All about the positives | News from the Docks

By Monique Wylie
Resident of NewQuay

For those of you who didn’t read last month’s column, Shane is still out of action, so here’s another edit from his sister – Monique – aka the dog madwoman.

I’m all about the positives this month. I moved to Docklands 20 years ago and have seen all editions of Harbor Town, now rebranded as The District Docklands and have to say the current team is doing some magic. I can only imagine how much he spent on his activations, but the difference is tangible.

I can’t wait for “The Throwback Lounge” which starts on August 5th. It’s right in my wheelhouse, so thanks to the team for thinking specifically about a 90s girl.

And while I give The District a pat on the back, keep an eye on their social media and website. I managed to catch their pop-up cake and pie shop in Market Lane two weeks ago and it was well worth the extra calories I had to burn on the treadmill later that week.

On another positive note, have you seen the local offers from Port Phillip Ferries?

There are a number of short routes from the Docklands terminal, specially designed for us locals. There’s a bingo cruise, one for jazz lovers, and a simpler one just for brunch.

Reservations can be made through their website and start at $20, including Devonshire tea and a special from Cargo and Berth restaurants upstairs.

Have you noticed some of the amazing pop-up storefront activations around Docklands?

The Renew Australia girls have worked hard with the Melbourne City team to utilize vacant storefronts and provide entrepreneurial opportunities.

Two excellent examples are on Collins St.

Works is quite simply the best smelling store in all of Melbourne and LaGuapa’s beautiful outerwear catches my eye every time. The story behind this is equally interesting, with ethical sourcing being central to the journey.

Come say hello if you see me in The District or NewQuay Promenade. I’ll be the one with the two big white teddy bears, also known as English Sheepdogs, they’re friendly, and I usually am too…•

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