Clarion Hotel On Canterbury
326 Canterbury Road
Forest Hill, VI 3131
Phone: (61) 3 98784111
Fax: (61) 3 98784199
The Toyworld chain of toy shops bills itself as Australia's largest group of independent toy specialists. There are some 200 stores around the country. Check out the website or the phone book for one near you. You are sure to find something to please even the fussiest child here. Stock ranges from large items such as bikes and playhouses down to tiny dollhouse furniture and the latest in toy fads. Check website for more information.
Forest Hill Chase boasts of a vaulted atrium roof to provide a welcoming indoor and outdoor aspect. The pleasant shopping environment includes a number of big name stores, There are also baby care rooms, cloakroom facilities, gift vouchers and motorized wheelchairs available to cap it all off. The centre also includes a children's indoor play centre and Hoyts cinemas for some post-shopping entertainment.
No more queues; Kilmartin's promises a grocery shopping utopia. Their service is designed for busy Australians who still need to eat! Place your order. Their grocery selection is broad, low in cost, their attitude to service is no fuss, and they cover most of metropolitan Melbourne. You will also receive a free bottle of wine with your first order; compliments of Kilmartin's Grocery Service.
Australia's first premium brand factory outlet mall, Brand Smart, brings style to bargain shopping. The 40 retailers providing merchandise at below normal costs include Esprit, Polo Ralph Lauren, Osh Kosh B'Gosh, Laura Ashley, Calvin Klein, Just Jeans, Colorado, Sheridan, Bed, Bath n'Table, Footlocker and Oroton. Cafe Design provides sustenance for weary shoppers. Ample parking available on site.
If your underwear supply is in need of updating, Holeproof Factory Outlet is the place to go. This store stocks a wide variety of Bonds and Holeproof factory seconds and discontinued styles. Bras, underwear, nightgowns and leggings range are impressive and surprisingly, it is not only the odd sizes that feature on the racks and in the bins. Anyone after comfortable cotton undergarments and pajamas can grab a bargain here.
There are over 195 Harvey Norman stores operating around Australia and New Zealand. Each store stocks a large selection of electrical goods, furniture, carpet and flooring, bedding, linen, small appliances, computers, software, electronic games, communications equipment, lighting, home improvements and bathroom hardware, making them the ideal place to find everything you need for the home or office in one location.
Catering especially to fans of vinyl records, this thriving chain of stores seems to indicate a revival in the popularity of the LP. Dixon's claims to have the southern hemisphere's largest range of second-hand CDs, tapes and records. The Blackburn shop is stocked with over 40,000 albums. Second-hand DVDs and video laser disks are also available, as is a limited selection of music videos. Whatever your taste in music, you are bound to find something here.
Many countries across the world would be familiar with Kmart. The name stands for value for money and product range; you can get literally everything here. In Melbourne, the Kmart Plaza Burwood would have to be the icing on the cake. This was the first Kmart store to be built in Australia 30 years ago, and still dominates the retail scene, dwarfing even other Kmart stores (of which there are many). Twenty four hour convenience and 30 further specialty outlets add to the shopping experience; just be prepared to fight for a park!
The Abracadabra store is a surprise packed Aladdin's cave of magic props and supplies, games, puzzles and magic and clown accessories. If you are shopping for kids though, you might want to leave them behind, as some of the wares are of the distinctly risque variety! There is also a range of humorous birthday cards and novelty items. If you are interested in learning the craft yourself; inquire about the magic and ventriloquism lessons offered. For more details, call ahead on the toll free number +1300 66 7609
One of Melbourne's premier tennis supplies retailers, Tension 24 offers a huge range of rackets, balls, sweatbands, clothing, shoes and every other conceivable tennis-related accessory! There is a full size demonstration court available, to practice your new or potential purchases on, and the store also offers a professional repairs service, including 24-hour emergency racket re-stringing. Apart from tennis, Tension 24 stocks equipment for other racket sports such as squash, badminton and racket ball as well.
There is something about The Glen that makes it seem serene even when filled with shoppers. It features a small David Jones department store, Target, three supermarkets, a fresh food section and a dine-in food court with great variety for hungry shoppers. There is free stroller and wheelchair hire, a Gold Club (offering senior's discounts in many stores) and a gourmet club (featuring cooking demonstrations on the first Tuesday of every month). Five levels of parking ensure that you will not have far to carry those shopping bags.
David McGlinn Electronics specializes in service and repair of all consumer electronic equipment particularly Panasonic. The store is also a licensed second-hand dealer, so this could be a good place to pick up a "pre-loved" bargain. The range of expertise includes video cameras, video recorders, digital cameras and televisions, DVD, hi-fi and audio, as well as monitors and computers. Member of Tessa Incorporated, authorized warranty repairer.