A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky in my own backyard.
Published September 29th 2013
Retro style in Wynnum
Retro shopping, Australian crafts, cosy cafes and old-fashioned customer service can be found just a stone's throw from the beauty of Moreton Bay.
As a fan of real shopping away from the sameness of the big shopping centres, I head east along the Wynnum Road to Brisbane's retro hub in Wynnum's Central CBD hub. There I shop and search for the old, new and quirky amongst an array of eateries and coffee shops
Edith Street is my favourite where you can buy everything for the home, from furnishing to hardware and clothes, and then have a lunch or coffee at the hospitable Green Bean café run with a smile and good food. A cafe that is always popular with the locals.
Despite my male credentials I know unique and labelled women's fashion with truly personal service from co-owners Popsy and Sue can be found at Got-A-Go boutique. This Edith Street business has been a Wynnum institution for over 30 years. Further down the street on the corner of Bay Terrace is DBS Mensland where their unpressured advice over the years has helped with my being fitted with the right style of jeans and matching shirt in fashion.
For a taste of old Ireland I head to Paddy's in nearby Florence Street, where its coffee instead of the Guinness but with the ambience of a cosy Irish café. There's usually a quirky quip chalked on the blackboard by owner John giving a touch of Irish humour.
It has a new larger location that gives it a wonderful fresh look to the shop with its wide windows and ample display area. It sits on the corner of Bay Terrace and Florence Street just opposite the buzz of the Green Olive Café.
Wynnum itself has just got a bright new look as 'Brisbane's seaside' with new banners aligning the foreshore and a new website.
The Wynnum Central area along Edith Street is also seeing a new art/craft/vintage/retro market that will be held for the first time on Saturday 5 October from 9am – 4pm, and then monthly on the first Saturday.
So times are a changing and the perfect time to head down to Wynnum and hunt for some contemporary gifts or bargains. Experience shopping in a real community.