James St Bakery – High Tea

James St Bakery – High Tea

Where: 10 James Street, Geelong

When: Breakfast and lunch Mon to Fri 7 to 4 & Sat 9 to 2 (High Tea is held on the last Sunday of every month)

Ph: 5221 3909

Web: www.jamesstreetbakery.com.au

When Oh! Hello Geelong received an invitation in the mail to attend High Tea at the James St Bakery in Geelong’s CBD we knew we were in for a treat.

And treated we were, thanks to sister duo Helen Brosnan and Trish O’Halloran who are the owners, operators, makers, bakers and creators (along with Helen’s talented husband Laurent Praud) of this lovely boulangerie in the heart of G-town.

As first timers to the James St Bakery and its High Tea experience, Oh! Hello Geelong were curious not only to check out this little café / bakery (which had been on our to do list for months) but we wanted to see just how a High Tea would work in a bakery setting.

What we quickly discovered was that the James St Bakery (especially on High Tea day) is not your typical bakery, far from it! What immediately came to mind during our visit were the food shops of France; think cosy and intimate cafes, elegant patisseries and warm, toasty bakeries. As well, we noticed no signs of typical bakeries, as we know them (ie bread racks, flour dusted aprons or hair nets). Instead there were several dapper young waiters dressed in smart black and white (we think polka dot bow ties would be a perfect addition), a selection of beer, wine and bubbles, tables dressed with white embroidered linen table cloths, a little glass cabinet filled with THE most mouth-wateringly delicious looking macarons we’ve ever seen outside of France (well, that Penny has seen outside of France anyway!) and of course tables filled with oh so delicious sweet and savoury treats that make you wish High Tea could be a permanent fixture in the daily diet.

To help whet our appetite, we each kicked things off with a glass of champagne and a pot of tea (we loved the mixed collection of bone china tea cups – very pretty and fun). This was followed by the first round of food, made up of savoury High Tea favourites; we loved the scrumptious finger sandwiches, warm soup in a teeny tiny tea cup and the scones which just melted in the mouth…so yummy!

And just when we thought the second round could be no match for the first, we were met with a two-teared sweet stand displaying the most adorable selection of sugary sweet goodness including; mini chocolate éclairs, colourful macaroons, rich chocolate truffles and spiced meringue with orange cream (just to name a few). Of course most of these were devoured quicker than you can say “bon appetite”!

Oh! Hello Geelong could see that High Tea at James St Bakery is a popular day out (and we can totally see why), so the trick is to book in advance so you don’t miss out – just contact the Bakery on the number listed above. However, if you don’t make it to High Tea, the bakery is open six days a week for breakfast (all day) and lunch, where you can choose from a selection of goodies most of which are made in house (including the relish, jam and mayo) or sourced locally – Oh! Hello Geelong can’t wait to get back for more ladylike food love.

Thanks to Helen, Trish, Laurent and family for inviting us to experience this little piece of deliciousness in Geelong – merci beaucoup!

PS: the bakery is a family friendly, we spied a high chair out the back!


Love Penny + Laura

Some dates for your diaries!


As always, over the next few months in our spare time we’ll be out and about gathering interviews, shop visits and other adventures to blog about for you all. But in the meantime we thought we’d share a few markets and gigs that could be worth popping in your diaries!


Mathilda’s Market – Home to the most gorgeous baby and kids goods.

When and Where: November 11th 2012 at The Pier, Geelong

Good Bye Second Hand Market – Could be a good place to snap up some super pre-loved designer clothing!

When and Where : November 11th from 11am at  Bellbrae Hall, School Road, Bellbrae

The Evening Cast – This awesome local band will be launching their new E.P ‘Lake’. Yay!

When and Where: Thursday evening November 22nd at Beavs Bar Geelong

Piccadilly Market – An old favourite market of ours!

When and Where: Sunday November 25th, 10am – 4pm at Deakin Waterfront University, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

Artefact Market – The Christmas Pop Up Market ! New exciting venue!

When and Where: Saturday 1st December – Trading 10-4 pm at The Mill Market, Brougham Street , Geelong .

Three Little Birds Market – Piccadilly Markets new baby and kids Market !

When and Where: Sunday 9th December , 10 am – 3pm at The Pier, Geelong

And it’s not technically a Geelong event, but it is being organised  by some clever Geelong locals :

 ‘In from the wild’ Market  – Designers and makers from regional victoria showcasing their wares in Fitzroy. Run by the ladies from local jewellery label Olive Brown Designs . Laura’s ‘Welcome To Geelong’ Map illustrations will also be available for purchase at the market!

When and Where: Friday 23rd November 12pm – 8pm at ‘Russian House’  112 Greeves St Fitzroy. 

Love Penny + Laura

Oh! Hello Little Ones Directory & Prize Winners!

There are so many amazing people, places, shops and designers in Geelong who cater for little ones and their mums and dads in some way! We have created a small Oh! Hello Little Ones directory listing a selection of these. Our directory is not exhaustive or comprehensive; it includes businesses and places that we love and enjoy (or have been highly recommended by friends and some of Laura’s lovely mother’s group mums – Thank you!) and want to share with our readers! We hope you love visiting our friends and special places as much as we have and do!


Buxton Baby

Web Store: www.buxtonbaby.com.au

Goose Lifestyle Store

Where: 91 Garden Street, East Geelong VIC 3219

When: Open: Mon-Fri 10 to 6 & Sat 10 to 5

Ph: (03) 5229 5611

Web: www.goosestore.com.au


Where: 2/19 Gilbert Street, Torquay VIC 3228

When: Mon – Thur 10 to 3, Fri 10 to 5, Sat 10 to 4 & Sun 11 to 3

Ph: 5261 6738

Web: www.oishi-m.com


Where: Shop C/41 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads VIC 3227

When: Daily 10 to 5

Ph: (03) 5254 1444

Web: www.bambolotta.com.au

La De Dah kids

Web Store: http://www.ladedahkids.com.au/

Nurture by Nature

Where: 136 Myers Street, Geelong VIC 3220

When: Tues & Wed 10 -3, Thurs 10 – 2.30, Fri 10 – 6 & Sat 10 – 4

Ph: Quill 0425 804 893 or Cheryne 0434 918 453

Web: www.nurturebynature.com.au

Victor Fox

Web shop : http://www.etsy.com/shop/victorfox?ref=em

Sassica + Salter

Where: 224 Pakington St, Geelong West VIC 3218

When: Mon – Fri 10 to 5 & Sat 10 – 4

Ph: 5242 8101

Web: www.sassicaandsalter.com.au

Pikapu – Modern cloth nappies

Web Store: www.pikapu.com

(Love theses nappies – They are tried, tested and loved by Oh! Hello Geelong’s 1.5 year old co-pilot, Alexander Eddy)

Ouch Ink Clothing

Where: 224 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Web Store: www.ouchclothing.com.au



Flower Dispensary

Where: 333 Pakington St, Newtown VIC 3220

When: Mon – Fri 9.30 to 5 & Sat 10 to 1

Ph: 5223 1459

Web: www.theflowerdispensary.com.au

Flower Bowl

Where: 8 Ormond Rd, East Geelong VIC 3219

When: Mon – Fri 8.30 to 5.30 & Sat 10 to noon

Ph: 5229 6506

Web: www.flowerbowl.com.au

Endota Spa

Where: 218 Pakington Street, Geelong West VIC 3218

When: Mon – Wed 10 to 6, Thur – Sun 10 to 8 & Sat 9 to 5

Ph: 5229 9229

Web: www.endotadayspa.com.au/geelong/home

Maternal Instinct

Where: 235 Moorabool St, Geelong VIC 3220

When: Mon – Thur 9 to 5.30, Fri 9 to 6 & Sat 9 to 4

Ph: 5229 2293

Web: http://www.maternalinstinct.com.au/


Where: Level 3, 34 Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

When: over 20 classes throughout the week

Ph: 5229 1910

Web: http://www.yoga-dojo.com.au/

Atha Yoga

Where: 19 Sydney Ave, Geelong VIC 3220

Ph: 5229 7041

Web: www.athayoga.com.au (visit site for timetable!)


Café Moby

Where: 41 The Esplanade, Torquay VIC

When: Daily for Brekkie & Lunch

Ph: 5261 2339

Barwon Edge Boathouse

Where: 40 Windsor Rd, Newtown VIC 3220

When: Mon – Wed 9 to 5, Thurs – Sun 9 to late & Sun 3.30 – wood fired menu

Ph: 5221 2200

Web: www.barwonedge.com.au


Where: Lot 1 Eastern Beach, Geelong VIC 3220

When: Open daily (opening times vary throughout the year)

Ph: 5224 1547

Fairy Park

Where: 2338 Ballan Road, Anakie VIC 3221

When: Daily 10 to 4 (gate closes at 5pm)

Ph: 5284  1262

Web: http://www.fairypark.com

Soft café

Where: 29 Minerva Rd, Herne Hill VIC 3218

When: Mon – Fri 8 to 5, Sat & Sun 8 to 3

Ph: 5222 2155

Web: www.softcafe.com.au/Herne_Hill



Partytime! Hip Hip Hooray – Children’s Party Venue

Ph: 0407 641 294   OR   0409 696 019

Where: 49 Thompson Street, Belmont

Web: www.partytimehiphiphooray.com.au

Mini Montage – for kids parties

Ph: 0430 556 492

Web: http://www.facebook.com/minimontagephotobooth

All For Kids Party Hire

Web: www.kidstablechairpartyhire.com.au

The Imaginarium Project

Where: 18 Crown St (cnr Crown St & Barwon Tce), South Geelong VIC

When: Tues – Thurs 10 to 3, Fri – Sun 10 to 5 & Pub Hols & School Hols 10 to 5

Ph: 5229 5123 or 0402 831 650

Web: www.theimaginariumproject.com.au


Photos By Tina


Eastern Beach Reserve

Web: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/leisure/parks/item/easternbeach

Balyang Sanctuary

Where: 50 Marnock Road, Newtown

Web: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/leisure/parks/item/balyang

Sparrow Park

Where: Geelong West

Barwon River Park

Where: Barrabool Road, Belmont

Rippleside Park

Where: Rippleside


Geelong Baby and Children’s Market

Where: Vines Road Community Centre, Vines Road Hamlyn Heights

Market date: 27 October 2012

Web: www.geelongbabyandchildrensmarket.blogspot.com.au

Three Little Birds Market

Where:  The Pier Geelong, Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Geelong VIC 3220

Market date: 9 December 2012

Time: 10 to 3

Web: www.piccadillymarket.blogspot.com.au/p/three-little-birds

Mathildas Market

Where: The Pier Geelong, Cunningham Pier, 10 Western Beach Foreshore Geelong VIC 3220

Market date: 11 November 2012

Web: www.mathildasmarket.com.au/geelong/



Belinda Chapman (3224) Buxton Baby Wishbone Flip rrp $149.95

Jade Boorn (3216) Bambolotta Gift pack 

Sinead Garrett (3226) La De Dah Kids Large strip dog + 1 rattle

Stephanie Wilson (3350) La De Dah Kids Large spotty dog + 1 rattle

Jess Novak (3216) La De Dah Kids  rattle

Anna Katwinkle (3220) La De Dah Kids  rattle

Lucy (3220) La De Dah Kids  rattle

Elise Jeffery (3216) The Flower Dispensary – A bunch of flowers to the value of $50

Bianca Myers (3216) The Flower Dispensary – Voila Noah’s Ark rrp $189

Danai (3218) Endota Spa Geelong  Dermalogica facial valued at $100

Tennielle Howie (3228) Nurture By Nature –  Gift pack 

Mel (3228) Maternal Instinct Boy’s Bebe t-shirt and girl’s Eeni Meeni Myni Moh leggings

Felicity Dinse (3216) Oishi-m – $150 gift voucher

Sally Riddle (3216) GOOSE Brio Country Railway Train set  rrp $180

Prue Kemp (3225) Sara Taylor Photography – $150 gift voucher

Penny Scott (3220) Pikapu, Modern Cloth Nappies –  trial pack rrp $119.95

Lauren Fanning (3216) Partytime! Hip Hip Hooray  prize

Alice B (3225) Kiitos – Living by Design –Saltwater Sandals RRP. $69.00

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered!

Winners: Please email us at ohhellogeelong@yahoo..com with your full name, address and mobile numbers within the next 2 days so that arrangements to receive your prizes can be made .

Love Penny  + Laura

Oh! Hello Little Ones! Featuring Bambolotta & some more giveaways!

Who: Bambolotta

Where: Shop C/41 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads VIC 3227

When: Daily 10 to 5

Web: www.bambolotta.com.au

Ph: (03) 5254 1444

It’s pretty hard for most people not to go gaga when it comes to toys and clothes for little ones – Oh! Hello Geelong knows all about it, we have been gushing, drooling and squealing in delight over booties, bibs and blankies for the last month! So you can just imagine our delight when we discovered an entire shop devoted to all things little ones! The oh so adorable Bambolotta store in Barwon Heads is an absolute delight and is the place to go if you’re looking for beautiful and quality products for little ones. With some of our fave kids and baby brands including Minti, April Showers, Petit Collage, TuTu Du Monde, Tip Toey Joey shoes, Milk baby, Cotton & Thread, Wilson & Frenchy clothing, Native Shoes and Ergo cocoon – Oh! Hello Geelong will be heading back time and time again (we’ll try and keep the gushing and drooling to a minimum if we can!).  Thanks to Bambolotta’s lovely owner Melanie Greco for answering a few little questions for Oh! Hello Little Ones!

How long have you had the store?

We’ve had the store since January 2011 – so just over 18 months now.

How did you come up with your shop name? 

Bambolotta means ‘little doll’ in Italian and is how people refer to gorgeous and delightful children or babies…it goes hand in hand with cheek pinching (so cute!).

Please tell us about your beautiful store Bambolotta?

Our store is a collection of clothing  for new borns  and kids up to 14 years, we also stock footwear, homewares/décor and toys.  We carry products for children that will also appeal to a parents’ aesthetics ie parents will be happy to look at these items on a daily basis! Our range is a mix of on trend and classic items, fair trade, organic, practical, beautiful and fun!

When we started our store, we had been looking for the right business for a few years and when we stumbled across the previous store in this location, we knew it was perfect for us to make into our own!

Can you tell us a little about your baby/kids/mum range?

Our store has a diverse range of products, which continues to grow and expand.   We are conscious of choosing high quality products that parents are able to have for a long time and potentially pass onto someone else. We have a large range of European brands, as well as local brands where possible. Our babies and children’s ranges are safe and age appropriate.  We have a small selection of products for mums and we carry a selection of homewares that we’re sure Mums will purchase for the home as much as for the nursery or bedroom!

Name your top three baby/kids products for 2012

This is a hard one….

  • Wishbone flip or wishbone bike
  • Our Indian headdresses
  • Mimi Lou wall art

What is THE perfect gift for a baby girl/baby boy

An affordable perfect gift is an ergo cocoon paired with a hubert comforter, blabla or Jenni Harley doll…a combination of practical and whimsy!

If you are looking for a gift that really makes a statement, a ride on plane (boy) or a timber rocking horse (girl) is AMAZING!

What makes a nursery look really special?

A nursery will look special if you are true to your own style and create something that is authentic.  It doesn’t matter what your theme or colour scheme is, keep it simple but mix new and vintage items, contrast your colours and textures to create a warm space…and buy the best quality linen you can afford!

What are your secrets for making pregnancy that little bit more lovely?

Leave the house without your handbag – it will be a long time until you don’t have to carry a bag of goodies again!

Thanks Melanie! xx


AND GUESS WHAT! Just when you thought this weeks massive giveaway couldn’t get any more fabulous,  we have decided to add a couple of extra giveaways from some generous local businesses to the prize pool! LUCKY YOU!


1. Sara Taylor Photography – $150 gift voucher, which can be redeemed as part of a photographic experience with Sara Taylor Photography. Sara Taylor Photography offers natural, relaxed and beautiful photography sessions for pregnancy, newborn, children and families.  The perfect way to make and keep happy memories and mark those beautiful life changing moments.

2. Pikapu, Modern Cloth Nappies trial pack rrp $119.95, includes 3 nappies, 1 pack boosters, 1 wetbag and 1 bag of disposable liners!  Amazing qualityAustralian designed modern cloth nappies that fit from newborn to toddler. These fab nappies are tried, tested and loved by Oh! Hello Geelong’s 1.5 year old co-pilot Alexander Eddy. Plus they come in the best palette of on trend colours. trés important!

3. Partytime! Hip Hip Hooray A children’s party venue which is passionate about creating a fun and memorable party experiences for your children! Themed party options, invitations, food, party bags and the clean up afterwards – they do everything! Partytime! Hip Hip Hooray are offering one lucky reader $50 off a standard party booking and a Free Birthday Cake for the special day!

4. Kiitos – Living by Design – Kiitos are kindly offering one lucky reader a gorgeous pair of little girls Saltwater Sandals! RRP. $69.00.  In any colour you please. We LOVE these sandals, so amazingly comfortable. Made from high-quality leather and vulcanised rubber they are sun, sea and sand resistant – great for summer frolicking!

Love Penny + Laura