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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2009
explored on foot! Make sure you grab a copy of the Katoomba Heritage and Art Walk to fully-appreciate it all. What about visiting The Carrington to have a cocktail or two at Champagne Charlie’s Bar, before heading off to dinner at their award-winning Old City Bank Brasserie? Look into Zuri, also up the top end to see their range of organic cotton, bamboo and fair trade clothing. On the other side of Katoomba Street at Mr. Pickwick’s Books, go upstairs to wade through a wide variety of vintage clothing. Heading down Katoomba Street, Mountain Style Clothing with soya and bamboo fibre shirts, trousers, undies, socks and varied clothing items is worth a look, as is After-A Fashion Recycled Clothing and Retro, always with eye-catching window displays and another shop supporting Presbyterian Social Services. Okay, so The Hattery doesn’t have recycled hats, but it is one of the biggest hatteries in Australia, stocks a diverse range – including the allimportant beanies and woollen hats, de rigeur when the cold winds blow – and a limited stock of ethical fibre hats. Feeling like a coffee? Take your pick from one of the many cafes and restaurants in the precinct for coffee or something more substantial and make sure you go up Halfpenny Lane to the much-loved Blue Mountains Food Cooperative, where good food doesn’t cost the earth. Mingle with the locals on Wednesdays – which is Soup Kitchen Day here – operated by Sid Stolk from Lushious Gourmet Vegetarian Catering. In Waratah Street, Very Fashion will excite fashionistas. Described by owner Helen Mountford as “fun, funky and fabbo” and “recycled, rescued or rare”, there are also great accessories, lots of colour and intricate, locally-made felted shawls and other local crafts. Helen also makes bags from vintage fabric and baby wear. Duck down to St Vincent de Paul in the same street stocking clothing for men, women and children, accessories and lots of other items. Admire the Reverence Mural in this location done by local artists to commemorate the Year of Tibet 2006. How about a change of pace as you go to the other side of Katoomba, away from the Central strip and yes, it is all accessible on foot. Blue Mountains Cancer Help Op Shop in Whitton Street (off Camp Street) has a wealth of clothing, in a spacious shop and all clearly marked. Unusual and one-off clothing can be found here – and good labels. Fashionistas will experience the ‘feel good factor’ in abundance while they shop here as this charity was established to provide support for local residents who have been diagnosed with cancer, helping to fund support groups, complementary therapies, a buddy system and assistance with transport. On your way back to central Katoomba, go to The Handy Store, corner of Victoria Street and Camp Street. Yes, the traditional corner store is back! Purchase something to take with you as you wander a little further down Victoria Street to the Blue Mountains Community Gardens. Get a little dirt on your hands and do a spot of gardening, mingle with the locals, meditate a while and walk the labyrinth, smell the herbs and meander through the apple arch, admiring the wide variety of heirloom apple trees as you go. Find a quiet corner for a picnic lunch, perhaps. Afterwards, take a S L O W stroll back up to Katoomba Station to catch the train for the fashionistas’ last stop – Blackheath. The original railway platform at Blackheath opened in December 1869. The mural on the eastern end of the building depicting bushranger Govett with sacks of gold was painted in 2004 by Vernon Treweeke. winter 2009 Janice Stone at Linen and Lace in Glenbrook Fashionistas should visit Ravir Boutique, specialising in clothes for men and women, and manufactured from hemp, bamboo, and alpaca silk, for example. The clothing is produced with the welfare of the environment in mind and this shop also supports local artisans. Two other shops here specialise in recycled, pre-loved goods – Chic But Not Shabby, good for collectables, accessories, decorative items, and Margarita’s, for funky clothing, 60/70s linen and bric-a-brac. The Victory Theatre, containing an extensive range of antiques and collectables as well as interesting clothing, has a café in front, famous for all-day breakfasts, with the menu changing daily. Another popular eating place for locals is Mementos, featuring ricotta tarts, mezze plate, Hungarian goulash and other creative fare. Don’t forget to go over the railway line to the Vinnie’s located in Station Street. From Dawn Wigg’s art clothing Take a leisurely 40 minute slow meander from central Blackheath to the Bush Rock Café in Evans Lookout Road, a wonderful bush setting complete with a kitchen garden, the produce of which finds its way into the menu in all sorts of ways. Available Fridays only are the SLOW Scones, prepared and cooked while you wait, using organic flour. Lasagne is another favourite on their menu (using housemade pasta) and seasonal cakes such as quince and rhubarb (again using organic flour). While in this area the more energetically-inclined can take the Grand Canyon Walk or, for the less-energetic, simply enjoy the views from Evans Lookout. A perfect way to finish your Slow Shopping Trail For Fashionistas! The Bush Rock Café at Blackheath Slow Food is an international non-profit association formed in 1989 as a response to the standardising effects of fast food and the ‘fast life’. There are now thousands of members in over 100 countries, divided into local focus groups called, convivia, of which Slow Food Blue Mountains is just one. To join, tap into local events for find out more about Slow Food Blue Mountains email email@example.com You can also visit the Slow Food Australia website at: www.slowfoodaustralia.com.au Very Fashion and the Reverence Mural, Katoomba Cittaslow (Italian for Slow City) is derived from the Italian Slow Food Movement, whose principles are based on using local, seasonal produce, supporting small producers and restoring time-honoured methods of production. There are around 100 Cittaslow towns in the world, mostly in Europe. Goolwa in South Australia and Katoomba Blue Mountains are the first in the Southern Hemisphere. Cittaslow towns take the time to identify what is important and special about their town and region and then implement strategies to preserve these unique qualities. A current major ongoing project for our region is a Cittaslow-created A KITCHEN GARDEN IN EVERY BLUE MOUNTAINS’ HOME, with our goal of most residents producing their own leafy, green vegetables within 5 years. Essentially, Cittaslow is all about creating a great quality of life that brings benefits to the community. For further information on Cittaslow, visit www.cittaslow.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 29