Judy Chirnside can promise you one thing – beautiful perfect flowers. From a young age, Judy loved flowers and has cultivated a stunning business which showcases her talent for floristry and providing fresh blooms. Evident in her airy space, located in the heart of Newtown, Geelong – the beautiful windows highlight vibrant flora and fauna, speckled with pieces of bright art that adorn the walls. However, probably the biggest highlight of the store is their gorgeous side window in the adjacent laneway. Nestled amongst the bluestones, this double window acts as a drive through of sorts – perfect if you’re rushing or can’t get the kids out of the car. Just ring the bell at the window, and they’ll pass through your bloom order!
Find them: 327 Shannon Ave, Newtown Order on: 5229 5501
Martlette Graphic Design
Need some creative flight in your next project? Martlette is your local Geelong Graphic Designer, ready to swoop in and create engaging artwork for your next creative project. Whether it’s a fresh new logo, professionally presented annual report or an engaging website, Martlette’s experience extends across branding, print and online projects.
On Time, On Budget, With Passion! Reliability underpins everything Martlette does, whether you run a small or large business needing a logo design, or need artwork created for your new product range, Martlette will work with you to create a fresh design that speaks to your audience.
Visit the Martlette website and browse their portfolio of recent work.
Ph 0408 809 368
Narana Art Gallery
Experience unique and sacred stories at Narana Art Gallery. A space which offers the opportunity to explore, discover and learn about Dreamtime Stories depicted by some of the nations most celebrated Aboriginal artists, such as Kudditj Kngwarreye, Margaret Scobie, Tommy Watson, Gloria Petyarre, Jeannie Petyarre and Billy Stockman.
Did you know Narana’s Gallery is one of the largest outlets for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artwork in Australia? Narana Art Gallery is a leading promoter of authentic local and interstate Australian Indigenous art which is dedicated to providing both provenance and equitable returns to artists and their communities. When you buy Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art from Narana you can be assured you are buying from a gallery dedicated to genuinely showcasing First Nations’ artists, their traditional lands, stories and culture.
Where: 410 Surfcoast Hwy, Grovedale
When: Tues – Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 10am-3pm (Monday by appointment only)
Ph: 5241 5700
Paul Kelly Creative
Founded in 2004, Paul Kelly Creative is an established studio that attends to the creative needs of their clients. From graphic design, web design, and production branding, Paul Kelly Creative prides themselves on their dedication in turning your ideas to reality and implementing solutions to aid both online and offline communications – in turn cultivating a dynamic synergy for your business! Design, marketing and social media are only some of the components that make up Paul Kelly Creative, a testament to their diversified talent which ensures an all rounded strategy for your business. Drop in for a coffee and a chat – they’ll bring your designs from the page to life.
Find them: www.pkdesigntoprint.com.au or call on: 5222 5614
Sketch and Etch Creative
Sketch and Etch Creative are embracing the timber design field, creating custom timber art for every occasion. If you’re planning a wedding or a big event, have a look at the custom designs they can create for you – from timber place cards, bamboo invites and wooden menus to laser cut cake toppers, tags and signs – there isn’t a thing they can’t create for you! Own a small business? Check out their incredible laser etched branding, signage, bamboo business cards and presentation boxes. Don’t forget something for your home from Acacia wood serving boards, personalised coasters or timber wall hangings.
Dreamt locally, loved globally.
Find them on Instagram @sketchandetchcreative
[featured image] Opening in January, SUKii has quickly established itself as a luxe fashion and lifestyle store for shoppers in the region looking to pick up high quality clothing, gifts and homewares. Located right in the heart of the idealic coastal town of Queenscliff on the main road, SUKii couldn’t be easier to find, and once you get there you’ll get lost in everything they have on offer. The store hosts a large range of Australian and international labels, stocking products from Skin and Threads, The Horse watches, Ivy Muse, SIT-KA and more. Service is attentive, friendly and a reminder of why it’s best to shop in person rather than online.
Where: 47 King Street, Queenscliff
When: Mon & Wed-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm
Ph: 0467 687 296
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Warrnambool maritime heritage comes to life everyday at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Built on the original and state heritage listed site of Warrnambool Garrison and lady Bay Lighthouses, the site overlooks Lady Bay providing a dramatic backdrop for the tales our the south west coast.
By Day the site is a beautiful village that holds a museum, two lighthouses, heritage farm as well a tearooms provides the best Devonshire teas in Victoria. By Night the Shipwrecked Sound and Laser show crashes through the night air telling one of the regions most dramatic stories of shipwreck survival.
Onsite accommodation in the original harbour-masters house that has won many state and national awards also provides a unique experience to immerse yourself in local heritage. An onsite restaurant also provides the complete short break for your family or travel friends. Take a look at wwww.flagstaffhill.com or call 1800 556 111
Of Longing and Belonging
Western Edge Youth Arts is bringing two brilliant new shows to Geelong that explore ideas of local and global identity from the unique perspective of Geelong’s youth. Belonging is a theatrical comedy following a group of young refugees on the streets of Nairobi and dreaming of a life in Geelong. The show will be the debut performance of the city’s first home-grown African theatre ensemble, the Geelong Edge. The second show, Of Longing, is a dream like journey retelling Homer’s The Odyssey through humour, poetry and digital art. It is also performed by Geelong youth, this time with young actors from East Geelong. Both shows feature sharp scripts and the perfect balance of comedy and physical theatre. Following each show will be a community forum for audiences to ask questions. The shows will take place at Courthouse Youth Arts on May 12 and 13. Tickets are available from courthouse.org.au.