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Summer 2020

Rozelle | Balmain | Balmain East | Birchgrove | White Bay

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Welcome to the first edition of Darling. What a year it has been! As we head towards Summer with renewed business confidence we are encouraging our wonderful community to support our local businesses.

This magazine is a collaboration of many people – all with one goal, to stay local and shop local. Our local businesses need and love your support, so any Christmas gift you buy, service you use or meal you eat in our neighbourhood means a lot to each and every hard-working business owner. We hope you enjoy the Darling magazine, a celebration of all we have on this great peninsula we call home. Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Front Cover: Kimmie: Marrimekko skirt, Stem, Birkenstocks, Maurice Shoes, Hair by Locks Hair. Makeup by Balmain Spa & Natural Beauty. Chit Chat: accessories, Dogue Balmain. 9-year old Chit Chat is known for approaching complete strangers in hope for a cuddle. Her and her person (Kimmie) volunteer as a Therapy Dog team at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Published by: Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce All material is protected by the Copyright Act. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission. Whilst every care has been taken in producing this information, it does not guarantee it's accuracy. All prices are correct at time of print. If you have an enquiry contact: balmainrozelle@gmail.com


Stories from local businesses


Christmas Gift Guides for everyone


What’s On this summer

Shopping local discovery



Food & Wine local picks

36 Inside Fashion & Beauty local treasures

Summer 2020


Team Darling

Belinda Daly, The Marketing Edit

Annelie Child, Scandi Promo

Liam Duffy, Duffy Design

The Balmain Rozelle peninsula is really special, it’s a village in a big city. There are so many unique businesses and stories to tell, and that was my goal in developing the Darling magazine – it’s a showcase of all we have. After working in retail marketing and placemaking all my career, I joined the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee to make a difference to our community.

Darling was born out of love for our community, the old-school village feel and the fact that everything is on our doorstep. Cafés, schools, shops, it’s all here! After years in hospitality and retail marketing I’m excited to be working with the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses. I trust you’ll enjoy Darling and rediscover the places and people that make up this beautiful neighbourhood.

As a long-time resident and small business owner based in the Balmain Rozelle peninsula it's great to see the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce encouraging people to get out and about and be reminded that the best of everything is available locally. Designing Darling has provided a great opportunity to connect with other local businesses and share what's so special about our community.

Thank you to our sponsors:

The pandemic has massively impacted local businesses across the Inner West and Council has been taking decisive actions to help residents and local businesses through the crisis. Central to this has been the Inner West Recovery Taskforce, which has brought together local business leaders to coordinate the economic recovery of the Inner West. We support the Balmain Rozelle Chamber of Commerce in initiatives like Darcy Byrne, this, the exciting launch of the Darling Inner West Council Magazine. I urge everyone to stay local Mayor and shop local.


A special thank you to our supporters who have donated their time and services: Balmain Spa & Natural Beauty Ben Munito Smith Chit Chat Dogue Balmain Headfirst Photography Kimmie Neidhardt Little Pix Locks Hair Maurice Shoes Robyn Hammond Design Signarama Sydney CBD City North Stem

Friendly corner store

Darling meets long-time business owner Joe to reminisce about the old days. Factories and pubs. This was the Balmain that welcomed Giuseppe Panetta (Joe) when he arrived from Italy 55 years ago. "When we first opened, customers would tell us what they wanted, and we’d get it from behind the counter. That’s how I learnt to speak English", says Joe. Balmain has changed since, but Papa Joe and Co is still part of the community. Today, daughter Luisa is working alongside Joe and the store has developed into a foodie haven showcasing local produce and mamma Maria’s homecooked meals. Papa Joe and Co, 196 Darling St, Balmain.

Helping those doing it tough They say adversity brings people together, and local initiative 20 for 1 is testament it does.

Covid forced many businesses to change overnight. Marco de Angelis, owner of Our Place on Darling, was quick to adapt and received overwhelming support. “People in the area were very generous” says Marco. This inspired Marco to give back to those less fortunate. He contacted Vinnies Rozelle, offering 20 meals for free to locals in need. The Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre got onboard helping expand the program and managing volunteers and logistics. 120 meals and 60 food packs are delivered weekly. “I’m so grateful for the delicious meal and the volunteers always have time for a chat” says one happy recipient. To learn more visit 20for1.org.


Here to make a SPLASH

When I was 11, I decided to paint a mural on my bedroom wall and my parents didn’t even bat an eyelid

Lara Scolari with a cheeky smile


The daughter of an industrial chemist for a fine art supplier, Lara grew up in Balmain surrounded by tubes of vibrant colour. With a constant supply of paint, Lara’s artist mother would encourage her to use it. And to use it in abundance! This liberal use of paint inspired Lara to become an action painter where paint is deliberately poured or smeared on a canvas. At the age of 20 Lara left Balmain to take up a post at Dubbo Regional Gallery. She fell in love with the flat land, the big skies, and the people, married into a farming family and gave birth to three beautiful boys in four years. Working in arts administration Lara continued to paint but not full time. Following two big regional shows Lara decided to apply for an artist in residence program in Ashfield which she won.

“They gave me a house in Sydney for six months and paid me to paint!” The move didn’t just mean Lara could focus on her art, it also brought her closer to her three sons, now at boarding school in Sydney. In 2014, following her residency Lara had her first solo exhibition at Dank Street Gallery in Sydney’s Waterloo. The exhibition was a sell out and she hasn’t looked back. Following the success, Lara and her husband decided to move back to Sydney where Lara would set up a gallery of her own. They bought a small, three-storey block of flats on Beattie Street in Balmain which they meticulously converted into a home, studio, and gallery. “Returning to the suburb where I grew up has been wonderful. I love the village feel and the harbour is a constant inspiration to me” says Lara.

Named one of Australia’s most exciting emerging contemporary visual artists, Lara is humble about her success. Lara has exhibited at more than 75 group and solo shows both in Australia and overseas and has become the go to artist for some of the world’s leading interior designers, including the award-winning Greg Natale. Depicting organic forms and fluid shapes, Lara’s works are inspired by the Australian landscape and feature a beautiful translucent colour palette achieved by adding up to 40 layers of paint. A sense of fun and energy is present in every one of her works and when meeting Lara, you understand why. Her love of colour, art and family is palpable as is her love of Balmain. Lara Scolari Gallery 201 Darling St, Balmain larascolari.com @larascolarigallery



Spruce up your home For Sale Four local business owners share their tips on how to get your home looking its best before you go to market.

Property in Balmain and Rozelle will always be in demand. But there are some ways you can make your home even more desirable when it comes to attracting buyers. Here are some tips from the professionals.

Natalie Fryer, m2 Property Presentation De-cluttering your bedrooms and living spaces is a must. It’s amazing how much easier it is to keep rooms tidy when there’s a place for everything. Storage containers for pantries, wardrobes and offices don’t need to be ugly – there are plenty of great looking ones available from Ikea or Kmart. Another tip is to remove your curtains and cushion covers and give them a wash. And consider splurging on a few new cushions to add colour and texture.

Jenny Curtis, Jen’s Garden Styling Outdoor space is precious in our area where space is at a premium. My biggest tip is to try and view your outdoor area with fresh eyes – look for the potential. Culling and pruning now will help make sure your outdoor spaces are looking fabulous. Closer to sale, you need to plan when to do the final additional planting and be sure to use species that will be looking their best when you sell. Add pots of colour to brighten outdoor spaces.

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Rick Dyer, Handyman by Rick The Christmas holiday period is a good time to attack those odd jobs that have accumulated over the winter months. Small fix-it jobs can make a big impact to the presentation of your house. Undertaking regular deck maintenance is one of the key areas that can really improve the look and feel of your outdoor space. Make sure you take the time to clean and prepare your deck so that it really absorbs your stain or oil.

Cindy Kennedy, McGrath Real Estate Agents Give your home a thorough deep clean. It makes such a difference. That includes windows too! Hiring professional cleaners can save you hassle. Once your house looks amazing, you need to ensure it presents beautifully online. I like to work closely with our photographers to make sure we get great shots when the light is in both the home and the garden. You should aim to hold open homes at these times too so buyers can see your home at its best.

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Q&A We sat down with the owner of Lin & Barrett, Margarita Ivanchenko, who is celebrating 25 years of business in the Inner West! Margarita, your business has just about reached “icon” status on the peninsula: what got you there? A passionate belief in what we do, and just wanting to do it better. Our aim is that every customer walks out of our stores feeling better for having walked in. We


love intimate apparel, and want all our clients to experience quality at every level. What is it that makes your customers happier? Their questions are answered, their needs are met, their wardrobe problems are solved, all with honesty and sincerity. It could be as simple as helping to match hosiery to a new dress, to finding the best fitting bra, and best shape, after a significant body change. What is the biggest change you have seen in the 25 years of operating Lin & Barrett? Technology! I never thought we’d be online - but we are. What a learning curve!

Another aspect of technology is the development of amazing and sustainable new yarns that are taking pressure off our natural resources. This has opened up a whole new world of wearer comfort, sustainability and style. We love bringing these changes to our clients. So, what’s next? Covid has put the brakes on in some ways, but we continue to expand our collections with beautiful products from France, Italy, Spain and other centres of intimate apparel excellence. We’ll continue to extend our size ranges. I don’t want to give too much away, it will spoil the surprises we have in store!

Prima Donna is synonymous with quality, fit, comfort and style. They are specialists in gorgeous lingerie for larger busted clientsto a J cup. Be perfectly fitted at Lin & Barrett Lingerie.

Pictured: Prima Donna Twist “I Want You� Balconette Contour bra. $139.00. Matching bottoms also available. Check instore for further details.

648 Darling St Rozelle NSW 2041 Open 7 days a week 02 9555 1800 www.linandbarrett.com.au


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1. Youngs Pharmacy Givenchy Dahlia Divin Nude EDP 75ML. Receive a complimentary My Fair Lady Givenchy Bag with every purchase of Givenchy Dahlia Divin Nude EDP 75ML $149.95 2. Embellish Atelier Travelling Hat Box, the perfect milliner’s luggage with four wheels, extendable handle and lock. $295 Lillietta Hat. $525 3. Bits of Australia Alma Granites Silk Scarf. $120 4. Lin & Barrett Lotus Kathryn Chemise. Pure silk with lustrous embroidered trim in Mulberry. $159.95 5. Maurice of Balmain Human White Canvas Sneaker Organic Cotton with Recycled eyelets. $79.99 6. Locks Hair ghd Curve ‘Soft Curl’ Tong. $250 7. Blumette Summer Vase Arrangement. A range of seasonal compositions available. $155 8. Hunt Leather The Artists Label Radio Garden Silk Kimono. $169 9. JAFRIE BY R Redemancy Earrings. $59.99


Every house has a story During lockdown, exquisite watercolour illustrations of houses started popping up in local Facebook groups.

They seemed to capture, not only the says Cindy. Initially shy, Cindy left the homes, but the stories hiding behind the finished product by the door for the bricks and mortar. owners to find. Cindy Scheule, the artist behind the As Cindy continued to paint, she illustrations, got the idea as she was out received more praise. “Nothing beats bear spotting in Birchgrove with her seeing the happiness, and sometimes young children. “One day I saw this big tears, when residents unveil their teddy sitting on a balcony and I just had paintings. It fills my heart with so much to paint the bear its home”, and am joy”, says Cindy. Darling Magazine Ad and Thursday v3.pdf 1 12/11/20 love 11:38 watercolourbycindy.com

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1. Whisky Enlightenment Hand Crafted Single Malt Whisky 'The Distillery' Edition Two - Riverbourne. $195 2. Roaring Stories Places We Swim Sydney by Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon. $39.99 3. The Well Store The Australian Natural Soap Company - Shaving Box. $34.95 4. Balmain East Liquor and Deli St Hugo, 2016 Barossa GSM. $50 5. Stem Printworks Classic Chess. $69.95 6. Hunt Leather Hunt Weekender. $795 7. Blush Shoes Rollie Nation Derby Mens Khaki. $189 8. Youngs Pharmacy Issey Miyake L'Eau Majeure D'Issey EDT 100ML. Receive a complimentary L'Eau Majeure D'Issey Travel Pouch with every purchase of L'Eau Majeure D'Issey EDT 100ML. $119.95







Late night shopping

All month Create a masterpiece! Book a session at Pinot and Picasso and create your very own showpiece. pinotandpicasso.com.au/ balmain

Shop local for Christmas! This late night shopping event will see retailers in Balmain and Rozelle extend their trading hours until 8pm. Spend $100 with participating retailers and receive a limited edition gift with purchase. Santa will be visiting our beautiful peninsula from 4 to 8pm. Live Music Every Sunday in December Native Rose Hotel, Rozelle

December 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th Santa Pet Photos We all love our four-legged friends so it’s only fair they get to have their own pawtrait with Santa. To book your spot visit events.humanitix.com/ santa-pet-photos-gladstonepark-balmain

Get creative all month! Candle making classes are perfect for small Christmas parties. And they come with a mini high tea! Angel Aromatics, 143A Beattie St, Balmain. sales@ angelaromatics.com.au


14th-25th 12-days of Christmas giveaways ‘Tis the season of giving! Follow @balmainrozelle on Facebook and @darling.stay. local on Instagram for your chance to win one of 12 prizes in the lead up to Christmas.

20th Summer Carols Get into the spirit of Christmas and join the live streaming of Summer Carols, hosted by Chapel Hill Rozelle Presbyterian Church. 25th Darling, Christmas is here


Happy New Year


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4 Hats 4 Days Join a four-day millinery boot camp at Embellish Atelier embellish-hats.com

Learn a new instrument! Make it a new year's resolution to learn a new instrument with the Inner West Institute of Music innerwestinstituteofmusic.com

Let the kids create! There are so many creative workshops for kids to choose from these summer holidays. Here are our top pics! ArtSpark Studio Art or sewing workshops at artspark-studio.com.au East Village Art House Art workshops at East Village eastvillagearthouse.com Fibre Art in Australia Mini weaving at fibreartinaustraliashop. bigcartel.com

21 -22 French Summer Camp Join in the fun with French games, craft activities and stories. Taught by a native French teacher. suitable for children aged 6-9. bonjourbabies.com.au st



Darling, it's Straya Day


In full bloom

Flowers are natural, beautiful and make people smile. Darling meets two Balmain florists to learn more about the power of blooms. Blumette

Art of Bloom

Tonia Blume of Blumette says “Flowers can bring ambience and tranquillity to any space. We deliver weekly arrangements to locals who love the sense of nature fresh flowers bring to their home”. Tonia is committed to supporting Australian growers and takes pride in hand selecting flowers based on the best the season has to offer. 10 Beattie St, Balmain blumette.com.au

Lana Lichman of Art of Bloom loves to share her floristry knowledge with the local community, hosting regular workshops. “Our intimate Christmas classes are always popular. This year we’ve included festive door wreaths, Christmas table arrangements and succulent masterpieces.” Shop 1, 386 Darling St, Balmain artofbloom.com.au

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The Heater Man

The way our homes provide comfort has never been more important. Who would have guessed that a pandemic would make us all think about our home as our haven? Right on our doorstep is The Heater Man, the Rozelle showroom on Victoria Road has the very latest in gas fireplaces and heaters, hydronic systems, hot water systems and gas BBQs. As Sydney’s gas heating specialists, The Heater Man not only sells high-quality gas heating appliances, they also have a team of qualified

plumbers and gas fitters ready to install them for you. Their team aims to make the process of buying a new gas heating appliance a smooth one, combining excellent products with outstanding after sales service. Catering to all seasons, The Heater Man have opened a new alfresco space in their Rozelle showroom. Australians love indoor / outdoor living and alfresco entertaining is part of the national psyche and with that in mind The Heater Man have created a new outdoor space to showcase how you can create an impressive space in your own home. Simon from The Heater Man gives us his tips and advice on the best heating solutions depending upon your space. “Heating design and the ultimate solution start with two key elements. First up, the

space you’ve got to heat and secondly, how you use your space. We then look at things such - have you got kids? What’s your style? Is it part of an overall design feature or is it purely a functional requirement? Are you a homeowner or a renter? And of course, what’s your budget?”, says Simon. Their outdoor range of fireplaces and well-designed outdoor environments can add, not only an additional living space, but considerable value to your home.

112 Victoria Road, Rozelle 8866 3560 theheaterman.com.au


Locals love art

Acclaimed Brazilian artist Romero Britto once said “Art is too important not to share.”

Discover your own art trail… Artspark Studio 43 Merton Street, Rozelle Pinot and Picasso 4/418 Darling Street, Balmain Fibre Art in Australia 332 Darling St, Balmain ART Gallery on Darling 307 Darling Street, Balmain East Village Art House 205 Darling St, Balmain Lara Scolari Gallery 201 Darling Street, Balmain


That’s certainly true around this neighbourhood. If you peek in to any home on the peninsula, art is proudly featured on the walls and local studios are filled with the young and old learning the powerful skills of art. In Rozelle, Artspark is a sun-filled art and sewing studio with an eco-friendly garden. The garden is home to chickens and guinea pigs and is a perfect place for students to source materials for projects. Another creative space for young and old is East Village Art House where students are asked to leave the busy world at the door, slowdown and have fun. Non creatives will love Pinot and Picasso as you’re guaranteed to take home your very own Picasso. Fibre Art in Australia is the place to go for unique bespoke Christmas gifts, the store showcases items from 28 artists, designers and makers. A few doors down, ART Gallery on Darling is an ever changing exhibition of original artwork, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and photography, featuring 12 acclaimed artists. Opposite The London Hotel, Lara Scolari Gallery (read her story on page 6) showcases one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.


KSD Design For more than 30 years King Street Design were based in the city and are now making the move to open shop in the heart of Rozelle. Allan Mouradjallian and his brother Gary have been designing and manufacturing fine handmade jewellery since

1978, and their 5 star reviews tell it all. Allan said “We’re very excited to bring KSD Design to Rozelle, we pride ourselves on creating timeless jewellery pieces of the highest quality.” 627-629 Darling St, Rozelle

Welcome to the village Made to Wear Boutique Made to Wear Boutique was founded by Joanne Pagano, a Sydney-based designer producing elegant and distinctive basics for women in need of smart, every day wearable yet edgy clothing. Joanne said “We have made the move from the Rocks to Rozelle, and we love the local vibe. All my garments are ethically made in Australia with natural and easy care fibres, cotton, linen and silks in sizes from 8 - 18. We are constantly adding unique and interesting fabrics and styles to the collections”. 584 Darling St, Rozelle


What's more exciting than welcoming new retailers to our neighbourhood? Darling had a chat to a few of them

Fibre Art in Australia The Fibre Art in Australia Shop features Australian made giftware and homewares made by 28 artists, designers and makers from all over Australia. The beauty of this shop is that all the products have been made by hand by the creative arts community and 100% of what you purchase will go back to the maker. Fibre Artist Julianne Ehlert-Connor, founder of the concept said “This year has been tough on artists and this collaboration is all about supporting their workmanship.” Shop 6, 332 Darling St, Balmain (inside Institute Arcade)


In 1920, the Balmain population was 33,540. At present the Balmain population is approximately 11,000, 13,000 or 15,000 people?


What year did Rozelle acquire its name?


How much coffee does the average Australian consume in a year?


What year did the White Bay Power Station close?


In what year was the Anzac Bridge completed?


The most popular coffee in Australian cafĂŠs is a latte, a flat white or a long black?


The Australian Labor Party was founded in which Balmain pub?


The first game of the Sydney Rugby League (now NRL) was played where?


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10. Emma Dean Salon 11. Lin & Barrett Lingerie 12. Parker Hadley Buyer's Agent Union Wine Cellars 13. Darling Street IGA Xpress 14. Corner Bar

26. Jafrie by R Hair Angel TM Hunt Leather Global Conduct 27. ANDIAMO DOGUE Balmain Wall’s Pharmacy Saltsoak Float Studio Strelitzia Fashions 28. Royal Oak Hotel 29. Fibre Art in Australia Maurice Shoes Blush Shoes 30. ART Gallery on Darling Stem 31. Blumette 32. Balmain Compounding Pharmacy Little M 33. Balmain Community Pharmacy

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34. Fundamental Cafe Balmain Roaring Stories Bookshop The Source Bulk Foods Balmain Tara Dennis Store

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35. The Village Sport Hill Of Content Bookshop

18. The Well Store Bonjour Babies Bendigo Bank Made to Wear Boutique

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38. East Village Art House Lara Scolari Gallery

20. Exchange Hotel RP Exchange Insurance

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21. Inside Traders & Co Shoes in the Attic 22. Pinot & Picasso 23. The Lodge Bar 24. Art of Bloom Balmain Melia Bakery 25. Contessa Balmain


40. Balmain Bowling Club Scandi Frock 41. Balmain East Liquor and Deli 42. Bits of Australia 43. Euforia 44. Inner West Institute of Music 45. The Little Marionette White Bay Beer

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS The Source Bulk Foods Balmain is your local specialised bulk food retailer and is stocked full with hampers and zero waste gifts for this Christmas festive season. Nicole, a Balmain local, leads her friendly team with a passion for cooking with organic whole foods and reducing food packaging waste. Select from a wide range of superfoods, grains, pastas, and pantry staples such as oils, vinegar, tahini and honey. We also stock a magnificant array of sweet treats to suit just about any dietary requirement. Come down and experience The Source Bulk Foods Balmain zero waste shopping experience for yourself. Join our loyalty member program and earn 5% on every dollar you spend! 262 DARLING STREET, BALMAIN 02 9810 0095 WWW.THESOURCEBULKFOODS.COM.AU


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Let’s do coffee Find your FIX Kale lovers Egg Of The Universe 711 Darling St, Rozelle Perfect pastries Melia Bakery 382 Darling St, Balmain Boozy brunch Contessa 371B Darling St, Balmain Coffee nerds Little M 296 Darling St, Balmain Big breakfast Fundamental 266 Darling St, Balmain Harbour views Euforia 58 Darling St, Balmain East


Back in the day there was a pub on every corner, today there’s a café. A testament to our love affair with coffee no doubt.

After years of service to the community local favourites Fundamental and Contessa are still going strong. Fundamental is a go to for baked eggs, fresh juices, and Toby’s coffee whilst Contessa serves up American/ Italian inspired dishes, bloody good bloody marys and the cutest babycinos you’ve ever seen. If you’re after something more tranquil head to ‘The Egg’. This yoga studio and wholefoods café serves Allpress coffee, homemade kombucha and delicious healthy meals. Overlooking the Harbour Bridge, Euforia offers another serene setting coupled with great meals, Campos coffee and the perfect pot of Chai. Coffee nerds tend to favour Little M, a tiny café run by the team behind The Little Marionette. Beans are roasted down the road and the café has an impressive line-up of blends and singles. If you’re looking for the perfect croissant to go with your coffee, head to Melia Bakery where everything is baked on site.

Curated collection of Australian and imported wines with an emphasis on French and Italian appellations. Piccolos |Half Booles | Magnums |Jeroboams

Shop A03, 122 Terry Street Rozelle Email : unionwinecellars@gmail.com Phone : 02 8060 1617


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6 1. Papa Joe and Co Christmas Biscuits. $14.90 2. Papa Joe and Co Balmain Petal Bees freshly harvested raw honey. $13.90 3. The Source Bulk Foods Gourmet Christmas Gifts. From $11.45 4. White Bay Beer Co Sunny Pale 18 x 355ml cans. $62 5. Balmain East Liquor and Deli Manly Spirits Lilly Pilly Pink Gin. $84 6. Balmain East Liquor and Deli Lyre’s Dry London Spirit. $44


7. Union Wine Cellars Meslier is the rarest grape variety used to manufacture champagne. Jo Irvine has 2 hectares of Meslier vines in the Adelaide Hills, and produces 6,000 bottles per year of Levrier Sparkling Brut Rose Meslier. With barely a blush of colour, a dry palate and fine beading, this exceptional Australian wine measures up to any of the better champagnes. $55

Working classy

Balmain once held the Australian record for most pubs per capita. Some have disappeared, but we’ve gained a brewery. Founded by mates Tim Fishwick, Tim Condon and Adam TrippeSmith, all industry veterans, plus Head Brewer Dennis De Boer, White Bay Beer Co is located in an old factory in the shadows of White Bay Power Station. “We all live in the area so when we decided to follow our dreams and open a brewery, we wanted to keep it local. This site has room for a large brewhouse and cellar and there’s scope for expansions”, says Fishwick. You can’t walk by a pub or bottle shop in the area without seeing the signature White Bay Beer sign. “The feedback from the community has been great. When we opened, we sold over 100 cases in two hours. And the pubs have been awesome”, says Fishwick.

Dennis De Boer and his partner Jess Walker are bringing the beer vision to life. Union Lager and Sunny Pale is part of their core range alongside an IPA which is part of the permanent line-up but continually changing. The brewery is open for takeaway but in early 2021 the space will open to the public. “We’re just waiting for our licence. We’ve got a great space here and can’t wait to share it with the community” says Fishwick. 26C Mansfield Street, Rozelle Take-away Fri 4-5.30pm and Sat 11am-2pm @whitebaybeer whitebay.beer


Let’s do dinner & drinks The weather is heating up and restrictions are easing so now is the perfect time to rediscover the local dining scene.

What's your Flavour? Live music The Native Rose Hotel 68 Victoria Rd, Rozelle

Italian The Exchange Hotel 94 Beattie St, Balmain

Tapas & wine Corner Bar 632 Darling St, Rozelle

Pub fare Royal Oak 36 College St, Balmain

Cocktails The Lodge Bar 3/415 Darling St, Balmain

Families Our Place on Darling 225 Darling St, Balmain


The Exchange Hotel

The newly reopened Native Rose Hotel is your quintessential friendly local. It has a traditional pub feel, a family friendly bistro and live music. Another family favourite is Our Place on Darling where kids eat free every night, 5.30-6.30pm. If you’re after an authentic Italian feast you can’t go past Pulcinella at The Exchange Hotel with fantastic pasta and pizza on the menu. Nestled in the backstreets of Balmain is one of the area’s oldest pubs, Royal Oak, where Maureen and her friendly team serve up delicious meals and cold beers. With an impressive cocktail list and delicious tapas, the New York style Corner Bar is another much loved watering-hole. Tucked away on Darling Street is The Lodge Bar, an intimate wine and cocktail bar offering the perfect setting for post dinner drinks.

It is with great excitement that 60 Darling Street has come back to life, supplying the local community with your favourite beverages and a great selection of convenience groceries, dairy and frozen foods at competitive supermarket prices!

SHOP ONLINE AT WWW.BALMAINLIQUOR.COM.AU Guaranteed same day Home Delivery between 4 - 6pm if ordered by 3pm online Monday to Friday. Available to Balmain East, Balmain and Birchgrove Click and Collect Available 7 days per week via our website

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Home The Source Bulk Foods in Balmain sells dry and household goods in bulk. Owner Nicole Wilcox says, “when buying bulk, you can buy as much or as little as you need, avoiding unnecessary food waste. We encourage all

Sustainable packaging from The Source Bulk Foods

customers to reuse their containers and don’t offer any plastic bags in-store”. Global Conduct, a pop-up market nestled out the back of Casual Mondays Café, is a great spot to pick up fair trade homewares and gifts.

Sustainability on your doorstep Making sustainable purchasing choices can be daunting, but there’s plenty on offer right on our doorstep.You just need to know where to look! Beauty In Rozelle, The Well Store specialise in natural and organic body products. “I personally check the ingredients of everything that goes on to our shelves and we only stock the purest products” says owner Mariana Boulos. Laura & Co Hairdressing specialise in organic haircare, only using organic colours and treatments. Green Organics, also in Rozelle, sell organic skincare and cosmetics. They work closely with customers to find natural solutions for healthy skin.


Fashion The fashion industry is often labelled the most polluting in the world, but some brands are bucking the trend. Local designer Jafrie by R use pre-sale to produce exactly the number of garments they need. Owner Rowena Raslan says, “We custom make and re-use to minimise waste”. Scandi Frock is a local brand specialising in Scandinavian vintage and preloved fashion and, as more and more fashionistas are choosing second hand first, demand for both is on the rise. Scandi Frock Pre-loved pure silk dress, Odd Molly $79 @scandifrock


Gym 707 Rozelle’s Gym 707 offers a comfortable and welcoming space to workout, no matter what fitness level you are. With all new equipment and over 20 exciting and motivating classes, experienced instructors and a super friendly tribe, they guarantee you can get fit at the friendliest gym in town! gym707.com.au RP Exchange It was established to assist local business owners with their insurance and risk needs.Their collaborative approach enables them to share expertise ideas and trends to ensure the best outcome. reliancepartners.com.au

Our locals

We really do have everything on the peninsula, here are some of our highlights

Parker Hadley Buyer’s Agent Why engage someone to sell your property but not to buy one? Save time, money, and stress when it comes to buying your next home with a flexible, tailored, buyer’s agent experience. The team at Parker Hadley have a wealth of experience in property, and they’re ready to help you. parkerhadley.com.au Darling Street IGA Xpress Chris and Fiona Tippett and their team have been operating in the community for over 10 years and has a product range that continually strives to meet locals’ needs. Chris said “It is the unique village environment which is what we love about being on Darling St and we are proudly independent. Check out our refreshed look and product lines”.


Open until 8pm daily.

International Style, Local Service

When you step in to Rozelle’s Optometrix you walk in to the fashion worlds of Europe and Japan. Located on Darling Street, this curated collection of brands has been put together with design in mind. The Optometrist is equipped with modern technology to detect all eye conditions and is certified in every area of optometry to offer the best treatment for both children and adults. The dispenser offers a lifetime experience to custom design lenses to ensure the best visual outcome is achieved for every patient.

We like to offer a point of difference and pride ourselves on quality and style

To schedule an appointment for an eye examination or to choose the right pair of glasses, contact the team on 9810 1783 or info@darlingstopt.com.au 39 630 Darling Street , Rozelle

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1. Inside Traders Wooden Boxes. From $29 2. Lara Scolari Gallery Limited Edition Willow Tea Towel. $50 3. Fibre Art In Australia Resin and Wooden Serving Board, Handmade in QLD. $80 4. KSD Exclusive Line of Cristina Re Bone China Teacups and Glassware. From $12.95 5. Stem Lexon Mino L Speaker in Gun Metal. $99.95 6. Inside Traders Hand Carved Magpies. $29 Small $35 Large 7. Stem Maison Balzac Green Carafe and Glass. $89



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1. Saltsoak Float Studio A 60-minute soak in pods filled with 30cms of water saturated with over 600 kilograms of Epsom salt will give you an anti-gravity experience like no other. Your muscles and tendons will thank you, and your sleep will be improved for days as a result of the magnesium in the water. You will leave feeling relaxed, recharged, and refreshed after just one hour! $89 2. Balmain Community Pharmacy Natio Halo Gift Set. $29.95 3. Balmain Compounding Pharmacy Jane Iredale Starry Eyes Mascara Set. $89.95 4. Green Organics Orgaid Mask Box - Vitamin C & Revitalising. $35 5. Locks Hair KĂŠrastase Chronologiste Hair Care Range. From $53


www.embellish-hats.com 1300 HATTER

128 Victoria Rd, Rozelle, NSW 2039 43 Hats, Workshops, Supplies.

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1. Andiamo Pippa Capri Pant. $189 2. Scandi Frock Kajsa 60's Vintage Wiggle Dress, Made in Sweden. $99 3. Shoes In The Attic Hispanitas Women’s Sandal. $255 4. Scandi Frock Lene 70's Vintage Maxi Dress, Made in Denmark. $119 5. Blush Shoes Effegie Lazy Women’s Wedge Sandal in Blush. $189 6. Strelitzia Fashions Mingk Layer Disc Statement Necklace. $185. Mingk Single Large Open Cuff. $110 7. Global Conduct Recycled Bombshell Earrings. $49



Summer hair never looked so good Need a change? Darling talks to local hairdressers about the latest Summer hair trends.

Deborah from Hair Angel TM

Edgy root smudges are still in vogue this summer. They add dimension and texture with minimal upkeep. Blonde tones are soft and beachy with more honey, golden and caramel tones. We still think the bob is a summer staple, but now with longer lengths and shaggy textures. 356 Darling Street, Balmain Victoria from Emma Dean Salon

Want to change your look for summer but can’t make up your mind over whether to go light or dark? ‘Bronde’ is for you. It works for all complexions and hair textures. For those wanting more colour, try romantic rose shades like mauve and pink. 654 Darling Street, Rozelle (enter via National Street) Laura from Laura & Co Hairdressing

My picks for summer is free flowing soft hair with sun kissed chocolate and toffee tones. Short textured bobs and blunt styles have made a comeback. However, the classic beach hair, blonde, bold and beautiful, is a never ending summer trend. 687 Darling Street, Rozelle Ben from Locks Hair

It’s all about fresh summer colour this year, summer lightening or the perfect balayage. Popular this year has been pre-holiday hair appointments, because everyone wants to look fabulous for their getaway! 236 Darling Street, Rozelle



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1. Infancy Rock Your Kid World Peace Ringer Waisted Dress. $64.95 2. Infancy Munster Kids Paint Run Board Shorts. $64.95 3. Wall’s Pharmacy Jellystone Designs Rainbow Stacker. $24.95 4. The Village Sport Micro Sprite Scooter in Red, more colours available in-store. $169.95 5. The Well Store Hydro Flask - Double Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle With Flex Cap in Pacific (946ml). $64.95 6. Hill Of Content Bookshop Butterflies Vintage Puzzle. $49.99. Map of Australia Vintage Puzzle. $44.95 7. Maurice of Balmain Kids Eva Birkenstocks. From $54.99






1. Tara Dennis Deluxe Paper Star. $14.95 2. Stem Nordstjerne Black Paper Ornaments. $12.95 each

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Pet’s paradise

Balmain and Rozelle have always been a haven for hounds, but there’s been a sudden surge in puppies since the pandemic. Silvana Adams, owner of DOGUE Balmain says “We’ve definitely seen an increased demand for our doggie day care and grooming services. There are so many new puppies in the area we can hardly keep up!”. Ranging from rescues to $4,000 designer dogs, there’re no signs demand is slowing. But it’s not only dogs that are in hot demand, cat shelters and breeders have seen a sharp increase in cat enquiries too. 3



1. Dogue Balmain Animals in Charge Rope Leash $59.95 2. Dogue Balmain Leather Man Collection From $32.95 3. The Well Store Sea Heart Pet Shampoo Bar 100g $12.95



Meet the Kennedy team Scott Bunnell


Cindy Kennedy


Richard Buckthought

Talk to us first if you're buying or selling Cindy Kennedy 0404 000 570 cindykennedy@mcgrath.com.au




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