Treat mum to a lovely time in Brighton for Mother’s Day 2017

Treat mum to a lovely time in Brighton for Mother’s Day 2017

With Mother’s Day (May 14) just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways you can treat your mum.

Treat mum to something special with these great gift ideas, courtesy of our favourite traders in Church Street, Brighton. 

Pamper time

Hard working mums deserve a break and some well-deserved relaxation time is just the ticket.

Choose from a range of massages at Paradai Thai Massage, including traditional Thai and deep tissue options. For some extra indulgence treat mum to a hot stone massage or salt spa body scrub.

For the perfect facial, you can’t go past the Fruit d’Eclat organic tomato pulp treatment at Brighton Beauty Therapy, which is sure to have your mum leaving radiant and refreshed.

If she loves getting her nails done, Cusi Salon is the place to go for an impeccable mani/pedi, specialising in Shellac, SNS and acrylic nails.

A spot of tea

With a multitude of great cafes to choose from in Church Street, you can spoil mum with a relaxed afternoon tea or coffee and a sweet treat on the side.

For a decadent date, stop by perrenial favourite, Laurent for a stunning selection of French inspired cakes, pastries and tarts.

For traditional favourites with a modern twist, go straight to the dessert menu at Cafe Florentine. Selections include creme brulee with pomegranate granita and fresh passionfruit or warm chocolate pudding with chocolate sorbet.

Keen to try somewhere new? You’re bound to find a favourite in our trusty cafe guide. 

Opt for an experience

Treat mum to a special day out in Brighton.

Enjoy a glass of bubbles and a movie at Palace Cinemas Dendy Brighton. New releases in time for Mother’s Day include The Zoo Keeper’s Wife, Get Out and Snatched.

Learn the latest makeup tips and tricks at a one-on-one beauty tutorial with the experts at Mecca Cosmetica.

Take in an exhibition at Gallery@BACC – the permanent Heritage Collection showcases maps, drawings and photographs documenting early settlement of the Bayside area.

For the mum who loves to indulge, drop by Pera for a cheeky cocktail and the signature Pera chocolate fondue, complete with fresh fruit and pillowy marshmallows.

Discover gifts and gourmet food at Indulge Brighton

Discover gifts and gourmet foods at Indulge Brighton

On the hunt for a thoughtful gift?

Look no further than Indulge Brighton, the gift and gourmet food store offering customers an eclectic range of unique and specialty products.

Selling everything from pashminas, jewellery and body products to artisan food and wine, Indulge Brighton has been operating in Church Street for 11 years.

Owner, Nancy Russo said her most popular products varied depending on the time of year, but coming into winter the Slumbies brand slippers were in high demand.

“Our cards are always really popular, also the Crooked Creek cheese biscuits and Herbie’s spice range,” she said.

Staying true to its name, Indulge Brighton gives shoppers the opportunity to spoil themselves with something a little bit special.

The store also has a range of customised gourmet gift hampers, which can be made up to suit any taste and budget using the finest produce.

Inside Indulge Brighton

A passionate foodie, Ms Russo said she was very particular about the edible products stocked in store and maintained an emphasis on natural ingredients and food free of additives and thickeners.

“Great produce and quality are definitely a focus,” she said.

“If they’re not made with the same ingredients I’d use at home then they’re not in the shop.”

Like many of the stores in Brighton’s Church Street shopping strip, Indulge Brighton enjoys a close rapport with its customers and has many regulars.

“So many of the customers have become our friends and we genuinely care about them,” Ms Russo said.

“Children love the store, women love the store and so do their husbands.”

Indulge Brighton is open from 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am – 5pm Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday.

EDIT, July 2017: Indulge Brighton no longer trades in Church Street, Brighton.

Spoil mum in Brighton this Mother’s Day

Spoil mum in Brighton this Mother’s Day

When it comes to Mother’s Day gift shopping, you’re spoilt for choice in Brighton.

Here are a few ideas that will be sure to put a smile on your mum’s face:

For foodie mums

Treat mum to a taste of the finer things in life with a beautiful gourmet hamper from Indulge Brighton. With an enviable range of artisan produce to choose from you can customise the hamper to your mum’s tastes and ensure all her favourites are included.

For coffee loving mums, look no further than The Beanery for an outstanding range of quality coffee machines and beans. Be sure to check out their selection of Fairtrade coffee beans from exotic locations including Ethiopia, Brazil and Cuba.

Catch a chick flick

There’s no better way to celebrate mum’s special day than by taking her to see a film all about motherhood. Mother’s Day features a star-studded cast including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson, telling tales of parenting that are both heart-warming and hilarious. The intimate Palace Dendy Brighton cinema is a great place to spend an afternoon and thanks to the fully licensed wine bar you can even enjoy a cheeky glass of bubbles while you watch!

Stationery or something unique

Keep mum organised with a useful planner or journal from kikki.K. Their Mother’s Day gift selection includes stationery in elegant peach, baby blue and gold hues. Or for something a little quirky stop by Handworks Noveau Paperie for an eclectic selection of coffee table books, ornate teacups by Christina Re, Glasshouse candles and more.

Enjoy a Mother’s Day meal

Popular Brighton cafe Pantry knows that no Mother’s Day celebration is complete without a winning breakfast. Choose from the porridge with stewed apple and rhubarb, classic eggs benedict or treat mum to the scrumptious pancakes with banana, vanilla ice cream, maple syrup and coconut crumble.

For a hearty lunch or dinner with a side of top-notch service, be sure to take mum to White Rabbit Restaurant. We can never go past the White Rabbit Whopper burger with that delicious relish and provolone cheese. Or the low cooked lamb shanks, served with creamy mashed potato and snappy green beans, complemented with a rich red wine jus is perfect with a glass of red.

Bayside dedicated to keeping character of shopping strips

Busy Church Street in Brighton

Bayside is home to numerous small shopping strips, including Brighton’s vibrant Church St, offering locals the chance to pick up essentials such as bread, milk or the newspaper without the inconvenience of having venture into a supermarket or shopping centre.

Preserving the unique character of these shopping strips will be top priority for the City of Bayside in a proposed amendment of the Bayside Planning Scheme.

The Bayside Small Activity Centres Strategy was implemented in June 2014 to ensure small shopping strips in the area continue to thrive. Amendment (C126) will result in the inclusion of this strategy in the current Bayside Planning Scheme.

City of Bayside Mayor James Long said that amendment C126 was designed to ensure Bayside’s neighbourhood shopping strips continued to reflect the suburban nature of the surrounding area.

“The key feature of the proposed amendment is the move to set mandatory height limits for 9 Small Commercial Activity Centres,” Cr Long said.

Council is recommending that, for the most part, height limits be set to 2 storeys in these areas, with 3 and 4 storeys proposed for a limited number of centres. Gaming will also be prohibited in three centres where it is currently possible.

Other features of the proposed amendment include building design guidelines and the rezoning of land to encourage a range of local uses and meet the community’s needs.

A full list of the proposed changes to the Bayside Planning Scheme will be available when Amendment C126 goes on public exhibition in May/June 2016.

To receive email updates on the progress of the amendment, fill out the form on the Bayside Council’s website or contact the City of Bayside Strategic Planning Department by phoning (03) 9599 4444.

Discover Autumn Gallery Jewellery in Brighton

Autumn Gallery Jewellery manager Leigh Brimley and his wife Sharlene Duckworth.

Autumn Gallery Jewellery manager Leigh Brimley and his wife Sharlene Duckworth. Image credit: Autumn Gallery Jewellery.

Situated in one of Church Street’s ornate period buildings, Autumn Gallery has been selling beautifully crafted, high-end jewellery to the locals of Brighton since 1990.

The family-owned and operated store is managed by jeweller, Leigh Brimley and his wife Sharlene Duckworth, a certified diamond grader who also runs the showroom floor.

Specialising in fine jewellery, Autumn Gallery sells a range of high quality silver pieces along with gemstone, diamond and pearl jewellery including antique, new and custom products.

Other services include jewellery and watch repairs, remakes and conversions.

Mr Brimley said as manufacturing jewellers, most of their product was designed and made right there on the premises, which allowed them to work directly with clients to create customised, made-to-order pieces.

“We use the most advanced manufacturing processes such as 3D printing, computer assisted design and laser assembly combined with traditional handmade techniques,” he said.

Mr Brimley and Ms Duckworth also make several trips overseas to jewellery auctions in Europe and Asia each year to purchase one-off pieces and gemstones for the store.

Ms Duckworth said they always looked for gemstones with that “special something”.

“We just got a beautiful Columbian emerald in from Paris, it’s stunning and definitely has its own personality,” she said.

“At the moment it’s on display in the shop window but we’re going to make it up into a beautiful cluster ring with diamonds all the way around.”

Being an independent jeweller, Ms Duckworth said fostering meaningful relationships with customers was very important to Autumn Gallery, particularly as the majority of their business came through word of mouth.

“We see generations of families coming through the store which is really special,” she said.

“People bought their engagement ring from us and now their children are coming in to buy theirs. It’s beautiful to see.”

Autumn Gallery Jewellery is located at 86 Church St, Brighton. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm.

Celebrate local art at Bayside Design Market

Canan jewellery will be on sale at the Bayside Design Market.

Canan jewellery will be on sale at the Bayside Design Market. Image: Canan Collection.

Brighton’s Billilla Mansion Gardens will showcase art from around Australia when the Bayside Design Market returns for its second year on Saturday, April 16.

Bayside Mayor James Long said the market was a chance for the community to come together in a relaxed, creative environment.

“Visitors to the market have the opportunity to meet the makers and see some of the latest in art and design,” he said.

The Billilla Mansion Studios Artist in Residence Open Day will run in conjunction with the Design Market, allowing visitors to enjoy the work of the talented artists involved in Bayside City Council’s Artist in Residence program.

The resident artists will contribute to the day with a variety of talks and activities including studio visits, musical performances, drawing sessions and an ancient ceramics workshop.

Fjord Illustrations exhibiting at last year's Bayside Design Market.

Fjord Illustrations exhibiting at last year's Bayside Design Market. Image: Bayside Council.

Bayside City Council Acting Arts and Culture Coordinator Caitlin Telford said visitors can expect to see a variety of jewellery, illustration, prints, homewears and ceramics on sale at the Bayside Design Market.

“It’s quite eclectic, so there’s something to suit any individual who would like to come along and it is only enhanced by the hive activity that’s occurring in regards to the Artist in Residence Program Open Day,” Ms Telford said.

Handmade jewellery by Canan, exquisite watercolours by Fjord Illustration and retro timber lamps by Fat Poppi are just a few of the stallholders displaying their creations.

The market will also host a special live participatory children’s dance performance led by artist in resident Evan Lawson with the Forest Collective and choreographer Angela Ballin.

Ms Telford said the day was about engaging and interacting with the art and artists both conceptually and practically.

“It’s just a great way to embrace and celebrate the diversity of art and design within our local community,” she said.

The Bayside Design Market takes place in the Billilla Mansion Gardens, 26 Halifax St, Brighton on Saturday, April 16 between 11am and 4pm.

For further information visit:

Products that will exhibit at Bayside Design Market

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Top places to grab a drink in Brighton

Pera offers an intimate atmosphere to enjoy a drink.

Pera offers an intimate atmosphere to enjoy a drink. Image: Pera via Facebook.

Brighton’s leafy surroundings and proximity to the beach make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. With a vast and varied number of bars and eateries to choose from, there is something to suit every taste and celebration.

Whether you’re after a relaxed Sunday session at the pub with your mates, an evening at a bar with live music or nice drink to go with a meal at a restaurant, Brighton has plenty on offer.

Here are our top 5 places to grab a drink in Brighton:

Half Moon

A perennial favourite with the locals, Half Moon is a bright and airy gastro pub with six drinking and dining spaces to choose from. Perch yourself at the beautiful timber Public Bar to sample one of the many local craft beers on tap or settle in with a bottle of bubbly and group of friends in the vast outdoor courtyard. With weekly specials such as $20 cocktail jugs and Wednesday Happy Hour it’s easy to see why this place is popular every day of the week!


A quaint café by day, Pera transforms into a sultry wine bar after dark enticing visitors with an impressive menu of premium spirits, wines and cocktails. Crimson walls, dark wood and smooth jazz on the stereo make this Brighton gem the perfect spot for a romantic drink with that special someone.

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Marine Hotel

Housed in a distinguished 1800s era building, the Marine Hotel serves up traditional pub fare and well-priced drinks to match. Grab a table in the redBAR and watch the footy over a counter-meal and pint.


A popular spot for any time of day, Pantry has been serving up meals to Bayside locals for over 20 years. Their expansive wine list highlights the Victorian wine region along with a generous selection of beers, ciders and French Champagne. If cocktails are more your style, Pantry keeps things sophisticatedly simple with three classics on offer – Caprioska, Mojito and Martini.

Your Guide to 2016 Easter Events in Brighton

Your guide to Easter events in Brighton

Leisurely dinners, family-friendly activities or even a day at the beach – Brighton has everything you need to get out and about during the Easter holidays. Here are a few ideas:

Children’s activities

Need to keep the children entertained? Team Holiday Brighton’s school holiday program includes some egg-cellent Easter activities including chicken hatching and an egg hunt. The program is hosted at Haileybury College Brighton campus throughout the school holidays and is available for children aged 5-12. For bookings, click here.

Set sail over the Easter break with the Royal Brighton Yacht Club’s Tackers program. Designed for children aged 7-12, Tackers is an introductory, games-based program delivered by Yachting Australia qualified instructors. No sailing experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Click here for session times.

Church services

St Leonard’s Uniting Church is conducting services at 7.30pm on Holy Thursday, 9.30am on Good Friday and 10am on Easter Sunday. Visit St Leonard’s Uniting Church website for more information.

Brighton Baptist Church will host several events including a Good Friday Pilgrim’s Walk and a 7am sunrise service on Brighton Beach for Easter Sunday. Full details available here.

Food and drink

Feel like letting someone else do the cooking? There are plenty of Church St eateries and restaurants open over Easter including Pantry, The Royale Brothers and White Rabbit Restaurant. If a cheeky long weekend drink is on the cards, Half Moon has cocktail specials that are sure to make you smile.

If you’re after an activity that involves the whole family, why not pack a picnic and head to one of Brighton’s lovely parks, playgrounds or reserves? A day out in the fresh air is sure to please everyone.



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Discover City Bear, Nomadic Hare at Brighton Library

City bear, nomadic hare displays at Brighton Library

Tull Suwannakit's illustrations will be on show at Brighton Library in July and August. | Image credit: Bayside Council.

The whimsical illustrations of artist Tull Suwannakit are set to feature at Brighton Library this winter in an engaging exhibition to promote children’s literacy.

Inspired by the beautiful little moments of life’s delights and sorrows, City bear, nomadic hare is a series of framed pencil and watercolour illustrations recollecting the artist’s journey as a children’s book illustrator living in various corners of the world.

Bayside Library Services Manager Karyn Siegmann said the exhibition was an opportunity for children to learn more about how the pictures in their favourite books come to life.

“Picture books are most children’s first introduction to reading so it is exciting to have an exhibition by award winning illustrator Tull Suwannakit touring our libraries as part of Council’s Artrium program,” she said.

Alongside the exhibition, Suwannakit will also conduct an illustration workshop and book reading at the library allowing Brighton residents to meet the artist and experience the picture book making process in a hands-on environment.

Originally from Thailand, Suwannakit is a talented visual artist, author and illustrator whose award-winning picture books have been published in Australia, USA, UK and Thailand.

With a background in fine art, sculpture and animation, Suwannakit is also a keen taxidermist using beautifully preserved specimens as inspiration for his work.

Suwannakit’s first Australian release, What Happen’s Next? received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of The Year Awards in 2015.

City bear, nomadic hare displays at Brighton Library from July 13 – August 9.

The exhibition officially opens at Sandringham’s ARTrium space on Wednesday, February 24 and will also travel to Beaumaris, Sandringham and Hampton Libraries between March and September.

For more information, join Bayside City Council’s What’s On mailing list by emailing

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