Local Profile – Helena Mikletic

Mother’s Day is almost here and you may want to drop into Helen Mikletic’s beautifully curated store Issa in Ivanhoe if there is a mother in your life. I’ve previously bought some gorgeous homewares and accessories as gifts there and Helen also stocks womenswear – she has a great eye and visual aesthetic which is palpable when you walk in. If you are looking to buy once and buy well, Issa is one of those stores that offer beautiful high end, quality pieces and an ambient in-store shopping experience. Read on for more about the lovely Helena…

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Name: Helena Mikletic

Occupation: Small business owner

Lives/works: Ivanhoe

How long have you worked/lived here?
My business has been in Ivanhoe for the past 14 years in three different locations, we settles in our current location 2 and a half years ago. I haven’t lived in Ivanhoe but am looking forward to moving into my apartment on Upper Heidelberg Rd in the next few months.

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Describe yourself/what you do:
I don’t have a formal background in interiors or styling but I’ve always had an interest in beautifully made products. This naturally lead into opening my own boutique, I always wanted a space that showcased pieces from talented and considerate designers around the world. It’s become a second home when I can share my favourite items with my lovely customers many of whom have become close friends.


Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east:
It’s close enough to the inner city that it feels like everything is at our fingertips but being a smaller suburb it has a nice slower pace to it. People can and are willing to spend a bit more time in store which is lovely because you can build close relationships and it feels very community driven.

For more information:

Instagram: @issaivanhoe
Contact: 03) 9499 8501
Address: 170 Upper Heidelberg Rd Ivanhoe
No website, I may set one up but I’m very committed to the in store experience and this is my primary focus.


Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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