Want to shop for stunning plus size fashion in Melbourne these school holidays, but you’re not sure how to occupy the kids?
Children of all ages are welcome at the Curvy Design Shop. There is easy access from the street for prams, wheelchairs and shopping jeeps and we have a change room large enough for the little ones to join you.
If your kids are older (teens or tweens) and want to explore locally while you’re shopping, here is our list of top ten things to occupy them on Sydney Road Brunswick, all within a 15-minute walk from the shop.
Eating and drinking are always popular choices and a great place to start:
||1.A1 Bakery – Lebanese bakery with cheap eats and lots of room to dine in. Popular with local teens are the Cheese Pies and Lebanese Pizzas. You can even stock up on Middle Eastern groceries like fresh humus, pita bread and pickles, for the quintessential Brunswick picnic.|
2. Very Good Felafel – famous in Melbourne for amazing vegan salads and fabulously delicious felafels. With dine in or take-away options and salads that change daily, it’s perfect for the young (or not so young) vegan or vegetarian.
|3. Lobb’s Café - If a sit-down meal and fabulous coffee or freshly squeezed juice is more their style then Lobb’s Café is just across the road from the Curvy Design Shop. Hot chips, scrummy eggs, toasted sandwiches, sweet slices, a kid’s menu, lots of seating and fabulous natural light make this a great place to hang out with a book, laptop or tablet.|
|4. USA Mart – American grocery store with all those hard to find and unique American flavours and brands. So if you’re looking for Dr Pepper soda, Haribo sweets, Hershey chocolates and Captn Crunch in Melbourne, this is the place to go. It may take them quite a while to decide what to choose!|
If the young people in your life also love fashion, these are our top four fun and sustainable places for teenagers to shop for preloved and recycled clothes on Sydney Road Brunswick.
|5. Salvos Stores Brunswick - Within a 5-minute walk from the Curvy Design Shop, you’ll find our favourite local op shop thanks to the Salvos. Clothes and accessories here are reasonably priced and young people of all genders in Brunswick seem to come home with an on-trend bargain after a hunt through the stock.|
|6. Vintage Threads – This is the place to go if preloved vintage streetwear and sportswear is their thing. The store stocks preloved clothing by Nike, Adidas, Fila, Tommy Hilfiger and The North Face and many other famous brands.|
|7. Savers – We must mention the super store of all op shops. Bargain hunters come from everywhere to shop at Savers Brunswick on Sydney Road. They stock preloved clothing, books, home wears and stationery. We have it on good authority that occasionally amazing shoes can also be found amongst their wide range of pre-loved footwear.|
|8. Near Savers, on the opposite side of Sydney Road is Melbourne Vintage. They have a wide range of preloved, new and vintage home wears and accessories including vinyl records, books, sunglasses, clothing and jewellery.|
|9. Scavengers - another Brunswick institution for preloved items on Sydney Road and a favourite with local young people. Shop for men’s and women’s wear as well as pre-loved designer wear, including leather jackets and even the occasional pair of second-hand Dr. Martens boots or shoes.|
If your teenager is in to crafting workshops and loves working with paper and glue (and who doesn’t!) then this might be their happy place.
|10. That Paper Joint - a block down on Sydney Road Brunswick, runs 3 hour workshops in Collage. According to their website, it’s suitable for all levels, and guardians are only required to attend for children aged 12 years and younger. So, your teenager can cut and paste the old-fashioned way for three hours, while you have some time to yourself! Book online with thatpaperjoint.com.|