The main stretch of Hahndorf isn’t all German pubs, cuckoo clocks, beer and wurst. The Hills town is also a destination for design savvy shoppers.

Alia Elaraj and Scout Edwards transformed this former general store into Poet’s Ode in 2014. The whimsical gift and homewares store is made for people with an eye for detail. The couple knows a lot about design; they live it. Edwards runs Whitewall Photography, and while he’s out shooting weddings, stylist Elaraj can usually be found sourcing and stocking their little store.

They have a thing for simple, classic design and neutral shades. It’s written all over the interior and carefully selected women’s apparel, scents, pantry goods and interior-decorating treasures, all displayed on refurbished cabinets and tables. The focus is on handcrafted pieces and heirlooms of the future.

South Australian brands Good Studios, Vigilantia, VegeThreads, One Seed Perfume, Katia Carletti and India Flint share shelf space with Australian makers and international artisan products. The clothing range includes a collection of natural-fibre garments from ethical brands.

A large room to the rear of the historic building hosts workshops and events such as group exhibitions. The team at India Flint are called in to teach the art of eco dyeing. Katia Carletti runs ceramics workshops and Fiona Todd shows people how to master indigo dyeing. Classes on chunky knits are popular during winter months. Updates are posted to Facebook.

Updated: December 19th, 2018

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