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Pinwheels created by Eckersley’s Art & Craft

“Florals? For Spring? Ground breaking.” - Miranda Priestly, The Devil wears Prada

Model Rhiannon Styling Abicus Make-up Indulgences Hair Lisa Fowler Shot @ The Clinic


here’s something about Spring that enlivens us all. It’s a season that has at it’s heart the idea of rebirth and growth. Retail wise, we usually see this concept manifest in brighter colour ways and floral patterns in force. But this year Spring takes on a new meaning, as many local retailers and business people comment that we’re emerging from the financial gloom that has plagued earlier 2009. And as such it’s the brightest and boldest emergence from Winter we’ve ever seen! Embrace the playfulness of spring and get amongst it in The Junction and Darby Street.

------------------------We’ve also combined forces with two of our publications joining the roads between them to bring you an even greater diversity of food, fashion, beauty, art and property from Newcastle’s vibrant inner city shopping suburbs. Look out for our next big ‘silly season’ issue - full of festive cheer and holiday relaxation. It’s out December. Until then, we’d love to hear from you -

Litty Potty Red Shoes Dress $219, Disney Couture ‘Pocahontis’ Arrow Necklace $90 Both from Abicus

Discover one-off handmade pieces, young emerging designers,


local jewellers, mystery, miracles and mayhem from roving musicians and street performers who need to be seen to be believed.

Bring or meet your friends for a day out with a difference! 9am-4pm.

...want to know more? visit

Mix mini shorts with max appeal, in nautical stripes and preppy cuts at Abicus Models Rhiannon, Ben @ Paradox Make-up Indulgences Hair Lisa Fowler Shot @ The Clinic


--------------------Cortney Tidwell ‘Boys’ Spunk/EMI


In the spirit of a more subdued Bjork, Cortney Tidwell takes us through a stunning collection of themes on this her second full length album. At times hinting on the shoe-gaze tendencies of a more acoustic My Bloody Valentine, ‘Boys’ maintains a clear pop aesthetic throughout. Potent, dark & delicate, it’s a truly beautiful meld of angular guitar, acoustic and electronic elements.

Grand Salvo ‘Soil Creatures’ Preservation/ Inertia


This gorgeous set of songs from Melbourne’s Paddy Mann revolves around intricate acoustic guitars, strings and harp that confirms his master touch in arranging. Like paperbark trees swaying by a river under the hottest afternoon haze... ‘Soil Creatures’ sounds so perfectly Australian. For fans of Sun Kil Moon, Jose Gonzales & King of Convenience.

the latest picks on CD and vinyl from Abicus Sarah Blasko ‘As day follows night’ Dew Process


This the 3rd offering from the beautiful Sarah Blasko is understated, elegant & dreamy folk pop it’s best. Guided by producer Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & Jon, It takes just the first song to declare ‘as day follows night’ as Sarah’s most confident and realised album yet. An absolute must have. For fans of Feist, Holly Throsby & Belle & Sebastian.

A quick slap of aftershave just doesn’t cut it anymore. With the rise of terms like metrosexual, blokes have now developed a beauty regime to match that of their female counterparts. But where to begin with male grooming? The team at Beauté Junction offer a range of services specifically designed for men. Popular is the Lithos Therapy Massage - an intense massage using hot stones to relax and unwind back muscles. But if it’s the exterior that needs renovating Beauté say that men’s waxing services usually bring a tear to the eye more than women! C’mon guys, toughen up...

Male grooming is always in fashion at Beauté Junction

Men in the know visit Beauté Junction to be pampered and plucked: Homme IT Mens Facial $120 Lithos Therapy Massage - Hot Stone Massage $110 Full Body, $75 Back and Legs Ritual Body Massage - Relaxation Massage $75 Back Mens Waxing - Chest or Back from $40 Full Leg Wax from $60 Mens Pedicure $58

All the tools of the trade for stylish blokes: 1. & 2. Urban Rituelle Shave Set $40 3. Urban Rituelle Face Balm $19.95 4. Sothy’s Homme Cleanser $55 All from Beauté Junction

Revitalise your skin with a gourmand facial treatment packed with delicious fruit extracts and skin repair actives. Sothys Spring Summer Professional treatment for 2010 will be launched in October at Beaute Junction with delicious new gourmet ingredients such as Pomegranate and Passionfruit.The hydroxyl acids in the Passionfruit contribute to refining the skin, bringing it back to life after being cocooned all winter, while Pomegranate extracts, packed with antioxidants and vitamins, will get your skin looking great for those long summer days ahead! Don’t forget to take home your FREE Grenadine Jelly serum at the conclusion of your treatment to keep your skin in shape at home. $80 from Beauté Junction

Delicious selections from Junction Hotel’s Spring menu...

Rich Chocolate Fondant with housemade Cherry Ice Cream $10

Mediterranean Vegetable and Fetta Filo Parcel $14.90 match with light white wines at various price points AUDREY WILKINSON SEMILLON 2008


This is an intensely fresh and lively Semillon designed to be enjoyed now. Lime and lemon sherbert flavours mingle on the palate and make this wine a perfect match to any seafood.



Awesome depth and finesse; pure grapefruit, nectarine and peach flesh aromas are framed by complex, toasty, grilled nuts.

Slow Cooked Duck Leg with Carrot and Parsnip Puree $25.90

Introducing a premium low-carb, blonde (pale) lager brewed from barley grown organically in virgin soil. Light and refreshing! Virgin Blonde Beer $6


Right: Michelle from Indulgences creates the fresh look.

Porcelain complexion with a pure pink glow from Indulgences

Makeup so pure you can sleep in it. Introducing Bare Minerals, cosmetics using pure, crushed minerals from the earth, crushed to a silky, creamy, powder form. The product range is formulated to give flawless coverage to skin leaving it looking beautiful and glowing. We love the Refillable Buffing Brush (right) - the perfect traveling companion for touch-ups! Bare Minerals Travel Collection + case. $150 from Indulgences

1. Napolean Angle Brush $25 2. Napolean Luminous Lip Veil ‘Gold and the Beautiful’ $25 3. Napolean ‘Surreal World’ #10 Eye Palette $49 4. Napolean Peep Show Mascara $33

5. Bare Minerals Foundation ‘Light’ $79, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil $79 6. Napolean China Doll Eyeliner $30

During winter our skin is prone to dry, flaky, irritated conditions. Is your skin feeling these effects of winter? Indulgences have the perfect solution. Begin your‘winter skin repair’ with a New York Facial (includes Microdermabrassion), continue the bliss with a parafin hand and foot treatment, followed by a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage. Total value $230 You Pay only $150*


For eight years, the team at Solid Property Services has been helping those new to town and long-time locals into new homes, rental accommodation and with investment choices.

ristine beaches, fantastic weather, culturally vibrant: we know what we love about Newcastle and introducing new people to its delights is just one part of what we love about our job. The growth and development of this wonderful town is rapidly changing with its dynamic people, increasing property development and positive business confidence. Most importantly, more and more people are coming here to become Novocastrians. We can feel this little town’s heart really beating!

The top-class design of this family home incorporates fantastic street presence, abundant living space and high ceilings throughout. Set in a quiet laneway, the home is complemented by a bush setting, a perfectly manicured lawn and an easy-care garden.

The company started out life as the brain-child of enterprising Novocastrian, Peter Aloupis. His vision was simple: a small tight-knit team focusing on being the best, not the biggest at what they do. Never shifting from the original philosophy, it has been Solid Property Service’s honesty, focus and real commitment to real estate that has seen the company grow from strength to strength and develop the quality that clients have come to expect. Whether buying, selling or renting, it’s our take on real estate that ensures our clients always end up with a completely satisfying deal.

Newly completed, this two bedroom villa offers contemporary living with very little upkeep, within a well balanced development. The quality fit-out includes a stone kitchen bench top, air-conditioning in living area, gas barbeque point and a generous bathroom.

BLACKBIRD CORNER 70 Darby Street 4929 4350 Blackbird’s Spring is all about handmade clothing, homewares + gift ideas designed and produced locally - exclusively for us. PLUS we stock gorgeous LOMO Cameras + Mags + trinkets. Remember T.I.N.A Festival 1st - 5th October!

Find your way to the hot spots featured in the Spring issue...

SOLID PROPERTY SERVICES 1/93 Darby Street 4926 1188 If you’re looking for a team to sell your property who is really passionate about real estate and loves the Newcastle lifestyle, then you’d be wise to talk to Solid Property Services. ABICUS 122-124 Darby Street 4929 7278 Abicus have been a Darby Street institution since 2000 - carrying the finest in mens and women’s fashion and accessories. Check out their music section too - on both CD and vinyl. ECKERSLEY’S 51 Parry Street 4929 3423 Eckersley’s is the retailer of choice for art, craft and design supplies. Let your creative spirit soar with the extensive range of paints, drawing tools, visual diaries, canvases, books, decorative papers, kids’ tools and much more. BEAUTÉ JUNCTION 18 Kenrick Street 4969 5562 Beauté Junction provides professional beauty treatments in a friendly, relaxing and fun environment, resulting in an unforgettable, uplifting experience for both men and women using Sothys skin care and SLA make up. INDULGENCES Shop 1/9 Kenrick Street 4962 5022 Take time out for yourself at Indulgences. Their highly skilled therapists strive to give you superior service using Dermalogica, SkinCeauticals and Napoleon Cosmetics. Unwind in comfort and privacy. JUNCTION HOTEL Cnr Corlette + Kenrick Streets 4961 4529 Sophisticated yet casual, stylish and inviting, the Junction Hotel is your next destination. Enjoy a refreshing drink, feast on a great meal or just soak up the atmosphere at ‘the spot to be’. Pinwheels created by Eckersley’s Art & Craft

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Festive season fun and holiday relaxation. Out December!

...AND BRING YOUR IDEAS TO LIFE! LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION TO BRIGHTEN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE THIS SPRING? At Eckersley’s Newcastle, you can find inspiring ideas to get creative with beautiful papers that you can shape into stunning decorations and handicrafts. The one-stop shop for all your art and craft supplies, Eckersley’s has 20% off all loose papers starting from the 10th of August!

on all loose paper*

Newcastle, Cnr Parry & Union Sts T: 4929 3423 *Offer on all loose A4, A3, 12 x 12 inch, large format and decorative papers – see in-store. Offers are available from 10.09.09 to 30.09.09 or while stocks last. No further discounts. No rainchecks. Stock may differ from store to store. Purchases may be added to the Eckersley’s Loyalty Card.


There’s something about Spring that enlivens us all. It’s a season that has at it’s heart the idea of rebirth and growth. Retail wise, we us...