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Cronulla Mall Report: Christmas by the Beach & Bay

12308364_1070915939607258_6296975608186851694_nSummer is here! Welcome to the best time of year and the best place to be. What a gorgeous first week we have had.

I supposed it was wishful thinking to hope that the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla Riots could pass us by without notice but unfortunately it seems that a few people are taking the opportunity to commemorate the date with a march. So while I support free speech, I don’t support this march.

As a business owner and resident in Cronulla I experienced first hand the damage that this day inflicted on the area, and then for many months, years after. Cronulla was splashed across the news around the world for all the wrong reasons. Being during peak Christmas trade, post riot day, people were told to avoid the area, local businesses did it tough, several never re-opened.

2015-12-08_11.00.08The “I Love Cronulla” Facebook page came about because of the riots. I wanted people to understand that this was not what Cronulla was about. I wanted to showcase the suburb, support local business and counter the image the rest of Sydney, Australia and the world saw on the news.

So while one group marches on 1 day, the “I Love Cronulla” page will continue everyday to support the local community.

Meanwhile, in other much brighter news, the Christmas festivities in the Mall are in full swing, starting from the top of the Mall with Santa photos for families and pets!

Across from Santa, the former McDonalds corner is looking very empty with both McDonalds and the Leading Edge computer store still vacant. Maybe the New Year will bring some new tenants?

2015-12-08_11.06.12Further down there have been a few other changes; Cronulla Surf Design is now Quiksilver and Indian restaurant Dash of Spice is now Albi’s Table, an Italian café restaurant opening soon.

Ocean Grove has seen some change lately (and council/road works) as well. Henry’s Restaurant and Bar is opening soon and sadly the popular Indian Aromas has closed. With Breeze in Gerrale St and Surf Lane almost complete and the new retail stores below hurrying to finish in time for Christmas, we are looking forward to even more choice for dining in Cronulla.

Charbella’s shop next to Grind is vacant after Charbella moved back to its old haunt in Ocean Grove Ave.

As the year quickly comes to a close, Beach & Bay Realty would like to take this opportunity to wish all our followers and their families a safe and happy festive season. Merry Christmas to all and we wish you all the best for the New Year!

 

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The Winter Holidays Mall Report – June 2015

IMG_20150630_152406With almost weekly posts in Sydneywide blogs and print media on all the latest Cronulla food eateries opening and established businesses getting their well-earned mentions, Cronulla is now a 4 season, busy beachside hub. Combined with school holiday activities such as Cronulla on Ice, winter in Cronulla has been particularly hectic this week and businesses are enjoying the crowds.

IMAG4696_1Starting from the South, Gelatissimo will open for business in September and its location will make Cronulla the last Sydney beachside suburb for the popular gelato chain.

The Best Little Bookshop In Town has well and truly settled into their new location, great to see the former Australand Greenhills Beach shop front finally filled up!

 

IMG_20150630_153503After months of uncertainty, the iconic, heritage listed Commonwealth Bank has been sold to local developers…

Heading east opposite South Cronulla Beach, the highly talked about Eat Burger Cronulla (opened by locals of Mims Espresso and Eatery in Burraneer) is starting to take shape and is set to open in mid July where the Balkan Restaurant once sat.

IMAG4699_1_1Continuing north, Earth Angels have moved and we are patiently waiting for new organic store Naked Foods to open for business next to Cold Rock Ice Creamery.

At the top end of the Mall, popular clothing store Flirty is now Loft 18 and below Cronulla Cinemas, the shop fronts of McDonalds and Firstech Computers still sit empty, waiting to see who will move in…

2015-06-30_15.28.58A new temporary addition to the Mall for the winter school holidays is the popular Cronulla CBD’s ‘Cronulla on Ice’, don’t forget to book!

Do you know of any other changes happening in the Mall or around Cronulla? Let the team at Beach & Bay Realty know!

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Cronulla Mall Report: March 2015

IMG_20150317_135440Our iconic Cronulla Mall has seen many changes during the first quarter of 2015 and we bet there’s more to come!

Starting from the northern end of the Mall, Paco Organico (formerly Bass & Flinders) has moved in. Firstech Computers below Cronulla Cinema’s still sits empty waiting to be leased while further down Flirty has also closed its doors as of yesterday…

2015-03-17_14.54.56_1Clothing store Code Orange is no longer and Wholesale Outlet has moved in. Another clothing store Lemon Jelly (formerly Velvet Jayne) is also closing down with 50-80% off storewide.

Surrounded by state election signs and campaigners, the iconic former Commonwealth Bank landmark is still for lease, when will any one ever move in?!

After no luck leasing the former Greenhills Australand office, it is now going to auction on 30th April, watch this space!

Get ready for next summer (or hopefully some warmer weather later this year) with 10-50% off all summer stock at Pure Sea surf shop.

2015-03-17_14.58.51Coming to the end of the Mall, the left side of Eclectic Home & Garden still sits empty…

Do you know of any other changes happening in the Mall or around Cronulla? Let us know!

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Cronulla Mall Report: Back to beach weather!

IMG_20141031_124437What a day! October has almost ended and it feels like Summer already!

Firstly, if any one is looking for last minute Halloween costumes and accessories pop into Dollar King in the Mall, it has it all!

Fingers crossed the weather stays this wonderful for the weekend, especially with the Beachfest on at Dunningham Park, Peryman Square and the Plaza. Retro cars will be on display for judging and awards with live bands and solo performers over the two days.

Starting from the south, half of Eclectic Home & Garden sits empty waiting for a new shop owner.

IMAG1024We finally have a new tenant in the former Chocpad shop – Leah’s Wax Works has moved in! Further down the mall Classic Nails Beauty and Waxing has also moved into the former Body Pro Supplements store.

Unfortunately we’re still eagerly waiting to see who will eventually move into the old Australand Greenhills Beach office.

IMAG1029_1Forever Fashion are closing down with 50% of storewide. I wonder what new store will appear here?!

The optometrists near Code Orange are surrounded by builders and scaffolding, a new store layout perhaps?

Where la luna was on top end of mallNutrition station is opening soon where La Luna was and the local computer store next door to McDonalds and the Cronulla Cinemas entrance has also closed.

Closer to the beach new coffee shop Bianchini’s is doing a roaring trade, looks like a popular spot!

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Spring Real Estate Update

IMG_0928After a sensational long weekend of great weather and football entertainment vendors and buyers are into the final mad dash to sell and buy before Christmas 2014.

It seems unlikely that a rate rise will be seen this year after the Reserve Bank met this week and left the official cash rate on hold for October. However the RBA has been more vocal in recent months about the housing market and is doing its best to cool the heels of buyers, worried prices have increased at an unstable rate.

Certainly we have seen dramatic price increases in the Sutherland Shire especially in the first 6 months of this year. As I see it though while the shortage of listings continues, the pressure on prices will remain. Buyers listening to the RBA’s warnings seem not as desperate to purchase as earlier in the year. What hit home for me recently was the figures showing that first home buyers are generally in their 30’s or 40’s.

Sydney is definitely an internationally priced real estate city!

Some of our new Spring listings below.

If you’re thinking of selling this year, please give us a call today.

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Cronulla Spring Festival 2014

Can you believe it’s almost September already?! Well it is! This means the Cronulla Spring Festival is just around around the corner! We’re hoping September is a dryer month than August, we’d love the sun to shine on this glorious weekend!

monro_park_2The Cronulla Spring Festival will be held on 13th & 14th September. The Sutherland Shire’s biggest annual celebration welcomes all! There will be plenty of entertainment from Cronulla Plaza to the beach with fun activities for kids, market stalls and bargains from local stores, as well as great coffee and food to keep you going!

Entertainment
The Pavilion Stage will host live shows and musicians throughout the weekend, including:

  • Kirrawee High Stage Band
  • Sharnielle Hartley
  • Sea Naturals Capella Choir
  • Local performers
  • Hi Lifeguards
  • Blossoms
  • South American Pan Pipes

Spring-Fest-253There will be plenty of entertainment for the little ones as well, including Despicable Me2, Mr. Potato Head and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Kids Corner
At the southern end of Cronulla St (near the train station) the kids will be delighted by a whole heap of activities, including:

  • Animal Farm ($3 entry)
  • The Fun House (free)
  • Get Wild animal shows and displays including reptiles, turtles and a baby croc! (free)
  • NSW Fisheries ‘Get Hooked’
  • Plenty of rides
  • Pony rides and kids craft activities in Monro Park

Wellbeing Fair
Chill out in Monro Park and get your hands on a number of natural products and watch the entertainers supplied by A Touch Of Eden while the kids take pony rides around the gardens!

Rides-CrowdShow & Shine
Overlooking North Cronulla Beach, Peryman Square will be home to plenty of classic cars for the RSL Motoring Enthusiasts Club Show & Shine event.

Cronulla Design Ideas Competition
The Mayor of the Sutherland Shire will announce the winners of the Design Ideas Competition, best of luck to all who entered!

Road Closures & Parking
If you’re leaving your car on Cronulla St or Surf Rd on Friday night, make sure you move it before 4am! Cronulla St and Surf Rd will be closed from 4am Saturday morning until 7pm Sunday night. Parking will be scarce so if you’re driving be prepared for a long walk (unless you’re lucky enough to score a top spot!) otherwise jump on the train and you’ll arrive right in the hub of all the activity!

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Cronulla Mall Report: July 2014

IMAG0202We’re starting to feel the winter chill but that hasn’t kept people away from our beachside suburb! The beaches are certainly quieter but as per usual Cronulla is still a hub of activity.

One word comes to mind while walking through the Mall – sales! Some of these include:

  • All sale stock at Flirty under $30
  • Sales at Decisions Decisions
  • Winter store clearance at Forever Fashion
  • And many more!

IMAG0209_1Aside from Sportscraft that recently moved into the Mall, there haven’t been any other major changes.

The old Commonwealth Bank and Australand Greenhills Beach office are still looking to be leased.

IMAG0212_1The Cronulla Pie Shop have unfortunately lost their awning once again after a truck incident, but the customers still look happy enjoying the sunshine.

IMAG0215_1The much-loved Pirate Ship is undergoing some repairs and is scheduled to be out of action for a while, hopefully it will come back almost brand new!

Unfortunately Cronulla On Ice has ended but it was a major hit! We hope it comes back next year, hopefully even bigger this time!

Hopefully our stunning winter weather will stick around for the Sutherland 2 Surf this Sunday, hope to see you there!

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Sutherland 2 Surf – 20th July 2014

The 43rd annual Brooks Caltex S2S Fun Run & Walk will take place on Sunday 20th July 2014.

The S2S kicks off at 8am sharp at the starting line on Flora Street, Sutherland (behind the Sutherland Entertainment Centre). Once the race has commenced, competitors will run/walk down Flora St along Clements Parade and up Hotham Rd to reach the Kingsway. Participants will then travel all the way down the Kingsway, along Elouera Rd and onto Mitchell Rd towards the NEW finish area at Don Lucas Reserve (Greenhills carpark).

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Brooks Caltex Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run & Walk

Race Rules

  1. You must wear your own allocated chest bib tag; they are not transferable.
  2. There will be a “mat” timing both the start and finish, allowing for you to have an accurate net time. At the finish line you must cross the timing mats to ensure a time.
  3. Once you’ve passed the finish line please keep moving into the recovery area.
  4. The organiser reserves the right to reject or cancel any entry in the race at any time.
  5. Police requirements are that competitors stay in the left nearside lane along the route, and walkers are not to impede runners if overtaking. Traffic signals and directions must be obeyed unless otherwise directed by Police or Race Officials.
  6. No bikes, roller skates, skateboards or dogs allowed.
  7. As participants come out of Hotham Rd to turn into the Kingsway they must all immediately go to the left hand side of the Kingsway and keep on the left hand side all the way to Northies.
  8. Please consider the environment and use bins to dispose of any litter.
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New finish line location

Road Closures
Roads between Sutherland and Cronulla will begin closing from 5:30am with a progressive re-opening of roads from 8:20am with all roads set to be open again by 10:30am. For more detailed information regarding the road closures click here.

Event bus transfers
Special event buses will depart from Cronulla High School to Sutherland before the event. The 1st bus departs at 6:30am and the last bus will depart at 7:15am. Buses will also depart from Cronulla High School to Sutherland after the race presentation and the last bus will leave at 11:00am. The cost is $4 per person per trip. Please contact Anne Caterson on 0417 236 113 for more information.

Best of luck to all participating!

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Spotlight on local business: Paper & Poppies

IMG_20140529_110154Last week Beach & Bay grabbed a cupcake (or three!) and had a chat with Ross from Paper & Poppies….

How long have you been open serving delicious treats in the Shire?
Paper & Poppies has existed for around 5-6 years now, however the business started solely as a cake design business with Weddings Cakes being the main focus. Over time this grew and developed – last year we began doing Market Stalls in Cronulla Mall on Saturdays or Sundays around special occasions (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Spring Fair etc). This was the first time that we had sold cupcakes/macaroons/cookies to the general public.

When did you open in Woolooware?
We decided to take the plunge and open a teahouse with our full range of goodies when we found the perfect place in November 2013. In early December we got the keys, did the fit out and opened on the 21st of that month, meaning Paper & Poppies has now been in its current format for nearly 7 months.

IMG_20140529_110231Where did the Paper & Poppies idea come from?
Initially, it came purely from Lizzie’s passion to cook. She would often cook goodies for events or for friends parties and as such became known as “the dessert” person! A friend then asked her to do her wedding cake, she said yes, and well the rest is history. It grew and developed from there – from a cake & hand made stationary business (hence the paper in the name) to a cake & tea shoppe that it is today.

You recently celebrated Cadbury Week in store, which flavour was the most popular?
Oh that’s a tough one – people always ask what’s most popular and it honestly depends on the day! In this case, it would be a toss-up between “Crunchie” & “Top Deck”.

IMG_20140529_110049Which variety of cupcakes, cakes, teas and/or treats are your best-sellers?
As per above question, it’s quite hard to narrow it down to the absolute favourites as it really does depend on the day! Of our regular treats our most popular would definitely be our Lemon Meringue Tart or Crème Brulee Tart, for cupcakes it’d be either the Salted Caramel Popcorn with the adults and the Persian Fairy Floss with the kids. Tea wise the good ol’ English Breaky is always popular, however the Apple, Cinnamon & Camomile is growing in popularity in our Herbal Range, and the Russian Caravan in our Black Tea Range, Monks Pear is probably the most popular Green Tea!

It is so good to see a good choice for those of us with special dietary requirements, your caramel iced gluten free cupcake is one of the best I’ve tasted, did you make a conscious effort to cater to this market?
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed! To answer your question though, absolutely. It’s something that both Lizzie and I are really passionate about and it’s an area of our business we hope to develop further. We always try to have some Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Vegan options available! We love seeing people enjoy what we make, and as such endeavour to ensure as many people as possible CAN actually do that.

IMG_20140529_110314If you had a food critic visit your store and you were asked to recommend one sweet treat from your menu what would you choose?
You love these hard questions! Probably our Vanilla Bean Cupcake because in it’s simplicity is the essence of a great cupcake.

Is there one day in the week where business spikes?
Definitely Friday/Saturday – end of the week and I think everyone deserves a treat after working so hard through the week!

What do you love most about your job?
Definitely the people. I genuinely believe we have the best customers and am stoked every day that I get to speak with them, learn a bit more about them and engage in genuine conversation. Without them, we wouldn’t have a business, and both Lizzie and I are extremely thankful for them!

IMG_20140529_110342What is your favourite place in Cronulla?
South Cronulla Beach  – awesome at sunrise, during the day or sunset. Favourite café would be Ham and restaurant would be The Old Library.

Finish this sentence – I Love Cronulla because…
It always feels like a holiday!

We found you on Instagram, do you also have a Facebook page?
We sure do! We actually had it before Instagram! Search for Paper & Poppies and we should pop up!

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Spotlight on local business: idtagit

Introducing Jo – by day the friendliest Cronulla postie you could ever meet, and in her spare time, a budding entrepreneur with her husband Tim.

DSC_8619Who are the masterminds behind the idtagit idea?
Look, Tim (my husband) had the bare bones of the initial idea, then between us, we’ve jointly shaped it into the working product people use all over the world today.

How did idtagit come about and how long has it been in the making?
Both Tim & I noticed that the problem of “lost & found” had been around since forever, but wondered why in this day and age it had never been tackled as a topic. Timeline wise it’s taken several long years and heaps of knock backs to get our ideas off the ground and it’s now great to sit back and look how far we travelled with it, since we started drafting the basic concept on a napkin back in 2010.

1505407_757478364275838_573918965_nHow does idtagit work?
With us both coming from a Baby Boomer generation when life was very simple compared to these days, we elected idtagit had to be easy to use and implement for everybody. Add to these two ingredients, our other goal of a “low cost to adopt factor” of less than $3 retail price for each tag we made, we’re proud to say we think we got the combination just right.

We sell a small & discrete hardwearing tag (40mm x 18mm x 1.3mm thick) you can either stick or hang on any of your belongings, and we mean “anything”. We’ve had customers put them on slightly unusual stuff like USB’s, lunch boxes, flippers and football boots, as well as all the standard things you’d expect people to lose frequently.

Each tag has a unique code engraved into it and links via idtagit database to your email address and mobile number. So when a stranger tells us at idtagit they’ve found your lost property, you’re immediately notified via text message as well as an email of the finders contact details, wherever in the world you are. One of the biggest attractions that our tags offer is that they don’t highlight anything about you (i.e. your name, address and so on), which in these days of identity fraud is a great asset to have when marking your belongings.

Before you invented idtagit, what was the most important possession you’ve ever lost?
Good question as it takes me back to my childhood when I lost a small toy doll from my pram whilst being pushed around by my mother in Miranda Fair. The thing (doll) was only worth a few dollars, but I recall vividly the sadness parting from it, demonstrating that sometimes it’s the emotional value of things we lose that are irreplaceable, not always the mundane things like keys & mobile phones that end up in the lost property office.

Some amazing facts on lost property from here in our own back yard show that Sydney Ferry Service collect 150 items every day and on average 250+ phones are lost in NSW each and every day.

We’re most likely to lose our stuff when we travel via air as we’re often stressed, tired and disorientated, meaning more things like carry-on luggage and camera’s never make it to the right destination than you would care to imagine.

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We bet you have heard some stories since starting this business. Are there any good or bad stories that stand out?
The constant theme we see daily and that always shines through via idtagit is the kindness of strangers from all walks of life around the world. People on the whole are more than happy to help each other and we’ve heard of individuals delighted that a person they’ve never met, sometimes in different country, has contacted them via idtagit just to say “Hey, I’ve found your lost property and want to give it back”. It’s this fact that makes Tim & I very proud in our business idea as it shows that humanity is a fuel there is an abundance of, no matter where you are.

10441228_779490428749812_5358400830304504148_nWhere do we buy the product?
At this stage we sell directly online via our website www.idtagit.com. Here you can purchase either a pack of 5 or 10 tags for $23 or $29 respectively, with delivery to your postal address in no more than a 5 working days.

Finish this sentence – I Love Cronulla because…..
As a born and bred Aussie, it’s got all my family and all I would ever want from life, it’s just magic!

How do we find you?
Our website address is www.idtagit.com and you can find us on Facebook here.

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