While most of us don’t need an excuse to lounge about in our activewear, wellness studio Happy Melon’s newly opened cafe definitely encourages it.
Happy Melon offers meditation, yoga and dynamic fitness classes in exquisite studios on High Street, Armadale, fitted with marble tiles, timber floors and mint joinery. Handmade light fittings are by Anna Charlesworth, and there are artworks by Leila Jeffreys on the walls. Hanging and potted plants make this a warm, inviting place to call your yoga home.
Just around the corner on Willis Street, the Happy Melon team has opened a new cafe and Pilates studio. There’s Industry Beans coffee, treats from Raw Love Superfoods, gluten-free bread from Oliver Lane (apple, date, walnut and fig, or pumpkin, quinoa and chia), as well as complimentary wi-fi, herbal tea and fruit.
“We want people to feel like they can stay for as long as they like,” says co-founder Simon Davey.
Davey says he hopes the new space will bring people together at a time when modern life can hinder community connections.
“A while ago a lot of people looked to churches … for belonging and community,” he says. “But not as many people are these days … so these studios and wellness centres are almost becoming that for some people.”
The new space will exhibit pieces by emerging artists, too. Julius Killerby, a 2017 Archibald Prize finalist and Melbourne-based artist, is showing works at the cafe until the end October. Ceramicist Minaal Lawn will be next, followed by Felix Conran, co-founder of furniture brand Maker & Son.
Unlimited yoga and meditation memberships start at $65 a week, and casual yoga classes are $28. Davey hopes to start hosting workshops, book clubs and events soon, too.