Thursday, January 27, 2011

FIND - Hands to Hold and urban paper cuts

We are not always the first to write about spots in the city, that is not our mission, but to share them, as we like them is! SO if you have not found this lovely little gallery yet, don't fret, there is actually not much room in there any way! BUT a recent exhibition opening has compelled a post here! DO SEEK it out!
Kathy Fahey's Work ( from

Its a tiny difficult to find gallery called "Hand Held" - Its upstairs in the Paramount Arcade
108 Bourke Street, Melbourne..    Look for Suite 18.. 

Jan 13 - Feb 5:     Melbourne artist Kathy Fahey presents her work :  'To Penang and Back'. 
This is a collection of the artist books, sculptures of sorts in paper and drawings inspired by a month Kathy spent as artist-in-residence in Penang in 2010

We at Hidden Secrets Tours walk the streets daily, and Kathy's deft and beautiful small works are an inspiration for us to re- look at our own surrounds.. 

What will you take away from Hand Held Gallery Melbourne?.......

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tomorrow = LAST day to send in your clothes for Flood Fundraiser

Alice Euphemia in the Nicholas Arcade, Melbourne
We certainly love a good bargain, and a good deed, and when they are put together... we have to share!!:) 
Our dear friends at Alice Euphemia - yes the ground breaking store in the Cathedral Arcade of the Nicholas Building -  are having a fund raiser at the end of this month - one day only on January 29th a raffle is also going on , so Tomorrow 22 Jan is the last day that you can take your best unwanted clothes, that will then be sold, and 100% of Proceeds will go to the QLD RSPCA flood relief programs. 

SO Get to it, those of you who are near, feel good, New year wardrobe clean out, and dip in your pocket for an amazing raffle prize!

Or thoughts go out to all of the Flood Victims of Australia and especially for us Victoria - , and today to the Pyrenees region - amazing wine growing country is preparing for the worst  donate to the Victorian Flood relief via the Redcross 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Music is the remedy - Flood relief! The Corner Hotel ->in Ultimate Art Series Hotel prize

We have been overwhelmed by the engaging nature of the local communities everywhere, and before we knew of the devastation heading to Melbourne, we made a donation of our fabulous Sommelier's City Walk to the "Sound of Music To Help Ease The Pain Event" this Thursday at the Corner - which has sensationally has sold out!
The  'Ultimate Arts Series + Friends experience' with the following is being raffled off on the night. 

Dont forget about the Victorian Floods - where you can donate to:

Get those deep pockets ready - great raffle prizes even if we say so! - check out the list of items as below... and enjoy this Amazing Melbourne Indulgence.. and the music will be all the sweeter!!  ( hint hint....)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Finally the Ultimate opportunity we can share!

Fiona and the team at Hidden Secrets Tours after a month of secrecy are so pleased to be able to share that we were hand picked to share Melbourne with Oprah's Ultimate Viewers over two days in December 2010.             It was the Ultimate Viewers holiday after all, so we steered clear of the paparazzi, and gave them a true Melbourne City morning stroll. A good coffee, a little chocolate, and some shopping ideas in our wonderful Lanes and Arcades!
***The show goes to air on Wednesday here is Australia, so don't forget to Watch on this Wednesday 19th January - we were probably too discrete for their cameras, but it will be a must watch show! Who knows who you will see.  - There really is nothing like Australia!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FIND your Coffee Relief this FRIDAY for Queensland Flood Relief Appeals

We love coffee, just check out our latest projects.. but how proud we are to be Melburnian, when so many of our favourite coffee houses are joining in the opportunity to HELP.. SOMEHOW.... SEE LIST BELOW

If you are like us, we are so not sure what to do to help, but every little bit, in a bank of little bits, can actually make a pretty sizeable donation.. We will have news about a fabulous Live Show fundraiser for next week, that we are donating raffle prizes for!

BUT !!! Owners of Melbourne's cafe 65 Degrees have come up with a great idea they’ve called Coffee Relief to raise money for the Appeal. see Twitter or facebook for more during the day #coffeerelief - So head out and buy a coffee at one of these and hopefully many more cafes TOMORROW - FRIDAY 14th JAN 2011 -

From what I can glean from all the Blogs tweets and Posts... these are the places to go!
  • 65 Degrees : 309 Exhibition St Melbourne will donate all proceeds from the sale of their 250Gram retail bags of FRESH coffee
  • Elevenses Espresso Bar: 585 Little Collins Street, Melbourne - will be donating tips, 40 cents from each coffee & profits from each 250g bag of coffee and donating it to QLD RSPCA
  • Human Powered Cafe 562 High Street Thornbury donating to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal & RSPCA QLD, i.e.: a tip jar & whatever else we can think up by Friday.
  • Cafenatics : 500 Bourke Street - will donate $1 from every coffee sold
  • 3 Bags Full : Nicholson st. Abbotsford will donate $1.00 from every coffee sold
  • Campos Melbourne - 144 Elgin St, Carlton
  • Monk Bodhi Dharma Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava will donate $2 from every coffee sold
  • Windsor Deli 33 Hornby Street Windsor - is in too
  • Friends of Mine: - 506 Swan St, RICHMOND will donate $1.00 from every coffee sold
  • Studio Movida - 138 Cotham Rd, Kew is in !
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