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Alice in Arcade Land, a wonderland joy, Chronicle Arcade, Margaret St.
Alice in Arcade Land
Mad hats galore, playing card décor, costumes for the White Witch and others, jewellery and second hand classic children's books tempt you inside, with passage by the pretty frocks in the arcade. A magical land to explore vintage and stunning clothing and madcap creations at Alice in Arcade Land.
Powers Camping World
Find the best value camping supplies in town at Powers Camping World, Margaret Street. The friendly staff will help you prepare for your next trip. Plan ahead for next winter's sojourn with camping long johns and thermal underwear. Also available are fold-up seats, gas cookers, tents and much more. Loads of specials are currently available including Multifunction Lanterns, Steel Lumbar Chairs and Adventurer Head Lights.
The Cumquat Tree
Fabulous art deco home wares and gift items with a little batch of nighties thrown in, The Cumquat Tree in Margaret Street is a well established outlet. Stock changes regularly and includes upmarket furniture items, outdoor feature tiles, jewellery, glass and chinaware.
Bed Bath N Table
Housed in Grand Central shopping centre you may find a large panda outside Bed Bath N Table, munching as part of the 'Spot the Animals' contest. Home wares by colour, beautiful linen, scented reeds, large soaps in uncommon scents and gorgeous gift items are in store. Marked items on sale until 25 October 2015. Grab a catalogue from the counter.
Bed Bath 'n' Table in Grand Central shopping centre.
With reliable quality stock including clothing, accessories and cosmetics, The Café and the Mid Season Sale, it's always worth a trip to Myer. The sale lasts until 18 October 2015. The Myer Café boasts a view of the CBD to the hills of the eastern horizon. A delectable menu and country hospitality will bring you back during your next visit.
A favourite for DVDs, books, CDs, toys and a huge range of Dr Who items such as scarves, tees, Tardises, figures and all the things you would expect to find in the ABC Shop, Grand Central shopping centre.
Typo in Grand Central shopping centre is not your average stationery store. Fun items for craft, travel diaries, sleep masks, novelty items, lanterns, arty notepads for lovers of writing, pretty exercise books and much more to keep the young and the young-at-heart happy.
Topping up your kinetic sand, science creations for home, soft toys, Australiana and other items to stimulate the mind, could take a long browse at Australian Geographic in Grand Central shopping centre. Gift ideas and things to keep the kids busy while employing the grey matter, makes this store a must for the family shopper.
Absolutely Fab, all your alternate needs, 449 Ruthven St.
All your alternate needs from Dragon's Blood incense to soft fabric handbags are available at Absolutely Fab. Friendly staff are happy to chat while you admire semi-precious gemstones sourced from Bangkok and surrounds, a great value buy. Try on long skirts, brocade tops and comfy kaftans for cool summer wear.
Murray's Art & Framing
Renowned for its Summer and Winter School programs at the University of Southern Queensland, Murray's Art & Framing provides a wide range of media. At 485 Ruthven St, you will receive expert advice from helpful staff. Select from a range of upcoming classes including: Encaustic Mixed Media; Watercolour Techniques - Step by Step; Structure and Colour with pencil, pen and watercolour; Getting started with Monoprinting and many more. Pick up a listing in store or online.
Wind-up the shopping
For the curious you will find a small café offering hot and cold drinks with a sign which reads 'Bibles Resources and Coffee'. Cold drinks for $1.50 could be just the thing for a rest stop. Proprietor 'Michael' innovated this place of refuge nestled amongst the shops in Margaret Street, where you can take a breather while pondering the meaning of life. There are lots of Creation magazines if you're shopping solo or waiting for a friend. Volunteer staff are happy to have a chat. Pick up a 'One Million Dollar' note to find out what the 'million dollar question' is.
Findo's Café in Margaret Street 'Eat Street', offers strong coffees and delectable sweets. Next door find a convenience store for those quick meals to 'nuke' back at the hotel. Why not round off your shopping spree with a relaxing feet-up at Findo's Café?
Put your feet up at Findo's on Eat Street, Margaret Street, handy to The Strand cinema.