Some late breaking news…the Halloween Spooktacular is on in Ivanhoe tomorrow in Upper Heidelberg Road from 3 – 5.30pm where kids can dress up, have their photo taken and get their own free magnet souvenir finishing off with trick or treating to win a Shop in Ivanhoe gift card. Primary school aged kids and younger must be accompanied by an adult and the event is limited to the first 400 participants.  Free pumpkin buckets will also be given out for treats for those lucky enough to make it.  Happy Halloween!



Time after time

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and Ivanhoe Shopping Village is holding a special Autumn shopping night this Thursday 10 May from 9am until 7 pm with offers released from 9 May.  I was talking about latent demand in the local area last week and it’s exciting to see that former Collins Street retailer Cose Ipanema is coming to 171 Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe.  This store is a Melbourne institution, which I can still remember from the early 1990s, selling the most beautiful international labels of the time including Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

Cose Ipanema image via Shop in Ivanhoe

I hope those of you with deeper pockets than mine will support them and I believe it’s always better to buy fewer pieces but higher quality of anything.  Most of my most well worn and loved clothing and accessories I have had for over 10 years, while my leather jacket from Florence I’ve had for almost 20 years and still wear.  There is a lot to be said for the value of, and investment in, classic, quality pieces that will stand the test of time rather than cheap, disposable clothing that becomes landfill in places like China.

Tidal vase image via Amy Leeworthy

Speaking of Ivanhoe, I noticed too that peninsula-based ceramic artist Amy Leeworthy used to have a studio here and is currently selling her 70s style ceramics online and also through Pop and Scott, although not much is left!

Besides gifts, I think what most mothers crave, and indeed most people, is time.  I was watching with interest a conversation that’s floating around on Facebook between business giants Warren Buffett and Bill Gates where they talk about the value of time and, irrespective of their enormous wealth, that they cannot buy time – it’s the most precious thing in life that no-one owns or can hold onto – we are all passengers on the same train with exactly the same amount of hours in the day – how each of us to choose to spend that time is the big question.