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What are the Best Stores on Chapel St?

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published August 14th 2011
Being one of those very diverse streets in Melbourne, the Chapel strip is equipped with a whole swag of bars and restaurants, enough people watching opportunities to rival St Kilda and the public transport network, and of course, shops.

Best Stores on Chapel St
Grosvenor for Harrods mink jacket and scarf from Linda Black.

With a pleasing mix of quality chain stores, op shops and one-of-a-kind lairs of intriguing wares, Chapel St is the place to peruse, be amused, and splash some cash.

A store that is almost as interesting as its eccentric manager, selling vintage couture and assorted odds and ends. Patrons can sometimes snag retro labels for a good price if smiled upon by the Eurotrash mistress, but should make sure they know the difference between an authentic bargain and an overpriced knock off.

Linda Black
Stocked with vintage accessories, shoes and clothing, this store is also well known for its furs, which are largely second hand or new pieces remade from old skins by the resident furrier. Shoppers can pick up some unique items and sometimes negotiate on price, which is worth a try for accessories with high end labels that may need some minor repairs.

Buy Vintage on Chapel St
Chapel St is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories.

Alannah Hill
Good to have this store in the fashion precinct, as it often has some quirky bits and bobs to add to an outfit (not advisable to outfit oneself with this brand alone), though the outlet on Brunswick St can be a better option for more reasonable prices.

Usually overpriced for the quality of the items, nevertheless there are some very pretty pieces that can be picked up at this store. It is in a convenient location among a number of other shops of its kind, and if customers are going to spend a few hundred in here they can often get a bit more for their money with offers on additional purchases.

Dealing primarily in reused leather goods and reworked vintage, the highlights of this store are the recycled prints remade into cute skirts and dresses, leather satchels and sandals, one-of-a-kind recycled leather jackets, lace-up boots and vintage t-shirts.

Chapel St Bazaar
Brimming with stalls full of wacky bits and pieces from years gone by, including fashion, home wares and haberdashery, this store can be quite the treasure trove for shoppers. Keep a look out for some pretty grand hats and vintage lamps.

Best Stores Chapel St
Books and cats at Penny Syber's on Chapel St.

Rosenberg's of Windsor
One of those odd stores of Chapel St – that aims to cater to odd feet. If you have abnormally small, large, narrow or wide feet, this is the place to come. The store also has a range of women's clothing, specially designed for very tall ladies.

Penny Syber's Books
Seventy-five bookcases packed with used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as a cat or three lounging amongst the volumes every now and then. An interesting place for book lovers to browse.

There are plenty of great stores on Chapel; some are nice, some are charming, some are downright bizarre. Share your favourite with the Weekend Notes readers.
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No longer a Chapel St great - but still great nonetheless - Linda Black has moved from its Windsor location to 143 McKinnon Rd, McKinnon.
By Michaelie Clark - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 23rd of August @ 11:02 pm

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