All about the positives

All about the positives

By Monique Wylie
NewQuay Resident

For those of you who didn’t read last month’s column, Shane is still out of action, so here comes another edition from his sister – Monique – aka the crazy dog lady.

I’m all about the positives this month. I moved to Docklands 20 years ago and I have seen all the editions of Harbour Town, now re-envisioned as The District Docklands and I have to say the current team is working magic. I can only imagine how much it has been spending on its activations, but the difference is tangible.

I can’t wait for the “The Throwback Lounge” which starts on August 5. That is straight up in my wheelhouse so thank you team for thinking specifically of a ‘90s girl.

And while I’m giving a pat on the back to The District, keep an eye out on their socials and website. I managed to catch their pop-up cake and pie store in Market Lane two weeks ago and it was well worth the extra calories I had to burn on the treadmill later that week.

On another positive note, have you seen the local offerings from Port Phillip Ferries?

There’s a number of short tours operating out of the Docklands terminal specifically geared towards us locals. There’s a bingo cruise, one for the jazz enthusiasts and a simpler one just for brunch.

Bookings can be made via their website and start as low as $20 including Devonshire tea and a special offering from Cargo and Berth restaurants on top.

Have you noticed some of the amazing pop-up shopfront activations around Docklands?

The girls from Renew Australia have been working their butts off along with the team from the City of Melbourne to utilise vacant shop fronts and offer some entrepreneurial opportunities.

Two great examples are over on Collins St.

Works is simply the best smelling store in all of Melbourne and the gorgeous outerwear at LaGuapa takes my eye every time. The story behind it is just as interesting with ethical sourcing being at the centre of the journey.

Come and say hi to me if you see me around The District or NewQuay Promenade. I’ll be the one with the two big white fluff bears, also known as English sheepdogs, they are friendly, and I generally am too …•

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