Hello Hobart

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

Collide Wholefoods

Who has checked out Hobart’s newest health food shop, Collide Wholefoods?

We chatted health and wholefoods with one of the owners, Millie, who has a background in hospitality and helped co-found Hamlet café.

‘This is pretty much an extension of our pantry. It’s being able to give people the convenience of coming in and buying healthy food, as little or as much as they want’, Mille said.

You will find a great array of mostly organic natural healthy goodies and staples at Collide, like grains, chocolates, dehydrated fruits and dry-roasted nuts with no oil. Everything comes in small quantities and kept in stainless steel containers in a controlled, cool environment, keeping products super fresh. They even have a salting station (hello salt lovers!) and also offer delicious smoothies and granola bowls.

Millie’s personal favourite combo is a healthy pick-n-mix of goji berries, dark chocolate and mulberries. She also highly recommends the coconut carob, which is creamy and delicious. They even have Thank-you Jars for on-duty nurses, police, firies and ambulance offices for $3.10, ‘just to say thank you’.

Collide is all about connecting with people, offering natural healthy food and sourcing unique Tasmanian products where they can. Millie tells us that healthy eating is most important to her for the sake of her children. ‘I think we need to take a serious look at our next generation and the education around healthy eating for kids and I hope that we can be part of this’, said Millie.

So it’s time to gather up your glass jars and containers (they do have paper bags and old jars if you need them) and head on down to Collide to stock up on healthy natural wholefoods. Find them at 8A Criterion Street, Hobart.

Ally & Me

With an emphasis on natural fibers, natural colours and ethically-made products, Ally and Me has become one of our favourite boutique stores in Centrepoint. If you haven’t discovered this beautiful space, we recommend that you make a visit.

Diane along with her daughter Ally opened the store 6 years ago in Richmond, before moving to the city.

‘We’ve very much opened this whole business as a family. In a way I always say that I started this business to keep Ally with me, so she wouldn’t need to leave Tasmania. Our relationship has simply developed, she’s my best friend’, Diane lovingly told us.

Before starting up Ally & Me, Diane worked for an advertising agency where she did interior design, photography and graphic design until she branched out on her own.

You will find an array of products in store that Diane and Ally have actually designed together. From quality (and so soft) cashmere clothing to jewellery and homewares. In this day and age of ‘fast fashion’, the team at Ally believe it is important to be a conscious shopper and purchase quality clothing pieces. ‘I do believe whole-heartedly in slow fashion’, Diane said.

They have a beautiful range of leather-made goods, such as bags, pillows and ottomans, as well as their Mongolian fur range. The duo are very strict on their ethical practices and use by-products from animals, rather than using animals killed specifically for their fur. Even the cashmere is simply brushed from the underside of the goat.

The cashmere clothing is their own brand called Beech Cashmere. ‘We also have our own factory that we work and it is the only one in Nepal that’s been awarded for ethical practice and the money goes back to the women that are making the cashmere’, Diane told us.

Do yourself a favour and give Ally & Me a visit and support this fantastic local business, they will not disappoint. Located in Centrepoint Shopping Centre, Hobart.

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Chocolate & More

The Hello Hobart team love chocolate and will make up any excuse to get some. Monday? Let’s get chocolate!

We popped by Chocolate & More in Bank Arcade and discovered their dedicated selection of European chocolates right here in Hobart.

Chocolate & More is owned by Suzette and has been open in the charming arcade since 2006. Why does Suzette love chocolate so much? ‘I think it makes you happy, it brings out the endorphins. Chocolate is also great for any and every occasion, whether you are celebrating life, love or loss’, said Suzette.

40 years ago, Suzette opened her first chocolate shop in Hobart (Kandyland) after a trip to Europe where she experienced a beautiful array of great chocolate shops, particularly in Austria. She realised that Hobart didn’t really have a nice chocolate shop, so she decided to change that!

Hidden within this great store you will find a mix between local and international delicacies. Suzette’s favourite chocolates are Simon Coll (offered in both 99% and 70% cocoa with cacao nibs) and Blanxart Chocolates (a Spanish chocolate that is earthy with no preservatives or additives and great for people who are coeliac). We can vouch for the Simon Coll 70% with cocoa nibs, it was absolutely delicious and if you love dark chocolate this is a winner.

Next time you are in need of a chocolate fix or gift, make sure to head to Chocolate & More. Located in the Bank Arcade, Hobart.

Wanderlust Trading Company

Nestled in one of Hobart’s busy main streets is Wanderlust Trading Company Australia, a boho luxe boutique store that feels as though you have stepped into Byron Bay. Words really can’t describe how beautiful and peaceful this store really is.

We had the pleasure of chatting with owner Megan, who runs this store along with her fantastic team of six.

‘Our experience here is different from a big store, it’s meant to be very personal and we are really customer-oriented. We like to have fun with our customers. It’s not really about making a sale to us, it’s more about that customer leaving with a really positive experience’, said Megan.

You will find a beautiful array of Australian brands in-store with a focus on offering fashion pieces that are sustainable. They are the exclusive stockist of Spell Design, a Byron Bay brand. Aside from fashion, you will find a range of giftware, candles, jewellery and body oils.

Megan studied commerce law at university and is currently a full-time lawyer as well. ‘I just felt like something was missing in my life because I’ve got a really creative side to me, as well as an academic side. I felt like I needed that balance. It’s something that I have always wanted to do, something I have always dreamed about’, said Megan.

Megan started this business from scratch. Her husband is a builder, so together they created the shop into what it is today – a store with a beachy natural feel with a luxe feeling attached alongside. ‘I like to think of the store as not a store filled with clothes or things, but rather that it has got a real soul to it’, Megan beautifully told us.

At the moment, one of Megan’s favourite fashion pieces in-store is the beautiful kimonos. They are a lovely way to add something colourful and a bit different to an outfit.

Be sure to give Megan and her a team a visit next time you need that special fashion piece. You can find Wanderlust at 135 Liverpool Street, Hobart.

A music treasure trove in the centre of the city

Hello Hobart are starting off the week by featuring Tommy Gun Records, a music treasure trove in the centre of the city.

We interviewed owner Adam about his store and his love of music. As novice record listeners here at Hello Hobart, we felt it only fair to ask first up – ‘why are records so popular’?

‘Records have a full range of sound that is unique. If you are listening to a download or steam you are often missing out on getting the highs and the very lows; you aren’t getting the full spectrum of sound. On a good record you really do hear those sparkling highs of a cymbal and the lows of the bass drum and sometimes that can get lost in compressed music’, said Adam.

Adam tells us that records are for everyone and they attract all kinds of people who embrace ‘the record life’.

Tommy Gun is home to both new and second-hand records with over 3,000 titles (it is an enormous collection). They are also the only store in Hobart that sells licensed music t-shirts. Plus you will find a collection of CDs, records players and accessories. Adam will happily order in products for customers but he also sources a wide collection of second-hand products for his customers. Adam will even try and sell your old records for you too.

The store has been open for around 12 years in various locations in Hobart. Originally the store was called ‘Retro Steptoe’, which sold a collection of retro clothing, furniture and music. The music sold so well that Adam decided to concentrate on music alone, changing the name and creating the store as we know it today!

Why the name Tommy Gun Records?
‘It is from the 70s UK punk band The Clash, who had a song called Tommy Gun’, Adam said.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
‘Meeting like-minded people who are into music’.

A little bit about owner Adam:
He used to work in public relations, starting out in Hobart. Like many of our counterparts, he then made the move overseas and travelled before ending up back in Sydney and then ultimately moving back home to Tassie.

Adam tell us that he has always had a love for records. ‘I was buying records when people were throwing them out. In the 90s and early 2000s when it was all about CDs and downloads, I would go straight to the secondhand records in the shop rather than any other medium. I have always had an interest in records’.

Visit Adam and see the record collection for yourself at 127 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.