Take a breath and become stationery…

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Cafe, Craft, Melbourne | 0 comments

Take a breath and become stationery…

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I, like so many girls (and guys) out there have a love affair with stationery. There is something about it that compels me to stroke notebooks lovingly, look longingly at piles of card stock and insanely hoard writing paper that I stopped using decades ago. And then there are the accessories. The photo albums, ribbons, wax seals, scrapbooks, journals and special occasion craft project cards that I swoon for. Now in a dream world could I just combine these things with an environment that was worthy of their prettiness (i.e. Not Officeworks) perhaps with a cafe selling Macarons, cupcakes and chocolates, wouldn’t it be sweet?

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And Cristina Re, evidently a girl very much after my own heart has created just such a place in Melbourne. Located just down from Gertrude St in Collingwood this beautiful little concept shop, “Where a Girl Goes”, sits amidst trendy grunge and fashion warehouses. Stepping through the doors you enter a space sure to elicit a sigh from many a girls lips as you take in the soft almost French chic airiness of the counters, displays of beautiful stationery and the sweet little cafe that fills one side of this large yet intimate space. This place was designed for tea parties, crafting, birthdays and bridal showers. We browsed about the store gazing at wrapping paper and beautiful little items, moved past a group of friends crafting cards over a tea party under the guidance of an assistant, past the large circle of women having a giant tea party and into the cafe.

We had a dilemma, both of us having had lunch earlier in the day were sadly low on funds and had ten dollars between the two of us. Would this mean a tea each and split one of the petite cupcakes or macarons. No not us, we happily sipped our tap water and splurged on a cupcake and macaron each.

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They offered a good selection of both safe and interesting flavors. The cupcakes were lovely and moist with plenty of topping, my pink one having what I had assumed would be those tooth breaking ball decorations but turned out be melt in your mouth sugar. The macarons sadly on the other hand while yummy were a little on the chewy/hollow side. Having tried to make them myself I easily understand how this can happen but have tasted superior in Melbourne.

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Afternoon tea here is as much of an experience as anything as we admired the decorations hanging from the ceiling, the beautifully boxed teas and the pretty tea cups and saucers. For a girly girl this is a little slice of heaven and for most people I imagine it would always be little bit special. I do hope you get a chance to pay a visit or take one of the many craft classes they have on offer.

PS – I have a funny feeling I know where my Christmas Cards(I am always planning Christmas, even in June) are coming from this year.

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