Mini homeware emporium Est in Auburn Rd East Hawthorn is a favourite retail hangout of mine. I especially love it at Christmas time. Proprietor Carolyn Imlach (rolling soap balls in the image above) was almost through her last batch for the year when I called by yesterday. Est is a total sensory experience ... the aroma of the shop beckons customers in from Auburn Rd.
I stocked up on assorted linen ribbons and twines (for DIY projects down the track), handmade Christmas decorationss, a maileg Christmas stocking and a divine Bonnie & Neil table runner. It is essential to spend at least an hour in the shop at each visit, any less and you will not take in all that is on offer.
134 Auburn Road, Hawthorn (Melbourne)