It’s the birth of a new era in Chippendale, thanks in large part to the creation of the Kensington Street precinct. Three restored terraces, with access from Kensington Street and Spice Alley, are giving the food-heavy area a homey vibe all its own. Here’s what to visit:
This florist’s new outpost – an extension of a Camden location – features flora and foliage of all types. Behind the terraced front, a dedicated team of “floral warriors” create arrangements for a variety of occasions. “I hope customers experience sensory overload,” says owner Ashleigh Stewart. “The scent, the touch, the look of gorgeous flowers en masse is so special, and we want Clementine Posy to be an oasis that they can pop into and enjoy without feeling pressured to purchase." They’re great with bouquets, celebratory services and other floral installations. And if you’re after a single stem, they do that too.
Mind Over Manor
Bursting with homewares, Mind Over Manor has everyone and anyone’s décor situation sorted. It stocks Hunter boots; Bondi Wash products for home, self, and dog; a selection of leatherwear from Status Anxiety, La Busta and The Goods; Salus creams and body products; and a variety of candles. There an extensive selection of linens (Maybe Turkish and The Beach People towels); stationery and paper art by Blacklist; and tea infusers by Fressko. The expansion to Chippendale is an exciting one, says owner Hayley Priest-Batrouni. “I feel Kensington Street is adding some more funk to Chippendale’s already serious art and creative scene,” she says. “It’s a great community to be a part of.”
Between Mind Over Manor and Homeware and Design at Kensington St sits the newly opened Glider KS, a Thai-inspired cafe that will soon straddle the daytime and nightlife scenes.
Homeware and Design at Kensington St
Senija Douglass’ terrace spot is an extension of her interior-design business, an interactive space (where “everything is for sale”) that allows clients to get a hands-on feel for what she does. The shop stocks artwork by local artists and handmade products by local artisans (soy candles by Hutwoods, and Archon body- and dog-wash), as well as internationally sourced home furnishings (hand-embroidered pillows; terrariums; and an assortment of ornaments for the home). “I guess it’s all of my favourite things,” says Douglass. “A bit of luxury, and a bit of glam.”