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Tourist refund scheme January 20 2014, 0 Comments

Whatever brings you to Melbourne, you'll want to leave with more than just memories.

And up on leafy Bourke Hill, we've got what you're looking for - quality local goods by Melbourne's leading designers of new and heritage brands. From jewellery to ceramics, honey to hot chocolate, scarves and beanies, blankets and picnic rugs, cushions, bags, books, prints, skincare, games and so much more. 

Spend more than AUD$300 in store no earlier than 30 days before your departure and you can claim a tax refund from the Tourist Refund Office, which is located at Melbourne Airport. For more information on the Tourist Refund Scheme, visit the Australian Customs website or phone 1300 363 263 (within Australia).


MEDIA RELEASE - Melbournalia: Permanently Present and Open for Business - Dec 2013 December 17 2013, 0 Comments

After eight pop-ups over the past two years, Melbournalia has firmly planted itself at the top end of Bourke Street as a permanent retail store that provides a very local shopping experience.

 

Since opening in November, the flagship Melbournalia store in the Bourke Hill precinct has attracted thousands of locals and visitors keen to see what the creative community of Melbourne have to offer. Melbournalia now represents over 50 local designers, makers and small manufacturers, with an ever-expanding range of locally produced and themed gifts and souvenirs.

 

After testing the retail waters with several pop-up stores in various parts of the CBD since 2011, Melbournalia received a small business start up grant from the City of Melbourne earlier this year - a boost which helped in the transition to 

permanent retail. And so far, it seems to be paying off.

 

“The pre-Christmas sales have been really encouraging, as has the response from locals and visitors alike. There’s a real sense of excitement, particularly among our new friends and neighbours on Bourke Hill” says Melbournalia’s Marketing Manager and resident shop man, Dale Campisi.

 

The choice of the Bourke Hill precinct as a permanent home wasn’t the first, but after much reconnaissance and many observational coffees in nearby cafes it soon started to feel like a great place to set up shop. 

 

“It’’s a great precinct with great shops and eateries and a real neighbourhood feel. We also saw a lot of tourist movement from the many nearby hotels, and it’s very easy to reach via public transport”, Campisi said.

 

The site of a former hairdresser sits prominently on the corner of Bourke and Liverpool Streets, with great exposure via a 20 metre wall of glass that runs down the side street and makes the shop appear like a jewellery box when illuminated at night. It’s the perfect showcase for the shop design by local architect Nick Williams and furniture by interior designer Nick Visser. A nature strip under the window is now home to a range of plant species indigenous to Melbourne.

 

Like the shop itself, the Melbournalia product range has positively grown in the two years since the very first pop up in a back lane off Franklin Street. Many suppliers have grown, too - offering an increasing selection of locally-made and Melbourne-themed products. One case in point is Able and Game, whose hand drawn cards using suburban train-station names as sweet and witty greetings have proven so popular that they now sell calendars, tea towels and a mind-boggling range of card designs. They’ve been a favourite at Melbournalia since day one.

 

The Melbournalia product offering now includes everything from honey made by inner city rooftop bees to crayons from Coburg and shoelaces from East Malvern. Even the everyday can make a souvenir, it seems, and locals love knowing that what they buy didn’t travel far to get there.

 

Dale and Campisi and his partner Michael Brady, both directors of the company - which also includes retail stalwarts Jenny Brown and Alasdair MacKinnon - even have their own products in-store, including Campisi’s Melbourne Precincts guidebook and Brady’s new edition of the local family classic Cole’s Funny Little Picture Book (both by local publisher Hardie Grant). Melbournalia also sells books from Campisi and Brady’s boutique publishing house Arcade, which focuses on colourful characters and stories from Melbourne’s past. Even head shop assistant Hollie M Kelley is a supplier to the store, with her Dusty Caravan range of locally made feathered jewellery and vintage glass earrings. It’s safe to say that the entire Melbournalia team has a genuine love for and deep connection with the city their business is named after, and are all too happy to share their passion through products and good old-fashioned customer service.

 

Product buyer Jenny Brown says, “We only stock locally designed products and favour local manufacturing. We seek products that tell stories about Melbourne with authenticity, wit and heart”. 

 

And with 2014 just around the corner, Melbournalia is ready for a busy tourist season that sees cricket and tennis fans, festival goers and northern winter escapists flock to the city in its hottest season.


Party on the hill November 11 2013, 0 Comments

Come and celebrate the best of Melbourne made at our new shop.


MELBOURNALIA OPENING
Friday 15 November

from 5pm

50 Bourke St Melbourne 
(up near Parliament)


Melbournalia is coming! October 25 2013, 0 Comments

We're super excited to announce that we're moving to the beautiful Bourke Hill precinct

at the top end of town. We'll be neighbours to some of Melbourne most iconic attractions,

from Parliament House to Pellegrini's. We're also conveniently located near trams and trains,

so it'll be an easy ride to some of the city’s best gifts and souvenirs.

We’re telling you all this first because you’ve signed up to our mailing list - either
online or in store at one of the eight pop-up shops we’ve created in the last two years.

We’ll write again soon when we have more info - and a date for our launch party!

In the meantime, look out for us on your travels through the city and on social media too,
as we’ll be sharing some local secrets from our new neighbourhood and the inspiration
behind our latest creation.

We'd also like to thank the City of Melbourne for their generous assistance in our
transition from pop up to permanent : )


Back soon September 06 2013, 0 Comments

Stay tuned – we're all set to open a new store in the Melbourne CBD. Like us on Facebook to be the first to know :{)

Autumn Container closes Sunday 1 June May 20 2013, 0 Comments

That's right no more Melbournalia at the Market. 

Sadface >> :{( 

But it won't be for long. We're taking the winter off to do a little work behind the scenes. And like years past, we'll return somewhere different, somewhere new. 

In the meantime, you'll be able to get your favourite Melbournalia from our new online shop, right here! 

Keep in touch xo


Maisy Meets DogTired December 11 2012, 0 Comments

Today we have a very special guest in store. She's quite foxy, has four legs and is cute as a button: may we introduce Miss Maisy Melba! Today Maisy is modelling the Dogtired doggy bed, designed by local industrial designer Rowan Dinning. This stylish platform for pooches is portable, functional and sustainable and available right here. Oh, and Maisy just loves it! 


Look, look, look new look! November 08 2012, 0 Comments

Michael's put together a new look for our new location. That's right, we're opening soon at the Queen Victoria Market later this month. Join our mailing list or like us on Facebook to get the first word about new gifts, souvenirs and events.


Melbourne Day Regatta 11am Sunday 26 August August 15 2012, 0 Comments

First held 170 years ago, the Melbourne Day Regatta returns in 2012. Victoria Harbour will come alive on Sunday 26 August 2012 with a flotilla of vessels to launch the Melbourne Day week of celebrations with the Official Welcome, Blessing of the Fleet, Cheers! Melbourne and a Sail Past.

Melbourne Passenger Boating invites the public to board their vessels for free from 11am and participate in the festivities from the water.

The Melbourne Day Regatta welcomes the replica schooner Enterprize (the boat the first European settlers arrived on in 1835), to lead the Sail Past and perform a re-enactment of the first arrival.

No bookings required, however patrons are asked to be ready to board vessels by 11am at participating berths at Victoria Harbour, Docklands. Berth listings will be available closer to the time on this site.

* Please note patrons are invited to donate a gold coin to the boats chosen charity in appreciation of their cruise

Proudly brought you by the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association.

More details on Melbourne Day celebrations at www.melbourneday.com.au 

30% off selected Melbournalia August 15 2012, 0 Comments

To celebrate Melbourne's birthday, we're knocking 30% off selected books! 


Melbournalia in hiatus January 11 2012, 0 Comments

The Melbournalia pop-up shops are currently in hiatus as their organisers take much-needed breaks and figure out what to do next. 

Accordingly, our online shop has been reduced in size and scope. To stay up to date with Melbournalia and our future adventures (including a refreshed online presence as well as new physical shops), please join our mailing list