CBD Local articles

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

The “people’s” Australian Open

By Meg Hill Two resilient locals talk to CBD News about their views on the Australian Open (AO). In years gone by, the CBD was flocked by visitors attending the Australian Open with many locals content to hang out on Birrarung Marr catching the action from a distance. Tennis Australia sets up large screens and

Promoting inclusiveness in the arts world

By Sean Car While few industries have been impacted by COVID-19 as deeply as those working in the creative industries, 23-year-old actress and CBD resident Karis Oka has made the most out of her time in lockdown. Having only moved to the CBD early on in the year just prior to the beginning of the

A truly local, local

By Jack Hayes Since speaking with CBD News in 2017, a lot has changed for CBD resident and small business owner, Melanie Ashe.  Her store – Clementine’s Fine Food and Gifts on Degraves St, which specialises in bringing fine food and gifts from throughout Victoria to the CBD – has had its doors closed to

Waiting to re-open

By Rhonda Dredge There is nothing like discovering a cool little venue for jazz and getting a job there so you’re managing the place. This would be a dream come true for many. Ash has had that good fortune. He’s the manager of the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Goldie Place. He can only stand

Catching up with Dan

By Rhonda Dredge Melbourne’s CBD dwellers are still singing the praises of the city particularly at dusk when the spaces are empty and the lights of the streets compete with the glow of the sky. La Trobe St is quite attractive and Flagstaff Gardens even better where the lights of the skyscrapers add to the

A perfect platform for café life

By Rhonda Dredge During the two successive lockdowns that have inhibited our cafe culture, some characters around the CBD have inspired others with their generosity and style. If you look up the name Simon Hartley on Google you’ll get a barrage of quotes about him. He’s been called a “legend” of the CBD culinary scene

City folk return to the arcades

By Rhonda Dredge The grace of the CBD is undeniably in its arcades but these grand urban spaces from the days of polite society are usually too full of tourists to be that attractive to local city folk.  Collins St residents Robyn and Phillip have been loyally passing through the arcades during the lockdown. “We

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