Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Glass Onion Society - Long Jetty, NSW

Want to know the hippest new place on the Coast for coffee?  The Glass Onion Society.  Located in Long Jetty, on the corner of The Entrance Rd and Thompson St, The Glass Onion Society is an espresso bar,  clothing boutique, gallery space, book exchange and live music venue that really has people talking!  And with good reason; they are pouring some seriously good shots, using their own blend - Dreamcatcher.  

The coffee menu is very well priced, coming in around the $3 - $3.50 mark.  If coffee isn't your thing, The Glass Onion Society serves Tielka Tea, which is Certified Fairtrade, organic loose leafed teas from an Australian owned company.  If you're feeling peckish there are always a number of cakes, slices and friands available, as well as some savoury treats, mainly quiche, pies and dips.  I've tried a few things from their menu and they're all super yummy! Especially the quiche with a side salad.  But especially the brownies. 

The spacious espresso bar boasts three couches, several armchairs and countless seats and barstoold, so whether you're there with one friend or a crowd, you'll find a spot to fit everyone.  All of the furniture is recycled, circa 1930's to 1970's.  It's an eclectic mix that feels comfortable and homely and welcoming.  For me, the furniture reminds me of people and places - my grandmother formal living room, the downstairs lounge room at my Aunty's, the dated corner store I went to as a kid, my best friends comfy couch.

The boutique offers some utterly divine clothing, bags, shoes, jewellery and accessories.  Keeping in line with the rest of the establishment, the majority is vintage and retro pieces - styles that are making a huge comeback.  Offering ladies and mens clothing, swimwear and jackets, hats, stunning leather bags and briefcases, sunglasses, wallets and hair accessories, to name a few.  They have stacks of jewellery but to be honest, I have fallen so in love with the SIXD range that I haven't paid much attention to anything else.  

Stock is flying out the door, and for good reason, the quality of the pieces is only matched by the unique and often quirky nature.  What I'm trying to say is, get in quick and check it out!

Artworks adorn the walls and are available to be purchased. From memory the pricing starts at around $100 and goes up from there.  Again, these are selling quickly! Every time I'm in a few more are marked as having been sold.  Some of the pieces are truly amazing  and with between the 30-40 available, there would be something to suit almost every taste.  

Lastly, the staff are just a top bunch of people; friendly, interesting and down to earth, with a great sense of humour!

Opening hours are:

Mon-Thurs: 7:30 - 4:30
Fri: 7:30 - 2:30
Sat-Sun: 9:00-4:00

and come with the following disclaimer:

"Hours are subject to change - public holidays, Mariners games and whenever we feel like it."  

Check out their facebook page for more info. And I didn't get a photo of the spoons.  The spoons are awesome.

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