This weekend found me in Brisbane experiencing all the
retro and vintage goodness that Brisbane had to offer.
And it was amazing!
Linda (my sister in law, fellow retro fan & trusty tour guide),
showed me the sights and a tonne of great retro and vintage stores
- large and small.
One of the standouts though would have to have been the
22 Wellington Road (Cnr Nile Street)
Run by sisters Sarah Jane Walsh and Megan Rizzo,
the centre houses over 60 antique dealers and has a
fantastic fifties style cafe and gift shop.
The last Sunday of every month you will also find the
'Bare Bones Pop Up Barber Shop' on site. Such a great idea!
There is also a small silent theatre toward the back which runs 1920's silent films everyday. The original cinema seating is from the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba.
The Woolloongabba Antique Centre offers more than just retro and vintage shopping, and I think this is what sets it apart from many other large Antique Centres. I highly recommend a visit if you happen by these parts!
Please head to the website Woolloongabba Antique Centre for tonnes more photos, info on the sisters, the dealers, upcoming events and the Centre itself.
PS. I have often wondered why more of the larger Antique Centres (in relatively isolated or industrial areas) in Melbourne don't have cafes. I think it's smart to offer customers a place to grab a cuppa, refuel, and ponder some of the items they have seen and are perhaps considering purchasing. I know I have left centres to grab lunch or a drink as it wasn't offered on site, only to decide I do in fact want an item, but due to time or distance, generally don't head back for it.
Just a thought.