoke scent.
“We wanted to create a healthy, sophisticated and convenient environment to fit the gentility of the area,” director Ingrid Steven says.
The latest state of the art technology and the perfect fusion of dentistry and cosmetic skin procedures, including facial cosmetic aesthetics and total face rejuvenation, is what has set Racecourse Road Dental apart from its competitors since opening in 2016.
Whether it’s a checkup and clean or a complete smile makeover, visit Racecourse Road Dental.
Standing for Sealed with A Loving Kiss, SWALK Cafe gains its name from the beautiful story of how the SWALK acronym originated during WW2, when it was used by the soldiers to seal their letters which were sent home from the frontline.
“During the build, I was still deciding on a name, and then one day my Grandad was telling us some funny stories about the acronyms they used back in his day,” the café’s owner Chloe says.
“The site in which SWALK now exists today was a post office for many years. As grandad told me this story I couldn’t help but wonder – just how many of those loved letters sealed with S.W.A.L.K on the back might have passed through those walls? I knew then it was just perfect.”
Now a very popular place amongst the locals, it’s the kind of café that has a real community feel about it.
Priding themselves on using boutique roasted coffee, serving house made meals and snacks, offering something for everyone and boasting an array of healthy, gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options as well.
What started as a shoe obsession quickly turned into a passion for Sam Emanuel, owner of Milo and Macy Shoes.
It didn’t take long for Sam to discover her flair for entrepreneurship, which she teamed with her idea of bringing exclusive shoe styles to Brisbane and Milo and Macy opened its doors in 2015.
Since then, Milo and Macy Shoes has established a reputation in Brisbane for offering an exclusive range of styles that you won’t find anywhere else. Sam is extremely selective in the footwear that she stocks, sourcing products from all across the globe at independent trade shows and works exclusively with many labels, creating her own unique product line.
Specialising in European fashion for the stylish woman over 40, Joli Boutique is a favourite among Ascot locals and has been for 10 years. Known for providing exceptional customer service, boutique owner Lauren Holland travels to Germany twice a year to source the best collections for her customers. As the only boutique in Queensland to stock labels such as Gerry Weber and Lebek, the store also specialises in pants and have an array of colours and styles to fit any figure from a size eight to a size 18.
After a life-long fascination with skin, Sevine Forster opened Realskin The Facial Hub in Hamilton in 2011, and has been delivering exceptional service to her loyal clients ever since.
A fully-trained beauty therapist with qualifications in Bio-Medical Science, Sevine is passionate about the collision of science, the human body and our skin. Offering a wide array of beauty services, including IPL, skin needling, microbermabrasion, clinical facials, waxing and spray tanning, the team at Realskin The Facial Hub will have you feeling your most beautiful in no time.
When it comes to catching up with mates for a few cold ones, or sitting down for a delicious meal, you can’t go past One Fifty Ascot Bar & Eatery. Taking up prime residence on Racecourse Road, One Fifty is much loved in the area, for its stylish yet casual atmosphere.
Do yourself a favour and order the beetroot and goats cheese arancini. You won’t be disappointed.
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