What's in Mitchell House?
Having worked in record stores since the late ’80s, Rocksteady Record’s proud owner Pat Monaghan is a laidback, thoughtful and thoroughly knowledgeable music devotee. The store will stock mostly vinyl (new and second hand) and turntables, while Monaghan promises that his black-wax baby will focus on local talent, including bands not signed yet to big distributors. “A real driver for me was that when I was growing up, you could go to the city and do a tour of the CBD’s record stores,” he says. “I wanted to bring back more of a circuit – so now there’ll be Missing Link, Collectors Corner, Wax Museum Records, Off the Hip, Basement Discs and you can finish up at Rocksteady Records”.
Be pampered in this vintage-beauty salon, while enjoying some yesteryear luxury and leave feeling prettier than Betty Draper. The proprietor Margeaux Vallantyne specialises in vintage dos from the ’20s to ’60s. It’s a got to for brides, but there’s no reason you can’t go for an old-fashioned wet set and high hair glamour any time.
This is the most peaceful salon imaginable: only one customer is dealt with at a time and tunes come supplied by turntable. Then there's the coool artwork and good chat. Add to that the haircut and colour of a lifetime and matchboxes by way of promotional material – seriously, why would you go anywhere else?
Lord Coconut is the city’s only retailer, gallery and online boutique selling jewellery specifically for men, and a cornucopia of eccentric finds. Guided by the interior design ethos of a 19th century natural history museum, the space is replete with pinned butterflies, (faux) scrimshaw, birds’ eggs and a few spots of taxidermy. Wedding rings are their bread and butter, but you’ll find everything from cuff links to tie pins.