Where to find accessories and jewellery in Church Street, Brighton
From statement styles to practical pieces and classic finery, there are countless ways that accessories and jewellery can add that finishing touch to your look.
Whether you’re searching for pretty jewellery to make an outfit more glam or you want to replace staple accessories in your wardrobe, you’ll be sure to find what you need in Brighton’s premier shopping precinct.
Here’s where you can find jewellery and accessories around Church Street:
Autumn Gallery Jewellery
Autumn Gallery Jewellery has been an independent jeweller in Brighton since 1990. The store sells vintage, contemporary and custom designed jewellery. Jeweller Leigh Brimley and certified diamond grader Sharlene Duckworth run the family-owned and operated store, and work to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their customers. Autumn Gallery also has a large collection of pieces adorned with gemstones, diamonds and pearls. Drop in to see Leigh and Sharlene in the heart of Church Street, Brighton.
Garry Holloway, founder of Holloway Diamonds, specialises in diamond rings and jewellery. Custom designs are constructed in the store’s workshop. Dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices, this is the place to go for all your diamond needs.
Victoria Lily stocks a range of popular brands including Pandora, Swarovski, Daniel Wellington, Henry London and more. Although this store is known for its extensive collection of bridal jewellery, Victoria Lily also stocks items for men, women, and children of all ages. There’s something for every occasion and they do jewellery repairs too.
This is your one-stop-shop for all your practical bag needs. Crumpler stocks laptop bags and sleeves, backpacks for everyday and travel use, camera bags, luggage and messenger bags. If you’ve got something that needs carrying, Crumpler has a bag for you to put it in.
Mimco offers high fashion accessories that have you covered from head to toe. They stock decorative hair pieces, hats, sunglasses, earrings, statement necklaces, bracelets and rings, smartphone cases, brooches, shoes and even keyrings. If you’re after something that sparkles, Mimco has what you need.
Siricco – House of Leather
Siricco specialises in affordable genuine leather products including bags, wallets, jackets and luggage. They also stock shoes, sunglasses, tablet covers and laptop bags. Siricco sells current and end-of-season pieces from brands like Gucci, Prada, Armani and Calvin Klein at reduced prices. Visit their Brighton store to find a bargain.
5 places to enjoy a good steak in Church Street, Brighton
Winter has settled in for the next few months and you might be wondering how you’ll keep warm.
Church Street, Brighton has you covered with a massive range of belly warming steaks that will get you through the colder weather.
It can be hard to find a good quality steak, so we’ve made it easy for you with this list of five places to enjoy a good steak in Brighton:
1. Botticelli of Brighton
Botticelli of Brighton offers a fine dining experience and a wide selection of steaks to choose from.
There’s the rib eye chasseur served with a red wine, brandy and herb sauce, the rib eye flame grilled to your preference, or the beef tenderloin offered three different ways. There’s something for every steak lover at Botticelli of Brighton.
Every steak is served with chips and your choice of salad or seasonal vegetables and potatoes.
2. Half Moon
Head down to Half Moon on Mondays and take advantage of their Steak Day discount. Get a 350 gram steak for $25 or a 700 gram steak for $40.
Otherwise, treat yourself to Half Moon’s steak frites any day of the week. The steak frites includes 220 grams of grass-fed scotch fillet, fries and café de Paris butter.
Half Moon’s Dining Room has a superb selection of steaks from the grill – go for the 280 gram hanger steak with romesco sauce and Padron peppers, the 180 gram eye fillet steak with pomme boulangere (French gratin potatoes) and petit herb salad, or the 300 gram Hopkins scotch fillet with cumin fried onion rings. Is your mouth watering yet?
3. White Rabbit Restaurant
White Rabbit in Brighton offers a steak sandwich on sourdough with shoestring fries for lunch or, come along for dinner and enjoy the Ralph’s black Angus eye fillet with colcannon mash and sautéed asparagus in a red wine jus.
The choice is yours, just don’t be late!
4. The Groove Train
The Groove Train in Brighton has a great range of chargrilled steaks for you to choose from.
Grab a Grooves Mixed Grill Plate if you’re after a bit of variety – it comes with sirloin steak, lamb fillet, Italian pork sausages, chicken tenderloins and a side of salad and fries.
Alternatively, try their classic porterhouse steak served with kipfler potatoes and beef jus, or the 350 gram char-grilled rib eye on the bone and choose from a green peppercorn, creamy mushroom or hollandaise sauce.
Pantry offers you the perfect steak dinner with an incredible dining atmosphere to match.
Choose from a 550 gram grass-fed rib eye served with charred onion, bacon thyme potatoes, mushroom ketchup and a red wine jus.
Alternatively, go for the smaller grass fed eye fillet (220 grams) and enjoy celeriac remoulade, bacon thyme potatoes, red wine jus and your choice of pepper sauce or blue cheese butter. Yum!
Stage show Hats Off! comes to Brighton
Five middle age women getting together to reminisce about their days at university sets the scene for an upcoming stage show in Brighton.
The Brighton Theatre Company production Hats Off!, written by local playwright Alison Campbell Rate, is a comedy that explores how the women will navigate their future and prepare for the second half of their lives.
The characters Harriet, Trinity, Gabi, Cassie and Michelle shared student housing in their university years and are catching up at Harriet’s holiday house in Daylesford.
Each of the women are in different stages of life and each have vastly different lifestyles.
It’s at Harriet’s holiday home that the friends come clean about long-held grudges, painful grief and uncertainties about their futures. The story shows how they help each other face their problems.
Director Denise Wellington encourages everyone to see the show.
“Hats Off! is a delightful play with something for everyone,” she said.
Ms Wellington said it was important for locals to support community theatre.
“Community theatre has been a part of my life for 35 years and it’s so rewarding. It develops community spirit and a creative outlet that forms personal bonds with people in the community,” she said.
Brighton Theatre Company has been bringing the community together with locally produced shows for 41 years.
“The theatre experience in Brighton is absolutely beautiful, it’s a lovely place to be,” Ms Wellington said.
Opening night is set for May 18 but tickets are already selling quickly.
Dates: May 18 – June 3
Time: Evening shows begin at 8pm; Matinee shows begin at 2.15pm (Note: Doors will open 20 minutes before show time)
Location: Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre, corner of Wilson and Carpenter streets, Brighton
Cost: Full price $23; Concession price $21 (applicable for seniors, pensioners and students)
Buy tickets online here.
Bayside Design Market returns to Brighton
Local makers and creators will be selling their wares at the Bayside Design Market in Brighton this Saturday.
The market, which will feature handcrafted treasures, will take place at the picturesque grounds of Billilla Mansion Gardens.
With music provided by the Bayside Chamber Orchestra and a sausage sizzle hosted by the Brighton Lions Club sausage sizzle, it’s sure to be a relaxing way to spend the weekend.
This will be the fourth Bayside Design Market, which began in 2015, and has steadily increased to offer a thriving boutique market experience.
Bayside Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said the Bayside Design Market gave local designers and makers the opportunity to promote and sell their work.
“Celebrating art, craft and design contributes to building community connections – the arts are for everyone. The Bayside Design Market brings visitors together with local makers and artists in a relaxed setting for an enjoyable day out,” he said.
Nineteen local designers and makers will showcase their work, giving visitors to the market a chance to meet the people behind the designs.
Here’s who will be exhibiting at the market:
Annie White illustrates children’s books and will be selling prints of her work on cushions, journals, greeting cards and more.
With various methods, Jennifer makes unique homewares and one-of-a-kind art pieces.
Carolina creates hand threaded and sewn beaded jewellery.
At Swede Little Things, Helene makes traditional Sámi jewellery inspired by her Swedish background.
Get your hands on Lou’s vibrant original illustrations and birthday cards.
Sophie makes adjustable individually designed lariat style jewellery.
Unique glass bowls, necklaces, art pieces and other products are made by Riyane with great care.
Mat’s original photographic prints will be available and ready to hang as soon as you get your purchase home.
Bespoke homewares and designs inspired by Melbourne street art created locally.
Minna crafts handmade ceramic creations.
Linda designs and creates children’s clothing, toys and accessories in her Melbourne studio.
Karen designs and creates nature inspired jewellery pieces.
Emma and Kate create custom rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Stop by to see Leanne and her many beautiful handbags and accessories.
Pick up a candle made from 100% Aussie Beeswax!
Visit Sandra and consider buying a handcrafted piece of vibrant graphic jewellery.
Harvest Cottage produces original homewares designed using art work by artist Catherine Freemantle.
Jessie will be selling prints of watercolour art works inspired by Australian nature.
Check out Cathy’s one-of-a-kind pieces made from glass, gemstones and wood.
Bayside Design Market at a glance
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Billilla Mansion Gardens, 26 Halifax St, Brighton, VIC, 3186
Brighton art events to inspire creative side
Help celebrate the diverse world of art in Brighton with a variety of upcoming events.
Art takes many forms and can be made by anyone, and these events celebrate the young, the emerging, the experienced and, most importantly, the local.
Our culture is reflected and documented in the art that we create which means supporting our artists is vital in preserving our history.
Exhibitions, workshops, markets and more can be found in abundance in Brighton over the coming weeks so don’t miss out.
Target: Bayside Art and Design Graduates
Target is an exhibition entirely made up of works by 2016 VCE and IB graduates. The exhibition showcases the works of 46 students and ranges from photography to painting, sculpture, textiles and more.
Date: Open until Sunday, March 12 (Gallery opening hours: Wednesday to Friday: 11am – 5pm, Saturday to Sunday: 1pm – 5pm)
Venue: The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton Town Hall, Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton
Cost: Free entry
Bookings: No bookings required.
Create mixed media with Jo Roszkowski
If you’re interested in experimenting with mixed media then this workshop with Billilla Mansion’s artist in residence Jo Roszkowski is for you.
Roszkowski will guide participants through the process of botanical fabric dying, ceramics and drawing after collecting materials from the Billilla Mansion gardens. This workshop offers artists at any stage of their career to come together to swap theories and insights about art while learning some new tricks of the trade.
Date: Sunday, March 26
Venue: Participants will meet Jo at Billilla artist’s community space, 26 Hallifax St, Brighton. From there, they will head to The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre.
Cost: $15 adults; $10 concession
Bookings: Bookings are essential. Details here.
Bayside Design Market
The Bayside Design Market is an opportunity for local creators to display and sell their work to the community.
Taking place at the Billilla Mansion gardens, the market offers visitors a chance to enjoy the scenery and support local artists. On the day, music will be provided by the Bayside Chamber Orchestra.
Date: Saturday, April 8
Venue: Billilla Mansion gardens, 26 Halifax Street, Brighton
Cost: Free entry
Bookings: No bookings required.
Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival returns to Brighton for 13th year
The Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival returns to Brighton for its 13th year later this month, and the program is packed.
The festival will be held at Brighton’s Green Point gardens and is expected to attract thousands of visitors, bringing together the community with good food, drink and entertainment.
The festival started in 2005 in conjunction with the baton relay for the Commonwealth Games. Green Point was used as a ‘celebration venue’ as part of the course, which continued along the foreshore.
A ‘picnic in the park’ style event evolved which showcased local food exhibitors and had a small stage with music.
The Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival, as it is known today, attracts more than 6,500 people and has nearly 50 exhibitors including an artisan market and a boutique bar. It also includes a demonstration tent with celebrity chefs.
At this year’s event, more than 35 food and wine vendors will offer tastings, alongside a number of market stalls selling handmade goods.
The MINI Spritz bar will return to offer a place to relax and listen to some live music.
Bright n Sandy caters to everyone, including the littlest members of the family. The kids can break a sweat on a smoothie bike, have their face painted, take part in arts and crafts, get a henna tattoo and take a cooking class. All the fun can be documented with a photo in the free photo booth.
If you’re an aspiring cook-in-the-making be sure to check out the on-stage cooking demonstrations.
Daniel Wilson from Huxtaburger, Todd Moses from French Saloon and Adam D’Sylva from Coda and Tonka are just some of the leading local chefs taking part. Church Street favourite Pantry will also host The Pantry Cooking Show.
There will also be a large selection of wine, beer and cider exhibitors including Red Hill Brewery, Oakridge Wines and Wold of the Willows.
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 11am – 7pm
Entry fee: $2.50
Location: Green Point, Brighton Foreshore Reserve
Please note, Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival is a dog free event.
Getting to Green Point, Brighton
- Drive: Green Point is located at Foreshore Reserve in Brighton, just off Esplanade (opposite Canterbury Place)
- Train: The closest train station is Brighton Beach (Sandringham line) and is an 8 minute walk to the venue
Images thanks to Bayside Council.
A guide to primary and secondary schools in Brighton
With the new year just around the corner, parents are likely scoping out schools and sending off applications for their children.
Brighton has become renowned for its offering of quality schools, which has been a drawcard for families for many years.
We’ve put together a list of primary and secondary schools in Brighton to give you a snapshot of schools in the local area and hopefully make the application process a little easier.
Brighton Primary School
Brighton Primary is dedicated to laying a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy skills for their students to build upon. The school offers specialist classes including visual and performing arts, Italian language and a hearing unit for children with hearing loss.
Brighton Primary School: 59 Wilson St, Brighton
Brighton Grammar Junior School
Brighton Grammar Junior School is a boy’s school that implements Dr Howard Gardiner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. The teaching focuses on the visual, spatial and physical learning aspects of the theory to best suit boys’ unique learning needs. This school encourages students to try a variety of activities and subjects that will open doors to many opportunities.
Brighton Grammar Junior School: 90 Outer Cres, Brighton
Brighton Beach Primary School
Brighton Beach Primary School aims to create an environment that gets students excited to attend class. They foster a tolerant and open-minded school environment that students can feel safe within. School camps are offered from Year 3 and above, and are used as opportunities to help students gain independence, team building skills and cultural education.
Brighton Beach Primary School: 19 Windermere Cres, Brighton
St James Catholic Primary School
St James Catholic Primary School offers before and after school care for children with busy parents/guardians. Offering a variety of specialty classes like performing arts and a Japanese LOTE class, St James is equipped to give its students a rich education. In his message to parents, school principal Brendan Flanagan says: “We strive for growth in all student outcomes: academic, spiritual, social and emotional”.
St James Catholic Primary School: 6 St James Close, Brighton
Firbank Grammar (junior school)
Firbank Grammar’s junior school offers a ciriculum for girls from Prep through to Year 6. The learning areas are designed with collaboration in mind, to support the learning needs and styles of individuals. Specialist subjects include art, Chinese, religious education, music and physical education, all of which form an integral part of the school’s curriculum.
Firbank Grammar (junior school): 51 Outer Cres, Brighton
Brighton Grammar School
With a range of programs designed to help boys from all backgrounds with a diverse range of abilities and strengths, Brighton Grammar is prepared to teach any boy that wants to learn. The subjects on offer range from accounting to forensic science, Latin and legal studies.
Brighton Grammar School: 90 Outer Cres, Brighton
Firbank Grammar (senior school)
Firbank Grammar is a girl’s school with an on-campus boarding house for students from rural Victoria, interstate and overseas. Established in 1909, the school has a rich heritage and heralds compassion, courage, curiosity, integrity and respect as their main values. Firbank Grammar takes musical education seriously and offers lessons for a variety of instruments.
Firbank Grammar (senior school): 51 Outer Cres, Brighton
Brighton Secondary College
Brighton Secondary College is a co-ed school that practices inclusive learning. The school is prepared to support all students with differing strengths and weaknesses. Support is also offered to students struggling with personal issues with programs encompassing peer support, anti-bullying, insider parent participation and more.
Brighton Secondary College: 120 Marriage Rd, Brighton East
St Leonard’s College
St Leonard’s understands that their students’ futures rely on their ability to work well with people of the opposite gender and, as such, offer co-educational learning. The school also aims to prepare students for what comes after Year 12. Subjects at St Leonard’s range from business management to psychology, philosophy, literature and various languages.
St Leonard’s College: 163 South Rd, Brighton East
Brighton to come alive with Resonance Music Series
Enjoy a celebration of classical music and history as the Resonance Music Series returns to Brighton with a stunning program of events.
Now in its 16th year, Bayside Council is proud to bring outstanding classical music performances to the region.
Bayside Mayor James Long said this year’s series offered a diverse range of musical styles, from medieval through to new and modern works by Bayside and Melbourne-based composers.
“The Resonance Music Series forms part of Council’s commitment to enriching our community through the provision of arts and cultural programs that are locally relevant and close to home,” Cr Long said.
Joining the program again this year is the Bayside Chamber Orchestra, and Early Arts Guild of Victoria, a long-time partner of the series, will also return.
The program is rounded out by two exciting projects – a concert of works presented in partnership with the Gallery@BACC to coincide with this year’s Mid-Winter Master exhibition featuring the works of Clarice Beckett, and a concert by the Melbourne Composers League which provides an opportunity to hear the unusual sounds of low flutes.
Be sure to get along to one of these great Brighton events, as part of the Resonance Music Series:
Bayside Chamber Orchestra
This music event explores a variety of European composers from prior to and after the turn of the 20th century. With music from Aster Pizzola, Luigi Boccherini, Georges Enesco and Carl Nielsen the event provides a diverse listening experience.
Date: Sunday, November 6 at 2.30pm
Venue: St Leonard’s Uniting Church, 2 Wolseley Grove, Brighton.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 concession and free for children under 9. Refreshments included in the ticket price.
Bookings: Tickets will be available on Try Booking one month before the event. Calls to book can be made to Claire Nicholson on 0409 861 535. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Melbourne Composers League brings you Subterranean Sonorities, a combination of Japanese and Australian music. With the didjeridu, flute, harp and viola a calm harmony will cloak the audience in sound for a full musical experience.
Date: Saturday, November 26 at 3pm
Venue: Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black St, Brighton
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 concession and free for children under 9
Bookings: Available at the door.
All the Nations Rejoice
The Early Arts Guild of Victoria brings you a Christmas Pageant. Nativity celebrations in the form of poetry, music, stories and dance in addition to a carols sing-a-long.
Date: Sunday, December 11 at 2.15pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, corner Wilson and Carpenter streets, Brighton
Cost: $20; free for children under 18
Bookings: All bookings to be made by phone (03) 9699 8417.
Future of Brighton’s Gallery@BACC in board’s hands
A new committee has been appointed to guide the strategic direction of Brighton’s Gallery at the Bayside Arts and Culture Centre (BACC) and make vital decisions for its future.
Melbourne is known as a city of arts and culture and the gallery, located in Brighton Town Hall, plays a major role in it.
Offering artists at any point in their career a place to display their work, the Gallery@BACC is a landmark in Brighton’s local arts community.
The new committee has been named the Gallery@BACC board and is made up of individuals from various areas of the art industry.
The members of the board are made up of exhibition manager Charlotte Christie; cultural business manager Cindy Carrad; marketing and brand specialist Roger Boyce; accountant Patrick Christian; fundraiser Angelina Beninati; and artist consultant Tiziana Borghese.
Over the three years of their appointment, the board will develop a four-year plan for the Gallery@BACC and manage the arts and heritage collection.
Bayside Mayor James Long said the gallery hosted up to ten exhibitions each year that enriched the cultural community of Bayside.
“The experts selected (for the committee) have been drawn from a range of sectors with experience in finance, marketing, fundraising, governance and arts administration. They all share a great passion for the arts and to work for the betterment of the Bayside community,” he said.
“Through this new board, council will set a new strategic vision for the gallery and collection and leverage new and exciting opportunities.”
In addition to hosting displays by local artists, the Gallery@BACC also presents diverse works by non-local artists which adds to the rich arts scene of Brighton’s local community.
The Gallery@BACC board will continue the work done previously by the Bayside Arts and Heritage Collections committee.
Visit the gallery to see ‘The Ordinary Instant’ installation, running until September 11. It includes more than 50 works from Clarice Beckett from 1919 – 1935, as well as new contributions from female artists including Camilla Tadich, Lynne Boyd, Saffron Newey and many more.
The Gallery@BACC is located in the Brighton Town Hall at the corner of Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton.
Celebrate National Op Shop Week in Brighton
The hunt for a great bargain brings joy to everyone, and with National Op Shop Week here again it’s time to share that joy!
This week, Brighton and communities throughout Australia, will celebrate the brilliance that is op shops by donating disused items, and scouring the shelves for cheap treasures.
To help celebrate, this year’s ambassador will be Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis. Costa will be styled in op shop sourced outfits by TV stylist Alex van Os, to highlight the quality that can be found in op shops.
Fashion with a Conscience
This year’s theme is ‘Fashion with a Conscience’, which is something we should be taking into account of every day.
Red Cross Shops Community Engagement Manager Kate Dear said shopping at op shops helped the wider community.
“All items purchased at Red Cross shops help support the everyday work of Red Cross such as bushfire and flood relief, providing safe drinking water and sanitation for remote communities, assisting new immigrants and ringing isolated and elderly people to check on their welfare.”
Collectively, Australia sends upwards of 15,000 tonnes of valuable items to landfill every year. By donating your long unworn clothes and unused home appliances’ to Brighton’s op shops you will be helping struggling families and individuals by providing access to affordable and quality goods.
Where can I celebrate National Op Shop Week in Brighton?
St Andrew’s op shop, off Church Street in Brighton, is just one of the local stores participating in National Op Shop Week. Run by The Anglican Parish Church of Saint Andrew, all proceeds raised are donated to worthy causes including the Brighton Red Cross, Make-a-Wish foundation, Brighton Secondary College Chaplaincy Fund and more.
Church Street is also home to Biccy’s Op Shop, which is completely volunteer run and full of quality pre-loved items. Biccy’s donates the store’s sales to charitable causes and projects that help the community.
St Steven’s op shop isn’t to be forgotten though it’s a five-minute drive from the heart of Brighton.
National Op Shop Week runs from August 21 – 27.
Use our guide to op shops in Brighton to find out where you can celebrate National Op Shop Week locally.