As our Concept Studio is located on 268 Flinders Street Melbourne CBD, we’re always trying to uncover more about the Flinders Street, Flinders Lane and Degraves Street precinct. So it’s a pleasant surprise to find out that a Flinders Quarter Shopping Night exists. This year, it was held on Thursday 11 December where many small retailers and food outlets have joined forces to extend their opening hours till 9pm and organized various in-store activities to attract residents in the immediate vicinity and those who live and work in Melbourne CBD to meet, eat, mingle and shop for Christmas.
The appeal of the shopping night for us was the opportunity to venture into shops that we’ve never been before, and to talk to the shop and business owners to find out their sentiments about being a Flinders Quarter trader, just like ourselves with our #ConceptStudio.
For example, we’ve never ventured onto level 2 of the heritage listed Nicholas Building. We climbed the steps of a very character filled stairwell to find the very old world charm of Lucello, an arts and crafts store selling vintage fabrics, ribbons, stationery, jewellery, soaps, candles, in fact anything with some sort of old world English, French or Italian charm.
Other first time visits include Vintage Sole and Limedrop, both also located in the Nicholas Building, on ground level in the arcade. The biggest reward of the night would have to be from Clementine’s on Degraves Street, their honey and hot chocolate drink mix, a collaboration between Melbourne City Rooftop Honey and Mörk Chocolate, both Melbourne brands.
For food, we went for the risotto at Cafe Andiamo (their pollo and avocado, and del pescatore varieties are delish) and the burgers from Perkup Burgers for a late snack, both located on Degraves Street. We made our way home with the feeling that we’ve supported the people and businesses that help complete the character of the Flinders Quarter, which our #ConceptStudio owes a lot to. We hope our guests staying in our #ConceptStudio had a similarly enjoyable experience that evening, we invite them to share their own “itinerary” of the evening with us.