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Shopping on Coventry Street

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by Courtney Symes (subscribe)
Courtney is a freelance fashion, art and design writer and content creator for - an online boutique specialising in quality gifts for men. Read more of Courtney’s work at
Published October 8th 2010
As the oldest operating market in Melbourne, South Melbourne Market has been a landmark for the local area since 1867. A short stroll along from the market is Coventry St, another local landmark and home to a treasure trove of unique boutiques.

Pomegranate specialises in exquisite interior products and accessories for the home. From the dining table to the dressing table, if you are seeking gorgeous gifts or that priceless piece for your home, you will be spoilt for choice. Bright striped canvas deck chairs displayed outside the store evoke happy memories of long, lazy summer days, whilst the extensive selection of candles, soaps and fragrances will indulge your senses. Eye-catching displays and visual merchandising ensure all products are irresistible and provide plenty of inspirational ideas for your home.

The soothing tranquillity of Coventry Bookstore's interior will encourage you to linger and ponder the myriad of books on offer. You will be captivated by the vast range of fiction, non-fiction and mouth-watering "coffee table books" bursting with glossy images of exotic interiors, cool fashion, edgy design and delicious recipes. If you are buying a gift they also stock a great range of cute and quirky cards that are sure to bring a bit of cheer into anyone's day.

Sorry South Melbourne ladies, your fashion secret is out. The captivating range from Debs Boutique includes luscious labels such as Lover, Ginger and Smart, Sass and Bide, One Teaspoon and many more. Tasteful, must-have fashion pieces are accessorised with irresistible shoes, scarves and belts to help you look your best.

Nest will 'feather your nest' with a divine range of linen and textile accessories for your home. They also stock an extensive range of Aesop body products that will help you relax and unwind after a long day. With a store in Coventry St since 1999, Nest opened their second store in Brighton 2007, further affirming their expertise and eminence as a Melbourne retailer. Nest's range guarantees that you will relish coming home, so much so you may never want to go out again.

For the quirky, unusual and cool, RG Madden is a destination for gifts, gadgets and luxury items. Travel in style with products such as the smart Sketch Bags or contemporary alarm clocks that will ensure you never run late for that important business meeting again. With business in mind, check out accessories like calculators, groovy USB drives and clocks for your office. Unique jewellery, watches and accessories are also ideal gifts for her. RG Madden is the ultimate destination for innovative designs for the urban lifestyle.
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Why? Stylishly indulge yourself and your home at Coventry Street’s groovy boutiques.
Where: Coventry St, South Melbourne (the bit between Clarendon and Cecil St)
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