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Their Facebook blurb tells us they are a "Lifestyle store" but what does that mean? We aren't really sure, but we do know they are full of cool stuff. Some stuff is stuff you NEED maybe a new coat, bag or accessories... While other stuff you need (WANT) full of decedent travel treats, man stuff like beard balm, girl stuff like cute x10 shoes. Stop by, take a poke around. Trust us.
Place: Yardsale.co Address: 94 Maitland Rd. Islington ->
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Why We Love it: They Stock Mirage! Well, that is just one of the lush reasons that we love them. They are located down at the bottom end just off Beaumont Street, kind of near Islington Park, in this rad little strip of shops around the corner from Suspension Espresso so you can easy stop by after scoring that morning (or afternoon) coffee hit and grab some gifts.
Greatest city on Earth? We certainly think so. Where else are there such incredibly beautiful beaches stacked up practically against the inner-city with this amazing working harbour that connects us with the rest of the world. Where the people are this funny mix of creative - laid-back - working class-free spirit fun and generally helpful folk. Passionate and driven, we don't always see Newcastle the same way, some people come to division over fig trees or railway lines, but it is really this passion that unites us, the passion for the city and how we as a community want it to evolve. Maybe the one thing we are missing is a leader with a vision so big and bold they are able to pull apart those divisions and paint a picture that everyone can agree upon.
Place: Newcastle, NSW Australia Address: 2300 Hours: All Day Every Day
Why We Love it: It is the way we love coffee just as much as Melbourne or Europe, our chilled outlook similar to Byron Bay, It isn't Sydney but you could visit there if you need to, with this rad little scattering of hipster bars, restaurants galore, so many venues with views of the water and a general realisation of everyone that this really is the best place ever.
When you walk around the streets of Wickham, Tighes Hill, Islington, Carrington and any other suburbs around the inner-city but just outside the hussel-n-bussel you can easily forget how close you are to CBD and relax.
Tucked away ever-so-neatly is one incredible little coffee destination...
Place: Vivid Espresso Address: 14 Milford Street, Islington. Hours: Monday - Saturday: 6am-12:30PM
Why We Love it: The Coffee! Whenever you find a Barista that is clearly passionate about what they are doing (the first time I visited she remade my coffee because she wasn't super confident it was perfect because of a fresh bag of beans) you can usually be sure that the coffee will be on point. It always is at Vivid. It is basically just a coffee spot, not really anything in the way of other snacks (it's not a cafe) but if you love that daily dose of Caffeine in coffee form and live around the area then make a visit a must-do-item on you weekly to-do list!
It's all the little things, as well as the coffee, that make this a space you want to re-visit again and again. To borrow a phrase "It's the Biscotti Moment" and in this case it means the little chocolate covered coffee bean placed lovingly on the lid of the cup. It is the amazingly designed coffee cups it is served in. Most importantly it is the staff that are open and keen to make niceties and genuinely seem interested that make you feel welcome and want that again.
I FIRST MET THOMAS A FEW MONTHS AGO AT THE FIRST NEWCASTLE MIRAGE LAUNCH, WHEN WE KICKED OFF ISSUE 3 WITH A PARTY AT STEEL CITY COLLECTIVE GALLERY. SINCE THEN I HAVE COME TO KNOW MANY OF THOMAS' TALENTS WITH CLARITY STUDIOS, HIS PASSION FOR MUSIC AND THE BAND HE IS A PART OF - REGRESSER. How would you describe the music that Régresser makes? Honest, confronting, passionate and real. I love it, as I was a fan before I joined.
What are you working on at the moment? With régresser, another recording I believe, to compliment the free EP we just released on 1/1/14. Personally, a lot of work with Amos Wellings at Clarity Studios, recording, mixing, mastering etc.
Where is your next event? 31st of January at The Small Ballroom, launching our EP with Snakes Get Bad Press. We’ll have an EP tour to follow in March/April.
When is the next release? It has to be recorded first, and we only just released our debut! That debut EP took time to get it up to standard, who knows how long until we’re all happy with the next material.
Who is your biggest influence/s? Depends on what they are influencing in my life. Currently, the members of régresser are influencing my listening, while the creative ethos of Coltrane and somewhat Davis is directing my playing.
If you could play anywhere where would it be? A beach show or Blue Note NYC. Thomas Green plays saxophone in Newcastle six-piece régresser. They released their debut EP for free download on the 1/1/14, available at: regresser.bandcamp.com