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Subiaco News


New Kids on the Block


A Cut Above the Rest


Sloane's Kitchen with Subi Farmers Market


Cover Story - Eat Like an Italian


Spirit of Subi


Fit for Purpose


Local Hero: Give a Dog a Home


Cherry Picked Designs


A Stitch in Time


Colour Hub


Subi I-Do: Wedding Special Bridal glam Sparkle bright So extra Sweet nothings

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Groom gear Present perfect Fashion Interview - Pallas Couture Beauty - Beauty & the Bride Beauty - Wedding Ready Flower Power

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Event Calendar


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Editor Gabi Mills Design Cally Browning Fashion Desmond Eddy Photography Matt Jelonek Contributors Marcia Ball, Dianne Bortoletto, Sloane Carvell, Brooke EvansButler, Brooke Hunter, Craig Kinder, Beverly Ligman, Gail Williams Cover image Matt Jelonek at Dilly Dally


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New places to go, new businesses to try - springtime in Subiaco has seen a crop of venues opening their doors. WORDS | Gabi Mills

Wax lyrical

| By Marcia Ball

Bespoke Blends is a candle studio, shopfront to the online store and home of workshops and classes run by founder and candle aficionado, Jane Hough. Concerned about the toxic ingredients found in many candles, Jane decided to learn to make her own, using natural ingredients and vintage pieces inherited from her grandmother. Creating a range of unique scents using only natural soy wax and pure essential oils, Bespoke Blends now offers an extensive range to like-minded candle-lovers all around Australia. With a background in biochemistry, it’s no wonder Jane is such a natural when it comes to candle-making. Her training has been an asset to the business, not only in perfecting the art but also in enabling her students to navigate their way around hot wax and essential oil ratios effortlessly, with a gin or champagne glass in hand. The business has grown since moving from home office to the studio space in Subiaco which you’ll find above Brew-Ha Café off Rokeby Road. Once upstairs, there's the most stunning outdoor terrace, complete 4


Hang’s Espresso makes a splash

with elegant pot plants and furniture donated by locals who regularly visit and enjoy the aromas wafting around the space. Here Jane creates her signature scented aromatherapy candles and runs regular candle-making classes and workshops. She also offers bespoke commissions, develops exclusive ranges for wholesale and corporate gifts, and runs a candle refill service. Customers are encouraged to bring in their own containers for Jane to fill, or “candalise” as she likes to call the process. Some of the more unusual containers she’s candlaised include a cricket trophy from the 1950s, an entire silver-plated antique tea set and quite a few ceramic cows, hand painted just down the road at The Painted Teapot. Look no further for your hen’s day activity - or just a lovely afternoon with friends, old and new. Bespoke Blends 162 Rokeby Road (above BrewHa), open most Saturdays or by appointment. Orders can also be made online at

THE OWNERS OF popular coffee hotspot Spring Espresso have rung the changes with a new name - Hang’s Espresso - named after co-owner Hang. Alongside husband Jeff, who’s day job in the FIFO sector sees him lending a helping hand over the weekend, Hang says the pair have put a lot of themselves into the $20k refit of this ever-busy spot. “We met in Melbourne three years ago, got engaged in the cafe and then got married in May,” says Hang, who is originally from Vietnam. “I know all of our regular customers by name - people like Channel 7’s Adrian Barich is a regular with his pugs, and even the Premier Mark McGowan has dropped by.” Regulars have embraced Hang and Jeff’s new approach to serving their favourite cup of coffee and maybe a dumpling or two, with the shiny red espresso machine providing an eye-catching centrepiece to the new-look venue. “Consistency is key and Hang is consistently great at brewing coffee,” says Jeff. “The bright red Porsche theme is underlined also by the image of a horse - an important symbol in Vietnam.” Hang’s Espresso, 24/184 Rokeby Road, Subiaco. Open seven days.

Make room for mushrooms

At Be Free Organics, the creative pair behind this zenlike, eco-friendly cafe are all about beautiful food and coffee - but not waste. “Did you know, for every cup of coffee you drink, only 1% of the ground coffee beans finish up in the final product?” says co-owner Caillan Richards, who alongside wife Alessia, have made their cafe a magnet for organic, beautifully natural products of all types. “We’re here to share with you our passion for food sustainability, coffee and mushrooms - with the Life Cykel Mushroom Growing Kit.” It makes use of coffee grounds to cultivate your very own gourmet oyster mushrooms. “You just have to spray, harvest, eat and repeat,” says Alessia. Get a kit from Be Free Organics, 9d, 531 Hay Street, Subiaco.

Let there be light

Glow has just opened a new store on Hay Street, and provides LED lighting products for your home, parties, and corporate events. From plant pots, to cube seats, to floating spheres and striking bars the range of illuminated LED products make a distinctive and unique statement. These lightweight and resilient products are lit from within by remotely operated LED lamps that can be set on one colour or fluctuate through many different colours. “Over the coming months there will be some new summer products including new models of ice bucket tubs,” says owner Justin Magatelli. “We will also be offering some solar powered products after requests from customers.” Glow, 290 Hay Street, Subiaco. Visit

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20 years of

designer shoes Dimario Shoes has been Subiaco’s go-to spot for luxury footwear for two decades and owner Rose Dimario is looking forward to celebrating in style. By Marcia Ball. As she celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dimario Shoes, offering exclusive collections of hand-picked luxury designer branded leather footwear and accessories to the women of Subiaco, founder Rose Frontino says its all thanks to her passion for fashion and her loyal clientele. “We have a loyal following who appreciate outstanding luxury products and quality at affordable prices,” says Rose. Growing up in Australia with a dress-maker mother who knew the value of wearing good leather shoes, Rose was inspired by her family and a nostalgic experience visiting Milan when opening the shop. She was the first to bring the unique, bold and stylish 'Made In Italy' products to Perth. Local fashionistas flocked to the boutique and embraced and loved the collections Rose had sourced from the catwalks in Italy, attending shows at Milan Fashion Weeks by some of the top Italian fashion houses like Emporio Armani, Moschino, Roberto Cavalli and Braccallini, all of which she still stocks to this day. It's iconic memories like these as well as the hard work and survivalist approach Rose has had in tackling the changing retail landscape, sticking with it despite all odds, that has Rose eager to celebrate the success of the past two decades. “I survived because I love my job, my Dimario business and the luxury brand products we represent,” she says. “I persevered through the tough times. I put myself last and my clients came first. Today these clients are now my best friends. I am very grateful for the Subiaco community for always supporting me.” A birthday party is planned and it's these loyal customers, as well as new fans, who will be there to celebrate this milestone. As for the future, there is excitement in the air for the changes on the horizon in Subiaco and what these will bring to local businesses like Dimario Shoes. Here’s to another 20 years! Dimario Shoes, 391 Hay Street, Subiaco. Visit EDITION 5 | 2021



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eat A fresh crop of new venues has opened over the last few months Gail Williams pays a visit to Subi’s new kids on the block.

for spring New beginnings

Diversity, thy name is Subiaco. When it comes to hanging out in Subi there’s plenty of venue choices in which to down your particular poison – from cocktails to fruit smoothies. I go into town to meet a few of the new kids on the block adding health, sophistication and a bit of grunge to their ‘hood. Gerry and Renata Downing

Pupa Fast Nutrition 162 Rokeby Road 0434 963 055

There are some groovy buzz words rolling off the tongues of Rokeby Road regulars. “Supercharged. Sweet and filling. Packed with protein. Bliss”. And these people aren't talking about cocktails. Although, with names like Blue Lagoon, Malteser Pleaser and Peanut Butter Delight, they could well be reeling off the drinks list of their local bar. No, these seductive bliss bombs are offering a natural high. And they’re on the menu at Pupa Fast Nutrition, Subiaco’s new haven for health fiends who pop in to the light, bright spot for a post-workout bevvy. Customers are met with a warm welcome by husband-and-wife team Gerry and Renata Downing, who recently opened Pupa (Renata’s 8


childhood nickname) to fulfil their dream of working together in their own business. Wearing crisp striped linen aprons, the duo man a couple of huge blenders that mix up slap-in-yourface rocket fuel drinks to kickstart the day. Throw in recyclable cups and biodegradable straws and you’ll want to polish your halo on the way out. The idea to open a smoothie and juice bar came about when catering to the protein rich diet of their daughter, Sacha, while she was in training for the Australian junior swimming team. The Downings and their elder daughter, Brighton, fell in love with

Subiaco 16 years ago after emigrating from South Africa. When the prime spot became available on Rokeby Road they jumped at the chance to contribute to the local community. Gerry gave up his career as a mechanical engineer and walked

straight into the role of smoothie king while Renata became the queen of tea. “We both thrive on interaction with people,” says Renata. “It’s like anything - you just have to give it a go.” Giving it a go, too, are the customers who have acquired a thirst for a daily Chocoholic, Mango Tango or Caramel Kiss – all made with ice, water and no milk. The drinks are also low in fat, sugar and calories while delivering up to 25g of protein. Stevia, the sugar substitute used in the drinks, has no carbohydrates, calories, or artificial ingredients. Strawberries and Cream features frozen berries but fruit drops add the intense flavours to drinks like the Mango Tango and Banana Bread. Loaded teas – which sell for $10 – use a green or black tea base and contain cold-pressed aloe vera and guarana, a natural source of caffeine. Those who live for the promise of plump, glowing skin opt for one of three collagen drinks. Sports presenter and Subi resident, Adrian Barich, instantly fell in love with an orange-based Green and Gold tea which was on the menu for the recent Olympics. And one of Australia’s most recognised gymnasts, Emily ate with Heather Levi Interiors and achieve Little, who won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, is

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another regular as well as open water swimmer Jamie Bowler. All have welcomed the Downings with open arms. “We were surprised and impressed at how quickly local residents and businesses made us feel so much at home.” says Renata. “We love the vibe in Subi. It’s just like a small village and very continental. And from where we are positioned on Rokeby Road, there is a regular passing parade.”

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eat Liliana Aguirre

Accent Cafe Subiaco 292 Hay Street 0493 044 427

For the past decade Liliana Aguirre has been splashing colour around with refreshing abandon in Subiaco’s West End – and her neighbours can’t thank her enough. Those who are familiar with her Multicultural Language Centre are used to occasionally stumbling

across the odd flamenco dancer, maracas, piano accordions and the wafting aromas of paella as they wander down Hay Street. It’s all part of Aguirre’s philosophy of immersing her language students – around 100 a month – in the culture of the country they are studying. Aguirre, who was born in Mexico but lived in Europe before emigrating to Australia 16 years ago, offers Spanish, Italian and French classes to students. “When you study a language you don’t just learn the language,” says Aguirre. “It’s about getting to know the culture of that country as well. You get to know that through food, film and music.” A graduate of the Sorbonne in Cours de Civilisation Francaise and an accomplished interior designer as well as a passionate food lover – with 10


a background in events management – she has now combined all her talents to add even more vibrancy to the precinct. The paint is still drying and the doors barely opened on Accent, her cafe/restaurant two doors down from the language centre, taking over an old building which has done time as an Indian restaurant and a brasserie. The 50-seater has lapped up the love and attention and is positively beaming from the enchanted rear courtyard through to its light-filled interior embellished with a check list of European charm. There’s wrought iron, face brick, antique dining tables, chandeliers, wall panels, mirrors, hanging greenery, potted plants, dried flowers and bentwood chairs around cafe style tables – each signifying an aspect of Spain, France or Italy with a nod to Mexico (without

the bold colours). An alfresco area at the front picks up the morning sun and beckons one to linger with a long black. Make that a piccolo, a prana chai or a latte or anything from chef Jonathan Naidoo’s eclectic menu. “In keeping with the languages we have Spanish, Italian and French cuisine and some Mexican dishes," says Aguirre. "Some have a bit of a twist to them such as a tapas-style brushcetta. I am more familiar with Mexican cuisine so we have things like activated charcoal tortillas. The menu changes seasonally and we are going to introduce ceviche for summer.” Accent also offers several European wines and is open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch and dinner as well on Friday. “We are also doing degustation dinners and masterclasses and

private events with live music,” says Aguirre. And she loves Subiaco as much as Subiaco seems to love her. “I love Subi because it has charm,” she says. “It is peaceful, I love the architecture - the Victorian houses and cottages. I love its rusticity and it just feels good.”

Hello Harry, the Burger Joint 1 Rokeby Road, 9380 9503

Hello Subiaco! Hello Beer! And, well, Hello Harry! Who is Harry? That’s the question burger lovers are asking as they flock to Subiaco’s bright new hot spot for a Gluttony Burger of a Fat Bastard challenge. In fact some of the more edgy customers are asking ... “Who the ... ... is Harry?” Owner Steven Cluney doesn’t mind the language. In fact, he positively encourages it with the question emblazoned over his black T-shirt as

he flips burgers with names like Big Kahuna and Dirty Harry while the tunes bellow over the sound system. Customers love the vibe and the burgers, washing them all down with a Hello Harry lager or cider on tap. Cluney has been putting in 15-hour days since opening in August. And that's all worked around his day job as a FIFO worker in Karratha. He admits it’s all been a huge learning curve taking on the franchise which has locations all around Australia but he has got the burgermaking art – from ordering to serving – down to eight minutes exactly. “I love food but most of my experience with burgers was at backyard barbecues and eating,

rather than cooking,” he says. “But having moved over from Melbourne in 2009 I was always looking for an opportunity to open up something like this.” When the old Jus Burgers site at the bottom end of Rokeby Road became available Cluney snapped it up with his brother, Ash, standing in when he is up north. Cluney loves the philosophy of Hello Harry which puts the funk into burgers, so to speak. But there is a charitable side of the franchise which also appeals. “We are going to get involved with local sporting clubs, giving prizes and things like that,” he says. “It’s all part of getting involved with the local community.” According to Cluney, a perfect burger is made with quality fresh ingredients which are sourced locally and with just the right amount of seasoning. The beef patties are pure mince and are grilled. “Our brioche buns are made by a local bakery to our own specs,” he says. And if customers are feeling really peckish, they can always take the Fat Bastard Challenge. That involves polishing off two double-beef patties, double cheese and pickles wedged between brioche in just six minutes. “If you can do that, you get a free hat,” says Cluney. “We’ve only had one order for that so far and the guy did it in eight minutes.” And, just for the record, who is Harry again? He’s the guy with the sunglasses and the nose piercings who is the poster boy for the brand. And, yes people do ask about him. Says Cluney: “The response from me is “oh, you just missed him”.


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A cut above the rest

The Meat Safe is the kind of butchers where you’ll find friendly service and an eagerness to deliver above and beyond, whether you’re after a string of sausages or a fore rib of beef. WORDS | Gail Williams IMAGES | Matt Jelonek


mar Chaudhary is full bottle on the dietary habits of Subiaco luminaries such as Janet Holmes à Court, Adam Gilchrist and Eric Mckenzie. The high profile names are among his 1,500 weekly customers who regularly exchange banter with him in the suburb’s last remaining independent butcher shop, The Meat Safe. Amar is the affable manager of a charming red T-shirted team who strut their stuff in the prime – no pun intended – Crossways’ location at the entrance to Farmer Jacks where for the past 17 years there has been a roaring trade in sirloins, aged rib eye 12


and osso bucco. The blokes, and one young woman, Kabita, holding court with a constant throng of regulars.. Stories are swapped, cooking tips offered and sometimes – for the special customers – Amar throws in a complementary goat curry he has whipped up himself. The team put in punishing 12-hour days but that does little to dim the friendly smiles, offers of stickers and lollies to the kids or a comforting chat with a lonely elderly widow – all side serves to the handmade sausages, marinated lamb shanks, grass-fed beef and Lilydale chickens.

Amar says the reason for the outlet’s popularity is not just the outstanding meat. “I learned early on that you need to know your customers’ names,” he says. “Our team make it our business to use them and ask about their families. And it’s a genuine concern. We really care. You can tell if someone is having a bad day but they do appreciate the interest we show for what is going on in their lives.” It’s a skill he learned in his early 20s when he was a flight chef with Emirates, serving lobster thermidor to his VIP passengers. He had taken the chef’s posting to

Market in the Butchery where he prepared ready-to-go meals such as duck al’orange and beef wellington. It was there he decided to do a butchery apprenticeship and three years later, he walked away from Perth’s Royal Show with the Best Butcher title and, later, the second ribbon in the Best Pie Maker category for his chunky wagyu beef pie. Since moving to The Meat Safe eight years ago, he has maintained a following from some of the old Cottesloe customers who cross suburbs just to pick up a pre-roasted chicken, a marinated leg of lamb or some pork cutlets. They all receive the same friendly service and the customers reciprocate the love in their own endearing ways. “They bring in gifts of wine and chocolates at Christmas time and some of them even send us postcards when they go on holidays,” says Amar. One customer paid for his regular coffee at nearby Spring Espresso (now Hang's Espresso). The question his team hate most? Do you sell veggie burgers? “We’re a butcher shop!” is the reply. But it’s not only the banter – and, of course, the talk about cricket, one of Amar’s biggest passions – which keeps customers coming back. Amar is very proud of the quality of the meat and the way it is displayed in the cabinet. “We break up around half of the meat we sell here and make all our sausages here using natural casings.”


Dubai after growing up in Mumbai, sharing a two-bedroom home with 12 family members. At 24, he moved to Australia for a better life and scored a job at Cottesloe’s prestigious Boatshed


Marinated Goat Ingredients

6 large desiree potatoes scrubbed and cut into 4mm thick slices 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 sprig rosemary, leaves removed and roughly chopped 30g butter 1 x 1.6kg leg of goat, on the bone 400 ml chicken stock Olive oil for brushing Green vegetables to serve


Preheat oven to 200°. Lightly oil a roasting tin. Layer the potato, onion and crushed garlic with seasoning in the

roasting tin. Scatter with rosemary and dot the butter over the top. Place the goat on the potato, then pour in enough stock to come about threequarters of the way up the side of the potato layers. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 170° and roast for a further hour (for medium). Remove the goat from the tin, cover and rest in a warm place for 10 minutes. While the meat is resting, increase the oven temperature to 200°. Brush the layered potato with a little oil and put it back in the oven to crisp up. Serve the goat with the potatoes and your choice of green vegetable.

Does he still like to cook? Yes, but, interestingly he chooses to cook Tom Yum or lobster thermidor. “After working so much with meat, I like to cook seafood,” he says. And that made us laugh so hard we almost collapsed.

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Sloane's Kitchen

WITH | Sloane Carvell in partnership with Subiaco Farmers Market

Farm freshin


Sloane Carvell shares some recipes from her kitchen, inspired by the produce at the Subi Farmers Market. FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY | Craig Kinder IF THE WILDFLOWERS are blooming, birds are singing and bees are buzzing, it can mean only one thing. It’s spring and nothing tastes better than your first springtime meal packed with peak season produce to celebrate. The Subi Farmers Market has all the produce you need to make a beautiful meal to impress guests and welcome in the new season. I’ve put together a few dishes inspired by the gorgeous produce you’ll find there each Saturday over the next few months. For an entrée, nothing says spring like fresh seafood, and you can recreate this gorgeous scallops with celeriac purée dish with a visit to The Fisho, who operates out of Singleton. He also loves to chat and share his expertise about how best to cook seafood, and where it comes from. GMT Produce is a family farm business in Gingin, with a new farm in Wanneroo too. Their stall at the market is overflowing with seasonal produce and with a healthy dose of old-fashioned customer service thrown in for free, they will suggest how to make best use of certain vegetables and fruits. Their heirloom veggies are beautiful; the family has been collecting seeds for over 20 years, and they have some of the prettiest carrots you have ever seen. They also have beautiful purple and yellow cauliflowers, gold, or pink beetroots 14


which stud dishes like jewels. For mains, I’ve continued the spring theme with my take on a Greek slow-roasted leg of lamb with a colourful patchwork of seasonal veggies and potatoes. It’s great for feeding a crowd and best of all, it’s an all-in-one dish, which you can put in the oven and forget about for a few hours. Travis and Zoë, along with their two children Jonah and Oriana, run the family-owned and operated Allington Family Farm, based in the south west of WA with 500 acres of lease land between Harvey and Manjimup. Their farming is holistic, with the health and wellbeing of their animals at the forefront of all their decisions. They run both Merino sheep and Berkshire pigs, producing ethical, sustainable, and premium quality lamb and pork. For this dish, I used one of their plump lamb legs and their salty-sweet pancetta for the

entrée. The lamb is cooked, covered in baking paper and foil like a parcel and known as ‘kleftiko’ in Greek. By wrapping it up, you trap heat and seal the juices and flavours inside, creating amazingly tender lamb, and the vegetables soak up the juices. Chocolate is good for dessert all year around, and Two Lost Pilots have you covered. Brad and Brett are two pilots who were grounded during the pandemic and created their small batch bean to bar chocolate business. I have used their very grown-up Solomon Island 70% dark chocolate and fresh raspberries to create my chocolate and raspberry fondants. This chocolate has lovely fruity notes and is made locally with beans from cocoa farmers on the Solomon Islands. I think it matches perfect with the raspberries and has the wow factor with its decadent oozy centre. Visit

Scallops | THE FISHO

This recipe uses beautiful Southern Saucer Scallop (Ylistrum Balloti) which are unique to Australia. They are found off the coast of WA in the pristine waters of Shark Bay and the Abrolhos Islands, sustainably sourced from wild fisheries off WA and processed in Fremantle. Known for its slightly salty and sweet flavour, I have kept this dish simple by gently pan-frying the scallops in some butter and pairing them with a delicate GMT Produce celeriac purée and some Allington Family Farm pancetta.

Scallops with Celeriac Puree and Pancetta prep time 15mins | cooking time 15mins | serves 4 1 medium GMT Produce celeriac,

peeled, and diced into small 1 cm pieces 1 cup of milk 50 grams butter Salt for seasoning 100 grams Allington Family Farm pancetta, diced 12 scallops from The Fisho Chives from GMT Produce, finely chopped

Place the celeriac into a saucepan over medium heat and add milk to cover. Simmer for 10 minutes or until tender. In a blender, purée the warm celeriac and milk, add 25g of the butter and purée until smooth. Season with salt to and keep warm. In a pan over medium heat, cook the pancetta until crispy and the fat is rendered. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. Add the remaining butter to the fat left in

the pan from the pancetta. When it begins to foam and brown slightly add the scallops (do this in batches depending on your pan size). Cook for 30 seconds to a minute on one side and then flip and cook for 30 seconds more. To serve, place the purée on a plate, top with three scallops and garnish with pancetta and chives. Serve immediately

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Sloane's kitchen

Lamb | ALLINGTON FAMILY FARM Allington Family Farm leg of lamb is the hero of this dish but you could also use a shoulder, and both are usually available on a Saturday at the market. I have used approximately a 2 kg leg for this recipe. The marinade is a rub of olive oil, garlic, oregano, thyme and lemon zest and juice - marinate over night if you can.

Greek Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb with Vegetables prep time 20mins | cooking time 4.5-5hrs| serves 4-6

Approximately 2kg Allington Family Farm lamb leg (you can also use shoulder) Marinade: 3 tablespoons of olive oil 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tbsp chopped thyme 1 tbsp chopped oregano Zest of one lemon Juice of half a lemon 1 tbsp of salt 1 tsp black pepper Vegetables: 4 GMT Produce large potatoes, washed, and cut into quarters 1 bunch of GMT Produce heirloom carrots, washed, trimmed, keeping green tops intact 1 GMT Produce red capsicum, washed, stems removed and cut into large pieces 2 GMT Produce large tomatoes, cut into wedges 1 GMT Produce whole garlic bulb, sliced in two horizontally 1 GMT Produce lemon zested and juiced, reserve halves ½ cup of pitted Kalamata olives 1 tsp chopped oregano 1 tsp chopped thyme 1 bay leaf 3 tablespoons olive oil 100 mL water 100 mL white wine or stock Salt for seasoning To marinade the lamb, pat it dry and use a sharp knife to score the top of the lamb making shallow cuts all over. In a small bowl mix the marinade ingredients. Rub all over the lamb and place in a zip lock bag with any liquid from the marinade or cover in a bowl 16


and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours ahead). To cook: Preheat oven to 180° (fan). Line a roasting tray with baking paper. In a large bowl, place the potatoes, carrots, capsicum, tomato and toss with salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon zest and herbs. Place vegetables in the prepared roasting tray. Add leg of lamb fat side up on top of the vegetables. Add garlic halves and olives to pan. Add water and wine or stock to pan, and juice of the lemon. Add lemon halves to the pan. Lay baking paper over the pan and tuck in around the sides and cover tightly with foil to seal moisture as it cooks. Cook in the oven for four and a half hours, until meat looks juicy and tender. Check halfway through and add more water during the cook if necessary. Remove the baking paper and foil and increase oven temperature to 200°. Cook for 20 minutes to brown lamb. Remove from oven and lamb should be tender and brown. Squeeze garlic out of skin if you wish. Crumble feta over the pan and garnish with thyme and lemon wedges to serve. NOTE: Cooking times might differ oven to oven. The leg of lamb should be deep brown and the bone will be exposed. Allow the lamb to rest for 30 minutes before serving.


Two Lost Pilots 70% Solomon Dark Chocolate makes these fondants sweet and slightly fruity, with an oozy centre and the surprise discovery of raspberries within. The trick is to make sure your ramekins or moulds are buttered well and not overcooked to ensure they ooze. They should rise and be cooked on the outside but when you wiggle them, they should wobble a little.

Chocolate & Rasperry Fondants Prep 10 mins | Cooking 8 mins | Serves 4

25 g unsalted butter at room

2 large free-range eggs

temperature, extra for greasing moulds

25 g plain flour

Cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 x 140 g Two Lost Pilots Solomon 70% Dark Chocolate

1 punnet of raspberries

75 g caster sugar

Cream or Ice-cream to serve

Preheat oven to 200° (fan-forced). Grease 4 x 160 mL ramekins or moulds liberally and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Break up the chocolate and melt in a small heatproof bowl on top of a saucepan containing about two inches of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, add eggs one at a time and beat in.

Gently stir in the flour until combined. Add the cooled, melted chocolate a little at a time and fold in to temper the mixture. It should thicken a bit. Add vanilla extract. Pour into moulds filling only halfway and add a few raspberries to each mould in the centre. Then fill with the remaining mixture. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Turn out immediately onto a plate and serve with extra raspberries, cream or ice-cream. EDITION 5 | 2021


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Eat like an

Subiaco has a culinary beating heart which is Italian so Di Bortoletto ate her way around some of the suburb’s best-loved venues, discovering new favourites along the way.


he beauty of Italian food is that it’s as varied as it is tasty, with all bases covered [pun intended] from fast food to fine dining, to carb-loading and clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, sweet treats and everything in between. In fact, in 1851, Subiaco was named after an Italian town, and true to its roots, it’s home to some great Italian eateries. 18


Dilly Dally

87 Rokeby Road At Dilly Dally, there’s no rush to be on your way, they want you to feel like you can linger for longer. Named to invoke a sense of fun, the cheeky title is a far cry from its serious hospitality offering. From the outside, the place is super-welcoming with its bright terracotta facade. Inside the new fitout showcases the large space retaining some of the building’s heritage set with space between the tables, exposed brick in some areas, graffiti wall art in others, and different nooks and rooms that make this big restaurant still feel intimate. The experienced owners not only love Italian food and wine, but they love how much Italians enjoy their food and wine, both in its preparation

and eating. Head chef Peter Hajdu has put together an Italian-inspired menu focusing on share plates both large and small and pizzas. Dilly Dally is the sort of place that’s equally comfortable for a coffee, a drink or two with a few bites, a long grazing lunch as well as a mega feast with the whole family, or dinner for two with your special someone. Greeted warmly by the general manager Patrick Ryan when we walked in one Saturday for lunch, our negronis were wonderfully balanced, the perfect apertivo ahead of a lunch that both surprised and delighted. As a first-time visitor and fuss pot when it comes to Italian food (check out my surname), I didn’t know what to expect at Dilly Dally. I walked in a sceptic and walked out a raving fan. Perhaps it was the inviting and

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comfortable surrounds, the mix of heritage and modern features, or perhaps it was the professional service that included advice on a wine at our price point. One thing’s for sure, the food was bang-on. The smoked eggplant with whipped ricotta, pistachio, mint and pomegranate was not typically Italiano, but it was so good that it’s safe to say I’ll return for that dish alone, but I could be out of luck as the menu does change every few weeks. The grilled prawns, white beans, roast tomato and nduja was a great blend of char, spice and texture. We opted for pasta for lunch,

both excellent choices in spaghettini vongole and casarecce with duck ragù, which happens to also be Patrick’s favourite dish. Patrick says that there are two dishes that have featured on Dilly Dally’s menu since day one, the lamb and the pork and veal meatballs with spicy sugo. “Our braised lamb shoulder is a dish that you need to share with friends and make a bit of a mess while you’re doing it,” Patrick says. Don't miss the cover star of this issue - the black ink spaghettini with blue swimmer crab, tomato and basil. Simply sensational.

It’s Monday night, you’re at home on a day off, what do you eat for dinner? My partner and I love cooking together, so it is always decided from what we see at the butchers or what we have in the fridge. It was veal cotoletta last week. Does the menu change, if so how often? We change dishes every few weeks, depending on what is available and how they are selling. Besides your restaurant, where do you like to eat in Subiaco? Lulu la Delizia is a favourite as is Lady of Ro. If someone can’t get a booking at your restaurant, what other Italian restaurants would you suggest? Lulu would be my first option but also Piccolo Trattoria in Shenton Park. What do you love about Subiaco? It’s a beautiful, leafy suburb that has a really strong community/ village feel about it. The locals have been very welcoming. If you were a coffee, what would you be and why? Double espresso - sharp, to the point and not to everyone’s liking.

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Cherubino City Cellar 169-171 Rokeby Road

Opening at the end of 2020, Cherubino City Cellar seems to have not only survived the pandemic but thrived. It’s almost like a secret speakeasy because it’s tricky to find but it’s definitely worth seeking out. Its entrance is via a back laneway behind Simon Johnson, and when you walk upstairs, it instantly feels like you’ve been transported to another world, an exclusive club full of interesting people, art, walls of wine and designer touches in a space that’s divided into intimate areas with sofas, tables and chairs, coffee tables and bar seating. On my visit on a random Wednesday night, the place was packed to the skylights with not a spare seat in sight. Owners Larry Cherubino and Edwina Egerton-Warburton have lived in Subiaco for 18 years. “We have always talked about opening something in the city, and once we opened our cellar door in Margaret River a few years ago, it gave us a bit more courage to do something else when the perfect space presented itself,” Edwina says. “The locals have been incredibly 20


supportive and we’ve seen a steady increase in trade, even on our quieter days, Wednesday and Thursday. We’ve been very lucky with the small number of lockdowns we’ve had to endure too; let’s hope that continues.” The husband and wife team designed Cherubino City Cellar to operate as a wine store, cellar door and a bar. The excellent wine list features many Italian, Margaret River and Great Southern wines as well their own labels, namely, AD Hoc, The Yard, Laissez Faire, Pedestal, Apostrophe and Cherubino. The menu is distinctly Italian with

dishes such as burrata with truffle honey, pistachio ciabatta, Wagyu bresaola, goats curd, rucola, housemade lasagne, and veal cotoletta with Italian slaw and cannoli. “We love the simplicity of the salsiccia – a classic Calabrese sausage specially made for us by Torre butchers in Northbridge served with good bread and a squeeze of lemon. The burrata is also hugely popular. Edwina says that interestingly their least Italian offering, sausage rolls, have been on the menu from the beginning and when they took them off for a break, there was a an uproar.

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with Cherubino’s Edwina EgertonWarburton It’s Monday night, you’re at home on a day off, what do you eat for dinner? We have three hungry boys so most meals involve protein. Loving the crumbed lamb chops from Torre lately with some roast potatoes and lentil salad. Where do you go to buy Italian ingredients? Simon Johnson for specialty items and amazing cheese, Farmer Jacks for everything else. Besides your place, where do you like to eat in Subiaco? Lady of Ro is at the end of our street so we love going there, Dilly Dally is great and we often take the kids to Edo Japanese for a midweek treat with the family. If someone can’t get a booking at City Cellar, what other Italian restaurants would you suggest to them? Lulu La Delizia is brilliant and Galileo is tried and true. What do you love about Subiaco? Its heritage feel, being able to walk to work, bars and restaurants and having a great high street, namely Rokeby Road. If you were a coffee, what would you be and why? I would be a cappuccino, fluffy and sweet on the outside but lurking beneath is something more serious.

Lulu La Delizia

5/97 Rokeby Road Lauded by pasta lovers across Australia, Lulu La Delizia has become an institution. The one-hatted trattoria puts its focus on executing a small menu perfectly. There are four pasta dishes to choose from including a special that changes often, keeping things interesting for regular diners. It’s the pasta itself, made fresh in-house daily, that becomes the highlight of the dish rather than merely a vehicle to carry the sauce. The menu is inspired by the culinary traditions of Friuli, in the far north-east of Italy, a homage to the heritage of chef and owner Joel Valvasori. Walking in – but my advice is not to walk in, make sure you have a booking well in advance, it’s always

packed – the greeting is warm and the small dining room looks cosy, intentionally designed like a nonna’s house, complete with lace curtains; the restaurant is named after Joel’s grandmother. There are a few signature dishes that people travel to Lulu’s for, and they’re worth the journey. “Our menu is based around a couple of dishes from our family table. My Nonna’s meatball recipe which we serve with soft polenta and Parmigiano Reggiano, as well as the Tagliatelle della Delizia, which is her version of a meat ragu,” says Joel. After hearing that, I tried both dishes and the meatballs in polenta transported me right back to my own nonna’s kitchen, who grew up in the adjacent Italian region of Veneto. The texture of the polenta was lusciously smooth yet thick, and the seasoning

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with chef Lulu La Delizia’s Joel Valvasori was spot on, almost exactly how I’d remembered it as a child. It took an immense amount of will power not to use my finger to scrape out every last morsel - I’d already devoured the freshly baked bread and vegetable sugo. Each strand of the generous serve of tagliatelle pasta was al dente and well coated with the rich meat ragu made traditionally with veal, pork and red wine. The saffron spaghettini with clams was bright with a little garlicky heat which my Greek dining partner just loved. It’s Joel’s favourite pasta to eat at the moment and he describes it as a delicious buttery take on a traditional spaghetti vongole. Joel says that it’s the available ingredients that tend to inspire his dishes. “When we know something is coming into season we start to work out how we’re going to deliver its beauty.” 22


It’s Monday night, you’re at home on a day off, what do you eat for dinner? I tend to cook a lot over fire at home. I find there to be a great ritual involved in setting and tending to the fire, and I just love the rewards you get from the flavour of the wood smoke. Where do you go to buy Italian ingredients? Simon Johnson sells a few really good products that we use from vinegars to anchovies and especially the cheeses. Besides your restaurant, where do you like to eat in Subiaco? I like to get out in Subi and support the local businesses that I think are doing good things. I’ll often go to Dilly Dally, Fenway, Cherubino and Juanitas as well as

getting takeaway from Fee Fi Pho Fum and Delisio. We always send people next door to our friends at Dilly Dally if we can’t get them a spot. What do you love about Subiaco? I spent a fair bit of time around Subiaco growing up, so I have a long standing affection for the place. It’s hard to find a more beautiful high street in Perth. Have you seen a shift in Subiaco since you opened Lulu La Delizia in 2016? In what way? It was sad to see it lose its mojo several years back, but I really feel as though it has started to build again over the last couple of years. There are some great operators stepping into the area, especially in the hospitality sector which is great for everyone. If you were a coffee, what would you be and why? I’ve always drunk my coffee ristretto. Strong, no BS.

Restaurant Caleb 23 Railway Road

Situated in a heritage building tucked back from the bustle on Railway Road, Restaurant Caleb has recently been named Best Italian Restaurant in WA, with its owner and chef named Best Chef of Year at the 2021 WA Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards. Restaurant Caleb’s menu isn’t your standard traditional Italian fare. Chef Caleb Azuka adds his own interpretations influenced from his experience working in restaurants in Italy, France and USA, including with the chef considered to be the master of modern Italian cuisine, Massimo Bottura in Modena. Inside, the tables are spaced nicely apart and the open kitchen at the back is an efficient yet quiet space of concentration as chefs plate dish after pretty dish which are delivered by friendly waitstaff to the packed dining room. Green leafy plants soften the black and white palette of the urban industrial interior. There’s a roof top bar too which will be an excellent spot for an Aperol spritz as the weather warms up. Three crisp-coated arborio rice balls in ‘A journey of arancini’ sit on a bed of slow-cooked beetroot and tomato sauce, Gingin goat camembert and balsamic glaze and were wolfed down, my significant other mopping up every drop of sauce with the woodfired bread that came with the ‘famous burrata’, which is made from scratch. The mozzarella, tied like a money bag, oozes mascarpone cheese and infused truffle honey, centred by a moat of Modena balsamic vinegar, aged for 24 years. The handmade crustacean pasta has generous chunks of butter-poached lobster, scampi and prawns, all deliciously coated in a saffron champagne sauce. The serving size meant my husband finished my dish after he inhaled his ragu Australiana made with slow-braised kangaroo and beef. The attention to detail when it comes to plating is Instagram-worthy. African-born Chef Caleb always dreamed of having his name on the door, and his dream was realised in October 2020 when Restaurant Caleb opened. He visits each dining table to chat to greet diners and chat to guests.

Raised in Bologna from a young age, Caleb’s food journey is a common one, influenced by his mother and grandmother who owned a trattoria which is where he spent his childhood afternoons rather than out playing with his friends. Caleb is also passing on his knowledge, teaching Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Kingston College as well as running his own cooking classes every Tuesday at the restaurant along with special focus classes such as making mozzarella or cooking with truffles on selected Saturdays.

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with Chef Caleb What’s your favourite dish to make for diners at Restaurant Caleb? My famous burrata as everything is made from scratch. Does the menu change, if so how often? The menu changes seasonally as it is based on local and seasonal produce. What’s your favourite pasta dish to eat? Spaghetti with seafood. It’s Monday night, you’re at home on a day off, what do you eat for dinner? Lamb cutlets or racks served with baked vegetables and a red wine sauce. What do you love about Subiaco? The people and the village vibe even though it’s an inner city suburb. The whole community have been very supportive of my new business. If you were a coffee, what would you be and why? Espresso - short but powerful and full of taste.



Piccolo Trattoria


Best of the rest Italian wine lovers could also call into at Juanita’s for a glass of vino and platter of salumi. Simon Johnson, providore of fine food, stocks many great Italian ingredients like cheese, olives, olive oils, anchovies and more. For pizza lovers on the go, there’s Roman-style pizza al taglio, sold by the slice, at Delisio, with thick fluffy crust and toppings like fresh mozzarella, ham and mushroom or potato and rosemary, just like it’s served in the Eternal City. You can also dine in and there’s a large selection of pasta all priced under $22 and pizzas made to order. The Woodpeckers specialises in authentic wood-fired pizza and has been a Subiaco stalwart for 20 years. Open for lunch, dinner and takeaway, each pizza is made to order the traditional way, hand-stretched, topped with home-made sauce and quality toppings. There are pasta, sides and main dishes offered on the dinner menu. Subiaco is known for coffee and with a café every few metres, that’s another whole article. If you’re keen to recreate caffe Italiano at home,

then call into The Corner Store for a range of Bialetti moka stove top coffee makers and cute espresso cups, among a mega range of other gorgeous things. In Shenton Park, Galileo Buona Cucina opened in 2004 and chef Vincenzo Soresi has consistently created authentic Italian food that’s matched with warm oldschool Italian hospitality to create memorable dining experiences. It is one of only a handful of restaurants in Perth recognised by the Italian Government with the Ospitalità Italiana quality seal, which is based on strict quality standards including

The Woodpeckers

the use of ingredients sourced from Italy, a menu and wine list containing traditional regional produce and Italian staff. It does feel like going to a trattoria in the Mother Country, which is why it’s been a favourite of mine for many years. Also in Shenton Park is Piccolo Trattoria, and as the name suggests, it’s a small space that’s buzzing and noisy, not dissimilar to a trattoria in Sicily, the region which has influenced the menu. It’s casual, BYO and better suited to groups than a romantic dinner for two. The mouth-watering dishes, home-style pastas and simple meat dishes are all well priced which makes this little joint very popular. Be sure to book well in advance. Wholefood Circus in Shenton Park is a local gourmet providore and artisan delicatessen that includes readymade meals and some delicious panini. Twice per week, Mr Gnocchi operates out of the Circus and he’s the one to call if you’re looking to learn to make soft pillowy Italian dumplings. Napoli-born Orlando Scolese AKA Mr Gnocchi runs a different kind of cooking class. For one, he’s mobile, so you can gather some of your best foodie friends, or those that could do with a lesson or two and have a fun few hours in your own home learning how to make different kinds of gnocchi. You’ll also learn how to make six sauces such as pumpkin, walnut and gorgonzola, or ragu of ossobuco with stracciatella.

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A new gin distillery is aiming to shake up the bar scene in Subiaco. Gail Williams meets the owners of the Spirit of Little Things.

Spirit of Subi

DISTILLED TO THRILL Subiaco's new gin distillery, Spirit of Little Things, has been launched by Tom Martin, Mick Seah and Josh Kruger opposite the Daglish train station.


TOM MARTIN WAS on the train recently when he overheard two hipsters animatedly discussing Subiaco’s new gin distillery. “That’s just what the suburb needs,” said one. “Yeah,” said the other. “A local bar

we can walk to and have a gin, beer or an organic wine, casual shared plates and maybe some live music. I heard there’ll be classes on gin making and food pairing as well.” Martin, a self taught master distiller, couldn’t contain himself. “That’s MY distillery,” he proudly interrupted. Well, actually the Spirit of Little Things distillery on Railway Road – opposite the Daglish Railway Station – is the brainchild of Martin and two of his best mates – Mick Seah and Josh Kruger. They all play a vital role in the small batch gin with a uniquely Australian flavour that has been making a BIG name for itself since hitting the market in 2019. Devotees – and there are many of them – describe the gin as the


Spring Tom Collins 60 ml Little Things Botanical gin 30 ml fresh orange juice 15 ml sugar syrup Sparkling mineral water 1 egg white (or protein replacement)

Spring Tom Collins

essence of our sunburnt country – with its native lemon myrtle, thyme and river mint. The end result is bottled into four different gins – Australian Dry, Australian Botanical, Navy Strength and Tempranillo. And now up to 50 punters at a time will be able to enjoy that taste of Aussie in a glass right on the spot where it’s made by Martin in an old converted warehouse in a decidedly unassuming location. Martin, who runs his own business consultancy as well as overseeing the gin making, using an organic wheat mash and pure filtered spring water, is realising a 20-year dream. “I started out brewing two decades ago,” he says. “Then I got into making gin with a one-litre still at home. The first batch I made, I poured down the sink. It’s really trial and error. But it kept getting better and I began trying it out on my friends. We decided to launch the company when we were doing blind gin tastings and my gin kept getting ranked the best over Four Pillars, Archie Rose and Giniversity.” Little Things is now on drinks lists at trendy Perth bars including The Flour Factory, Varnish on King, Subiaco Hotel, Petition Kitchen and Pep’s Wine Bar and is stocked by Dan Murphy’s, BWS and Vintage Cellars. It’s not surprising the three mates often toast to their success with a well-earned Australian Dry and Fever Tree Aromatic tonic, garnished with a twist of citrus of course. They’re also partial to negronis and martinis which will be on the blackboard menu. But the real star of the show is the venue’s centrepiece – the shiny copper 600-litre still, which was made in Australia, cost $70,000 and took a whole year to arrive. The trio didn’t mind. They had plenty of work to do scrubbing up the dusty old joint which had been disused for years – polishing the concrete floor, building the bar, making wooden benches, putting in steel benches and a leather lounge, pendant lights and bar shelves to create a warm yet inner city industrial feel. Says Martin: “We were thrilled to find this place as we had looked at others in West Leederville and in the main hub of Subiaco. This place was like a blank canvas, a bit quirky. And it has an industrial feel without actually being in an industrial area. We needed a space where you could have pallets delivered and 1,000-litre containers. With no dedicated kitchen, food offerings will be casual – charcuterie, olives, toasties and jaffles. Along with master classes on gin making, there will be tasting sessions and live music. And they hope other like-minded distillers will follow their lead and move into the area to create a gin hub which could form a walking/ tasting route. And we’re pretty sure those train-riding gin fans would be among the first to sign up for that one. Open 4pm till 10pm Wednesday to Sunday 205a Railway Road, Subiaco.

Shake all ingredients apart from the mineral water with plenty of ice. Strain into a glass. Top up with sparkling mineral water. Serve with a dehydrated orange slice on top (or a glace cherry if you're posh).

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Fit for purpose

Subiaco has plenty of gyms ready to turn you into the best version of yourself so Gail Williams pulls on the Lorna Janes and goes in search of some of the best.


f you’ve noticed a spring in the step of Subiaco locals it could have something to do with the number of gyms dotted around the suburb. Look no further than your street corner to find a personal trainer, a pilates studio, a gymnasium or a group training class. Now there’s no excuse not to get fit or hot and sweaty as we head into spring. Subiaco residents can be spotted pounding the pavement, discovering their endorphins and putting themselves through punishing regimes to get match fit for the warmer weather. Here we meet some of the Subi personalities doing their best to enable us all to achieve our personal best.

Clark Keltie

The Fitness Hub 2/224 Rokeby Road Clark Keltie and his fiancée, Bella Arhjoua, might just be Subiaco’s version of Posh and Becks. 28


And it’s not just because of their immaculate styling, classic good looks and ability to draw a crowd. Heads turn when they stride down Rokeby Road to Community Coffee, one of their favourite Saturday morning hangouts. Keltie often stops for some banter on the way, jokingly admonishing his clients –a diverse demographic including winemaker Larry Cherubino and Bob, the 76-year old Vietnam Vet – if he catches them enjoying a sugary guilty pleasure with their coffee. It’s all part of Keltie’s day job – keeping Subi people fit, happy and leading a well balanced lifestyle. And it’s one he takes very seriously. Born in Newcastle-Upon Tyne, Keltie became a professional UK soccer player as a Darlington midfielder at age 17 and went on to become the youngest captain in the club’s history. Since moving to Perth in 2013 under offer with the Perth Soccer Club he has discovered another three

Clark Keltie

loves besides soccer – 1. a passion for personal training. 2. his fiancée, Bella and 3. Subiaco people. And not necessarily in that order. All three come together in harmony at the Fitness Hub, the personal training business that Keltie opened in Rokeby Road last year when he was stood down from his job during COVID. Arhjoua does the accounts which she fits in around her full-time job at the Town of Victoria Park and her international affairs studies. Currently training around 80 Subiaco locals he says many have become good friends over the past eight years he has lived in Perth. “It was due to my loyal base of

clients who came with me (when I started my own business), stood by me and supported me,” he says. “We were training in parks – Lake Jualbup, Lake Monger, Subi Oval – I would take my equipment down there and do circuit classes, group training and one-on-one boxing.” When a studio space became available alongside Elite Physiotherapy with state-of-theart exercise equipment, the clients began pouring in. He’s obviously proud of his success stories – which range from training beginners to run their first marathons to helping them bounce back to fitness after having children and transforming aching bodies to living pain-free. Louise, a woman in her 60s, had been a client for five years when she had a cancer health scare. “She went through chemo for 12

weeks last year and wanted to keep coming,” he says. “Some days she wasn’t able to do much so we would walk around Subiaco together and it was really just so I could be there for her, a shoulder to lean on.” Bob, the Vietnam Vet and Subi character, is another favourite. “When he came to us he was 109kg and, quite frankly, not happy in himself. We sat down and mapped out a 10-week program together which would mean sacrifices to his daily routines. The goal was to lose 1kg per week following a structured personal training program. Ten weeks later he is now down to 99kg. This has given him a better quality of life, a better sleeping pattern and reduced the inflammation in his body.” Keltie says he gets as much out of the personal relationships as his clients do and takes a holistic approach with his programs,

especially during COVID times. “It is paramount now to be tuned into any mental health issues people might be having,” he says. “Training is as much about mental well being as it is about physical. I encourage them to share any personal issues they may be having.” His secret to longevity is a threepronged approach: exercise, good diet, and ice baths. “A lot of people think if I go to the gym that allows me to live the life I want elsewhere, going out and eating and drinking. But that just counteracts all the good work. We do have to have a work/play balance.” But Keltie is not a complete wowser. He and Arjhoua enjoy the odd tipple and love their food. Their Subiaco favourites are Cherubino City Cellar, Lulu La Delizia, Lady of Ro and Storehouse. For a long black they head to Little Rokeby.

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fitness Iain Hennessy and Carrie Hatherly Lords Recreation Centre 5 Wembley Close

There are certain Lords’ members who set their alarms every night for 6pm. That’s when online bookings open for a 6am Pump or RPM group class with instructors Iain Hennessy or Carrie Hatherly. They’re the married couple who met at Lords in 2008, when Hennessy – who has been an instructor there for 16 years – started training Hatherly in the Les Mills group fitness program. When they married last year a throng of regulars were among the wedding guests, indicating how close-knit the Lords family is. And just like most families these members have their idiosyncrasies. They’ll ring to check on each other if one of them doesn’t turn up for class. Some take protective ownership of their exercise bikes, jealously guard their territory on the exercise floor and request favourite workout songs which leave them on a high for the rest of the day. Like many Lords devotees their memberships go back decades and they have the long-term friendships to prove it, having shared some lows along with the many highs. Sue Piperis joined the club back in 1983 when Lords – which dates back to 1970 but has been run by the City of Subiaco since 2009 – was a vastly different place to the spacious premises now. She too met her late husband, John, there and the couple made dozens of like-minded friends as they socialised and exercised together. He was well known for his cheeky banter, his Ricky Martin song requests and his insistence on using a particular bike. When he passed away from cancer last year the members couldn’t attend the funeral because of COVID restrictions but they arranged for his exercise bike to be in a prominent 30


Iain Hennessy and Carrie Hatherly

place at the service. Says Piperis: “That was such a beautiful thing to see and meant that our Lords friends, who couldn’t be there were somehow there with me. It was a symbol of his passion for fitness and his love for chatting with his gym junkie friends during and after classes. Those friendships kept his spirits high through his long battle.” That, says Hennessy, sums up Lords perfectly. “Lords has a feel that it’s here for the people,” he says. “It provides something for people at different stages of their lives from pregnant mums to new mums with the creche, to the elderly with the aqua aerobics and gold circuit classes. It feels like it was set up for the people as opposed to a business.” Hennessy says the couple need the clients as much as they need them. “During COVID it wasn’t the same when Lords was closed down,” he says. “We did our exercise routine but we really do thrive on the interaction and the banter. There’s George in his 80s and Ralph who was here until his 90s.” Both fit their instructing commitments at Lords around their full time jobs – Hennessy as a chiropractor with his own practice Vivify Health

& Chiropractic and Hatherly as a town planner with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The couple share a home nearby Lords with their two children – and two rainbow lorikeets. The lorikeets, Monkey and Otis, are as much a part of Lords' life to regular members as the two instructors with Hennessy working stories about them into his patter. “They have heard how I rescued Monkey, an injured baby lorikeet, in Perry Lakes one day and nursed him back to health over three months. Then another one came along and I take them both to work everyday,” he says. “Now people who come across an injured bird will call me and ask my advice.” And the couple really do love Subiaco. Their favourite outdoor places to exercise are in Subi Centro where there are plenty of steps to go up and down and Mabel Talbot Park or just running through Kings Park. “It’s a lovely community,” says Hennessy. “There’s so much diversity, people are down-to-earth, the streets are tree-lined and there are so many beautiful old houses. I also love the fact that we are close to the centre of the city.”

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Where to work out? Find a place near you. INTENSE HEALTH SUBIACO 11/3 Centro Avenue 0401 261 702 Specialists in two 20-minute workouts per week for busy people who want to lose weight. And they offer a money back guarantee if there are no results. GOODLIFE HEALTH CLUB The Colonnade 388 Hay Street 9436 7500 This user-friendly gym is open 24/7 and offers group fitness classes, a cycle studio, cardio equipment, free parking and sauna and steam rooms. PLUS FITNESS 7/531 Hay Street 9381 8100 Members not only get to choose the music here with a crowd DJ kiosk on site 24/7 but they can choose the time to do their workout class by joining one of 16 virtual

workout sessions. There’s also in-person master class group fitness sessions, weight training, yoga and boxing classes. TOTAL MOVEMENT 335 Churchill Avenue Co-founders Faye Sheridan and Tony Merrick decry the gym, pilates and yoga studio tag preferring to say they are a movement. It’s a movement that involves personal training, reformer pilates, yoga, meditation, lifestyle coaching, online training and physiotherapy and rehab – all under one roof.

TC Lee

TC Lee

Get Results Personal Training Studio 28 Townshend Road You won’t find TC Lee’s clients having a leisurely coffee after their workouts. And that doesn’t mean that TC is not on the most friendly terms with them. It’s just that he specialises in timepoor clients – around 40 of them who

are busy western suburbs doctors, business owners, hard working Mums with stressful day jobs. They each get a 30-minute personalised one-on-one workout with Lee who has a degree in Human Movement and has been a personal trainer for 17 years. For eight years he has operated from a five-sqm studio in Townshend

Road where he guides clients through circuit training with kettle drums, weights and using habitbased coaching, science and encouragement to get the best results. “I do develop a relationship with my clients” says Singaporean born Lee. “You must have some empathy and listen to their struggles. Some are embarrassed about what they look like at the beginning and some feel they only do this training because they have to. People come to me for all different types of reasons. Some want to lose weight, some want more flexibility and some come because they want to ward off hip or shoulder surgery.” And, as a father of two children – aged four and six – Lee is a busy man himself with little time to explore Subi gems. “My day starts at 5am and finishes at 9pm,” he says. “I’m usually exhausted but I do have some Subi favourites – Whisk Creamery, Blacklist Cafe and Nando’s.” EDITION 5 | 2021


Give a dog a home



local hero

The hard-working vollies at the Dog’s Refuge Home in Shenton Park work to place the adorable pooches with their forever homes. Di Bortoletto meets one such local hero - Jill Munyard.

ubiaco resident Jill Munyard has been volunteering at the Dog’s Refuge Home in Shenton Park for the past 12 years. The Dogs’ Refuge Home opened in 1935 and is WA’s largest shelter and re-homing centre for dogs, caring for lost, surrendered, abandoned, and mistreated animals. The registered charity, pound and adoption centre prides itself on providing the best possible care and enrichment for dogs as new forever homes are found. Jill’s role is in the adoption rehoming team where she carefully matches dogs with their new owners. I met her at the Dog’s Home Refuge and she offered to show me around. “We are very fussy about where dogs go, it has to be the right fit for both the dog and the owners and their lifestyle,” says Jill. As we walk along the kennels, Jill greets the dogs like old friends. “Hello beautiful boy!” she says to Angus, a large mixed breed with short white fur, his tail wagging as Jill

coos to him through the wire fence. “It’s just awful if dogs are returned, so we try to get the right match so that doesn’t happen.” We pass a few volunteers who all stop and greet Jill, some with excited dogs on leads who are ready for their daily exercise. There are a several big fenced off grassy areas a short walk from the kennels where the dogs are taken, usually one at a time, and let off the lead to have a run around and play for an hour each day. Jill, who is almost 70, began volunteering after losing her beloved pure-bred black poodle Gizmo who lived to the ripe old age of 17-and-ahalf years. “I started coming to the Dog’s Home for doggie fix and started walking the dogs, then I started spending time in the office, helping answer the phones, that sort of thing,” Jill says. “I began managing adoptions about six years ago and I love that. I love meeting people, and I really love

working with the team here, they are all such lovely people.” Perth’s oldest animal charity cares for about 1,200 dogs and puppies rescued and rehomed each year and houses about 70 dogs at any one time, including dogs in quarantine. The Dogs’ Refuge Home motto is “rescue is the best breed”, and it’s a registered charity that is almost entirely self-funded and relies on community support to fund its operations. The Refuge has a pro-life policy and does not euthanase any healthy, re-homable animal in its care. Karen Rhodes, President of the Shenton Park refuge, says the Home is desperate to find foster carers for homeless hounds. “We are calling for people who have some experience with dogs and would like to become a temporary foster carer to come forward,” Karen says. “Perhaps these people may be retired and do not want the 17-year commitment that a new puppy involves but would still like the EDITION 5 | 2021


local hero How you can help

Besides becoming a foster carer or volunteer, another way to support the Dog’s Refuge Home is to get involved in some of their fundraising events.

How can you resist?

Why not adopt one of these pooches?


At Dog’s Refuge Home since: 22nd August 2020 Status: Available for adoption, in foster A little about Kylde: Klyde is a very handsome boy who is hoping that his next home is the pawfect fur-ever home for him. He has had some difficulties with reactivity in the past but with an appropriate lifestyle and efforts from his people, this can be managed and improvement will be achieved in time. Klyde is very eager to please his humans, loves to engage in playtime and is quite responsive when tasty treats are on offer. This boy is very deserving of finding his permanent home and will no doubt prove a loving member of the family.




At Dog’s Refuge Home since: 26th November 2020 Status: Available for adoption, in foster A little about Marley: Marley is a handsome young pooch who is excited about finding his new family. He needs a commitment to continuing his training; his foster carers have been putting in a lot of work with him as he is now crate trained, showing a drastic improvement in his house manners and is also muzzle trained. His dog sociability is lacking unfortunately but he can be managed safely and he is slowly but surely making progress in this area. Marley’s strong point is the love he has towards his humans, he is super eager to please, loves playtime and getting all the attention. Marley is a very clever boy and with the right people will make an amazing family member.

Home Open 23 and 24 October, 10am to 2.30pm Home Open is a well-known mega jumble sale where you can expect to find preloved books, homeware, kitchenware, rare finds, CDs, sporting equipment, games and clothes. On top of that, there’s a sausage sizzle (with vegan options), cake stall, baristamade coffee, plant stall, City Farmers dog wash, kids’ corner, live music, dog merchandise and more. Dog-friendly dogs welcome and entry is by gold coin donation. Please get in touch beforehand if you have any goods you’d like to donate. Santa Paws and In the Dog House Sunday 5 December It’s Santa Paws! Bring your dog to the refuge for a photo with Santa. A volunteer dresses as the big red man and your beloved fur baby can get their Christmas photo thanks to the generosity of photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studios donating time. There’s also a mini-market jumble sale that includes Christmas decorations. They’re not in trouble but they are still going to the dog house. On the same day as Santa Paws, ‘In the Dog House’ is a fundraising event where people sit in a kennel with a dog for a day and raise money through sponsorship.

VERY GOOD BOYS Shenton Dog's Refuge Home holds several fund-raising efforts throughout the year, including Santa Paws photo opps at Christmas and Home Open's jumble sale.

companionship of a dog, or perhaps they are dog lovers who already have a pooch but would love to help another dog in need.” Dogs that need fostering may be older or may need ongoing veterinary treatment which would be better administered in a home environment. All veterinary costs are covered by the refuge. “We are also looking to foster out a number of dogs that are stressed in the kennel environment and need the special TLC that a foster carer would be able to provide,” adds Karen. The Home will meet all food and veterinary expenses required by the foster dog. For further details, visit the Dog’s Refuge Home is open to the public seven days per week from 11am to 4pm, 30 Lemmos Street, Shenton Park. Tel: 08 9381 8166.

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meet the maker

Cherry picked designs Ashley Valmadre’s Cherry Cherry Bim textiles are created in the heart of Subiaco - and they are a breath of fresh air for any home. WORDS | Marcia Ball




ocated on arguably the most charming street in all of Perth, the Heytsbury Road studio of textile designer Ashley Valmadre represents Subiaco heritage at its finest. A former butcher’s shop with original façade still intact, but with the modern lick of paint, is now home to Cherry Cherry Bim HQ. Upon entry, it doesn’t take long to clock that a designer lives inside; every surface is adorned with colourful printed lampshades in Ashley’s signature bold block prints. Born in Northern Michigan, in a

small town called Leland, Ashley and her brother grew up with dreamy winters covered in snow, white Christmases and a joy for celebrating the festivals synonymous with American life. In the summertime, the township came alive with friends and community returning to their holiday homes for the warmer months. “The family home was on a former cherry farm, the outhouses were used often by my mum’s friends who were artists and would come during the day to paint and create,” says Ashley. “There were lots of artists living up there, so that was always inspiring, having those people around us growing up.” Moving to Subiaco when she was nine, Ashley attended Subiaco Primary School where her own children now go. Her parents live four doors down so perhaps it's no wonder it's the community spirit which attracts Ashley most to the area now as an adult. “Nature is a huge theme that I use a lot in my prints. We love that Subi is so green. The community feel, that you can walk to your local café as you see people you know, other kids your children go to school with, it’s why this suburb is so wonderful,” she says. “My husband walks to work, the proximity to the city is great and you’re not far from the beach.”

With a background in graphic design and having worked in advertising for many years, the need to create physical, tangible work is what drove Ashley to explore new creative avenues. “I always loved textiles and practical, functional design. I like design that has longevity and for things to feel like they have a real purpose.” At first experimenting with digital printing and hand-painting onto fabric, she eventually discovered block printing and instantly fell in love. “The technique creates its own textures, there’s more room for error, the mistakes can be beautiful,” says Ashley. “I love it because you look across the sheet of fabric and it’s not all the same, there’s depth to it, there’s movement to it, there are areas where the ink’s gone on heavier or lighter, or there’s a gradation in it that you couldn’t create again if you tried.” Now that the technique has been perfected, the finest quality Belgian linen sourced internationally by a local supplier, the ink chosen and made in Australia and certified environmentally-friendly, Cherry Cherry Bim is open for business. You’ll find a range of bespoke lifestyle products including lampshades, an array of napkins and tablecloths in her signature bold and colourful prints and in due course cushions, as well upholstery for furniture, all available on the website, with the website's StyleFile offering beautiful ideas for using the products to style your home. For those considering giving their home a revamp, Ashley recommends thinking playfully when decorating your home. Try layering colours and patterns, choosing things that you truly love and not taking things too seriously. “People can be a little shy of using pattern in their homes,” she says. “Cushions can be a good way to get started - you can change them out as the seasons change, mixing them with neutrals. Even just choosing a

new lampshade can make such a difference. Napkins and tablecloths are a great way to bring in some pattern and colour. Your home doesn’t have to be super serious and it doesn’t have to be something that you leave a certain way forever, let it evolve. “Find things you love, special pieces that tell your story.“ Visit COLOUR ME HAPPY Ashley Valmadre creates beautiful block printed fabrics, available through her Subiacobased business Cherry Cherry Bim.

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Got a passion for home design? Win Cherry Cherry Bim’s beautiful, hand blocked napkins to add some pizzaz to your table or picnic basket. Be in the running to win a set of four Cherry Cherry Bim napkins (worth $92). These beautiful, hand-printed artisan-made linen napkins will bring your spring and summer entertaining to life with a bright pop of pink in Cherry Cherry Bim’s distinctive Oaknote design. To go into the draw, visit win and enter the competition on the website. Closing date is November 15. We'll announce the winner in December. Good luck!

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meet the maker



Studio Thimbles is the realisation of a lifelong dream for Olga Abbott - a place where sewing and socialising are brought seamlessly together. WORDS | Brooke Hunter


n the mid-2000s, Russian-born Olga Abbott moved to Perth seeking a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) lifestyle. Little did she know, fourteen years later she would be living her dream and owning a sewing business in the heart of Subiaco. A process engineer by trade, Olga moved to Perth during the mining 38


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boom and worked the FIFO life for a few years before having her first child with husband John. “I love Australia for its multicultural community and the endless opportunity for everyone who seeks it,” she said. With a deep love of sewing, she made the decision to leave her engineering profession and share her creative passion with others. “I am a seamstress in my heart. For me, sewing is about taking time for myself from my busy schedule and losing myself to the art of creating,” she said. “While I am sewing, I am engaged in the present moment which is grounding and peaceful. Sewing is like meditation and a therapy for me.” From a young age, Olga was mesmerised by the ability to turn fabrics into unique garments, which

often drew comment from admirers for their beauty and character. “Sewing played different roles in my life, from making my own clothing to earning money through my teenage and early adulthood years. The magic of creating something from a raw piece of fabric was always inspiring for me,” Olga said. Studio Thimbles on Rokeby Road is where she combines her two greatest passions – sewing and bringing people together. Suitable for people of different ages and abilities, Olga helps her customers gain basic sewing skills through in-studio equipment. “I am so grateful I have this opportunity to do what I love every day and to help others to fall in love with sewing from their first stitch,” she said. “I honestly believe it is a lifelong

skill useful for any household, whether it is a home decor project, handmade gift or a simple alteration. It’s also a soul-satisfying creative hobby which brings hours of joy and relaxation for kids and adults.” With more than 20,000 hours of sewing under her belt, Olga offers anything from beginners sewing courses to one-on-one lessons, for those who simply just don’t know where to start. Ranging from children to adult groups and daytime to night classes, Olga teaches people of all levels how to make useful items including eco tote bags, kitchen aprons, baby beanies, pants and dresses. Olga even runs kid’s camps to give parents a day off during the school holidays and to teach a small boutique group of children the magic of sewing. One recent customer was nineyear-old Lee (pictured right), who was so proud when he was able to


make his own pillow case, thanks to Olga’s passion and patience. “My vision is to inspire ordinary people through my sewing classes to explore the possibility of a fully handmade and more sustainable wardrobe,” Olga said. “I have a passion for teaching. Passing on every bit of my knowledge, my tips and secrets has always been a goal of mine.”

Subiartco Galleries

Studio Thimbles

You can find Studio Thimbles sewing workshops and courses at 113 Rokeby Road, Subiaco. Website: @Studio_Thimbles Mobile: 0450 115 939

Painting, photography, glass, basketry and objects of art by 8 local Western Australian Artists.

Subiartco Galleries Tel: 0430 208 720 Visit

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Colour hub

Subiartco Galleries represents some of Western Australia's most talented artists - and their work is available for all to enjoy. WORDS | Tori Wilson


pending time getting to know the artists of Subiartco Galleries gives art lovers the chance to witness the world of the artist intimately. Spend time getting to know each artist, as they explore their creative processes – applying thick layers of expressive acrylic, meticulously assembling crushed coloured glass - in pursuit of crafting something unique. Adding one of these finished works to your collection can only elevate the space it is displayed in - and supports local artists into the bargain. 40


INSPIRED BY NATURE Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson has been inspired by the degradation of the land resulting in salinity problems of massive salt lakes throughout the world - like in her hometown of Lake King. Below, Hovering above Aquata, acrylic on board, and left, Southern Coast.

Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson - Painter

Born in the country town of Lake Grace and having spent her childhood in the nearby town of Lake King, artist Carollyn Rhodes-Thompson’s inspiration for painting comes from her childhood country background. Surrounded by lakes as far as the eye could see, natural landscapes dominate Carollyn’s works. “I started as an artist when I was 11, while in hospital after an accident in the country where I nearly lost my foot,” Carollyn said. Carollyn has since gone on to gain a Bachelor of Education in Art and Post Graduate Diploma in Art. Nature, texture, and light are key elements of the artworks produced by Carollyn. The process of letting the paint roam free and flow is fundamental to her craft, creating a sense of space, atmosphere, and mood through her semi-abstract landscape pieces. “I love the flow of acrylic. It’s more watery and fluid than oil so you have much more control,” Carollyn said. “I use a lot of water and let the paint move on the canvas, guiding it but not pushing it.”

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art I want a painting to grow over time with a viewer” – Narelle Manser-Smith

COLOUR AND PASSION Narelle Manser-Smith, left, and below left, Range Unwined (acrylic on canvas) and below right, Cherish (acrylic on canvas). Opposite, Philomena Masters creates gorgeous crushed coloured glass artworks.

Narelle Manser-Smith - Painter

One of the eight artists comprising Subiartco, Narelle Manser-Smith, says Subiartco is a supportive space for artists to create and for the public to observe and engage with the artists and their works-inprogress. Narelle, a multi award-winning artist with a Bachelor of Arts and a background in education, is inspired 42


by light and movement in nature and typically explores these qualities through the manipulation of acrylic paint. “What I love about acrylic is I can slow down the drying time to achieve techniques like oil. “I love manipulating the paint.” By applying thick layers of paint, ample texture mediums and an abundance of glaze, Narelle

encourages herself to get lost in the process and explores abstract techniques. “It’s really about embracing the accidents,” she said. “I want a painting to grow over time with a viewer. I want it to convey a feeling and have the viewer connect with that feeling. That’s the ultimate connection and such an honour.”

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Until a new location is finalised, keep up-to-date with all the artists at

Philomena Masters – Mosaic and Glass Artist

Artist Philomena Masters is a testament to the power of art on aiding mental health. Following a mental breakdown at the peak of her business career, Philomena delved into mosaic-making after being introduced to the craft by an art therapist. “I buried myself into art as a way of expressing myself,” Philomena said. “Whether I was in a mood of elation or depression, I had this love for creating.” Today, Philomena also produces brilliant, unique pieces of glass art, including individual items of dichroic jewellery. “I’ve started producing pieces that look like tapestry, and am working on a particular range called Illusion,” she said. “The technique allows you to work with 1mm strands of glass that are carefully assembled into a design, before being infused together.” Another favourite technique applied by Philomena is to crush coloured glass to create a mesmerising cracklelike effect. By spraying the assembled crushed glass with water and adding layers of crushed glass prior to it entering the kiln, the glass fuses together in remarkable formations. Visit

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shop style

WITH | Desmond Eddy Jovani sweetheart corset gown, Raimond, POA

It's time to tie the knot - so head to Subiaco's collection of wedding specialist stores. We guarantee you'll fall in love all over again.

Pallas lace detail dress with lace shorts, POA


Pallas silk sequin beaded dress, POA


Pallas silk belted dress, POA


Bridal glam

Pallas beaded sequinned dress, with embrodered flowers, POA

Strapless frill bodice dress, Hush Hire Boutique

Lola Varma textured silk dress, POA

Zolotas woven lace bustier with tulle skirt, POA

Lola Varma silk dress with back tie detail, POA


Lola Varma | Hush Hire Boutique | One Night Stand | Pallas | Raimonds | Zolotas |

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Eliatt Juliet Dress, One Night Stand, $129 rental

Raimonds lace tulle dress, POA

Zolotas beige woven lace detail dress POA

Nookie Royal Gown, One Night Stand, $109 rental

Pallas sequin detail dress, POA



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Sparkle bright


Wedding day jewellery is your chance to shine - literally. And the jewellery designers who call Subiaco home create some truly jaw-dropping gems to wear on your big day.




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1. 18ct white gold diamond rings, Ecali, starting from $1,150. 2. 18ct white gold Australian South Sea pearl and diamond earrings, Linneys, $5,200. 3. 18ct white gold and diamond engagement ring, Thomas Meihofer, $9,990 with matching wedding ring, $2,490. 4. 18ct white gold lab grown diamond tennis bracelet, Ecali, $6,995. 5. Seedless pearl and diamond earrings, Linneys, $1,670. 6. Cushion shaped Halo diamond ring, Linneys, $25,400. 7. 18ct white gold diamond double row ring, Ecali, $1895. 8. 18ct white gold and diamond twist ring, $1,895, 18ct white gold and diamond endless band, Thomas Meihofer, $2,750. 9. 18ct yellow gold baguette and round diamond ring, Ecali, $1050 10. 18ct white & 18ct rose gold diamond eternity rings, Ecali, POA. 11. 18ct white gold illusion set diamond halo earrings, Ecali, $3350 12. 18ct yellow gold diamond and baroque pearl ring, Linneys, $1,150. 13. 18ct white gold diamond flower earrings, Ecali, $1,195. 14. 18ct white gold diamond ring, Ecali, $9,950.

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So extra



A well-chosen accesory can make all the difference in terms of finishing touches to your wedding day look. From shoes to bags, bracelets to earrings, Subi has it all. 2




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9 1. AG-21038 Nude, Marie Claire Shoes, $219. 2. Gold earrings, Iisie Fashion, $19.99. 3. Swarovski crystal earrings in rose peach, Jet Empire Jewellery, $65. 4. A Movie Script Ending, light topaz (gold), earrings Jet Empire, $65. 5. Candela De Reina Pink Spanish earrings, Kul Kul, $229. 6. Unisa Zdream Mumm, Marie Claire, $229. 7. Silver Sandal, Dimario, $420. 8. Silver glitter clutch, Dimario, $785. 9. Blush Court Shoes, Dimario, $750. 10. Fashion Gold drop pearl earrings, Iisie Fashion $19.99. 11. Ivory sandles Bubbles, Dimario, $300. 12. Pearl Wrap Bracelet, Linneys, $2,290. 13. Diamond Star Pendant, Linneys, $2,150.



Gwendoline pearled Ivory Silk Robe with lace detail $329.95, and chemise $179.95

Gwendoline Mushroom Silk Robe and Chemise - Silk Robe long - $299, Silk Chemise - $149, Silk Pillow cases - $89 includes gift box

Knowing that you're wearing something exquisite under your wedding dress makes the whole experience extra-special.

Ginia French Crème scallop lace chemise, $199.95


Sweet nothings



Ginia Pearl Blue Petite Chemise, $179.95

1. Orphee Bridal White Ret Bra, Swiss embroiery, $129.95 Bikini $74.95



(this page and opposite) The Bra Bar Subiaco | Dimario Italian Shoes | Hidden Lace | Iisie Fashion | visit their Facebook page

2. Saga lemonade half cup bra, $129.95, and French thong, $79.95 3. Wish Whisper Sea Green half cup French bra $129.95, shorty $89.95 4. Ginia fine luxury satin robe with floated sleeve All from Hidden Lace & The Bra Bar Subiaco

Jet Empire Jewellery | Kul Kul | Marie Claire Shoes |

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Groom gear


Getting the groom's look just right on his big day is just as important as the bride - so make sure he's dressed to impress when he says 'I do'.




1. Men's tuxedo hire, Suit Vault, POA. 2 - 4. Wedding tuxedo, Tony Barlow, POA. 5. Coffee suede dress shoe, Stride Subiaco, $199.95. 6. Black leather dress shoe, Stride Subiaco, $199.95.




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Linneys | OPSM | Stride shoes | Suit Vault |


Tony Barlow | 1. Textured zirconium ring, Linneys, $300. 2. Persol Tortoise sunglasses, OPSM, $270. 3. Montescrappa nero uno cufflinks, diamond rim, Devlin's, $561. 4. Sterling silver and champagne diamond pendant, Linneys, $1,230. 5. Men's zirconium rings, Ecali, starting from $129. 6. Patrick McMurray Hibiscus tie, Devlin's, $195. 7. Carnaval De Venise Platinum leaf patterned tie, Devlin's, $195. 8. 18ct yellow gold men's ring, Linneys, $3,850. 9. 18ct white gold men's ring, Linneys, $2,750. 10. Cottesloe Reef Bangle, Linneys, $220. 11. Sand Ripple 18ct gold Tahitian pearl neoprene bangle, Linneys, $2,100. 12. Sterling silver anchor neoprene bangle, Linneys, $800.

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Present perfect If you're an honoured guest at a wedding this year, draw inspiration for a beautiful gift from this range of gorgeous homewares, artisan objects and fun additions to any newlywed's home.



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1. Morgan & Finch Traditional silver clock, Bed Bath & Table, $79.95. 2. Vintage Clock $109.95. 3. Gold chawan bowl candle cran flower, Bed Bath & Table, $69.95. 4. Petals & Pins Rosa floral picture, Kul Kul, $35. 5. L'Óccitane Homme Cap Cedrat edt & soap, L'Óccitane, $88. 6. Black/white bowl & chopsticks set, Table Culture, $39.95. 7. Pindan wood bowl, Kul Kul, $198. 8. Prada black sunglasses, OPSM, $340. 9. Patrick McMurray pink pocket square, Dandy Tailoring yellow pocket square, Devlin's, $69.95 ea. 10. Morgan & Finch Kingswood teal/Indigo tea towel, Bed Bath & Table, $14.95.






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OPSM | Simon Johnson | Table Culture | 11. Wall plaque, Bed Bath & Table, $19.95. 12. Majani Dark Hazelnut chocolate, Simon Johnson, $23.60, 13. Lucasa cherries tea towel, Simon Johnson, $34. 14. Habitat 101 green vase Dallimores, $49.95. 15. Maine & Crawford blue Taj ceramic vase, Dallimores, $45.95. 16. Ceramic cheese platter, Simon Johnson, $74.95. 17. Madras link Black/White faces vase, Dallimores, $59.95. 18. Berard Par Grater, Simon Johnson, $75. 19. Morgan & Finch Lumiere soap, Bed Bath & Table, $9.95. 20. Lamy Pen Fontaine, medium, rose gold, Devlin's, $99. 21. Love word decoration, Bed Bath & Table, $29.95. 22. A Field guide to Cheese, Devlin's, $39.95.



Marcia Ball sat down with Pallas Couture’s creative director Rebecca Williams to learn more about this global bridal empire which calls Subiaco home.




ounded by renowned Australian fashion buyer Joy Morris, Pallas Couture brought high fashion and couture bridal to the streets of Perth in 2001. Offering a cohesive balance between classical couture, impeccable tailoring and modern sophistication, Pallas is a master in the art of couture showcasing intricate gowns that are sculpted perfectly to fit the silhouette. I ask creative director Rebecca Williams what makes Pallas Couture so special. MB: What does your role as creative director entail day-to-day? RW: It’s pretty busy! I have appointments throughout the day - working with brides and private clients on looks for their wedding or red carpet events. I have meetings with our Perth production team, 54


manage our international team in New York City and the upcoming international trunk shows. I also oversee the creative decisions at a high-level within the company. This includes social media, products and creative strategies. I work very closely with our founder and design director Joy Morris. She is based in Sydney now so we spend a lot of time on FaceTime. MB: You launched the brand internationally and were based between Sydney, London and New York before the pandemic. Tell me about this experience and what was involved in taking the brand global? RW: We started travelling to New York, meeting with prospective buyers and press. The feedback was incredible, positioning Pallas’ craftsmanship and designs among

the best on a global stage. As Pallas’ method is one that is unwavering, with the custom process so intricate and specific, we realised that we needed to maintain the quality control from design to creation, to the day it is received by the bride. That’s why we chose, despite constant requests from boutiques across the world, not to wholesale to other

retailers. Instead I launched our own dedicated trunk shows in New York in 2015, followed by London in 2016. These trunk shows are incredibly successful and allow us to work closely with the brides throughout the creation process. MB: The Pallas Couture HQ is based in Subiaco - what do you like most about working in Subi? RW: Subiaco has been a great move for us. We needed more space. Our new studio is light, bright and all open plan. We love it. It has this gorgeous warehouse feel and is convenient for the brides. It’s the head office of production worldwide. It’s also amazing that visitors to Pallas can see our team of couturiers in action. It’s magical watching them work. MB: How can a bride commission a Pallas Couture gown? What’s involved in the process of selecting a gown for your wedding day? RW: Pallas Couture is by appointment only. We do not have wedding gowns in the Perth studio all year round so it is crucial for the brides to book an appointment in advance. I work very closely with a bride to achieve a balance between

what she has dreamed of for her special day and what will make her look stunning and be memorable at the same time. The process takes about 12 months for a custom gown and in this time, the team and I work with the bride every step of the way- it’s a very personal experience, it’s really special. MB: Do you have any tips for brides when choosing their gown and planning their wedding day look? RW: Be open to design choices and really think about what you want to wear on your special day. Mistakes happen when a bride chooses a style that does not suit her shape, following trends instead. The choice of colour of the dress is also very important. MB: What is in the future for Pallas Couture? What are you looking forward to that’s coming up? RW: We have a brand new couture collection launching at the end of the month and our first London trunk show in two years is taking place in October. Pallas Couture, by appointment only, 177 Hay Street, 08 6380 2277. Visit

METICULOUS APPROACH The highly skilled seamstresses spend hundreds of hours on each and every Pallas Couture wedding dress. Opposite, creative director Rebecca Williams.

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Sub-I-Do Get wedding-ready with some of the most nurturing skin care products around. WORDS | Marcia Ball

Beauty and the



ou’ve finally recovered from the initial excitement of your engagement, you’ve celebrated with countless glasses of champagne and your skin has suffered as a result. It’s time to consider your beauty regimen for your wedding day glow. Here are some of the products and services we recommend as you count down to the big day.





Six Months to the Big Day

Consult Your Skin Specialist

RATIONALE EpiNova Brilliance Facial | $305. The team at RATIONALE Subiaco offer Signature Skin Consultations to achieve the luminous skin which is synonymous with the brand, known as the #RATIONALEglow. “With a focus on personalised skincare, a consultation allows us to have a clear understanding of your skin needs and goals,” says Flagship Manager, Toni Higham. From here, RATIONALE’s expert skin therapists can develop a tailored, targeted plan consisting of regular treatments such as the EpiNova Brilliance Facial to help you achieve flawless skin in time for your wedding. RATIONALE Shop 11/1 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco.

Four Months to the Big Day

Get On The Tools

1 DR Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro | $619. 56


As wedding planning ramps up, your stress levels are likely to follow, causing unwanted breakouts and dull looking skin. This revolutionary LED light mask takes at-home skin care to the next level. The red LED lights help with fine lines, collagen production and pigmentation for a more youthful appearance. Meanwhile the blue LED lights help with congestion, breakouts and inflammation caused by acne and eczema. With noticeable improvements to skin tone and texture after three minutes of use daily, you will notice a difference in as little as two weeks. For $120, Mecca skin specialists provide a one-hour facial using the Faceware Pro so you can try it before you buy and is completely redeemable on products in store. MECCA Cosmetica 13/1 Rokeby Road, Subiaco.

Three Months to the Big Day Perfect Your Routine

2 Skin Juice – Smudge Budge | $42. Using products that work for you and perfecting your beauty routine doesn’t happen over night. In fact, it takes 27 days for your skin to regenerate itself so you should wait at least one month to see how you feel about a product before determining its effects on your complexion. To keep skin healthy, cleansing twice daily is recommended. Smudge Budge is an effective but calming cleansing balm that will gently melt away the day, leaving you to hit the pillow with a clean face and soft, smoothed skin. The hero product of this 100% natural range cleanses the skin, dissolving even the most stubborn eye and lip make-up, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean,

without stripping or drying. Pharmacy 777 444 Station Street, Subiaco.

One Month to the Big Day Stress Less

3 Cannanda CB2 Wellness, 5ml $55. While not skincare, per se, an anti-anxiety and stress relief product will certainly help ease your tension. This no prescription, CBD oil alternative is completely legal and made with 100% natural terpens extracted from botanical sources. It’s a multi-awardwinning, physician-formulated product that has significant health benefits, such as positively influencing the endocannabinoid system (ECS; the body’s master regulator of homeostasis). In other words, this product can reduce stress and anxiety by activating your CB2 receptors to bring fast relief with no intoxicating effects. It may just be the perfect remedy leading up to your big day. Available from The Hemp Store at Subi Farmers Market, 271 Bagot Road, Subiaco (every Saturday).

The Big Day

Ready, steady, glow! 4 RATIONALE #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+ | $172. #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+ is a non-negotiable for any bride on their wedding day. This hydrating daily serum imparts a radiant, translucent finish while offering advanced solar and environmental protection with proprietary Zinc Fusion technology. A must-have to keep skin nourished and glowing under your make-up, while not having to worry about sun damage on your wedding day. Just breath, glow and most importantly, have fun! RATIONALE Shop 11/1 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco.

Wedding Ready

It’s the little things which will make all the difference on your big day, from a sparkling smile to a beautiful tan. Beverly Ligman shares her top tips for brides and grooms.

Yay! You’re getting married, congratulations! It’s a super fun day with all your favourite people, but first there’s just a little bit of beauty prep you’re going to need to do. And not just for you and your best ladies, your Mr-To-Be should also put his best foot forward on the big day. Here are some suggestions to get you both sparkling and wedding-ready.

Brow wow + lash dash

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyebrows and lashes are the oh-so pretty frames. Make sure you’re groomed and gorgeous with a trip to Subiaco specialist Your Eyes Only. Known for their attention to detail and making sure that your brows perfectly suit your face shape. Let’s face it you’re also going to need sexy, fluttery lashes on the day to make Bambi eyes at your new spouse, so enhance what nature gave you with some lash extensions or falsies. Subtle or high voltage glam – the choice is yours. Your Eyes Only Brow Studio

29 Catherine St, Subiaco (brows + lash extensions) or Mecca Cosmetica 1-13 Rokeby Road, Subiaco or (false eyelash application)

Smile bright

You’re going to be smiling A LOT on your big day and as the focus is firmly on you and your groom, why not get your teeth whitened together so you’re at your smiley best? There’s loads of dentists who can help make sure your teeth are wedding ready. You won’t be able to stop smiling

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after this treatment and the best thing? In-chair whitening only takes about 90 minutes. Subiaco Square Dental 10 Subiaco Square Road, Subiaco or

Hair apparent

It’s so very important that your hair looks amazing for the big day. You’ll be wanting to work with your hair stylist and colourist from approx. six months to a year out to make sure you’re both on the same page with your wedding hair ‘vision’. Whether it’s getting your colour just right or making sure your hair and style is the perfect length to complement your gown, please leave it to the professionals - this is not a box colour type situation! You can trust Adele and the team at Studio A Creative - they even have a make-up artist on hand so you and the girls can get ready to roll (Champagne in hand obviously) in her beautifully serene Shenton Park studio. Studio A Creative Hair Shop 5/189 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park WA 6008 or visit 58


Nailed it

Your hands are a big focus on the day (look, sparkly new bling!) so make sure they’re ready for their big moment. If you want to go traditional with a classic French mani pedi or a nude nail, we get it, but these days, you can also have a bit of fun and let your personality shine through. Modern nail art is next level, so embrace some originality. The boys in your bridal party can also get a ‘Manly Mani’ or a ‘Power Pedi’ here if they’re keen.

Glamour Nail Bar 423 Hay St, Subiaco.

Fake it til’ you make it

For that perfect, all over sunkissed glow, head to Ella Bache for one of their classic spray tans. The colour is natural and long lasting and doesn’t smudge or flake. If you really want to treat yourself (go on) then have a pretan body polish first. You’ll be in and out in half an hour (perfect if you're time poor) and you’ll look and feel

amazing (and feel at least 10 per cent skinnier, we promise!). Ella Bache Shop 16, Subiaco Square Shopping Centre or

For the boys

If you can convince your boy to have a facial, his skin will thank you for it and a fresh haircut perfectly timed before the big day works wonders too. At Gentlemen’s Hair Lounge, he’ll be able to enjoy a beer, scotch or whisky as he gets his hair done, has a facial and a traditional close shave. There’s also grooming packages available for the boys on the big day. The perfect male ‘groom’ing, one stop shop – what’s not to love about that? If alcohol isn’t his thing and he prefers a coffee, head to His Lid instead. Gentlemen’s Hair Lounge 3/34 Subiaco Square Rd, Subiaco or visit His Lid Barber + Lid Espresso Bar 8 Sheen St, Subiaco or

Because you’ve earned it ...

All this pampering can make a girl thirsty . . . So once you’ve attended to all your beauty appointments (and organised everyone else’s!), why not meet up with the girls for a bubbles or a cheeky lunch at Subi hot spot, Storehouse Subiaco at Vibe Hotel?

The perfect roof top bar, Storehouse has a glam Palms Spring vibe (pardon the pun!), fancy cocktails and a great view of the city’s skyline. Storehouse Subiaco at Vibe Hotel 9 Alvan Street, Subiaco or vibehotels. com

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One of the main reasons spring is such a popular season for weddings is because such beautiful flowers are at their seasonal best. We asked some Subiaco florists about the current trends in wedding flowers and what is best in season.


BLOOMS TO GO Cottage Garden and Naomi Floral create gorgeous bouquets for all occasions - and can create individual special orders for customers.



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lowers are a stunning part of a wedding, adding colour, beauty and fragrance, not just with the bridal bouquet, but as part of table decorations at the reception, pew arrangements for the ceremony and corsages and buttonholes for special family members and guests.

rustic styles are also popular. It’s important to discuss with your florist the styles of bouquet that would be suitable for your choice of flowers and will suit your dress, such as an elegant small and compact posy or a bouquet trailing down your dress with lots of greenery.

What’s trending Michele Williams, owner of Cottage Garden, says most brides are finding inspiration for their wedding flowers on Pinterest, with roses always a favourite – it is all about personal choice. “With colours, pastels are popular, as are traditional white and green,” she says. “Bright colours and natives are always in.” She says many brides are looking for elegance and simplicity, and

What’s in season Naomi Kato, floral designer from Naomi Floral, says peony, calla lily, tulip, ranunculus, snap dragon and sweet pea are some of the beautiful, elegant flowers in season during spring. “Also, waratah, an Australian native flower, is in season only for a short time so that would be special,” she adds. Naomi says using seasonal flowers means you can remember your

special day/memory as part of the season, for years to come. “Also, seasonal flowers can often be sourced locally, which means they are fresh, and you can support local growers,” she says. “(They are) environmentally friendly and cost effective.” Always popular Michele says brides are lucky in spring with an abundance of flowers in season, such as daisies, tulips and bulb flowers. However, she says roses and orchids are favourites year round, and she advises that if a bride has her heart set on a flower that is not in season, many blooms can be imported. Flowers for every day Even if you are not planning a wedding, you can still enjoy the beautiful flowers and gifts available at Subiaco florists. Michele says with their location close to the hospital, they often make 'get well soon' or new baby arrangements, and being close to the CBD, they are often asked to do birthday arrangements as well. “We are so close to the markets, so

the flowers are very fresh and we buy daily,” she says. “We also do a huge range of gifts and plants and we do the best hampers.” Naomi Floral does not do flowers for weddings, but Naomi says they create beautiful flower gifts to suit your occasion and preferences, and like to personalise bouquets/arrangements to make it even more special. Extra elements Why not talk to your florist about adding special touches to your bouquet? Some touches for your bouquet could include: A sprig of rosemary: A sprig of rosemary in a bouquet can symbolise remembrance of family members and friends who have passed away. The herb also smells amazing and is a popular symbol for loyalty. A photo charm: Photo charms are a touching way to include loved ones who cannot be with you on your big day. Something blue: Aside from the flowers, a bridal bouquet is a great way to incorporate something blue, such as blue ribbon or fabric tied around the stems.

Contact details SUBIACO FLORISTS Subiaco locals are lucky to have numerous quality florists operating in the area, who will be able to help with floral gifts for any occasion.

Cottage Garden

Instagram: @cottagegardensubiaco Visit

Naomi Floral

Instagram: @naomifloral Email

Rokeby Florist


Edible Blooms


Sarah’s Flowers


St John of God Florist Visit

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Events this spring in Subiaco

Sam Coombes

Mitchell Santiago

Suburban Vibes set to rock Subiaco




Jordy Maxwell

CATCH HOME GROWN talent in iconic locations including laneways, galleries, bars, and unexpected places in October. For eight nights in October, Suburban Vibes is hosting 25 artists in nine spaces in Subiaco, bringing their signature chilled and intimate style that has seen them sell out shows in Fremantle and across WA. Launching the series, 15-year-old talent Mitchell Santiago will put on a free performance at the Subiaco Skate Park on October 8. The multiinstrumental star’s EP ‘Falling’ has had over 500,000 streams on Spotify as well as Triple J airplay. Some of the must-see local talent includes indie/folk singer out of Margaret River, Duncan Saige; poetic singer/songwriter Helen Shanahan who returned to Perth last year from the UK; and the much-

hyped Teischa with her smoky R&Binfused pop. There’ll also be foot-stomping grooves from Ben Catley, emotional folk bangers from “electrician slash muso” Jordy Maxwell, and Jack Davies & The Bush Chooks launch their new EP ‘Shadows and the Sound of the Night’ at the Regal Theatre with special guest Nika Mo. Suburban Vibes was started in 2016 and has been changing the way people experience live music ever since. “Our first show came about when Nathan Hawes put a call out on his social media channels for someone to host an intimate backyard gig for 70 of his fans. We put our hands up and the next day opened our suburban backyard and home. We were blown away and wanted to do it all over again,” says founder Regan Grant. With Suburban Vibes shows selling out in record time, Regan and her team have now expanded from backyards into larger spaces, but their backyard-hangs ethos remains. Last year they organised a series of sold-out ‘Winter Warehouse’ shows at the Assembly Yard and have been hosting touring acts including Kim Churchill – “even with a crowd of 250, you could still hear a pin drop,” she says. Subiaco is renowned for its eclectic architecture and multicultural dining scene, making it the ideal destination to host this exclusive music series. By day, it’s one of Perth’s most vibrant districts with a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere. By night, Subiaco becomes a hub of activity with locals and visitors flocking to its restaurants, pubs and clubs and theatres. SUBURBAN VIBES IN SUBIACO runs from October 8 to 16. Visit for more information.

Raise a glass at



EVERYBODY’S FAVOURITE CELEBRATION of wine is heading back to Subiaco’s Market Square Park on October 23 and 24 for another great weekend of UnWined Subiaco. The long-running event is back - and better than ever. Expect to discover 35-plus wineries, with your choice of over 200 wines to try and buy. Uncover the best of WA’s wine, beer, cider and spirits you wouldn’t normally have access to at a festival to celebrate WA's unique and boutique beverages, all in one place. Buy a glass of wine, a brew or cocktail to enjoy on the picnic tables or rugs. Support local businesses by ordering your favourite bottles to top up your cellar, all while enjoying live music from the Music Gazebo and eating some of Perth’s best tapas. For something

a little ‘extra’ you can upgrade and treat yourself in the VIP Club Lounge. It’s an exclusive retreat with Subiaco favourite, Cherubino Wine, Gage Roads beer and catering included. There’s also the chance to update your wine knowledge at the Wine Theatre, and if you’re keen to make a day of it in Subiaco, plan some time at the event, then stay a while for lunch or dinner. There are three sessions to choose from: Session 1 - Saturday, 23 October: 11.30am – 4.00pm Session 2 - Saturday, 23 October: 5.00pm – 9.30pm Session 3 - Sunday, 24 october: 12.00pm – 5.00pm General Ticket (18+) Pre-purchase - $33 for mini Plumm wine glass or $43 for a premium Plumm wine glass At the Gate - $35 and $45 VIP Club Lounge Tickets $120 pre-purchase only Supervised children under 18 are free UNWINED SUBIACO, Market Square Park, Rokeby Road, Subiaco, October 23 and 24. Visit events. or buy tickets at the gate on the day.

“Chef of the Year WA” winner Chef Caleb Azuka releases his special spices to the public - “Our "Ultimate Seasoning" is the only seasoning you need to make any dish taste delicious, you can forget adding salt & pepper!”

23 Railway Road, Subiaco, WA Ph: 9382 2208 calebspecialities

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events Don’t miss . . .

Haunting premier set to thrill THE MULTI AWARD-WINNING team at Grey Lantern Productions is thrilled to present the Australian premier of stunning new show, Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a show like any other we’re promised, and may be a pre-Christmas treat for those who love tales of Gothic horror and mystery. The original play is described variously as ‘dark and dazzling, bizarre and beautiful’. It’s a unique and wildly theatrical musical play combining haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to chronicle the fascinating and moving life story of iconic American writer Edgar Allan Poe, one of the world’s most famous and fascinating writers.

Nevermore blends fact and fiction to create a darkly immersive experience that is difficult to describe, but impossible to forget. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original, visionary and enduring literature before dying in unexplained circumstances at the age of 40. At once gorgeous and grotesque, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career and giving powerful expression to Poe’s words “all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” NEVERMORE, Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Stage, December 1 to 4, recommended 15+. To book, visit

Take a walk on the

wine side

LOVE WINE? Then you’ll love this! Urban Wine Walk is the ultimate self-guided wine-tasting experience designed for groups of friends to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon without having to leave the city. The streets of Subi will come alive this November as a line-up of Subiaco’s best bars and restaurants each transform into an urban cellar doors for you to visit on a self-guided wine trail. If you’re wondering how it works, it’s as easy as 64


deciding which venue you’d like to start from and you’re off. Choose your own adventure as you and your friends enjoy an amazing afternoon at a hand-picked selection of local bars and restaurants while of course tasting amazing wines, thanks to an incredible line-up of West Australian winemakers. To make things even easier there’s

no bus to hop on or off (or miss, if you linger longer than you intended). As the name suggests, each venue is within easy walking distance of one other. So gather your friends – Urban Wine Walk is your newest (and funnest) day out. Stay tuned for Subiaco dates to be announced soon!

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Subiaco e Why I lov


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PORTRAIT | Matt Jelonek

JUSTIN LINNEY IS THE CREATIVE director of renowned WA jewellery brand, Linneys Jewellery, with branches on Rokeby Road and in the city. As a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Business Award, Justin drives the company's creative direction and when not working, enjoys surfing and hanging out with wife Cat and their new baby.

What’s your go-to place for a morning coffee? What do you order? Architects and Heroes is my go-to coffee shop for a flat white to get the day started. If I cycle to work, I’ll change that order to a ‘Thor’ smoothie for breakfast on the go. The Linney’s store is only a few doors up from Architects and Heroes on Rokeby Road.

You’re meeting friends for dinner – where do you head to? Dilly Dally has an impressive menu and good vibe, while Six Senses Thai is always a crowd-pleaser for a group of friends. The rooftop at Vibe Hotel Subiaco and its restaurant Storehouse - is a great location for something different or Lulu La Delizia for a date night. Fun fact - the Six Senses site was actually the first Linney’s showroom in Subiaco until we expanded to our current flagship store at 37-42 Rokeby Road.

Where will we find you on a Friday night? The newly renovated Subiaco Hotel is buzzing lately. The new fitout uses the space much better making it a great option for a quick beer after 66


work. With the ONE Subiaco site being developed on Rokeby Road, it’s busy on a Friday with workers from that building site and I think it is great to see them supporting local business and getting involved with the Subi community.

What are some of the community events in Subiaco which you love? Linneys hosted the Winter Style Series launch recently which was a great iniative to be involved with, promoting all the great businesses Subi has to offer.

If you had to nominate a favourite Subiaco icon what would it be? Walter Groom, my great great great grandfather, was the city’s electrical engineer from 1903-1939 and he designed the purpose-built substation, giving Subiaco residents the ability to purchase electricity from the Subiaco Municipal Electrical Supply.

This sub-station was built in 1923 and housed the transformer where 6000 volt electricity from East Perth was converted for consumer use. Many years later, it was re-opened as the Subiaco Museum and it is certainly our family’s favourite Subiaco icon; we are proud that the building can be enjoyed by the community to this day.

Why is it important to preserve Subiaco’s history? Subi has a rich history that brings with it a responsibility to maintain the identity and the charm of the area but no suburb is exempt from growth that occurs naturally with time. We need to be prepared to adapt to change and evolve to suit modern living. The key is to preserve the important historical elements of Subi that reflect the history while still growing and evolving. Linneys Jewellery, 37-42 Rokeby Road. Visit

30 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, 6008

(08) 9381 8166

The Dogs' Refuge Home

NEEDS YOU Leave a Lasting Legacy As a self-funded organisation, the Home relies solely on the generosity of the community to sustain our operations. As we continue to push further and go to more extreme lengths to save dogs in need, our veterinary and operational costs continue to rise. We spend every single dollar that we are lucky enough to receive thoughtfully and frugally, the simple truth of our organisation is that we are here for the long haul to save dogs, just as we have been for over 85 years, and just as we intend to continue to do for many many more decades. Gifts in Wills help to secure our future, maintain and upgrade our ageing facilities and ensure hundreds of dogs, both now and in the future, will benefit from your love and kindness.To find out more about leaving a bequest to Dogs' Refuge Home in your Will, please visit:

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