Head to Surry Hills “I love Surry Hills” mentions Yuki Ishikawa, former muso and now owner-manager of Jazushi. Yuki’s musical path was set from an early age, being born into a musical family, complete with a dad that played the banjo and guitar. His first steps into the world of music began at six years […]
Head to Surry Hills Richard Campbell is the owner and manager of Eloura Lifestyle Hair Salon & Day Spa, an oasis of tranquility in the middle of Surry Hills. After decades of working as a hairdresser in his native UK, one decade of that spent at London’s Selfridges, Richard was after a change of scenery […]
Head to Surry Hills Chris Deale spent 20 years of his life in the corporate word, “I couldn’t see myself staying in that world for the rest of my life, so I made a change”. And what a change it is, as he’s now the owner/manager of the popular Dove & Olive pub. “It was […]
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Geoff Bracken, the boss behind Acme Framing, is quick to ask “Do you know what Acme means? It means highest point, point of success, of achievement. What it isn’t, is the ‘beep beep road runner’!” And that point of success overflows at Acme, with some of the best designers, framers, conservators and craftspeople in the country working under his roof.
For over ten years, Geoff worked as a rehabilitation nurse, until one day an injury saw him have to leave the health industry. But then serendipity quickly stepped in, when Geoff tagged along with his friends who were picking up some framed pictures completed by the then owner of Acme.
At the time the owner needed someone to help in the business, and Geoff, with his enthusiasm and skillset for woodwork, was the chosen one to do so. Shortly after Geoff purchased the business, and as the saying goes, the rest is history, two decades and still counting.
Being bespoke framers means every job is unique. “It’s an involved process, one that sees us work closely with the artwork and the expectations of those having it done. Because there’s so many ways you can frame a picture, collaboration is important.” One way is using the Acme Profile, a frame that has become so popular that leading molding companies have copied it, which Geoff laughingly points out is “rather flattering.”
This article first appeared in Urban Village
The new vet clinic and hospital at 537 Crown Street is “striving to be different, but in a good way.” Lachlan Colquhoun called by for a visit. Dr Nima Rahmani is a very youthful looking 39 years of age, but he says he aged around ten years from the stress of his veterinary exams. This […]
Head to Surry Hills David McGuinness is the co-owner of the bread-based movement, Bourke Street Bakery. An establishment no doubt on many Sydneysiders’ minds from the moment they wake. With crusty seeded sourdough, flaky pastries, crumbly cookies and fresh coffee to wash it all done. Although having been open for over 13 years, the recipe […]
Head to Surry Hills Jennifer Shin manages the Devon Cafe, not much more than a skip, hop and a jump from Central Station. This Asian fusion cafe maintains an entirely unassuming frontage, while its ingredients within take you by surprise. The unorthodox food and drink menu complete with unique cuisine and classics with quirky twists, […]
A fixture on Crown Street for 25 years, Matt and Cheryl Clarke have raised a family and run their business from the same location. Look for the wall mural on the terrace opposite Crown Street school next time you need your hair done. Matt Clarke jokes that he and his partner Cheryl have raised […]
“This gym is a bit like the Tardis,” Lynsey tells me as we climb the stairs to its second level, “from the outside it looks pretty small, but we fit a lot in here.” Lynsey, Mac and Mac’s mother Susan run Hiscoe’s Gym on the corner of Crown Street and Miles Lane. The family run […]
“I love colour and I love seeing people happy about colour. Dying is about transforming something that’s yours already and making it exactly what you want.” Rosemary Wright-Dyer and her husband David started Cullachange in 1990. Since then it has developed to be an Australia wide business, with the introduction of their CullaPac postal service […]
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