PLACES WE LOVE

Shop Local: Christmas Cards and Gift Wrapping by Brooke Tunbridge

Looking for the perfect Christmas cards, gift tags, wrapping paper or decorations? Here are a few local stores that have a range of options. Support local businesses this Christmas: 

Palm & Pine Premium Party Goods
67 Parry Street
Newcastle West, NSW 2302
There's an incredibly cute dog in this shop too, in case you needed more of a reason to visit. While you're there head over to The Edwards Shop and grab a copy of Newcastle Mirage while browsing through records. 

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Top Spots for Easter Weekend Events by Kian West

Easter remains one of the last few times the Australian calendar has a majority of places forced closure and thus a time when most people have an opportunity to catch-up, recharge, connect with themselves and one another. 
So we had a quick poll in the office for suggested places to take the festivities to. 

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Talking Beer and Newcastle w/ Luke Tilse by Kian West

We sat down for a lunch time beverage at his venue The Happy Wombat for a quick chat between his many projects to find out a bit more about Newcastle Beer Fest, what it takes to run a venue and a little bit of Luke’s input on what is “really” going on in Newcastle so I let him run with it…

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Having fun at School, Playground Sounds by Kian West

It is pretty incredible watching a school full of students all dancing around and having fun, knowing that they are also doing something good for their bodies and minds. It's pretty impressive once you realise this idea came out of our own home town. 

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PLACES WE LOVE: 90 Degree Studio by Kian West

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A fresh addition to the Musos Corner building is the 90 Degree Studio, a state-of-the-art Studio, training facility and accredited TAFE school.

Place: 90 Degree Studio (above Musos Corner) Address: 1 National Park Street, Newcastle West NSW 2300 Hours: 90deg.com.au

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90 degree studio 2

Why We Love it: Providing people with new skills in a fresh and engaging way is what we are all about. If you are thinking about learning some production skills for your band or making electronic music then they should be the first stop.

PLACES WE LOVE: Newy Burger Co by Kian West

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Who doesn't love a burger? Mix in with that a little bit of civic pride and you have Newy Burger Co. the tastiest #burger solution around.

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NEWY BURGER CO 1

Place: Newy Burger Co. Address: Inside The Cambridge Hotel, Hunter Street Newcastle West NSW 2300 Hours:

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NEWY BURGER CO 2

Why We Love it: BURGERS! They are delicious!Plus they love Newcastle so we have to give them extra points for that. Better yet, now they are conveniently located inside The Cambridge Hotel it is a match made in heaven.

PLACES WE LOVE: MUSOS CORNER by Kian West

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To many a Novocastrian Muso's is part of growing up. Woven into the culture of this working class city is a deep love of music and for decades the place where passionate Muso's have headed for everything from the first acoustic or some epic amplified beast to shred, they have you covered. Place: Muso's Corner Address: 1 National Park Street, Newcastle West NSW 2300 Hours:

Mon-Wed:

09:00-17:30

Thurs:

09:00-20:00

Fri:

09:00-17:30

Sat:

09:00-16:00

Sun:

11:00-16:00

Why We Love it: To wear our heart on our sleeve for a second, Mirage would like to highlight for a moment the back cover of Newcastle Mirage November 2015 Edition featuring a full page advert from Muso's Corner! Not only to they support budding young musicians (and young at heart) they are helping us to keep making Mirage, so a big thanks to Muso's Corner! Sometimes we don't think people really realise how much heart & soul goes into making our cute little zine print and to have a business choose us means a lot. So show your support to us by supporting local business and if Christmas means new music gear for you this year then step on in and tell 'em Mirage sent ya!

PLACES WE LOVE: SIDE POCKET ESPRESSO by Kian West

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SIDEPOCKET_1In what was once a large petrol station, well it still is one, but taking up much of the real estate now are other small businesses sharing this Mayfield location including the cutest little coffee spot. Tucked neatly in the corner of this shared spot sits Side Pocket Espresso serving out perfectly poured caffeine and delightful treats to eat.  

 

  SIDEPOCKET_2Place: Side Pocket Espresso Address: 9/286-292 maitland rd., Newcastle, New South Wales 2304 Hours:

Mon-Fri:
06:00-15:00
Sat:
08:00-14:00

 

Why We Love it: As avid coffee enthusiasts we really enjoy a great latte or Soy Cappuccino at Side Pocket and that they lovingly support Newcastle Mirage with a front and centre space for our stand. A real community focused venue they are big supporters of what is happening around them and you can often find all the latest info on local news.  SIDEPOCKET_3

PLACES WE LOVE: The Cambridge Hotel by Kian West

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Cambridge 3Some think of the Cambridge Hotel, The Cambo, as the heart and soul of the city. The venue that plays host to every band they want to see and the space in which so many beautiful memories. For others The Cambo has lost its way over the past few years (maybe a decade) but it has turned the corner! Installing the always delicious Newy Burger Co. a burger joint that plays off Novocastrians sense of pride with perfectly named burgers that are super duper tasty. Plus The Cambo has bringing the music back with a gigantic list of touring artists walking through the doors over the coming months and seems set to #BringIt with a fantastic New Years Eve lineup! Cambridge 1Place: The Cambridge Hotel Address: 789 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW Hours:

Wed-Thurs:
16:00-03:00
Fri-Sat:
11:00-03:00
Sun:
11:00-00:00

Why We Love it: They are doing it! They are bringing the pride back to The Cambo and more importantly the music back to the city! We know that there are a heap of cool venues putting on local heroes and we love them too, but Newcastle needs an alternative, rock, metal, indie band venue for the masses, a space for hip-hop, rap and electronic to happen for larger groups (but not festival sized). Plus #burgers

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