(Mind you those linky things can be really spiffy !)
It’s really a set up for a ponder.
There I was minding my own business wandering up Sydney Road, Brunswick and I suddenly realised I was in a world of retro retail.
Not for us Brunswickians the glittering customer experience of the top end of town.
True, there are a couple of somewhat aggressive mobile phone stores, not to mention a few swanky eateries.
But for the most part Sydney Road is shop after shop of … shop.
The retail experience is plain, simple and extremely varied.
There are books to be browsed, LPs to be fingered and household necessities garnered.
While Melbourne’s CBD is heaving with chocolatiers & exotic tea dispensaries, Sydney Road offers retailers with premises packed to the gunwales – yes gunwales – with sink plungers, scouring pads, clothes pegs, balls of string, tea towels, firelighters, insoles …
Or to put it in the form of an ode to Brunswick’s shopping mecca:
Snail bait and mothy pills, butter-knives and keys.
Weird nails & things for coats, odd pots for tea.
Things for smells, welding gels, varnish of many hues
All kinds of everything remind me of you.