Hello Hobart

Hello Hobart celebrates Hobart, its retail stores, its cafes and restaurants, and everything that makes Hobart special.

The Makeup Bar

We visited the Makeup Bar Hobart just as they were packing up from the morning’s clients – attendees of the latest David Jones campaign at Mona, including actresses from Tidelands and Neighbours. These ladies are clearly proving themselves as ‘the’ place to go for makeup in Hobart.

The HH team sat down with owners Alex and Kim and chatted into the morning about their new business venture that is sure to impress clients.

Located in the same building as renowned Acai Beauty Space, these two beauties have set up a bar that is both private and fun. Alex and Kim are both incredibly experienced, making a name for themselves at the Myer makeup counter for many years.

‘We are not all about the before and after picture, rather, we love highlighting what makes people special. Ultimately we want to make people feel comfortable in their own skin with just a touch of artistic highlighting on their features’, said Kim.

The team offer a range of services, including makeup, masterclasses and dry hair styling. Brides-to-be take note – these guys charge a flat rate too regardless of the function, so no wedding surcharge! ?

‘We offer masterclasses for those people who would like to learn how to best apply their makeup’, said Kim. If you wish, you can even bring in your own products so they can teach you what you can achieve with your standard makeup.

Why do these lovely ladies love makeup so much? ‘A particular highlight for us is being a part of special events for people. You see people come in to get makeup for their first dates, and then a year or so later, they are back again getting their engagement party makeup done and then later their wedding makeup done. You get to see people’s big life events and go along for the journey’, Alex said.

‘I also love the delighted comments from customers impressed at how well the makeup stayed on. Particularly brides who go through a myriad of emotions on the day, yet, they continue to look amazing’, Kim said.

‘We want people to come and have a high-end experience here. It is a key part of our ethos. We want people to come in and experience quality products and service’, Alex said.
The team use a variety of quality makeup brands, including Mac, Tom Ford and Chanel. They are also moving to cruelty-free makeup wherever they can.

Both ladies said that they had to pinch themselves on what they have achieved, they even had to force themselves to celebrate!

‘We had our Instagram account for 3 or 4 months prior to announcing it was us who was opening the store. We didn’t expect the following that we got from the announcement, we grew 400 followers overnight’, Kim said.

To celebrate their opening, if you book a session for four people or more they will even shout you some pink Moet!
The ladies are super flexible when it comes to appointment times, and we recommend you check out their website for full pricing and details at www.makeupbarhobart.com.

Find the bar at 31 Murray Street, Hobart.

Rae’s Florest

?Meet Tania, the owner of Rae’s Florist, the oldest trading florist in Hobart. This adorable store in Bank Arcade has been selling flowers since the early 70s and is still today brightening patient’s rooms, worker’s office desks, family’s homes and putting smiles on people’s faces. ?

At such a good location with close proximity to the hospital, this florist is a Hobart institution. Tania and her colleague, Sam, can make up a bunch while you wait, or even do same day deliveries before 2pm. The team also stock a range of potted plants right in the heart of the city.

Supporting local Tasmanian growers, Rae’s Florist carries almost all Tasmanian-grown products. ‘Tasmania grows some of the best flowers in the world. Plus imported flowers are laced with nasty chemicals to allow them into the state. I am very passionate about supporting local growers. Our roses, for example, are from Launceston’, said Tania.

Tania’s mum purchased Rae’s Florist back in 1986. ‘I came to work with mum after year 11 as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I had a 1-year plan and 26 years later I am still here!’ said Tania. Her cousin has also taken over the family business of growing flowers in Launceston, so flowers are really a fundamental part of this family.

Tania is also passionate about keeping flowers affordable with bunches starting at $10. ?

We asked Tania where she gets inspiration from when building her bouquets ?. ‘When I was doing my apprenticeship I had some very talented teachers and they really taught me how to look to nature for inspiration. Looking at the shapes and forms that occur in nature. Sometimes it comes from the strangest place, like really just looking at the flowers you’ve got and imagining what you can do with them’, answered Tania.

Brighten up your day with a bunch of florals, or a potted succulent, chocolate, teddy bear or even a toy sloth. ???

Located in Bank Arcade, Hobart and open Monday through to Friday.

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre

You have probably driven past the iconic pink building on the corner of Davey and Elizabeth Street many times, but have you gone into the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre (TTIC)?

Behind the dusky pink exterior is a treasure trove of Tasmanian gifts and experiences perfect for Mother’s Day. Hello Hobart chatted with the manager, Emily, to find out all about the TTIC and what we can expect from the team to delight Mum this Sunday.

‘We have a gift selection to suit any mum. Surprise adventure Mum with a national parks pass, or new Mum with a calming heat pack lavender bear from Bridestowe Lavender, we can help tailor something Tasmanian for your mum, whatever her style’, said Emily.

If you want to give something that is more of an experience, the team sell gift cards that give you access to purchase over 300 hotels and experiences across Tasmania.

The Hello Hobart team asked Emily what she will be getting her own Mum on Sunday, ‘I will be treating my mother to winter woollies, she hates the cold. We stock gorgeous Smitten Merino scarfs, so one of these and a pair of Tassie slippers will go down nicely’. And for Emily, she is expecting the usual suspects of school made crafts (think cute pasta necklaces) from her two young boys on Sunday.

One might assume that the TTIC is simply for tourists, but Emily tells us that more and more locals are heading in to get assistance with planning Tassie trips for visiting friends and families. ‘Everyone is just so busy these days and we are like a travel agent, but on the ground. All of our staff are travel experts in Tasmania and we help plan everything from the SkyBus right through to multi-day walks and luxury weekend getaways. The team here will take care of it all for you and your visitors’ said Emily.

‘I love my job because we often surprise people by Tassie. It has so much more to offer than first meets the eye’.

The place is teeming with amazing recommendations for what to do if you have a spare day, weekend or week in our beautiful state. Even the local Hello Hobart team found themselves lost in the maps and experiences… road trip anyone?

Emily’s favourite place to visit is the West Coast. She says she loves the ruggedness and isolation that you can’t experience elsewhere.

The team are open Monday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm (so if you forget a Mother’s Day gift on the day, they have you sorted).

Mazi Hair

As the quaint saying goes… ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.

The ladies who created Mazí Hair are a fabulous example of how to turn a less than perfect situation into that silver-lined cloud.

These three lovely owners, Alex, Rachael and Larissa, opened their salon late January this year after their former workplace unexpectedly shut down.

‘What was a really disappointing thing in our last job, turned out to be the most positive thing in our lives’, Alex said of their new journey as Mazi Hair.

‘Our name means “together” in Greek and it’s about working together. It’s about working and supporting one another and enjoying our day-to-day jobs’, said the girls.

Between these girls they have 48 years of experience in cutting, styling and colour. They aren’t working with an apprentice at the moment either, so you get personalised service from start to finish.

These girls are all about service, they don’t even answer the phone throughout the day, instead they tend to phone calls in the early morning or afternoon to ensure that their full attention is on their clients.

Larissa tells us that hairdressing has always been a deep desire for the trio. ‘Hairdressing is quite a creative industry, so we really enjoy that side of it and being able to transform someone’s look and make them feel better about themselves is always a really nice feeling’, she said.

Alex tells the Hello Hobart team that she originally begun a university degree, but after coming out of her chemistry exam she knew that she wanted something else, something she felt passionate about. 13 years later, she is happy with her detour into hairdressing. ‘If something doesn’t make you happy, you will never enjoy every day.’

Rachel told us that for her, her decision to go into hairdressing was the result of a bad perm she got. She had to learn how to blow dry the perm straight and after that she was sold on the idea of being a hairdresser.

The elegance of this salon is evident when you walk in the door, the clean colours on the wall and the wooden tones make for an Instagramable location to get your next chop.

‘We sometimes pinch ourselves because it’s not that easy to find a nice space and yet we did. It was obviously it was meant to be!’ said Alex.

To book an appointment with this lovely trio, you can email them, head to their website (mazihair.com.au) or phone (leave a message and they will get back to you).

You can find Mazi Hair at 121 Bathurst Street, Hobart.