CBD Local articles

Masks off in the office please!

Masks off in the office please!

By Rhonda Dredge Dance floors were being created, doors were being flung open, art openings were being scheduled and gigs booked to celebrate the end of masks in the CBD. Garden State on Flinders Lane was expecting a surge for their dance floor and FortyFiveDownstairs a crowd for their opening.  But nearby, concierge Fernando Rehan

Glad to be back

By Rhonda Dredge Juries could be reintroduced at the Supreme Court at the end of October and even though there is no news yet about the County Court, barristers are taking heart. With a back log of more than 1700 cases waiting to be heard at the County Court there will be plenty of work

Taking a breather on Market St

By Rhonda Dredge There was a moment there, when his career was taking off and he was playing his guitar in a room full of amazing musicians that Joe Karakatsanis felt like an imposter. Then he thought to himself that he must have been in the room for some reason.  “I thought, ‘you’re here because

Looking at the city through COVID eyes

By Rhonda Dredge As the city clocked up 200 days of lockdown in August, many CBD locals have been forced to adapt their livelihoods and professions to survive the pandemic.  Peter Michael, who sadly announced the closure of his camera business in January, is pleased to have landlord duties to fulfill. And former bar fly

Making ends meet

By Rhonda Dredge An hour is quite a long time to devote to hand-stitching a garment but if you’re into slow fashion it’s worth the effort. Kara Baker has finished off each of her padded scarves for Zoom meetings with prick stitch. The stitch comes from men’s tailoring and is called this because of the

CBD locals honoured on Queen’s Birthday

By Brendan Rees From a former City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor to a judge to selfless volunteers, a dozen CBD residents have been named in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List for their outstanding services to the community.  Leading the way was former Australian Ballet head, David McAllister, who was bestowed with the country’s

Inside a studio eyrie

By Rhonda Dredge When it comes to creating a studio, most artists find a rustic back shed or share an old warehouse with others and work in an enclosed kind of way at ground level.  Gaye Paterson has done the reverse and set up a studio with an overwhelming view of the city. Studio Nova

Despondent about the CBD’s heritage

By Rhonda Dredge When people move into the CBD they love the novelty of being able to walk everywhere and discover new places down small alleys, particularly ones with great back stories.  Debra Van Ommen was no exception when she bought a first-floor apartment in Collins St and began exploring. Her legs led her one-day

Some breathing space

By Rhonda Dredge Residents of the CBD are thinking about how the spaces of the new city will look in the post-COVID era.  “They won’t ever be the same,” Sarah Mercer, who lives near Bar Clara in Little Bourke St, said.  In the pre-COVID era she was a people person and loved the city for

It’s all about the vibe

By Rhonda Dredge Independent operators are the lifeblood of the CBD as they wait and assess which way the economy is going. Elbert Estampador has set up a unique little business in La Trobe St designed to fit into a niche. He said he was staying but he’d gone onto a monthly renewal of his

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