Spoil mum in Oakleigh for Mother’s Day 2017

Spoil mum in Oakleigh for Mother’s Day 2017

With Mother’s Day (May 14) coming up quickly, it’s time to start thinking of ways you can spoil mum.

Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift or looking to treat mum to an experience? Either way, we’ve got some great ideas on offer in the Oakleigh shopping precinct. 

Pamper time

Every mum deserves some me time and with these ideas, she’ll be ready for a night out on the town feeling like a million dollars.

Treat her tresses to some TLC with a wash and blow-dry at Blo Bar or if she loves getting her nails done, the Shellac manicure/pedicures at Yota All About Beauty are a winner. Add on a Dermalogica facial for a special day spa experience.

If your mum is in need of some relaxation, book her in at Beautytheque for an indulgent full-body massage or treatment such as their Hydra Herbal Body Indulgence.

Afternoon tea

Oakleigh is renowned for its cafes and there is no shortage of choice if your mum feels indulging her sweet tooth on Mother’s Day.

Stop by Nikos Quality Cakes for an outstanding array of traditional Greek desserts including Galaktoboureko (custard encased in flaky filo pastry) or Loukoumades (syrupy sweet Greek doughnuts).

For a great cup of coffee (or tea!) head to Vanilla Cakes and Lounge where the display cased filled with delectable sweet creations such as New York cheesecake and lemon meringue tart will ensure you have a hard time stopping at just one.

In the mood for somewhere new? Our guide to cafes in Oakleigh will help you discover a favourite in the area. 

Choose an experience

If your mum loves a market, check out the weekly Oakleigh Rotary Sunday Market where she can pick up some new plants for the garden or uncover a pre-loved vintage treasure.

After something a little bit different? Try a day at escapeXperience – an Escape Room challenge that is bound to test her problem-solving skills and powers of observation.

For a relaxed evening out, treat mum to a cocktail at Risk Bar where she can sip on old classics or sample the “Risk Signature” – it contains fireball cinnamon flavoured whiskey, zesty lime juice, sweetened with sugar syrup and apple juice.

For a beautiful bunch of flowers try Williams Florist, where mum can choose from traditional favourites including roses, lillies and tulips plus a great range of gorgeous natives and potted orchids.

Discover Glam House of Hair in Oakleigh

Annie Tigas of Glam House of Hair in Oakleigh.

L-R: Annie Tigas and staff member of Glam House of Hair in Oakleigh.

Love to indulge yourself a little pampering from time to time?

Glam House of Hair is Oakleigh’s one stop shop for all things hair and beauty, offering visitors a friendly and relaxing salon environment where you’re sure to leave feeling like a movie star.

A newcomer to the Oakleigh shopping precinct, Glam House of Hair opened in November 2015 and is owned by Annie Tigas, a qualified hairdresser with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry.

Ms Tigas, a long-time Oakleigh resident, first became interested in hair at seven years of age when she would stand and admire the two salons in Oakleigh every Saturday morning while her mother did the shopping.

“I’d then go home and set up the bathroom with all of mum’s curlers and dryers and get all my friends to come and play hairdressers,” she said.

Providing all aspects of hairdressing including extensions, the Glam House of Hair team are also specialists in bridal and formal occasion hair.

Additional services include beauty and wellness treatments such as spray tanning, waxing, nails, massage and reflexology.

The Glam House of Hair in Oakleigh.

In addition to Glam House of Hair, Ms Tigas also has her own brand of premium hair extensions called Salon Flair Australia and runs Learn Hair Up Melbourne, a training business located at the rear of the salon.

Here, she conducts workshops and master classes in the art of hair up, formal styling for hairdressers already employed in the industry and those who simply have an interest in learning more about hair.

Ms Tigas said she has enjoyed watching Oakleigh grow over the decades to become one of Melbourne’s “places to be”.

“As I am of Greek background and visit Greece regularly, Oakleigh makes me feel like I’m in Athens everyday,” she said.

“It attracts people from everywhere and you can’t get better coffee than in Oakleigh.”

Glam House of Hair is located at 60 Portman St, Oakleigh.

The salon is open Monday to Wednesday from 10am – 5pm, Thursday to Friday from 10am – 9pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Discover the best Mother’s Day gifts in Oakleigh

Discover the best Mother’s Day gifts in Oakleigh

With Mother’s Day fast approaching it’s time to get gift hunting. Luckily, there are plenty of options on offer around Oakleigh to spoil your mum.

Here are a few ideas:

Mother’s Day cakes from Nikos

Oakleigh’s favourite cake shop, Nikos Quality Cakes has a selection of beautiful cakes that are the perfect treat for your Mother’s Day celebration. For the fashionista mum in your life, Nikos’ creations include cakes in the shape of a Chanel handbag or signature duck-egg blue Tiffany’s box. To order, phone 9569 6338.

A musical celebration

Is your mum a music lover? Look no further than Caravan Music Club’s Mother’s Day celebration. In true Caravan style, “Mums the Word” showcases some of Melbourne’s favourite folk and country performers including Suzannah Espie, Julie O’Hara and Loretta and Tracey Miller. “Mums the Word” is on Sunday, May 8 from 3pm – 6pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $20 for reserved seating. Book here.

Enjoy a pub lunch

Feel like letting someone else take care of the cooking? Treat mum to a three-course lunch at Oakleigh RSL’s Onion Patch Bistro on Mother’s Day. Chef John Wilson and his wife Sue are well known for their tasty home-style food and family friendly hospitality. Make a booking at bookings@onionpatch.com.au or phone 0487 996 154. Cost: $50 per head and includes a special gift for mum, $12 children’s menu also available.

Fantastic florals

Nothing says “I love you, mum” quite like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Williams Florist has some colourful arrangements on offer for Mother’s Day in classic and native styles. Browse the range here.

Pamper time at Blo Bar

Let mum indulge in some ‘me’ time by booking her in for a pamper session at Blo Bar. Beauty treatments include manicures, pedicures, makeup and eyebrows. If your mum is heading out for a night on the town, give her the ultimate red carpet experience with the blow dry and full-face makeup combo for $135. Book an appointment here.

Redevelopment works to improve amenities in Oakleigh

Upgrades to amend Oakleigh amenties

The City of Monash is continuing to make Oakleigh a better place to live, work and play with upgrade and redevelopment works to numerous amenities currently underway.

The council has a $31 million Capital Works Budget for 2015-16, with more than $10 million allocated for footpath, road and drainage upgrades.

Works currently in progress include installation of a synthetic sporting pitch and new lighting at Jack Edwards Reserve, home to Oakleigh Canons FC and Chisholm FC, and the upgrade of play equipment at Reg Harris Reserve in Oakleigh East. New features include a basketball half-court, a shade sail over the main play space and natural play elements that encourage imaginative play.

Facilities in the Oakleigh activity centre also continue to improve with redevelopment of the existing public toilet block on Chester St. Expected to be completed in late July, council has spent $493,000 on upgrades including new walls and roof, new toilets and basins and all-accessible facilities for both males and females.

Here are some more improvements recently completed, or currently underway in Oakleigh:

Parks and recreation

  • Scammell Reserve: planning and design work for the pavilion upgrade has started with construction to begin in 2017
  • Scotchman’s Creek Trail: the 630 metre stretch of path between Stamford and Huntingdale roads was widened in September 2015, improving safety and comfort for cyclists and walkers.

Installation of drinking fountains and dog waste bag dispensers is currently being rolled out in the following Oakleigh parks and reserves:

  • Brickmakers Park
  • Jack Edwards Reserve
  • Scammell Reserve
  • Talbot Park
  • Princes Highway Reserve
  • Reg Harris Reserve.

Oakleigh shopping precinct

  • Hanover St carpark: upgrades were completed in March 2016 to include a new asphalt surface, 15 new car spaces and replacement of the existing kerb and channel
  • Strengthening Oakleigh Project.


  • Atherton Rd: reconstruction of eastern section between Clyde St and Dandenong Rd completed in July 2015.

Road reconstruction and drainage improvements are to be completed in the following streets by June 2016:

  • Lever St
  • Moller St.

Play spaces

Playground upgrades will commence in 2016-17 in:

  • Burlington Square
  • Davies Reserve.

Discover something sweet at Nikos Quality Cakes

Nikos Quality Cakes is renowned for their sweet treats.

Nikos Quality Cakes is renowned for their sweet treats. Image credit: Nikos Cakes Facebook.

If you’ve ever strolled through Oakleigh’s dining precinct on a weekend it’s hard to miss the bustling cafe and cake shop that is Nikos Quality Cakes.

Located on Portman St, the family-owned business is a popular brunch spot with locals and has been operating in Oakleigh for almost 30 years.

With humble beginnings as a neighbourhood cake shop, Nikos has since flourished into the cornerstone of Oakleigh’s cafe culture and established itself as one of the leading cake suppliers in Melbourne.

Denise Paras, Manager of Nikos Cakes said the cafe’s atmosphere and good name kept people coming back time and time again.

“We’ve been here for so long, everybody knows that our product is great,” she said.

Famous for its delectable cakes and pastries, Nikos’ signature products are its traditional Greek sweets including Galaktoboureko, luscious semolina custard encased in filo pastry and Loukoumades, a Greek-style donut soaked in syrup.

In addition to the enviable collection of sweet treats, Nikos also serves a range of savoury favourites and of course, great coffee.

A cake made by Nikos Quality Cakes

A cake made by Nikos Quality Cakes. Image credit: Nikos Cakes Facebook.

Open seven days a week, the cafe is a favourite among families, young ones and retirees alike and has something to please every appetite no matter what time of day.

“We cater for everyone,” Ms Paras said.

Nikos’ award winning special occasion cakes are available to order and include everything from tiered wedding cakes and cupcakes to show-stopping croquembouche towers.

Ms Paras said they loved operating in Oakleigh due to the vibrant culture.

“People come here and they feel like they’re in Greece. We have a lot of customers whose relatives come from Greece, they bring them straight here and they feel at home,” she said.

Nikos Quality Cakes is open 7am to midnight, seven days a week.

Take charge of your health at Oakleigh Recreation Centre

Work on your health and fitness at Oakleigh Recreation Centre's gym.

Oakleigh Recreation Centre's gym. Image: Facebook.

Whether you’re getting in a few laps of the pool before work or getting stuck into a Sunday game of basketball, the Oakleigh Recreation Centre has been an integral part of the local community since the 1950s.

Catering to all ages and abilities, the multi-purpose facility provides locals with a fun and social setting to get active and serves as an informal meeting place for families and friends.

Currently owned and operated by City of Monash, the Oakleigh Recreation Centre underwent major renovations of its aquatic facilities in 2008 and features one of the few outdoor diving towers in Melbourne open to the public.

Open seasonally from November to March, the outdoor aquatic area is a popular spot to beat the heat during the warmer months and features a salt water 50m lap pool plus heated multi-purpose and children’s pools.

Outdoor pool at Oakleigh Recreation Centre.

The outdoor pool at Oakleigh Recreation Centre is the perfect place to cool off in the summer. Image: Facebook.

In addition to the aquatic facilities, the centre also houses a fully equipped gym and health club, four-court indoor sports stadium and an onsite cafe and crèche.

Offering a wide range of social and organised sporting activities, the recreation centre has something for every age and fitness level including basketball, netball, futsal and volleyball competitions, CrossFit and group exercise classes.

A host of professional and qualified staff deliver a number of health and wellbeing programs such as swimming lessons, personal training, aqua aerobics, massage and personal training.

With single, multi-session and seasonal passes available, the Oakleigh Recreation Centre allows both frequent and casual visitors the opportunity to take charge of their health and wellbeing.

The Oakleigh Recreation Centre is located in Park Rd, Oakleigh. It is open Monday to Friday 6am-9pm, Weekends 8am-6pm and Public Holidays 9am-6pm (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).

The 5 best places to grab a drink in Oakleigh

Enjoy a drink on the upstairs terrace at Vanilla in Oakleigh.

Enjoy a drink in the upstairs terrace at Vanilla in Oakleigh. Image: vanillalounge.com.au

Whether you’re on the hunt for a quiet drink after work or a cocktail list worthy of a celebration, there is something to please every taste among Oakleigh’s vast collection of restaurants and cafes.

Here are our top 5 places to grab a drink Oakleigh:

Vanilla Cakes and Lounge

A local institution in the heart of Eaton Mall, Vanilla is renowned for its enviable display case filled with some of the best cakes and pastries in town. The sprawling upstairs terrace offers a well-stocked bar and an excellent vantage point while you sample the inventive cocktail menu and excellent wine list.

Mythos Gyros Bar

Home to some of the tastiest souvlaki in Oakleigh, Mythos Gyros Bar is a classic Greek Islands-style eatery with a modern spin. With a considered collection of wine, beer (Australian and Greek) and traditional Ouzo, it’s also a great place to enjoy a quiet drink. Pull up a stool at the bar or grab a bench overlooking Eaton Mall to indulge in some people watching as you sip.

Cote Terra in Oakleigh offers an open courtyard - the perfect spot to enjoy a drink

Cote Terra in Oakleigh offers an open courtyard - the perfect spot to enjoy a drink. Image: Facebook.

Cote Terra

Known for serving up some of Oakleigh’s best coffee, Cote Terra is located around the corner from the main dining precinct – making it the perfect place to enjoy quiet afternoon tipple. Escape the bustle and kick back with a craft beer in the recently added undercover courtyard. Furry friends are also welcome!

Risk Bar and Tapas

Offering a relaxed lounge vibe during the week and a vibrant party atmosphere on weekends, Risk Bar and Tapas gives locals a little taste of city glam in the heart of the Oakleigh. Enjoy a cocktail in the intimate banquette seating or grab a cheeky afternoon beer in the al-fresco area.

Caravan Music Club

One for the rock ‘n’ roll lovers, Caravan Music Club operates out of the Oakleigh RSL and offers punters quality music and comedy acts without having to venture into the CBD. Catch up for a pre-show drink in the Members Bar or soak up some sunshine in the newly renovated beer garden.




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Your Guide To 2016 Easter Events In Oakleigh

Your guide to Easter events in Oakleigh

Long weekends are a great opportunity to get out with the family and enjoy what the local area has to offer.

If you’re looking for something to do in Oakleigh over the Easter break we’ve got few ideas for you.


For the children

Get crafty with a children’s workshop at Bunnings in South Oakleigh over the Easter weekend. Learn to make an Easter bunny on Saturday, March 26 or an Easter basket on Monday, March 28. Workshops start at 11am. Free face painting is also available. Bunnings is at 1126 Centre Rd, South Oakleigh.

Roam the markets

A must-visit in Oakleigh, the Rotary Sunday Market is a trash and treasure delight with stalls selling everything from vintage books and pre-loved clothing to fresh produce and plants. The market runs every Sunday from 8am to 1pm at the Hanover St carpark (corner of Hanover St and Atherton Rd).

Church services

Sacred Heart and Christ Our Holy Redeemer Catholic parishes are holding a number of services across the Easter long weekend including Stations of the Cross and Easter Sunday Mass in several languages. View the full list of services here.

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