Discover Silvermaple Boutique in Brighton

Silvermaple Boutique in Brighton stocks popular denim label Not Your Daughter's Jeans

Silvermaple Boutique in Brighton stocks popular denim label Not Your Daughter's Jeans. Image credit: Not Your Daughter's Jeans.

Silvermaple Boutique in Brighton offers a range of boutique women’s labels that keep shoppers coming back time and time again.

The store has been open for three years, following the success of Silvermaple Boutique in Ashburton, which has been around for about 11 years.

The boutique stocks timeless pieces by brands such as Mela Purdie, Verge, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Tani and One Season.

Silvermaple’s target market is women aged 40 and above who are looking for quality lifestyle garments.

“It’s aimed at a modern, classy lady who appreciates good fits in clothes and good fabrics, who knows her brands and will follow the brands,” said owner Leasa Cahill.

“We’re not a cheap store, by any means; we’re probably middle of the market.”

Ms Cahill said the store had built a loyal customer base because of the quality of their products.

“They’re not available in major department stores, so they are sought after,” she said.

“It’s taken time, as any business does, from when you open the door, and really our business is very much built on client relationships.”

Silvermaple Boutique in Brighton stocks summer beachwear label One Season.

Silvermaple Boutique in Brighton stocks summer beachwear label One Season. Image credit: One Season.

For Ms Cahill, the passion for retail runs in the family.

Her mother has run a boutique women’s clothing store in Bendigo, called Shop 12, for 20 years.

“We’ve been in the game a long time,” she said.

“Mum and I go buying together for the labels we stock.

“I love retail, I love fashion, and it’s really about client relationships and wardrobing with people.”

Ms Cahill said the highlight of her work was her clients.

“It’s the relationship you have with people, knowing what they’ve bought with you before and adding new pieces each season,” she said.

So, what are her fashion tips?

Ms Cahill said too many women bought single items, rather than looking at the whole picture.

She recommended “treating your body like a canvas” when pulling together outfits and learning how to wear things in different ways to style things up.

“Sometimes (it’s better) having less in your wardrobe but having better pieces and learning how to wear them to make them look different,” she said.

Silvermaple Boutique is open 10am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday.

Home buyers choose Brighton for community feel, reputable schools

Home buyers choose Brighton for community feel, reputable schools

Demand for fully-renovated and new family homes in Brighton has surged in the past year.

The suburb proved a hot favourite among second and third home buyers in 2015, with families trying to get into local schools and Chinese investors at the top end of the market.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, the median house price in Brighton in the December quarter was $2.225 million, while the median unit price was $950,000.

Buxton Brighton sales executive Ben Vieth said 2015 was a very strong sales year, during which one beachfront mansion sold for a record $20 million.

Mr Vieth said buyers wanted modern family homes in Brighton they could walk straight into.

“Properties were selling for between 15 to 20 per cent more in the same 24 or 12 months, without doing any changes to the home,” Mr Vieth said.

“There was a huge demand for good family homes last year and we found a lot of buyers (were) looking for blocks of land to build their dream homes.”

Mr Vieth said the suburb’s leafy streets, proximity to the beach, community feel and reputable schools were all major drawcards for buyers.

“All of the families know each other and there’s a huge community and cultural bond in Brighton, which is really hard to find in other suburbs,” he said.

Mr Vieth said sales during the first quarter of 2016 would set the benchmark for how the market performed over the next 12 months.

“The media has done a good job of telling us the market has slowed down, but we certainly haven’t found that in terms of open inspections,” he said.

“If the confidence is there from the buyers, we’ll have a great year of real estate, otherwise it may be a little bit tougher than we’ve seen in recent years.

Ben Vieth Buxton Brighton

Ben Vieth | image credit: Buxton Brighton

“It’s a very exciting year and we’re looking forward to seeing what the market holds in the next two months, because we’re coming off a really strong year last year.”

In terms of rentals, Mr Vieth said Brighton had an oversupply due to investors making the most of the record-low interest rates.

“We’ve got a significant amount of development happening in our main growth zones which are Church St, Bay St, Martin St,” he said.

“There are a lot of apartments being built at the moment.”

5 great books to read this summer

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a compelling read for the summer.

There’s nothing quite like a good read over the summer months. Whether you’re on the train commuting to work, soaking up the sun at Brighton Beach or enjoying a coffee at a Church St cafe, it’s always more pleasant with a decent book in hand.

Here are five highly-rated, best-selling books that we think will make for a perfect summer read.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This debut novel by Paula Hawkins follows the life of Rachel who takes the same commuter train to work every day. Each morning the train stops at a signal that allows Rachel to peer across the tracks and watch a couple eating breakfast in their backyard. Rachel even feels like she knows them – and refers to them as “Jess and Jason”. She sees their life as perfect and not unlike the life she used to have herself. But one day as she is staring out the window to catch a glimpse into this perfect couple’s lives, Rachel sees something shocking. Now everything has changed. Rachel cannot help but become involved in their lives. But has she done more harm than good? This compelling read will have you gripped.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and by the time she turns twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and both flee to Saint-Malo. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. Orphan boy Werner grows up with his younger sister in a German mining town. Werner becomes fascinated by a simple radio he finds and becomes an expert at building and fixing them. It’s a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. This stunning novel will leave you deeply moved.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert will inspire you to live creatively.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s guide to decluttering the home takes readers through the KonMari Method for simplifying, organising and storing. Kondo takes tidying up to a new level, promising that if you do it properly the first time you’ll never have to do it again. Her tidying category-by-category method, as opposed to the more traditional room-by-room approach, leads to lasting results. Kondo also details direction for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and those that don’t) making for a cleaner, tidier home and a motivated mindset.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

As another new year kicks off, many feel inspired to take on a new creative project, make a change or introduce something new into their lives. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert can help you on the path to living with creativity and, as Gilbert so eloquently puts it, will make your life “a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting”.  Gilbert guides the reader through the stages of courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust and divinity – all of which are crucial to embracing, inviting and enduring creativity in your life. Big Magic is not reserved for distinguished artists but for anyone seeking to live a life that is more inspiring.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham (film tie-in edition)

After spending 20 years in Paris mastering the art of dressmaking, Tilly Dunnage returns to her small home town in rural Australia – the same town she was banished from as a child. Tilly plans only to tend to her sick mother and leave. But she decides to stay in Dungatar, and even though she is still an outcast, her exquisite dresses prove to be appealing to the local women. Through her fashion business and developing friendships, Tilly finds a level of reluctant acceptance in her old town. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, old resentments resurface and Tilly plots revenge on those who wronged her. This modern Australian novel is best enjoyed by readers who love bittersweet humour and eccentric characters.


The above books can be purchased from Top Titles and Middle Brighton Newsagency.

Discover 2XU in Brighton

2XU Brighton store

2XU in Brighton offers state-of-the-art exercise gear to optimise performance and ensure the post-workout recovery is as swift and pain-free as possible.

The Church St store opened about five years ago and stocks a wide range of triathlon, workout and compression sporting apparel in a variety of colours.

On entering the store, customers are greeted by a host of friendly staff who are knowledgeable and passionate about the brand they represent, and are always willing to help.

The 2XU brand launched in Melbourne in 2005 with the mission to “advance human performance through the development of world-leading athletic garments”.

Since then, the clothing has been worn by world champion athletes and many professional sporting teams.

The biggest sellers in the Brighton store are the compression garments, which promote increased blood flow to allow more oxygen to reach the muscles, and ultimately enhance movement efficiency. They also reduce the amount of recovery time post-exercise.

2XU Brighton products on display

Brighton 2XU manager Mel Chapman said 2XU had gone from strength to strength since it launched.

“We’re still a relatively young company, it’s our 10th anniversary this year, but we’re growing rapidly,” she said.

“It evolved from Melbourne, so we have the most stores.

“We’re famous for our compression, which is a technical fabric that is designed for the sportsperson, no matter what level you’re at.”

Ms Chapman said nowadays, performance garments were no longer just for elite athletes.

She said people of all different abilities invested in the compression range.

“It’s a bit of a trend at the moment for girls from the age of seven, all through their teens and in this area especially we see a lot of younger girls wearing them,” Ms Chapman said.

“We have our sports people, our higher athletes, people just beginning… they’re beneficial to anyone who wants to wear them.”

Ms Chapman said she loved fitting people out and helping them to improve their workouts.

“The brand is really good quality, and that’s definitely the feedback we get,” she said.


2XU in Brighton is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

Discover Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton

Gyoza dumplings at Sushi at Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton

Stepping into Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton is like entering a traditional Izakaya, or tavern, in Japan.

Wooden walls from deconstructed ships compliment the dimmed lighting to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The restaurant offers a combination of modern and traditional Japanese cuisine.

There is a great selection of sashimi, plus plenty of sushi, ranging from salmon avocado and prawn tempura rolls, to spider rolls featuring deep fried soft shell crab, avocado, rolled inside out with sweet teriyaki sauce and tobiko, or fish roe.

Other specialties include Yakiniku beef or chicken with vegetables, Japanese Yakiniku sauce and rice.

A new menu is on the cards for the near future, with more kinds of fish on offer and interesting drink concoctions such as wasabi and soy sauce cocktails.

The venue is also being renovated, with more greenery and lighting to be added to the cosy outdoor seating area.

Sushi at Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton

Sushi from Tokyo Kitchen Sakae.

Owner Michael Mi set up shop in Brighton two years ago, having sold his Port Melbourne restaurant, Mushi Mushi.

It was a long journey for Mr Mi to become a qualified sushi chef – in Japan he trained for four years, starting out in the most basic job then fine-tuning his skills. Initially, he worked as a dishwasher, then for three years he washed and cooked sushi rice.

“Different kinds of rice, different temperatures and different cooking pots can change the result, so you need to get used to balancing everything,” he said.

Finally, Mr Mi was allowed to work with fish, and for a year he learned how to scale, clean and gut the fish before eventually learning the knack of slicing sashimi.

When Mr Mi moved to Australia, he spent six more years training, working for half a dozen different Melbourne restaurants.

In 2009, he opened Mushi Mushi, then eventually set up Toyko Kitchen Sakae in Brighton.

“When I have a new dish with beautiful presentation and a good taste, it’s the best feeling,” Mr Mi said.

“I also love the pressure in the kitchen, especially during busy times.”

Mr Mi said sashimi was excellent for the health, in moderation, and encouraged first-timers to experience it at Tokyo Kitchen Sakae, where the fish is cut fresh every day.

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae is open for lunch from 12pm to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and for dinner from 5.45pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday.


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Sushi at Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton

Visit Tokyo Kitchen Sakae in Brighton

Tokyo Kitchen Sakae is at 66 Church Street, Brighton


5 Delicious Burgers To Try In Church St, Brighton

5 Delicious burgers to try in Church St, Brighton

The humble burger has been a popular menu choice for years but a few eateries in Brighton are taking them to the next level.

From the traditional beef burger with additions like smoky bacon and creamy cheese to a juicy pulled pork variety, there’s enough on offer to tantalise the taste buds, no matter your mood.

We tried and tested every burger ourselves to make sure these reviews are authentic and honest. Besides, we wouldn’t want to recommend a dull burger, would we?

Here are 5 delicious burgers to try in Church St, Brighton.

Soul Espresso Burger

Soul Espresso

The burger: Wagyu beef burger ($15)

This burger is comprised of a dense, coarse and juicy wagyu beef patty served with tasty cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and Mamas Special Sauce – a sweet chilli mayonnaise which gives the burger a real zing. For those who like a decent bun for their burger, the thick white bread roll with linseeds and sesame seeds will hit the spot.

Value for money: 7/10

Soul Espresso is at 129 Church St, Brighton.

Royale Brothers - Royale with cheese

The Royale Brothers

The burger: Royale with cheese ($13)
Side: chips ($3.50)

The classic cheese burger from infamous Brighton burger joint The Royale Brothers was packed with flavour. The beef patty was a good size – not too thick or too thin – and was layered with a slice of gooey, melted cheese, onion slices, lettuce, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise and Royale sauce between a delicate milk bun. While there was no compromise on flavour in this burger, it was a bit of a challenge to eat as it quickly became sloppy to handle thanks to the juicy patty and generous amount of sauce. The best approach is to go all-in and expect to end up with a little sauce on your chin! The chips were tasty too – golden in colour, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, finished with a savoury salty seasoning. The upside is the super quick turnaround – simply place your order at the counter and collect when your buzzer rings.

Value for money: 8/10

The Royale Brothers is at the rear of 1 Church St, Brighton (behind The Pantry).

Track Three - Espresso pulled slider

Track Three Espresso

The burger: Pulled pork slider ($7.50 small; $14 large)

For those who want to venture beyond the traditional beef burger, do yourselves a favour and get onto this winner at Track Three Espresso. The pulled pork is incredibly juicy and packed with flavour, and is served on a light but crispy bun. The highlight of this burger is the sweet onion jam (relish) which works well to offset the savoury flavours, while the house slaw balances it out with the right amount of acidity. All in all, the flavours work really well together and make for a satisfying meal. Just be sure to eat with a napkin in hand and these sliders are rather juicy.

Value for money: 8/10

Track Three Espresso is at 1 Railway Walk, Brighton.


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Half Moon burger

The classic burger with heritage bacon from Half Moon.

Half Moon

The burger: Classic burger with heritage bacon, sweet mustard, aged cheddar, dill pickles and shoestring fries ($19)

It was hard not to enjoy this burger which incorporated so many elements that make a fine flavour combination. The beef patty was thick and juicy and paired with delicious smoky bacon, melted cheese, pickles, tomato and lettuce. A winning element of this burger was the house sauce which was the perfect addition to bring all the flavours together. The burger was served in a soft, seeded brioche-style bun, leaving more room to fit the good stuff in. The side of salty, shoestring fries was a great accompaniment.

Value for money: 9/10

Half Moon is at 120 Church St, Brighton.

White Rabbit burger

White Rabbit Restaurant

The burger: White Rabbit Whopper ($21.90)

Of all the burgers we tried during our taste testing, the White Rabbit Whopper was a standout for its flavours, texture and one surprising element – a sweet yet tangy relish. The succulent beef patty was dense but juicy and served with smoky and crispy bacon, sharp provolone cheese, Dill pickled cucumber, lettuce and finished with a sweet beetroot and caramelised onion relish. This surprising ingredient made for an incredible and interesting flavour combination, putting this burger in a league of its own. The side of fat Bad Boy Chips were also good but we’ll be honest, we were pretty fixated on the burger.

Value for money: 10/10

White Rabbit Restaurant is at 118 Church St, Brighton.


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Discover Tom Wilson cafe in Brighton

Tom Wilson cafe in Brighton

Tom Wilson cafe offers patrons an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of Church St and enjoy a laid-back coffee or meal.

The Wilson St venue features plenty of greenery, with plants scattered throughout the spacious cafe, while its northerly position allows plenty of natural light to filter in.

This, combined with the crisp white walls, simple decor and black and white chequered floors give the restaurant a somewhat European feel.

The menu includes scrumptious brekkie options such as eggs benedict with slow-braised ham hock, cider hollandaise and potato hash.

The cumin and lemon fried eggs on babaganoush with mint and pide bread is a winner, as are the Nutella cream and pecan brittle waffles.

Breakfast is available until 12noon on weekdays, and all day on weekends.

Lunch options include steak sandwiches, sliders and a range of healthy salads, such as grilled zucchini and roasted beetroot, with rocket, pine nuts, currants and goat feta.

The red rice and quinoa salad is a refreshing option, featuring basil, rocket, peas, roast cauliflower, toasted almond and pomegranate dressing.

The organic quinoa, brown rice and cinnamon porridge with poached rhubarb and pepitas from Tom Wilson cafe in Brighton.

Brothers Ararat and Nick Avakian opened Tom Wilson in August 2015.

The pair have been working in the industry for about 15 years, and are responsible for two other restaurants in Brighton: Superrandom on New St and Olie and Ari on Were St.

Ararat said he enjoyed getting to know their customers.

“I love the people and the fact that it’s different every day,” he said.

“It becomes a real community at each shop.”

The cafe is named after the former mayor of Brighton, Thomas Wilson, who was in office in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Ararat said aside from the food, people were drawn to their delicious coffee, which is a blend created by Japanese barista extraordinaire, Nobu Shimoyama, comprised of Nicaraguan and Peruvian beans.

Shimoyama is an internationally-acclaimed coffee artist who ensures each visitor to the cafe receives a personalised experience. Before you take a sip, be sure to appreciate the image in your cup.

“He’s won championships internationally for his latte art,” Ararat said.

“He can do pretty much anything you want.”

Tom Wilson is open from 7am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 3.30pm on weekends.

Enjoy a delicious blend of coffee, comprised of Nicaraguan and Peruvian beans, at Tom Wilson cafe.

Visit the cafe

Tom Wilson

36 Wilson Street, Brighton

Phone: (03) 9592 9669.

Your guide to 2015 Christmas events in Brighton

Christmas Events In Brighton

Christmas is coming to Brighton and there are a number of local events people can get involved in.

Whether you’re looking for a carols evening, the chance to attend a family event or simply want to locate the best Christmas lights in the neighbourhood, join the community to celebrate this festive time of year.

Here is a run-down of Christmas events taking place in Brighton over the coming weeks:

Bethlehem in Brighton

When: Saturday, December 5

Time: 10am – 1pm

Where: St Andrews Church, corner of Church and New streets, Brighton

What: Get along to Bethlehem in Brighton, a “hands-on” activity program ideal for families with young children. Activities will include a dramatised play of the journey of the birth of Jesus, along with the chance to have photos in costume at the Nativity scene. There will also be craft making, farm animals, goodie bags, a prayer tree, a sausage sizzle and cake stall.

Cost: Free

For more information phone Wendy on 0412 251 088 or visit their Facebook page.

Bethlehem in Brighton

Bethlehem in Brighton | Image Credit: Bethlehem in Brighton Facebook Page

Carols in the Park, Brighton

When: Tuesday, December 8

Time: 5pm – 10pm

Where: Dendy Park, corner Dendy St and Nepean Highway, Brighton East

What: Enjoy Bayside Council’s Carols in the Park evening, a free family celebration featuring traditional Christmas carols by local performers, charity groups and special guest artists. Pre-show activities kick off at 5pm, the main concert starts at 7.30pm and the fireworks display will show at 9.30pm (subject to weather conditions).

Cost: Free entry.

Find more details at the Bayside council website.

Carols in the Park

Christmas lights in Brighton

Christmas Lights

For an activity that can be enjoyed on evenings in the lead up to Christmas, why not go hunting for Christmas lights in the Brighton neighbourhood? Each year residents put on their own display of lights in their garden and property for passers-by to enjoy.

We’ve started a list of regular Christmas light displays below:

  • 39 Cole St, Brighton
  • 10 Hemming Street, Brighton East
  • 42 Hodder Street, Brighton East
  • 1/4 Bayview Road, Brighton East


TELL US: Do you know of any other Christmas lights worth seeing in Brighton? Be sure to let us know.

Brighton Theatre Company presents Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

Brighton Theatre Company presents Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

Brighton Theatre Company presents Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. Picture: Brighton Theatre Company.

The struggles of a young, newlywed couple living in a New York City apartment will play out on stage in Brighton.  

Brighton Theatre Company is showing Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, with actors Aimee Sanderson and Marc Jongebloed playing the lead roles of Corie Bratter and Paul Bratter, respectively. 

The story follows straight-as-an-arrow lawyer Paul, who is much the opposite of his wife Corie, a free spirit always looking for her latest kick. 

Following their honeymoon, Corie gets a surprise visit from her loopy mother and she decides to play matchmaker during a dinner by pairing up her mother with their neighbour-in-the-attic Victor. 

And everything that can go wrong does.

In addition to their daily antics, Corie is struggling to understand Paul – she’s in search of a more spontaneous and exciting life and would love to see her husband embrace this nature.

Running barefoot in the park would be a start.

Actors on stage in Brighton Theatre Company's show Barefoot in the Park.

Actors on stage in Brighton Theatre Company's show Barefoot in the Park. Picture: Brighton Theatre Company.

The show’s director Lesley Batten said she was pleased to be working on a play written by Neil Simon, who is renowned for developing stories centred on the day-to-day lives of people. 

Ms Batten said the play followed the “whirlwind romance” of a middle-class couple in their first years of marriage and had “an aspect of anticipation”.

“The husband (Paul) is the exact opposite to his wife (Corie) and there are clashes of personalities. Then the mother arrives and stirs the pot a bit more. The upstairs neighbour also adds a little more tension to the mix,” she said. 

Ms Batten said because the play was an observation of day-to-day scenarios, the audience should be able to empathise.  

“It’s an everyday situation where you have this young couple that married without really knowing each other,” she said. 

“It’s very relatable – it’s just the way that life turns out for people. It’s all about learning and discovering. And there’s a lot of laughter and humour in it which makes it enjoyable.” 

Ms Batten said she felt grateful to work with a cast that understood the challenges and advantages of taking on a comedic stage show. 

“I’ve always enjoyed directing comedy; it’s always been my first love,” she said. 

“The cast is a very talented group and they understand the delivery which is an American humour – it moves very quickly.” 

See the show

Brighton Theatre Company will perform Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon at Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre, corner Wilson and Carpenter streets, Brighton from November 12 – 28.  

Performance times: Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2.15pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2.15pm. 

Cost: $23 adults, $21 concession, $19 per person for group bookings of 20 or more. 

For more details, phone 1300 752 126 or visit 

Our Very Own Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes Feature On Melbourne Monopoly

Monopoly - Melbourne Edition

The iconic Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes have been given a spot on the newly released Melbourne edition of the world’s most popular board game Monopoly.

The bathing boxes sit on one of the board game’s yellow squares, which have been included as a Melbourne landmark.

The original version of the board game featured streets of Atlantic City but most Australians are probably more familiar with the version that takes you on a tour of London, from Old Kent Rd to Mayfair.

Game pieces in the Melbourne edition of Monopoly include a Sherrin AFL football, a tram, Phar Lap, a takeaway coffee cup, a graffiti spray can and a ‘city of literature’ book.

Melbourne Monopoly includes a host of tourist destinations including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which has taken the coveted position of Mayfair.

Other landmarks include Melbourne University, Queen Victoria Market, Rod Laver Arena, St Kilda and Chapel St.

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes

Brighton's bathing boxes are featured on the Melbourne edition of Monopoly.

The City of Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he hoped families would have amicable debates about the locations included in the game.

“People will have a wonderful time playing their local game,” he said.

“This is our game, a part of our community and the landmarks that make up our story.

“Being named the World’s Most Liveable City for five years in a row, it makes sense for Melbourne to have its own version of the world’s most famous board game,” he said.

Reid Herbert, managing director of game manufacturer Winning Moves Australia, said several factors went into deciding which properties secured the top spots in the board game, including feedback from the public.

Mr Herbert said the MCG was an overwhelming favourite to take the prime position on the board.

“It was enlightening consulting with the public who resoundly favoured the ‘G,” he said.


Monopoly: Melbourne edition is available in toy stores, including Mind Games in Brighton, for $50.

Discover Handworks Nouveau Paperie in Brighton

Handworks Nouveau Paperie in store.

Visiting Handworks Nouveau Paperie in Brighton is like stepping into a wonderland for the senses.

Delicious aromas from the range of boutique Glasshouse Fragrances candles fill one’s nostrils, while the bright colours of the merchandise entice shoppers inside.

A vast range of greeting cards are showcased across 11.5m of walling near the entrance, featuring avant-garde inclusions such as wooden ‘timerbergram’ postcards.

It is easy to lose track of time inside Handworks Nouveau Paperie, with such an en eclectic mix of goodies on display.

Originally a Prahran-based boutique paper and stationery store, the owners have diversified the product range at their new Church St shop.

From quirky coffee table books, compasses, and board games, to inspirational affirmation cards, tattoos, and cacti, there really is something for everyone.

The store is open from 9.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.

Husband-and-wife team Conan and Helen Lang set up shop on Chapel St a decade ago, and in June they opened a second store in Church St, Brighton.

Mr Lang said cards were their biggest seller – with 800 going out the door of their store each week.

Far from the Hallmark variety, many of the greeting cards in Handworks Nouveau Paperie have stories as interesting as their designs.

The Langs are passionate about what they do, and regularly travel the globe hunting for unique merchandise for their stores.

In May, they head to New York for the National Stationery Show.

“We buy cards from a woman out of Chicago, for example, and she basically just designs them at home, and they’re very good,” Mr Lang said.

“Some of the best graphics for cards and stationery come out of America.

“The idea is to import our own cards and stationery, so it’s more unique and… you can only find it with us.”

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Aside from their popular card collection, Mr Lang said the colouring books for mindfulness were all the rage at the moment.

He said the books, which are considered anti-stress art therapy for adults, were a thoughtful Christmas present idea.

“The phenomenon is so big now that there is a worldwide shortage for colouring pencils,” he said.

Visit the store

Handworks Nouveau Paperie

80 Church St, Brighton
Phone: (03) 9533 8566

Your Guide To Boutique Fashion Stores In Church St, Brighton

Alannah Hill - Table with items

Alannah Hill, renowned for bold, bright garments, lacework and beading, is now in Church Street

When you go shopping are you sometimes on the hunt for a unique pair of shoes or that one-of-a-kind dress for a special occasion? 

Thankfully, Brighton has a number of boutique fashion stores, with small and limited collections, making them the perfect destinations to find something original. 

We’ve put together this handy list to help you find the best boutique fashion stores in the Church St shopping precinct.

Anthea Crawford - Cobalt Stretch Jersey Tailored Jumpsuit

Cobalt Stretch Jersey Tailored Jumpsuit from Anthea Crawford in Church Street Brighton| Image Credit: Anthea Crawford

Iconic Australian fashion label Alannah Hill, renowned for bold, bright garments, lacework and beading is now in Church St. 

For the discerning stylish shopper with a slant towards edgy, interesting fashion and easy casual chic, head to Hoss Ellery

Garments that scream classic glamour and sophisticated silhouettes can be found at the Anthea Crawford boutique store, whereas White Cactus and Maverick offer all things denim. 

Founded in 1972, Feathers Boutique has grown to become one of Melbourne’s most iconic fashion labels renowned for its sophisticated and practical designs. 

Described as the brand for the “carefree, luxe traveller” Flannel stocks a range of comfortable causal wear, while Tangerine Beach offers a stylish range of resort wear.

A mix of Spring items from Very Very in Brighton

A mix of Spring items from Very Very in Church Street Brighton | Image Credit: Very Very

For youthful but modern clothing brands, head to Very Very for a selection of classic dresses in bright colours and lace detailing, or Sweet & Vicious for a range of dresses in pretty pastel shades with fun hemlines and detailing. 

Once Was seeks to provide versatile yet functional garments with a refined and luxe touch, and Silver Maple Boutique is best for loose fitting dresses, tunics and tops that offer comfort and style. 

Husk combines elegant bohemian fashion, accessories and artisan objects for a truly unique shopping experience. Expect to find everything from clothing to bags, shoes, homewares and gifts. 

As Victoria’s only store, Rodney Clark sells a range of comfortable, casual women’s clothing and accessories from Australian Brands such as Gordon Smith and Hammock & Vine.

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