Clock’s ticking, however not too late to seize the correct present

From ’60s musicals to handmade glass artwork, European sweets to Italian artwork lessons, “CityNews” presents the final word Christmas present information for last-minute items.

From ’60s musicals to handmade glass artwork, European sweets to Italian artwork lessons, “CityNews” presents the final word Christmas present information for last-minute items.

Studio Pilates group, from left, Tony, Tahni, Tammy-Jo and Holly.

Present playing cards for these with health objectives

STUDIO Pilates is nicely outfitted to attain any fitness-oriented objectives, says co-owner Simon Hunter. 

Nevertheless, this Christmas season Studio Pilates may also assist gifters to attain their objectives with their new present card.

Simon says the train program at Studio Pilates is the proper present for individuals with any stage of health to get a kick begin on their New 12 months’s resolutions.

Studio Pilates is providing a present card that may positively contribute to the well being and wellbeing of its receiver, he says.

At Studio Pilates there are a selection of places, together with Braddon, Gungahlin and the newly opened Manuka studio.

Simon says each he and his spouse and co-owner Tammy-Jo Hunter, who he describes because the “driving pressure behind all of it”, are captivated with serving to individuals obtain their objectives.

“We’ve got an incredible group right here at Studio Pilates”, says Tammy-Jo, “outfitted with a mindset of progress”.

Combining progressive video expertise that performs contained in the studio and the expertise of world-class instructors, Simon says: “We satisfaction ourselves on having the ability to tailor the classes for any particular person.”

“Studio Pilates is ideal for individuals with any stage of health,” he says. “Studio Pilates presents a variety of gifting choices from particular person lessons to a 50-pack of lessons.”

Studio Pilates. Go to

Come fly with me, let’s fly right down to… wherever, actually

JET Flight Simulator Canberra has the proper Christmas present for anybody who’s ever wished to fly, says proprietor Trevor Vickers.

“Guests get to function a full-size reproduction of a Boeing 737-800 cockpit and may select from 24,000 airports around the globe to fly in or out of,” he says.

“There’ll be an teacher who’s there to level out what all of the buttons and levers do and when to make use of them, but it surely’ll be you that’s doing the flying.

“Generally individuals wish to fly over the place they’ve been on vacation; others wish to do issues like fly below the Sydney Harbour Bridge – it’s all potential.”

He encourages individuals to strive the brand new VR Paraglider which mixes an actual paraglider harness and controls linked to world-class skilled coaching software program. 

“Contributors can practise catching thermals, soar over coastal dunes, or enhance their accuracy at spot landings,” says Trevor.

Guests have the chance for a extra fast-paced, digital actuality expertise known as “ICAROS” which he describes as a “utterly completely different approach to fly”.

“The way in which it really works is that you simply lie on a body and shift your physique weight to steer within the digital world,” says Trevor.

“The feeling is extra like flying with a wingsuit or such as you’re Superman.”

Whether or not it’s flying a 737, hovering by means of a digital world, or each, Trevor says there’s a number of reserving choices and present certificates.

Jet Flight Simulator Canberra, 4 Montford Crescent, Lyneham. Go to or name 0438 834026.

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Celebrating the well being advantages of hemp

SOUTH Pacific Hemp, Canberra’s first all-hemp store, has loads of items to shock a liked one this festive season, says supervisor Sue Sales space.

Sue says: “It’s time we moved away from hemp’s outdated repute – hemp has power, medicinal and dietary worth, and was first cultivated greater than 10,000 years in the past.”

Sue says the shop sells salad dressings and a variety of hemp flour, hemp protein and hulled hemp seeds that include the very best high quality components and are licensed natural, vegan-friendly, gluten and GMO free.

“We see the store as an alternative choice to mass-produced, quick-fix procuring,” she says.

“All of our hemp oils, meals objects, balms and lotions are rigorously sourced and chosen from small companies and producers in Tasmania, SA, WA and NSW.”

Sue additionally says the shop has a variety of clothes and linen, materials, bedding and cushions all made to advertise wellbeing.

“Our clothes is designed for wearability and flexibility, is breathable, pure and straightforward to take care of,” she says.

“Hemp protects your pores and skin by naturally filtering UV mild. It additionally resists bacterial progress and breathes excellently, stopping odours, has 4 occasions the power of cotton and it received’t weaken when washed,” she says.

“Hemp offers years of damage whereas its respiratory capability, antibacterial and antiviral properties assist promote good sleep.”

South Pacific Hemp, 84 Wollongong Avenue, Fyshwick. Name 0431 318898 or go to 

Bedding constructed to swimsuit each physique

THE Australian Bedding Firm is a family-owned enterprise that has operated for 25 years, says workplace supervisor Stephen Dinn.

“We’ve got greater than 35 beds and bed room suites on show in our showroom,” he says.

“We really provide ‘quaint service’ the place your private wants are catered for.

“We match your beds and furnishings to your necessities. Our extremely educated gross sales employees have time to spend with you and actually discover out what you need.”

Stephen says the corporate sources a excessive proportion of Australian-made merchandise.

“We’ve got our personal supply drivers, so fast supply of inventory objects could be achieved by employees, not contractors,” he says.

“Being a long-running, family-owned enterprise up towards the large boys and franchises, we satisfaction ourselves on being the chief in customer support.

“Folks can evaluate costs simply on-line and we’re aggressive on worth, however we received’t be crushed on service.

“We’re in a position to have bed room furnishings tailor made to swimsuit bespoke necessities of measurement, form and color (painted or stained).”

Stephen says the Australian Bedding Firm additionally has a big industrial division that provides to its shopping for energy.

“We provide lodging, bedding and furnishings throughout Australia, to universities, federal and native authorities businesses, quite a few inns, motels, B&Bs, hostels, backpackers and extra.”

The Australian Bedding Firm, 2/78 Hoskins Avenue, Mitchell. Name 6262 3260, or go to

Retailer for youths all prepared for summer time

WITH the Christmas season amongst us, proprietor Jen Takiari has been busy getting Lellow Children prepared for summer time. 

The household favorite retailer is filled with new summer time clothes and footwear, says Jen, simply in time for some Christmas procuring.

“Toys, items and stocking fillers are arriving for Christmas,” she says. 

“There may be a lot clothes & footwear for the hotter climate, too!” 

Jen says she’s additionally proud that most of the manufacturers stocked in retailer come from Australian companies.

“A number of the manufacturers we inventory are distinctive to us; you’ll solely discover them right here in Lellow,” she says.

Jen additionally presents skilled shoe fittings “to make sure little ft are getting one of the best footwear for his or her growth”.

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“We’ve received so many present concepts,” says Jen. “From clothes and footwear to child necessities, developmental toys, books, video games and a lot extra for newborns as much as eight-year-olds.

“Lots of people store right here for Christmas items as a result of we’ve received one thing that’s that little bit further particular.”

Lellow Children, 63/30 Lonsdale Avenue, Braddon. Name 6247 3679 or go to

A lot of European sweets and treats

FOR 25 years, European-trained and Dutch-born pastry chef Wim den Hartog has been sharing his expertise within the ACT hospitality enterprise. 

His most up-to-date enterprise is L’Orange Patisserie providing desserts, pastries and desserts, says proprietor and spouse of Wim, Misty Annabel. 

Wim’s love for pastries started at age 13.

He was “spell-bound” by crème anglaise working at a Michelin-star, French bistro, says Misty. 

She describes Wim’s ardour for pastries as “his old flame”.

Wim says: “I used to be working in a French bistro that had a separate pastry room the place a girl labored, making chocolate and vanilla mousse. 

“I used to be fascinated with the white and darkish swirls and the way it all folded collectively. I used to be completely entranced. That’s the place it began.”

Working proper up till Christmas Eve, the store is providing the Christmas staples with mince pies, gingerbread homes, event desserts and croquembouche. 

“The gingerbread homes are made with particular Dutch spices and could be purchased cheaper in bundles,” says Misty. 

Event desserts and croquembouche can be found to order for the festive season. 

“We’ve got a variety of European sweets and treats from France, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium,” she says. 

For these struggling to resolve, the store additionally presents present playing cards. 

L’Orange Patisserie, Manuka Courtroom, 11-15 Bougainville Avenue, Griffith. Name 6295 3897 or go to

‘Distinctive’ handmade artistic endeavors

Keith Rowe’s Bushfire collection

CANBERRA Glassworks Gallery Store is providing “distinctive handmade artistic endeavors,” says supervisor Nathasha Chabelnik. 

“Every bit is made by an Australian artist, most of whom reside in Canberra and work at Canberra Glassworks.

“The store has a variety of design objects, which can be utilized as tableware or as house decor,” she says. 

This consists of vases, platters, and pendant lights.

“Glass artwork lovers can discover wall artwork, glass sculptures and glass installations,” says Natasha. 

There’s a wealth of selection for each finances on the store.

Natasha highlights the work of Keith Rowe, particularly his bushfire collection as a specific favorite. 

“Everybody gravitates to the intricate particulars and heat tones,” she says.

“There’s a actual impression in Keith Rowe’s works of one thing constructed from the guts.”

Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Name 6260 7005, or go to

“Downtown!” Rehearsal

‘Mod Musical’ brings again moods of the ’60s

THE Queanbeyan Gamers current “Downtown! The Mod Musical” for its 2023 season. 

The “revusical”– revue musical – is an “explosion of Sixties tune and color”, says director Anita Davenport.

After a tough few years, tickets to the present are a “nice present for the hard-to-buy-for mum and grandma to reminisce upon the Sixties,” she says.

A youthful viewers can be welcome to this “injection of pleasure and happiness.” 

The present follows 5 ladies of their 20s initially guided by the invaluable “Shout” journal – a fictional journal for teenagers and younger adults. 

“By way of the letters they ship in to the teenager journal we get to listen to their tales as they arrive of age within the turbulent decade often known as the swinging ’60s,” says Anita.

“By way of tune and dance, the ladies turn into sturdy, impartial and in a position to stand on their very own two ft.”

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Songs from the ’60s embody “‘Downtown”, “Shout”, “Georgie Woman” and “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”.

“Downtown! The Mod Musical” is exhibiting on the Belconnen Group Theatre. February 24-March 5. 

The Queanbeyan Gamers, Belconnen Group Theatre, 23 Swanson Circuit. Go to 

Luxurious however inexpensive bathtub merchandise

KIRKWOOD Physique and Bathtub makes handmade, luxurious physique and bathtub merchandise and soy candles at a smart worth, says proprietor Cecile Whatman.

“Our merchandise are made as purely as potential and are utterly freed from any harsh chemical compounds,” she says.

Cecile says they keep away from palm oil, don’t check on animals and have merchandise for hair, ft and the whole lot in between.

“Creating new merchandise is a artistic outlet,” she says. “We’ve got doughnut and cupcake bathtub bombs that look good 

sufficient to eat.”

She has been making cleaning soap and lotions for her household for greater than 25 years, however moved into industrial manufacturing 5 years in the past.

“When a buyer comes again to say they liked the product, or one of many magnesium balms relieved one thing, that’s very rewarding. 

“As a boutique enterprise we get to know our prospects. 

“It’s great,” says Cecile.

Within the new Kippax location,“the handmade physique and bathtub merchandise share house with our patchwork, quilting, stitching and craft merchandise,” she says.

Cecile says the store additionally presents lessons. 

“A category is a superb Christmas present and now we have one thing for everybody.

“The category checklist for 2023 is out now and lessons are filling quick.”

The web site by no means closes, so individuals are inspired to order there. 

The storefront might be open till December 24 and reopened for regular commerce January 3, 2023.

Kirkwood Physique and Bathtub, store 23, Kippax Honest, 26 Hardwick Crescent, Holt. Go to

The ‘genuine’ college of Italian

THE Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra is “a outstanding member of the worldwide community of Dante Alighieri Societies devoted to the promotion of Italian language and tradition all through the world,” says director Dr Franco Papandrea. 

“Since its institution in 1957, it has been the place to go for Canberrans in search of a real expertise of Italian language and tradition,” he says. 

The society “prides itself because the genuine college of Italian, providing the widest vary and the highest quality Italian language programs obtainable domestically.” 

“The society can be the one place within the area the place non-native Italian audio system can sit exams for the internationally-recognised Plida certificates of Italian competency,” says Franco.

He says, “the vary of programs provided is repeatedly increasing. 

“Within the coming 12 months, the Society might be providing subsidised Italian programs for kids attending colleges the place the language shouldn’t be provided.”

“Along with a full vary of in-house language programs, the Dante Alighieri Society employs mother-tongue Italian language assistants in assist of the educating of Italian in Canberra main and secondary colleges.”

Franco says “membership of the Society is open to anybody and would make an exquisite Christmas present for a buddy or member of the family with an curiosity in Italian language and tradition.”

Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra, Italian Cultural Centre, 80 Franklin Avenue, Forrest. Name 5117 3996 or go to

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Ian Meikle, editor