Ipswich’s eclectic Top of Town shops
For those feeling nostalgic this Christmas, for the old-world charm of shopping in independent stores in a traditional streetscape, head to Ipswich’s Top of Town precinct.
This Brisbane Street stretch oozes character and originality as well as the city’s trademark heritage charm. And even better – there are fabulous restaurants and cafes woven into the mix. Here are some of the retailers you’ll find in the Top of Town, Ipswich.
Mrs Claus & Santa
Here’s a whole shop dedicated to Christmas where you’ll find an eye-popping array of decorations, trees and animated ornaments. There are also snow globes, wreaths and lots more. It’s a magical stop at any time of the year but particularly in these lead-up weeks to December 25. Mrs Claus & Santa – 130 Brisbane Street. Phone 0433 490 295.
Fashionistas who love a kaftan or a flowing maxi or something boho-chic and sparkly for the party season probably need to set aside a decent amount of time for some serious browsing here at Soul Sista. The shop has a loyal following who come from far and wide to check out the ever changing range. Soul Sista – 184 Brisbane St, phone 0438 120 084.
Handbags, jewellery and luxury aromatic products are also part of the mix at this lovely shoe shop. They feature hard-to-find brands from around the globe. Obsession Shoes – 197 Brisbane St. Phone 3143 1285.
Oh Jo Jo Boutique
For this season of giving, don’t forget to give something new to your wardrobe. There’s many dazzling labels and accessories lining the racks here at Oh Jo Jo. Another Ipswich gem loved by locals and those who travel to shop here. Oh Jo Jo Boutique – 193 Brisbane St. Phone 3143 2981.
It might claim to be an art supplies shop but Arttime is all this and much more. Also home to the new Art Smiths section showcasing local artisan works. Goleby’s Basement downstairs with music docos and live music from 4.30pm every Friday throughout December. Arttime – 203 Brisbane Street, phone 3812 1188.
R & R Behind Red Doors
One for fans of vintage and upcycled wares with a brilliantly eclectic array on display. It’s one of many vintage outlets the heritage city has to offer. See also the jam-packed The Vintage Advantage across the road and Upcycled Treasure around the corner at 13 Ellensborough St. Upcycled Treasure is just along from Rafter & Rose café. R & R is at 150 Brisbane St, phone 0477 331 108.
Brad Kearton Jewellers
Jewel in the crown of the Top of Town might have to go to this family business. Here you can browse exquisite jewellery and watches or have a bespoke piece custom-designed and created. Brad Kearton Jewellers – 191 Brisbane St. 3281 6800.
CJ Vogler & Son – 140 this year!
Few can match this history! Voglers celebrates 140 years in business this year and is the longest running hobby shop in Australia. Specialising in everything from old-school model trains and planes to the very latest drones. That’s Danielle Vogler-Smith in the picture – she’s the sixth generation in the business! CJ Vogler & Son, 134-140 Brisbane St, Phone 3281 1440.
Beyond the Top of Town there’s still much more to explore in Ipswich. The gift, fashion and homewares emporium known as Country House Gifts and Homewares in the arcade at 17 Limestone St.
For more, see the full list of Ipswich markets and shopping options.