Winter comfort to keep things warm and toasty

Boil the kettle, light the fire, or settle down for a bit, because this week “CityNews” has some winter comforts to keep you warm in the colder months.

THE capital is indeed experiencing one of its coldest winters.

The cold season kicked off with a bang when Canberra recorded its coldest May day since 2000 at -1°C.

Then it had its coldest June day since 2015, dropping to glacial -6C at the airport just before 7am.

Although we have more cold weather to go through, it certainly has its advantages.

Take last month when ACT residents woke up to the beautiful sight of snowfall on the territory’s surrounding mountains, including the Brindabella Range, Tidbinbilla Range and Namadgi.

In the area there are also plenty of businesses that know how to keep things warm. Boil the kettle, turn on the fire or just cozy up
a little, because this week “CityNews” has some winter comforts to keep you warm
through the cold months to come.

Pat Seears, owner of Seears Workwear, right, with his son Shane, left.

More winter workwear than ever

SEEARS Workwear recently expanded its floor space to accommodate its largest range of winter workwear – the largest in the region, says owner Pat Seears.

With over 30 years of providing quality workwear in the Canberra area and a team that draws on over 90 years of combined industry experience, Seears Workwear knows what workers are looking for, says Pat , who runs the business with his son Shane.

The store also offers workwear for chefs, paramedics and firefighters, says Pat, who knows the needs of local businesses and supplies many Fyshwick companies with their work uniforms.

Stocking workwear such as hi-vis workwear, jackets, jeans, shoes and hats, he says, “Everything is of the best quality from the best manufacturers. »

Located on Barrier Street, it says they stock safety work boots, leather shoes and steel-toed canvas shoes, from brands including Puma, Rockport and Dunlop.

Seears Workwear can also help businesses through their Corporate Uniform Services, which provide custom embroidery services for promotional apparel and business uniforms.

Seears Workwear also has stores in New South Wales and Queensland, and Pat says they deliver nationwide.

Seears Workwear, 60 Barrier Street, Fyshwick. Call 6280 4111 or visit

Prohibition bottle shop at Kingston Foreshore.

Bottle shops with more to offer

“PROHIBITION bottle stores in Curtin and Kingston Foreshore proudly display the Urban Cellars banner – ‘more than a bottle store’ – and that’s exactly what you can expect when you walk through the door. either store,” says owner Paul Cains.

“Both stores carry a huge range of products from our Canberra-area winemakers, brewers and distillers,” he says.

“On Mondays you’ll get 15% off Canberra wines that aren’t already on sale.”

Paul says most of the time customers will be greeted by himself at Curtin or Jack in Kingston and will benefit from their friendly and knowledgeable service.

“The Curtin store reopened in October 2021, just before the Canberra closures ended,” says Paul.

“It is located in the rejuvenated section of the Curtin shopping district and features an exclusive tasting room that regularly hosts ‘masterclass’ events for local and national brands of beer, wine and spirits.

“In the coming weeks, the ‘Waffler’s Loft’ looks forward to focusing on a series of masterclasses with local winemaking luminaries including Hamish, of Mada Wine; Nick O’Leary, from his eponymous company, and Nathan from Linear Wines.

“Reservations for these and other exciting events can be made in-store.”

Prohibition Bottle Shop, 39 Eastlake Parade, Kingston and Shop 1, 44 Curtin Place, Curtin. Call 6193 3117.

Unique Meats owner Mathew Hicks, right, with his wife Bec and son Jordan.

Family proud to offer the unique experience

There’s nothing quite like a good, simmered, flavor-rich osso buco on a winter’s evening, says Unique Meats owner Mathew Hicks.

Or, Mathew’s favorite, which is a T-bone with veggies and a nice sauce.

But, whatever it is, Fyshwick-based Unique Meats have been supplying all things meat since 2001.

“We have lamb that was raised in Cowra, from organic meats to halal certified meats as well,” he says.

There are premium steaks, roasts, a wide range of gluten-free gourmet sausages (made in store) and Unique Meats also produces its own smoked ham and meats.

“Our smoked bacon is far superior to the manufactured bacon you would buy from big companies,” he says.

Mathew, his wife and now their son work together in the family business to support the Canberra community.

“Our son was born into it, he became a butcher and he’s taking over the business,” explains Mathew. “Everything is done by us.”

Mathew says they also get weird and wonderful requests such as crocodiles and eyeballs and for a while they regularly sold opossum.

Proud of the well-presented and clean store, he says Unique Meats has excellent staff, who take pride in their carefully handled and trimmed meat.

“We also wholesale and supply meat platters to many Raiders and Eastlake clubs,” he says.

Unique Meats, Fyshwick Markets, G19 Dalby Road, Fyshwick. Call 6295 8573 or email [email protected]

When it comes to beauty, Olivia shines all the way

OLIVIA Robinson, owner of The Glowing Complexions, says their skilled team offers a full range of professional beauty services.

Olivia started working in beauty when she was 15, and eight years later she says she never stopped learning.

“There’s always more to learn, there are all these new ingredients to figure out and it never stops,” she says.

She encourages new people entering the industry to do a lot of training and practice as much as they can.

“I had a hard time getting used to being so close to people, because they’re in such a vulnerable state and you’re close to their eyes. It’s a bit stressful at first, but you get used to it.

Olivia loves working in the beauty industry and loves that there are new things to learn every day.

“Giving people confidence and boosting their natural features makes them feel good about themselves and that’s why I love it,” she says.

“Facials are fun, and it’s satisfying to see the change in people’s faces and skin.”

The Glowing Complexions, 3/16 Weetangera Place, Weetangera. Call 0401 164421 or visit

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