Hello Hobart

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

Area 52

Area 52 is a store that deserves serious recognition. They have created a space for everyone to come and play games in a family-friendly environment right in the heart of the city. Plus, they hold a variety of events, including female-only Dungeons & Dragons night and kid’s only events. Most are free or very low-cost.

Area 52 is also the largest independent seller of pop culture items in Tasmania. You’ll discover:
– a HUGE range of puzzles (we would even go so far as to say the biggest range in Hobart)
– unique board games, including the only place in Hobart that consistently stocks Catan
– a large selection of sci-fi books
– one of the best Manga selections in Australia
– everything you need for Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Marvel fans
– and a library of comic books (with the ability to order in).

Upstairs of Area 52 is dedicated entirely to a ‘play space’. You’ll find a board game library and cute pet guinea pigs.

Everyone is welcome to visit and play a board game with friends. Andrew told us that over summer there were a group of French ship workers who could barely speak English. They came in every day to play board games because, despite their language gap, they understood the games.

Area 52 has been open since the 90s and Andrew has owned it alongside his wife, Jenny, for 6 years. Upon finding out that Area 52 was for sale, Andrew was worried that if it closed there wouldn’t be a space for kids to do something after school or a place in the city to buy comics. So Andrew took it on!

Andrew hails from New York and he brings a passion of getting kids interested in reading with him.

‘I was very lucky growing up and I had a lot of great opportunities and people who kindled my interest in reading, kindled my interest in role playing games, nerd stuff, these types of hobbies and I really wanted to apply that to Hobart. I wanted to bring it here and give people an opportunity to play and do stuff’, said Andrew.

Andrew tells us that his favourite thing about his job is seeing kids grow and succeed. ‘There will be kids that are having trouble in school or not getting along with other people. Then you fast forward a year or two and they will be coming regularly to events and activities, they are getting structure and meeting other kids. They are just full of life. It really gives them something to do.’

And Andrew’s favourite game to play currently? Spirit Island. A game where you play as an angry spirit to try and drive settlers off the island.

Located at 104 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. Check out their FB page for upcoming events

 

Sunbear

A striking eatery has just opened up in the old Teddy Bear Shop on Collins Street.

Sunbear, named as a homage to the old historic tenant of the building, is owned by the delightful Brooke. Hailing from Brisbane, she has braved the Hobart winter and moved south to open up the boutique coffee shop.

On offer are small plates, treats and of course first-class coffee thanks to Allpress Espresso. Many of the baked goods on display are made by Brooke’s own Mum. ‘Mum comes in before opening and together we bake treats for the store’ says Brooke.

Brooke tells us that the Chai Cake has been a real favourite of customers. They have been through 5 cakes in the week – plus it is vegan! They also offer Pigeon Whole Bakers staples such as bagels and bread. ‘We plan on having an evolving menu. Expect it to be different most days’.

This space is simple but warm and inviting (important in a Hobart winter). ‘I want people to feel like they have walked into my home’.

Most of what you see in the store is antique and second-hand. Brooke has collected plates, cups, the display cabinets and even the tables and chairs from around Hobart – it is quite the collection.

Come and welcome Brooke and her team at 145 Collins Street, Hobart.

They are open Tuesday – Saturday 7 am to 3 pm.

 

Walk The Line Tattoo

The storefront of a new shop in Liverpool Street, a 1940s American-vibe, catches your eye when you walk past and the Hello Hobart team wanted to find out more. We headed in and interviewed managers Josh & Will, a collaborative team who are great friends and more like roommates than work colleagues. Cue Walk The Line Tattoo.

*no one from the Hello Hobart team got a tattoo in the making of this article…. yet.*

Josh is the tattoo artist who has worked in Hobart for 10+ years’ whilst Will is the in-house piercer. They opened their doors at 147 Liverpool Street just over a month ago.

This duo has a strong motto, their work is not a ‘one size fits all’, they are super friendly and will sit down and discuss your options. They can do something bespoke or if you need some inspiration, Josh has a portfolio of work he is happy to share.

Chatting with Will, we discovered that he is one of the only fully-qualified piercers in the state. He underwent an intensive apprenticeship to learn his skills, including theory, CPR and even learning about blood pathogens to maintain the upmost quality in piercings.

‘We don’t pierce with a piercing gun. It’s much gentler and as a result we have many children getting their earlobes done with us. It is also much more hygienic, even the pens we use to mark the piercing are all disposable’, said Will.

Josh explained that quite often they have people come in for cover-up work with tattoos. ‘People can have all manner of sins they wish to cover up, from bad home jobs to tattoos that they no longer connect to. Of course, we also do cover-ups for people that have had old lovers names tattooed on them.’

We asked Josh what is the most unusual tattoo he has ever done. ‘I’ve had my share of unusual tattoos, but I think the one that takes the cake is a gentleman who wanted a corn kernel with the word ‘unicorn’ written underneath.’

The piercing studio is situated at the rear of the shop in a private space. ‘Often piercing spaces are an after-thought, but we specifically designed the store with this in mind. We didn’t want it to be white like a hospital, but rather have character’, said Will.

White Rabbit Laser Tattoo Removal are also opening up a space in the studio. ‘We have found that sometimes with cover-up jobs it can be difficult to simply tattoo over, so White Rabbit are coming on-board in the coming months to offer their laser removal and lightening.’

If you do make your way for a piercing or tattoo, make sure you ask to use the toilet. It is situated in a very cool private laneway from yesteryear – very hidden Hobart.

Fellini

Fellini is synonymous with quality and all things Italian. With brands such as Canali, Paul & Shark, Max Mara and Gran Sasso, as well as exclusive lines for Gant and Hugo Boss for women, the store is a treasure trove of luxurious style.

Pina, who owns the store alongside her husband Dino, clearly loves the selection of men and women’s wear that they have, and has built up a reputation for fashion pieces that stand the test of time and can be loved for many years.

A little known fact is that they have a range of merino wool jumpers with a strong Tasmanian connection. The wool is sourced from the midlands and Ross, as well as NSW, and is sent overseas to be woven into quality Italian brand knitwear. She often has farmers come in to buy the jumpers knowing that they might have been made from the very wool that came from their farms.

“There’s wool and then there is wool”, says Pina. “The Italian’s spin wool like no-one else. They triple twist it before it is woven into the fabric and this means that there is less movement in the fibre, it doesn’t pill and can last for years.”

‘Fashion that lasts’ is also one of Fellini’s trademarks. “When you buy something good, it makes you feel good, and you hang onto it and wear it again and again. Some people think that we are expensive but these are quality items that are beautiful and are made to last.”

Pina knows each piece in her store and she knows her customers, many of whom she has known for years, building up a family of regulars that come in for a coffee or a chat, or to feel like they are in Italy and to be inspired by beautiful things. She knows what they will like and what will suit them and will often pick out pieces for them without them even asking. It’s this personal service that has helped them build a loyal following, both locally and interstate.

Fellini man|women is located on 109 Collins Street and is open from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am – 4 pm on Saturdays.

The Page & Cup

It isn’t every day that you get to have a Pathway Reading (similar to that of a tarot reading) when you interview a store, but that is exactly what the Hello Hobart team got when we visited the Page & Cup in Elizabeth Street.

Owner Lynn welcomed us in before opening to discover her store prior to our reading. The range offered by the Page & Cup is vast, with an extensive library of books for sale through to teas and antiques.

‘I spend a long time researching every book I stock. I source the books from recommendations and ensure their reviews are strong’, said Lynn.

Lynn tells us that during Dark Mofo a lecturer from Sydney, who is studying paganism, bought six books and commended the Page & Cup on the range of bespoke books not readily found in Australia.

In addition, you’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques that Lynn has hand-picked for the store. She has a passion for Native American culture and is knowledgeable about a whole range of curiosities.

For Lynn, or Mamma Bear as she is affectionately known by, takes her readings with the upmost care and passion.

The Pathway Reading was a new experience for this Hello Hobart team member, not knowing what to expect or do. Lynn was very friendly and explained as we went. Lynn offers a number of different readings, but her most popular one, and the one we experienced, was a 6-card Pathway Reading, which includes 2 questions at the end.

Without devolving any secrets from the reading, we came out leaving more enlightened and with a little ‘nudge’ on some decision-making.

‘I have people who are very moved by the readings, often people will cry or become emotional. One particular customer came to me recently and said that she had been thinking of her reading all year’, said Lynn.

Lynn’s journey to opening the Page & Cup was an unexpected path into retail alongside her readings. ‘I actually came from a background in marketing for 30 + years, but after a series of events, some positive and others not so much, I came to this beautiful space and it is exactly where I was meant to be.’

And the name The Page & Cup? ‘The Page of Cups’ is actually the name of a tarot card. With the blend of both of Lynn’s passions, books and tea, she thought it only fitting to name the store as such.

The Page & Cup hosts a range of guests who run workshops, like the upcoming Soul Exploration Workshop.

Located at 204 Elizabeth Street, Hobart and is open Tuesday through to Sunday.