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Businesses in Docklands - February 2014

11 Feb 2014

Watermark marks 10 years

Watermark celebrates its 10th year of operation in Docklands this year and what better way to mark the occasion than by giving back to the community.  

Dante Mastrantuono, who has owned the waterside restaurant, bar and function centre for the past three years said he hoped to run five different charity events over the year.

Watermark will be in the thick of all the action when fundraising event Cupid’s Undie Run makes its Melbourne debut in Docklands on February 9.

The local restaurant and bar is hosting the event, which will see underwear-clad runners take to Victoria Harbour Promenade in the name of raising funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

Funds raised will help the foundation provide support services and fund research into Neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition affecting 1 in 3000 births.

Watermark will host the event party, which runs from 12pm until 4pm, with the “brief” promenade run starting around 2pm.

Cupid’s Undie Run events have been held throughout America and debuted in Australia in Sydney last year.

This year, the Sydney and Melbourne events will take place simultaneously and Mr Mastrantuono hopes to make sure Melbourne comes out on top when it comes to the fundraising tally.

With 2014 marking Watermark’s 10th year in Docklands a big celebration is on the cards.

“We’ll have a big party and invite everyone down to enjoy some drinks and some food,” Mr Mastrantuono said.

Refurbishment plans are also underway and are likely to take place in March, creating more of a lounge-style feel at the venue.

Mr Mastrantuono said he was also considering launching a cocktail bar and wine bar at the venue.

But even without any changes, Watermark retains a classic formula that has seen it stake its claim in Docklands.

According to Mr Mastrantuono, Watermark is a place for a casual, reasonably priced drinks provided with great service.

Not to mention the view from the outdoor seating area. Situated right next to the water, it’s a great spot to unwind at the end of the day.

“It’s a beautiful spot watch the sunset,” Mr Mastrantuono said.

Watermark is located under the 800 Bourke St, NAB building at tenancy 9.

Visit http://www.watermarkdocklands.com.au or contact on 9642 1880 for more information.

De Asian connection

The team at De Asian Hut want locals to know exactly where to go to find delicious and reasonably priced Asian food in Docklands.

Located under the Watergate apartment building, De Asian Hut is owned by Muhammed Nek, Salwati Nek, Hafizah Hassan and Jaafar Yusoff.

The Docklands location is the fifth takeaway restaurant the quartet has opened and the first close to the city centre.

According to Ms Nek, the decision to open a store in Docklands was prompted by plenty of positive feedback about the area.

“There aren’t many Asian restaurants in this area, so we thought it would be a good option for local residents and workers,” Ms Sek said.

Offering a range of cuisines, including Chinese, Indonesian, Thai and Malaysian, De Asian Hut is sure to have something to suit every palate.

According to Ms Nek, the most popular meal at De Asian Hut is the fried rice. However, her personal favourite is the Singapore noodles.

Ms Sek said the business was already accumulating regular customers, with plenty of Watergate residents finding it very simple to phone through orders before popping down to pick them up.

Basic meals are very affordable, starting at $6.90 for a rice and three vegetable dishes, $7.90 for a rice, one vegetable dish and two meat dishes or $8.90 for a rice and three meat dishes.

Ms Sek said De Asian Hut also offered combo meal deals, which are changed regularly in order to give customers plenty of options.

You can find De Asian Hut at 10/4 Waterview Walk. Meals can be enjoyed in-store or takeaway. You can also order online at http://www.deasianhut.com.au for delivery or pick-up.

Outsourcing made easy

Is your to-do list never-ending? Can’t get away from work to meet a tradesperson? Don’t want to spend your whole weekend researching accommodation for your next holiday?

If so, Executive Personal Concierge, based right here in Docklands, might be able to help you out.

Docklands resident Margaret Cairns started the business mid-last year with the aim of providing a service that takes the pressure off people and allows them to make the most of their time.  

Her clients range from busy professionals and parents to seniors and business owners, for whom she offers a range of different services.

Executive Personal Concierge can help with party planning, picking up gifts, making appointments, researching and booking holidays, taking care of pets, picking up dry-cleaning or doing your grocery shopping.

“I do whatever you need to be done that you don’t want to be running around doing on your lunch hour,” Ms Cairns said

According to Ms Cairns a lot of the work she does involves completing research and online tasks for her clients.

“I recently had a client who wanted to buy a new camera so I did some research on the best deals on different kinds of cameras.”

“I cut out all of those time-consuming tasks sitting in front of the computer when you could be spending time with your kids,” Ms Cairns said.

Executive Personal Concierge also assists small businesses that might need someone to do a few hours of filing, admin work or other odd jobs.

“It’s a new concept to feel free to outsource. You don’t have to spend all of your free time doing time-consuming tasks,” she said.

Ms Cairns charges $50 per hour for her personal concierge services and charges in 15-minute increments, which means you only pay for the time you use.

For example, if you pre-pay for an hour of assistance but the task you set only takes half that time you’ll have half an hour in credit with up to 12 months to use it.

You can also pre-pay for blocks of four, eight or 12 hours, at a discounted hourly rate, which also remain in credit for up to 12 months.

“Really it’s like having your own personal assistant at home or at work that you don’t have to pay a full-time wage to,” Ms Cairns said.

You can contact Executive Personal Concierge by calling Margaret on 0418 694 994 or emailing (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

See http://www.executivepersonalconcierge.com.au for more information.

 

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