Ofmap­sand mar­malade

Ho­bart is full of be­spoke shops jammed with some sur­pris­ing finds

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - JU­DITH ELEN


I have never en­coun­tered a re­tail out­let quite like this. The team at the lo­cal Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion keeps this old-fash­ioned shop stocked to the rafters with hand-knit­ted gar­ments, es­pe­cially ex­quis­ite baby clothes in match­ing sets beau­ti­fully laid out in open-fronted pol­ished-wood draw­ers.

There are also hand-made con­serves in ev­ery sea­sonal va­ri­ety, from rose­hip and black cherry to var­i­ous mar­malades, as well as beet­root chut­ney, tomato rel­ish and green tomato pick­les (from $2.50). Square fruit cakes are ready for a man­tle of marzi­pan, there are round cakes and loaves, frosted, plain or stud­ded with pineap­ple slices and cher­ries, all im­mac­u­lately wrapped in cel­lo­phane (from $6). It’s a school fete ev­ery day of the week. Knit­ted toys (such as Willy Wom­bat) and dolls are an­other spe­cial­ity and I see a knit­ted tea cosy shaped as a hedge­hog (or is it a chicken?) and an­other as a lit­tle house with a red roof and em­broi­dered win­dows. More: cwain­tas.org.au.


It sounds as though it should be a cof­fee shop, but no, the words traced in white on the glass wall of the shop, me­an­der­ing out from the draw­ing of a chair be­neath an arch­ing tree, an­chor it in the soil.

Tucked away in an ar­cade near the Peacock The­atre at har­bour­side Sala­manca, this is the food shop opened by main­land es­capee, now lo­cal farmer and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, Matthew Evans, with Ross O’Meara and Bruny Is­land cheese­maker Nick Had­dow. It’s a hard­core larder of the very best lo­cal things to eat, in­clud­ing Bruny Is­land cheeses. The web­site (also buy on­line) says it’s stocked from ‘‘the ar­ti­san grow­ers, farm­ers, fish­er­men, wine­mak­ers, brew­ers and pro­duc­ers of Tas­ma­nia’’. Hang­ing hams, bak­ery prod­ucts and grains, condi­ments, Ken­tish Ale made by lo­cal brewer Wil­lie Simp­son at Seven Sheds ($12), lo­cal rasp­berry cor­dial ($14), Huon Dark Ap­ple Ale ($10) and more, in­clud­ing pear cider. I’m of­fered a taste from a big wheel of po­tent un­pas­teurised cheese. More: acom­mon­ground.com.au.


When I visit, it’s ‘‘An­tiques Mar­ket and Cafe’’, but the ad­join­ing an­tiques-fur­nished cafe is go­ing, so the shop is likely to be even more crowded. But al­most ev­ery piece is a gem — a peel­ing wooden rock­ing horse, leather suit­cases, a choco­late-brown bakelite Kriesler man­tle ra­dio ($350), oil lamps, a cop­per jam caul­dron and odd bits of fur­ni­ture. The col­lec­tion of an­tique cos­tumes and es­tate jew­ellery is a knock­out, at per­fectly rea­son­able prices. There are vin­tage clothes, shoes and hand­bags, but the ex­quis­ite pieces of painted china (a green-leafed Vic­to­rian cup and saucer, $65) and ruby glass­ware de­serve se­ri­ous scru­tiny. More: thean­tiques­mar­ket.com.au.


The open front of this sec­ond­hand and an­ti­quar­ian book­shop, tucked away in the lit­tle war­ren of craft shops and cafes, in­ter­nal cor­ri­dors and al­coves at Sala­manca Arts Cen­tre (its neigh­bours are A Com­mon Ground, Space­bar Gallery and The Spin­dle Tree), re­veals a work­ing li­brary-like space of wall frames, wooden trol­leys and ta­ble-top cup­boards, pil­lars of book racks, lit­tle stools,

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