Lane Cove Business Round Up August 2019

Welcome to our Lane Cove Business Round Up for August 2019.  In this article we tell you about new businesses, renovations, refurbishments and businesses who support ITC by becoming part of our Local Business Directory.

New Businesses

Be.U Natural

Two new businesses have opened in the Lane Cove Arcade.  Be.U Natural stocks natural and organic products and gifts. The owner is Lane Cove local Nicola Conti and she has gone out of her way to stock local suppliers. The shop is located across from Found Gifts and Homewares (they have some really good clothes and gifts) and not far from Four Frogs Crêperie. Please go in and see her range and support a local. It’s nice to see a new retail store opening in Lane Cove.

Babo Tea

Babo Tea has opened in the Lane Cove Arcade in the old Snowberry Store and is serving Bubble Tea.  It has become an instant hit with school kids, if you want quick service do not go into the store between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm because it is packed with school kids.

What is bubble tea you ask? Some say it was created in Taiwan, after a tea house employee was bored and dumped tapioca pudding into iced tea. It turns out it tasted great, soon became one of the tea house’s best seller, and a trend started. Now bubble teashops are all over the world. Flavours can by anything including lychee, kumquat and can be made with different bases like coconut milk tea.

The reason it is called bubble tea is, bubbles form when the tea mixture is shaken vigorously. The idea is to drink the tea and chew the pearls of tapioca.

Smile Kids Parties

Smile Kids parties offers Entertainment Party Package for kids. They offer professional entertainers for birthdays, christenings, child care centres and OOSH. They also can provide entertainers for weddings and kitchen teas.

Their package includes a 15 minute live show using bubbles and singing/dance.  They also offer face painting and balloon animals.  They offer games such as Musical Chairs, Musical Freeze, Musical Limbo and more!  Perhaps you would like games such as Tug of War, Sack Races, Running races, Parachute game or Egg and Spoon?

Phone Smile Kids Parties 0414 482 420.

MultiStyle Painting and Decorating

Lane Cove Local Darren Simpson (who has lived in Lane Cove for over 40 years) and has been painting for 25 years has launched his own painting company called Multistyle Painting and Decorating. He wants to work on local houses as his kids go to a local school. Please contact Darren for a quote as he would love to work with you.

Pete Black Carpet Cleaning and Colour Restoration Specialist

Pete Black has moved from Canberra to Lane Cove and has quite a unique business. He is a carpet/furniture colour restoration specialist. Have you ever spilt red wine, fake blood at Halloween time, domestos on your carpet or stained your leather couches? These stains are sometimes impossible to move but Pete can work his magic and colour match (see below). His facebook site is Pete Black Carpet Cleaning and Colour Restoration Specialist. You can call Pete on 0400 425 326


Bird and Barrel Australia

A new online wine company has launched. There is a Lane Cove connection (the marketing manager lives in Lane Cove and their founder is a former Lane Cove resident who still has family in Lane Cove).

Bird and Barrel Australia offer unique wine gifts which are beautifully presented in a display box. They hand pick their wines from a large portfolio, that is chosen because they represent amazing value from the vineyards and wineries they come from. They showcase smaller, boutique wineries that have individual success (medals).

The can also tailor corporate gift boxes, with a company’s branding that is value driven. They also offer a wine club, that you can custom build by wine variety and have delivered whenever you choose (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, 6 monthly) or just buy a box for that special person.


This is one for all the chocolate lovers out there (and who does not love CHOCOLATE)!!
Two Lane Cove locals have opened a chocolate cafe in Crows Nest called Chocolab.

New Owners

Mowbray Eatery was sold to new owners a few months back.  The new owner is Kash. Kash is pictured below with the Mayor of Willoughby Gail Giles-Gidney (the Mowbray Eatery side of Mowbray Road is Willoughby City Council).

Tres Jolie

Meet Mitra. Mitra has worked at Tres Jolie Lane Cove for five years and now is part owner with Wendy. Tres Jolie recently donated their time and talents as the make up artists for the Liverity Fashion Show.


AL Hair Stylist

Dominic is back.  He can’t stay away.  Despite having a well deserved rest after cutting hair for over 30 years, Dominic will be working every Sunday from 10 am to 4pm at AL Hair Stylist in Lane Cove Market Square.


Stuart Leal Gallery has moved to The Village Shopping Centre.  The Gallery is  now located next door to NiBu Cafe and not far from Soulful Fitness The Village Shopping Centre is across from Coles. The Stuart Leal Gallery stocks Contemporary Indigenous Art.


Lane Cove’s Synergy Youth Centre

Synergy has moved from opposite Coles to a new temporary home at Centrehouse Community Arts Centre at 178 Longueville Road (opposite Lane Cove Library). A brand new Youth Centre will soon be built on the site of the former Youth Centre in Little Street and is set to open in late 2020.

The school term drop-in opening hours for the Youth Centre at Centrehouse Community Arts Centre are:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Selected programs will also run on other days – to find out what’s on offer, be sure to follow the Synergy Youth Centre on Facebook for updates.


Oliver Barkley Pet Supplies

Oliver Barkley Pet Supplies is located in the Figtree Shops (not far from Figtree Vet).  If you don’t have time to visit them during their business hours, shop online from the comfort of your home and know you are supporting a local independent business.  Enjoy FREE SHIPPING on your first order —- Simply enter the code TREATMEQUICKLY2019 at checkout.


New Business Hours/Staff

D’s Damat

You may have noticed that D’s Damat menswear store has odd retail hours.  The store is now a factory outlet.  Their new season clothes will be online and you can order online here.  The online business is upstairs from the retail shop.

Chiropractic Central

Chiropractic Central (located near Agora IGA) has a new chiropractor.  Their wellness centre  will now be open from 6:30am until 8pm Monday to Thursday and 6 30 am to 6 pm on Fridays. This will allow the Lane Cove community to visit Chiropractic Central over their lunch break or before and after work so they can make their health a priority.

They have also welcomed Dr. Angus Haseltine.  He has been a chiropractor for 23 years and loves helping people achieve their health goals.  Dr. Angus is eager to meet the Lane Cove community.

Herringbone Hair Design

Herringbone Hair Design has welcomed a new hairdresser and makeup artist.  Gillian has joined their team.  Gillian loves colour work and if you need a balayage look or foils she would love to help you.



Milestones and Awards

A big congratulations to Len Wallis Audio for winning another industry award celebrating innovation in home technology.

Len Wallis Audio won Best Integrated Home – Level 111’ at the CEDIA awards held in Melbourne recently.

Len Wallis loves what he does and explains the process below:

“There is a lot more to the Custom installation industry than meets the eye, particularly at the top end of the market. The biggest hurdle is that every single job we undertake is unique. There would not two identical installations in the world unless we are cookie-cutting an apartment complex or housing estate. The possible combination of brands across the various audio, visual, lighting, air conditioning/heating, motorised blinds, security etc disciplines that need to talk to each other is beyond belief. Add to that the fact that almost every building is different in terms of construction and design. Finally, and most importantly, every client has their own set of desires and expectations.

Every project we undertake starts with a blank sheet, and every solution is tailored to the individual!”


The Foot Group

The Foot Group is a finalist in the Local Business Awards.  They are located in the arcade just behind Lil Lane Eatery (We can tell you that Andrew is partial to a coffee or two as we see him in Lil Lane regularly).

Raine and Horne Lane Cove

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Raine and Horne Lane Cove.  They opened on 1 August 2017, it was just the three principals running the office with no other staff members, no market share and no rent roll.

Stuart Bourne, Nathan Westerbrink and Alex Banning were at the helm with big dreams of firmly establishing their own successful brand.

Two years later, Raine and Horne Lane Cove now has 13 staff members (and are currently on the hunt for two more), while their team comprises nine sales agents including Rebecca Mitchell, Hazel McNamara and Mary-Anne Fitzgerald.

Senior sales agent Rebecca Mitchell was awarded 2019 agent of the year for Lane Cove by ratemyagent.

For Sale

Manna Bakery (located next door to Coles) is for sale. Find out more here.

For Lease

Lane Cove Council have asked for expressions of interest from operators to operate a food/drink concession kiosk at Blackman Park. The concession stand will probably be located near the new fenced doggie park.

If you’re interested in operating the concession kiosk, click here for the expression of interest document.

Lane Cove Council is looking for an operator to lease a cafe in the new Eva development in Lane Cove West.  Further details here.

DAs Lodged for Businesses In Lane Cove

An application has been lodged to convert the Lane Cove Squash Courts into 4 Townhouses. If this DA is approved, this will be the end of an era as the Squash Courts have been part of Lane Cove for many many years.  DA 110/2019

A DA has been lodged to change use from a Beautician to Hairdressing Salon at 123 Greenwich Road Greenwich DA 108/2019

A DA has been lodged to change the use of a commercial space to an  Interior Design Studio at 145 Greenwich Road Greenwich  DA 114/2019

New Listings in our Business Directory

The information below in the Business Directory Listing section is provided by our advertisers.

Karl & Michael Ferguson – McGrath Lane Cove

Michael and Karl Ferguson from McGrath Estate Agents in Lane Cove specialise in the entire 2066 area, with over 20 years experience selling Real Estate.

They love everything about living and working in the 2066 locale of this great city however it’s not all about Real Estate, friends and family will always come first.
The family has lived in and around Lane Cove for over 35 years, witnessing first hand the changes and challenges faced by what can only be described as the most beautiful locale in Sydney.
With long term experience combined with youthful energy you cannot be in better hands with this team of Real Estate Professionals.


Old Quarter Cafe (located in the old Zivelli’s Cafe location)

Old Quarter Cafe is modern Australian with infusions of Japanese and Vietnamese flavours.

Menu changes weekly, table service, separate takeaway menu and lovely customer service.

If you are a burger fan they have both a Wagyu Beef Burger and a vegetarian Mushroom Burger with miso tempura, mushroom emulsion etc…. yum

They would also like to help you with office/party catering.


New York Nails (Central Arcade Longueville Road)

New York Nails in the do Acrylic nails, Pedicure, Manicure, Spa pedicure, Spa manicure, Gel manicure and Air Brushing. Michelle and the girls are lovely and very talented.

Sophia Skin Clinic (Located at Burns Bay Road Shops near Agora IGA and Renegade Cycles)

Sophia Skin Clinic provides revelational skin rejuvenation to you in a completely non-invasive way. Our clinic specializes in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatments using the latest technology. Unlike invasive procedures and other inferior technologies, the results are immediate and long-lasting. It is quite common to look 5 to 10 years younger instantly. Your appearance can even continue to improve over the next 9 to 12 months.

Central to our values, our HIFU technology is non-invasive. There are no needles, no surgery, nor is any diathermy (burning) involved. Being chemical-free and natural, Sophia Skin Clinic treatments are the safer way to healthier skin and a younger look. Importantly, your appearance won’t degrade as it commonly does when you stop invasive treatments.

Sophia Skin Clinic is a completely private and peaceful sanctuary. Situated down a quiet laneway in leafy Lane Cove, you’ll feel at home enjoying the luxurious space and the green aspect from the clinic.

Sophia Skin Clinic takes its name from Sophia, the Greek goddess of wisdom. Your HIFU treatment will be delivered by Anna who is the clinic’s principal and who has over 30 years’ medical experience. This unique combination of technology and care makes Sophia Skin Clinic the intelligent choice for you to look your best.

Hours: Mon 10-4, Tue 10-4, Thu 1-7, Fri 10-4, Sat 9-12 (Closed Wed and Sun) – Appointments recommended.

Professor Mac – for all your Apple repairs, upgrades, support, training and advice

We offer fast, friendly, professional, personalised service at reasonable rates (read our reviews here). We have over 25 years experience in Sydney as Apple training, repair and tech support specialists.

We can come to you, you can come to us, or we can provide remote support by phone, email or over the internet. We are available 24/7 for after-hours emergencies.

Call us for a free quote. If we don’t fix it, we won’t charge!

Mention In The Cove to receive a 10% locals discount.

We specialise in providing:

  • Upgrades and repairs of memory (RAM), hard drives, SSDs, SuperDrives (CD/DVD), wireless (AirPort/BlueTooth), operating systems, software, etc, for all Macs (iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Mac Mini)
  • Installation and configuration of peripherals (iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, HomePods, AirPort/Time Capsules, iPods, Sonos, printers, scanners, hard drives, modems, networking, MP3 players, digital cameras, mobile phones, home entertainment system integration, etc)
  • iCloud setup and troubleshooting assistance on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
  • Internet and network installation and configuration (wired and wireless, home/office and mobile)
  • Troubleshooting and technical support for software-related issues
  • System tuning, upgrades, maintenance and backup (local and internet)
  • Migration of data and settings from old to new Macs (even ‘dead’ Macs where the hard drive still works) and from PC to Mac
  • Installation of Boot Camp, VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop (to run Windows on your Mac)
  • Training in the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) operating systems, Apple and third-party software
  • General advice on all IT-related issues
  • Onsite (in-person) or remote support (via phone, email, FaceTime or remote access).

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Support ITC

Not all of the businesses noted above advertise with In the Cove – we like to give all businesses a free shout out when they are starting out.  However we are so grateful for those businesses who become part of the ITC Business Community.  Without their support we could not undertake our community and advocacy work.

ITC hit a few milestones recently.  We now have

Facebook – Nearly 15 000 followers
ITC Lane Cove Chat – Over 4500 members
Instagram – Over 5000 followers
In The Cove – Web Site Views – Over 1.6million views since we started our website.

If you would like to advertise and promote your business locally to a very engaged audience email us at [email protected] or message us on Facebook

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