Posted on February 1, 2019
Little High Street : Part 1
The new year presents an opportune time to take a closer look around us, both literally and figuratively, for that next exciting discovery. A short no. 6 tram ride away from the hustle and bustle of High Street Armadale, is what we affectionately call our small but curated precinct, “Little High Street”. A space that we share with some very special businesses including Loom, James Vivian Dermal Therapies, Teaspoon, Sum of Us, Robinson Man and Club Social amongst others. Whereas busier precincts prioritize numbers, at Little High Street what counts more is the one to one, personalised approach to both service and product.
Starting with James Vivian Dermal Therapies -- “Clients visit us for treatment, then go across the road for a browse at Safari and then a coffee and a snack at Teaspoon. People enjoy this ritual, they put the time aside to do so” says James. Arguably the most trusted dermal therapist in Melbourne, James began his career after a short stint at Aesop. His three words to describe Little High Street? “Unique, welcoming and bespoke”.
When asked about what makes the area different, former Sydneysider, Tina from Robinson Man (carefully curated menswear) says, “It’s the really specific niche products”. High Street’s past reputation as an international destination for antique hunters doubles its credibility as the go-to place for that special, can’t find it anywhere else item. “In Sydney, you find a lot of more established brands. But here, there’s space for something different”.
Alongside Robinson Man, you will find Sum of Us studio. With its serene and calming interior designed by GOLDEN, the award winning firm has truly instilled a sense of serenity and calm with its design vision. Having spent a stretch of time in the physio world, but finding the industry overly clinical, Marney from Sum of Us provides Yoga, Pilates and Physio services aimed at promoting overall positivity with a holistic touch.
Wellness from within reigns supreme. Since opening the business on High Street, Marney has noticed that the owners of the stores are very involved and everyone helps each other out. “The area is community minded, creative and passionate”.
Image by Sharyn Cairns, Design by GOLDEN
Our next door neighbour, Loom specialises in making and sourcing the most beautiful rugs. "I fell into the rug business due to my family connections in Turkey and worldwide. I was always fascinated with the rug making process as my family was weaving the rugs in a nomadic setting. Since then it has been my passion to grow the business". He reiterates the community spirit of Little High Street -- "The scale of the suburb means that it is easy to make strong connections with neighbours and members of the community. We are lucky to be located amongst such a close-knit group".
Just a stone’s throw away is Teaspoon, the little sister to Spoonful. Here, expect to find shelves amply stocked with fine pantry necessities. Not to mention their excellent coffee. Or if a lunch plate is what you’re after, Club Social (right next door to Loom ) does an excellent Okonomiyaki pancake amongst other delicious choices.
Little High Street, make a ritual of it. Come visit.