Echidna

Where: Shop 1a/ 7 Gilbert Street Torquay

When: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm

Web: www.echidnahandmade.com

Nat and I spent the day exploring Torquay. The first of our finds we wish to share with you is Echidna. Tucked away in an arcade in Gilbert Street, Echidna is bursting with colour, texture and an eclectic mix of things you just won’t find anywhere else.

Echidna Torquay

The force behind Echidna is Sue Ingpen. Inspired by natural fibres, traditional handwork and contemporary trends Sue designs all of the Echidna products, from hand knitted rugs and crochet cushions to beautiful screen printed papers to hand bound journals.

Echidna started from the concept of getting original designed product made well and made ethically. Just because something is ethical it does not mean that it lacks impact. Every Echidna product is intrinsically unique, handmade by artisans, sourced locally or made by a women’s fair trade co-operative group in Nepal.  Sue heads over to work with the group twice a year to create her Spring Summer and Autumn Winter collections.

Echidna stocks beautiful ceramics, clothing, knitwear, home wears and a great selection of unique gifts, vintage items and children’s toys. Echidna also sells hand dyed yarns, books and materials for the designer/maker. Our favourites are the knee length stripe socks and patterned scarves. Not to mention the amazing throw rugs!

Don’t despair, if you are not local you can visit Echidna’s new store in Kyneton that is opening on the 7th of September at Shop 56 Piper Street, Kyneton, open Wednesday to Saturday 10-4pm  and Sunday 11-4pm.

We will be bringing you more of our Torquay finds soon. Stay tuned.

Warren & Hutch

Where: 156 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: Monday – Friday 8am ’til 6pm
Saturday 8am ’til 4pm
Sunday 9am ’til 3pm

Phone: 03 5229 7720

Web: www.warrenandhutch.com.au

Let’s be honest, most of us that live in G’Town have a favourite spot and tend to stick with what we know.  I know I’ve been guilty of that.  So most of you that know Warren & Hutch think they are only good for sourcing that hard-to-find spice or a ‘Jonathan’s’ sausage; well it’s time to think again!  What was once simply a provedore, has evolved into so much more!

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Jasmine & Keith Bainbridge bought the business in November 2012 with the intention of improving upon what had already been established.  Keith, originally from Durham in North East England, has been a chef since the age of 16.  He has worked all over the UK and more recently the Bellarine region before taking on this new venture. If you pop in for breakfast or lunch, you might not get meet Keith; he’ll be busy out the back cooking up a storm for you!

Jasmine grew up in Geelong and met Keith whilst on a working holiday in Scotland.  They traveled all over the world before deciding to make Australia their permanent home. Coming from a real estate marketing background, Jasmine had never intended to work for the business, but fate intervened and 2 weeks before the new venture kicked off, the company that she worked for closed down without any warning.  Really not a nice thing to have happened, but as the saying goes; one door closes and another one opens!

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the clutter has been removed and replaced with a vibrant wall of Marimekko wallpaper.  I’d like to think there is a little more behind that choice than simply some happy looking cows’ frolicking in a green field!  To me, it perfectly sums up the philosophy of the new Warren & Hutch: to deliver ethical and sustainable produce from the paddock to plate!

Gone are the freezers and in their place rustic crates housing an array of seasonal, certified organic and chemical free fruits & vegetables, baskets full of super-fresh free range eggs that you can select yourself and an incredible selection of oils, condiments and essentials to cater to every foodie’s whim! All of the fresh produce is sourced locally.

In the fridge, you will find organic meats from the top producers in our region, cheese & ciders!

If you can’t be bothered cooking (and let’s face it; we ALL have those nights!) never mind the usual suspects for your mid-week take away.  Warren & Hutch have freshly made meals available every day!  The small size serves 2 – 3 people and the large size serves 4 – 5 people and they are all a far more delicious alternative to take away!  Pretty soon, you’ll even be able to order it online and pick it up on the way home!

On weekends, they are serving a cooked, full free-range breakfast or you can be really naughty and try one of Keith’s INCREDIBLE apple & custard Danish pastries! You all know I’m a sucker for anything sweet, but you’ve not really had a Danish, until you try one of his!  He makes everything on site, right down to the pastry!

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Unfortunately Jen wasn’t with me today, so I sat at the beautiful timber communal table and had lunch with Andrew!  Actually, I bribed him with lunch, as my ulterior motive was to get him to take the photo’s!  I had freshly squeezed blood orange juice and we shared an Indian-style spiced lentil & vegetable soup followed by roasted spatchcock served with roasted vegetable couscous & a lemony yoghurt dressing.  And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds! I could go on and on, but maybe we could just meet there on the weekend and you can see for yourself!

Nat xx

Oh! Hello, it’s Jen & Nat!

Oh! Hello,

We are Jen & Nat and we’re kind of not from here either!

By now you would all be aware that Laura & Penny have handed the reigns of Oh! Hello Geelong over to us while they focus on other things – we are VERY excited to be pursuing and sharing all that makes our seaside town so special!  We plan on keeping true to the origins of the blog, but with a little more emphasis on discovering the surrounding region!  We also have some incredible news to announce in the coming week!

‘G-town’ as we like to call it has lots going on; sometimes you just have to know where to find it! When we first found Oh! Hello Geelong it was great to see this place through new eyes. Laura and Penny helped us get to know our hometown again. 

Now we are looking forward to sharing our happy finds and adventures with you!
Jen & Nat xx

How they met………

Jen had just crawled her way off the red-eye from Los Angeles and straight to her stall at Piccadilly Market, with her latest haul of vintage fabrics from the USA.  Jet lagged and propping her eyes up with multiple coffees, Nat was manning her business next door and took pity on Jen’s poor soul and bloodshot eyes! The two instantly hit it off and Nat somehow managed to keep Jen awake and entertained for the duration! Over the last few years, they have worked together, shared many laughs, tears and bottles of red!

About Jen

Jen was originally from here but left when she was 18 off into the wider yonder of the world. After living in inner city Melbourne for the most part and travelling extensively for the past 20 years, she found herself back here.  It took some time to adjust but has now found her feet and has even established her business, A Piece of Cloth here.

About Nat

Nat grew up in Thornbury; an inner-Northern suburb of Melbourne and then as an adult, spent many years Bayside in Elwood & East St. Kilda.  She worked for 13 years in the fashion industry; designing, cutting and making clothes happen before she met the love of her life, made a baby and moved to Geelong via London.  Seven years, two more babies and a well-established business later, A Skulk of Foxes, she finds herself taking the hold of the reigns with Jen and sharing the adventures and treasures that her new-ish hometown has to offer!