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Businesses in Docklands - February 2015

04 Feb 2016

A great start to 2016

It’s been a great start to the year for Glenn Donnelly and Lina D’Ambrosio from City Residential in Bourke St, Docklands.

The pair recently decided to branch out on their own following an eight-year business relationship with a business partner from City Residential Lorimer St, Docklands.

They are now the proud owners of City Residential Bourke St and began trading from their new office at 818 Bourke St in Docklands in mid-December.

According to Lina, they’ve had an amazing start to their new venture.

“Being located in such a busy hub, we are constantly getting walk-in business,” Lina said.

“There is a daily stream of people coming in to lease apartments, including corporate clients from ANZ, NAB and the Ericsson building, along with interstate clients looking to secure a new home.”

“We’ve leased so many furnished and unfurnished properties that we need more to keep up with the demand,” she said.

With a combined experience of more than 18 years in the real estate industry, Glenn and Lina have a wealth of knowledge about the industry.

“We’ve also lived in Docklands for 10 years now and really enjoy the spoils of living and working in the area,” Glenn said.

With their considerable knowledge of the Docklands and inner-city area, Glenn and Lina describe themselves as the consummate real estate professionals.

The duo prides themselves on their negotiation skills, with hundreds of successful transactions to their credit, not to mentions hundreds of happy landlords, vendors and tenants.

Glenn and Lina say their work ethic and level-headed approach means their clients enjoy effective service and excellent outcomes. The pair has set several records in the area, and say consequently they receive most of their business through personal referrals.

“If you desire a team that genuinely cares about your needs to handle the sale or leasing of your investment, call us today,” Glenn said.

City Residential is currently seeking furnished and unfurnished properties for their many clients, including relocations consultants whom Lina deals with regularly.

“I will take clients for private inspections so I can get to know them and ensure I am getting the right fit for the client and the landlord,” Lina said.

Glenn said he was currently seeking properties to sell to his ever-growing database of buyers.

You can visit the City Residential Bourke St team at 818 Bourke St, Docklands. To speak with one of the team call Glenn on 0419 998 235 or Lina on 0430 929 851.


A family business

At Pizze Societe, the focus is on family.

For the past eight months, husband and wife team Rob and Ariana Virgona have been serving up classic and gourmet pizzas to local residents and workers from their Yarra’s Edge store.

With Rob and Ariana at the helm, and both Rob’s mum and sister working in the pizza shop, it’s truly a family business.

“We think that sets us apart from other pizza shops, because we’re very hands on,” Ariana said.

“Our customers want to come back because they see we’re a family-run business and we really care about what we do.”

For Rob in particular, pizza has always been a big part of his life.

“I’ve been doing it all my life, I was born into the pizza industry,” he said.

His parents had their own pizza shop while he was growing up, and at 19 he took over the store.

Since then he has run five different pizza shops across suburban Melbourne.

Pizze Societe in Docklands is the pair’s first inner-city store.

“We were looking for a change of scenery after always working in suburban pizza shops,” Rob said.

“It’s a great spot here because we’re close to the city, but not right in the middle of it. We’re out of the hustle and bustle.”

The store is located at the base of the Yarra Point tower, overlooking a patch of green space.

Pizze Societe offers all the pizzas you would expect to find at a local pizza shop, but you’ll also find pastas, risottos and parmigiana on the menu.

And for the sweet tooths, why not try the dessert pizza, tiramisu or choose from a range of cakes. Customers can choose to dine-in in a casual setting or takeaway.

Pizze Societe also delivers to Melbourne CBD, East Melbourne, North Melbourne, South Melbourne, West Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Southbank and of course Docklands.

Pizze Societe is open 11.30am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday, 5pm – 10pm Tuesday –Thursday and Sunday and 5pm – 11pm Friday and Saturday. The shop is closed on Mondays.

You can find Pizze Societe at 2 South Wharf Drive, Docklands.


New "dynamic" pilates

Local workers and residents have a new way to work out after

KX Pilates Docklands opened at the beginning of February.

If you’ve tried standard pilates you may be in for a surprise. The KX style is a ramped up version of the traditional exercises.

Studio owner Eli Censor described KX Pilates as a “dynamic” style of pilates.

“We use traditional pilates exercises but we do everything a bit faster to get the heart rate up, to get the blood pumping and burn more calories,” Ms Censor said. “We incorporate external weights to challenge stability and give you a full body workout.”

The new Docklands studio is the first KX Pilates studio in the inner city and is Ms Censor’s sixth studio.

Opening a Docklands-based studio made a lot of sense to Ms Censor after watching the area grow.

“I have always loved the area and have watched it grow with more and more offices and apartments over the last six years,” Ms Censor said.

“We currently have a lot of clients at other studios who work in Docklands so having a studio there will also make classes more accessible to them.”

Ms Censor began working with KX Pilates five years ago as a trainer and within three months had signed a lease to open her own studio.

“I love the KX work out, the clients, the team. It’s such a great place to train and everyone walks out with a smile,” Ms Censor said.

But if that’s not enough to convince you to give it a try, how about the guarantee of results?

“We get results,” Ms Censor said. “KX transforms bodies. It is an efficient and fun way of exercising.”

KX Pilates Docklands also offers more than 45 classes per week, making it easy to fit in a class before or after work or even during your lunch break.

It’s also suitable for most people, catering for all fitness levels from beginner to advances.

However, Ms Censor recommended resolving any injuries with a physiotherapist or in private sessions before joining a class.

KX Pilates Docklands is currently offering an opening special of five classes for $50. You can buy the special and find out more about KX Pilates at

Otherwise, pop into the studio, located at the base of the Watergate building, at 6/16 Waterview Walk. Contact the studio on 9972 2179.


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