Wandering: Store Sessions Charlestown
Our team trekked to Newcastle, paying the newly renovated Charlestown Store a visit! We talk local style, tasty food and most importantly, where to find good coffee.
The Tree of Life Charlestown store has been in the same location in Charlestown Square for 21 years but was recently renovated, breathing new life into the store. With it’s close proximity to Newcastle and it’s surrounding beaches, Lake Macquarie, which is the largest salt water lake in Australia, and of course the Hunter Valley Wine Region, it’s easy to see why they have such a wide range of customers! Sharon took a little time out to tell us all about it.
1. How would you describe your store style?
I would describe our store style as easy going, down to earth, welcoming and versatile. Our beautiful customers range in age but we aren’t far from the vineyards, which is where we have some great outdoor concerts both in town and in the Valley and having such a fantastic range of clothing and great accessions we are able to deck them out our customers in their festival and concert wear.
We love our customers and have many locals who come in for a chat and to see our latest range of clothing.
I have a great team here at Charlestown who love the brand as much as our customers.
2. Can you define your regular customer style?
Our tree babes love to be comfortable, yet fashionable. They are boho on trend and love their festival wear. Matching their docs with a play suit, sari skirt or over sized top.
The beach being a massive part of our lives means that we can also help our customers find a fantastic garment to go from the beach to the cafes for a coffee and chat. Newcastle itself is a University town as well, which generally gives the area a more low-key, relaxed but youthful vibe.
3. What are your favourite cafes / bars / restaurants and why?
There are many great cafes around Charlestown and the surrounds. There are lots of fun things to do at Charlestown as well, which attracts people from many miles away especially in the school holidays. And many of them love to call in to see what’s new and grab a new outfit before heading out!
The Beaches Hotel on a Sunday afternoon for tacos and sangria’s while overlooking our gorgeous beach. After a day at the beach, it’s always fun to head to Merewether Surfhouse for a cocktail again overlooking our beaches.
For a more low-key vibe, head to Sherwood Cafe in Newcastle East – they do great coffee and amazing jaffles.
Table 1 Expresso, another great coffee and food, Warners bay. Overlooking our wonderful Lake Macquarie.
Another local favourite is The Edwards on King St in Newcastle – it’s an old laundromat that was recently renovated and converted into a cafe with an awesome bar. It also has a small self service laundromat, a record store and a motorcycle workshop all on site.
4. What are some hidden treasures in your area?
Glenrock Lagoon many walking trails, where you get a mix of waterfalls, bush and ocean.
Warners Bay Foreshore on a Friday afternoon sitting back relaxing on the grassy banks of Lake Macquarie listening to live music.
Darby Street in Cooks Hill is great for some local shopping at small independent stores like Blackbird Corner and High Tea With Miss Woo.
If you feel like doing a little shopping on Darby St, we suggest you stop in at Goldberg’s for great coffee and atmosphere…their pasta is delicious too!
5. How do you relax in your suburb?
I live in a gorgeous little town called Wangi Wangi and for me relaxing is taking my two dogs for a walk and a swim down the lake.
Or a nice cold beer on a Sunday afternoon listening to live music at the local hotel. Gardening is one of my favourite relaxing past times as well.
For most Newcastle locals, or Novocastrians as we are called, the best thing for relaxing is to head to the beach. We have so many options for where to swim but Merewether is generally a favourite. You can swim at the beach or when the surf is too rough, take a dip in the ocean pools that were recently renovated and reopened!