According to the Animal Health Alliance, Australians spend an enormous $8 billion per year on their furry family members. The RSPCA also estimates that the average dog costs roughly $13,000 over the course of its lifetime.
If I was a pooch, I'd vote for parents who live in South Melbourne.
The Pet Grocer (TPG) has been a stalwart of the South Melbourne Market for many years now and got the mandatory hipster interior makeover a couple of years ago. TPG has upped the design ante a hundred fold and unveiled a flagship store a mere tennis ball toss away on Coventry Street.
Step inside and be impressed by the pared back space that would appear to be inspired by the Aesop school of minimalism and restraint. It's gorgeous.
Fresh bone broths, designer dried-food snack boxes, premium preservative and grain-free fresh and frozen portion control packs sit alongside super stylish accessories and natural health remedies.
I cannot even start to relay the conversation I eavesdropped on ... a doggy Mummy who appeared to have lost complete perspective of the real world. Really. I am sure my mother never gave over so much dialog or thought to the dinners she dished up her 5 kids. As this slightly bonkers (in my professional assessment) Mummy handed over her credit card for $140 worth of food for her 4-legged child I did think the world might be bordering on going completely barking mad.
You can find The Pet Grocer, 249 Coventry Street, South Melbourne.
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Paris is Jason McLaren Jones favourite 'go to' city when looking for inspiration for a new cafe (he's delivered quite a few over the past 8 years). Entrecote on Domain Road South Yarra captures the euro mood perfectly. I love the simple signage directive showing the way to take away pastries and and coffee ... well deserved once you're circled the Tan.
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The new look Flawless Flowers makes coming up with a design concept look as easy as falling off a log.
Located in what is fundamentally a very basic tin shed, the fit out is rustic, raw and relevant. Rough hewn logs of all sizes and a back drop of black cool room is about it. The product does 99% of the work.
You can find this visual floral feast at Melbourne's Prahran Market ... you can't miss it!
This large laboratory inspired window decal for Sensory Lab by St Ali is a stand out moment on Lt Collins Street. #PODfinds
Sometimes in life you just need closure. This door does it for me. You can find Clement Coffee Roasters at South Melbourne Market where they peddle good caffeine and donuts just a few doors up from those famous dim sims. #PODfinds
Brilliant Light Bulb Moment
Daylesford Organics (not to be confused with the posh 'all white and oak' London noshery) is a farm north of Melbourne. Certified organic, they focus on sustainability and biodiversity and produce up to 40 varieties of apples a season, hazelnuts, berries, free range eggs and vegetables. Heirloom varieties with lots of different flavours and colours are a speciality. Selling their quality produce to local cafés, restaurants and through farmer's markets, you can also collect a just picked apple via their super cute roadside stall.
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Since posting the PODfind on 7 Apples Gelato last week, the team has been in touch to say that their gorgeous gelato cart is not a pop-up. The super slick three wheeler was made in Italy (I should have known!) for the Emporium location and they are parking it there permanently. Yay, I say, to that news!
You can find the cart in the upper level food court, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, and keep up to date with the latest flavours and gelato goodness via facebook.com/7apples-Gelato-Emporium or instagram.com/7applesgelato