Lotus has an Extreme Makeover

Lotus Wellbeing and Beauty has had an extreme makeover. After residing in their present location in the Nundah Central building for the past nine years, we speak with the owner, Angela, about the salon’s complete renovations and what these improvements mean to the life of her salon.

What renovations have been made to the salon?

We’ve completely redesigned the Lotus experience ? new floors and cabinetry have been installed, and we have replaced some of the walls with heavy block out curtains, enabling us to open them to create more space. A separate spray tan room has been added along with new manicure and pedicure workstations.

How will this help provide the products and services at Lotus?

We have improved the space to accommodate both new and existing treatments. The change will enable me to employ more staff and potentially open for longer hours in the future.

What should clients expect after the renovations?

We are maintaining most of our existing treatments and will be introducing new treatments in the future. A new loyalty program will be offered providing clients with extra rewards. Promotions and client nights will be introduced to help educate and show clients the benefits of looking after their skin properly.

What drew you to this industry?

I originally wanted to be a massage therapist. After completing my certificate 4 in remedial massage and reflexology, I decided to combine beauty therapy with it. I have been a beauty therapist for 14 years and recently completed a Graduate Vocational Certificate in Dermal Therapies. I now have a Safety Officers Certificate that allows me to operate Laser and IPL machines in addition to allowing me to perform Chemical peels and Dermal Rolling treatments, completing our suite of skin treatments.

Enjoy the Spring offer at Lotus! Book for a pedicure in August and September and receive a free callus peel treatment to soften and  polish your heels – valued at $25. 1208 Sandgate Road, Boyd Road Nundah Village – (next to Jam Cafe)lotuswellbeingbeauty.com.au


Local Artist Graham Borough

What inspires you?

I have been painting now for over thirty years. The inspiration is, as always, the easy part. It’s everywhere. Putting that spark into an artwork is a way different thing. It takes years and probably more than one lifetime to get right. [me anyway] Mind you, a trip to the Samoan Islands or such really does add a whole new level of ideas.

What are your greatest achievements as an artist?

Staying at it. There have been some lapses, however I keep coming back to it.

How would you describe your artwork?

Color and Line. The mediums may change and the styles be they abstract or landscape require different techniques but the balance is always there. My biggest challenge is always trying to keep the quiet spot in an artwork.

Take us through an average day for you.

Paint in the afternoon. the rest is whatever has to be done and then. swim laps, take a nap and read The Australian. Really, what else can I do for a living? I’m pretty much the only person that would employ me.

What are the biggest challenges of being an artist?

Staying with it and trying to get each picture right.

What are the biggest misconceptions about artists?
That their opinions on things are more relevant compared to everyone elses.

Do you have a favourite piece of artwork?

Nope, though some have stayed around and become part of the furniture.

What life lessons have you learnt being an artist?
Relax, somehow you keep painting

Visit the studio at 19 Chapel Street, Nundah.
Open every Saturday. 


Ton-Up Café & Rocker Classic Motorcycles

MATT JONES IS A man with BIG vision. Owner of Rocker Classic Motorcycles and café-racer enthusiast – Matt has big plans to bring all things rockabilly to his family-run business in Nundah.
Situated in the area since January 2012 – Rockers has just recently opened its café adjoining the motorcycle garage. Ton-Up Café is the first of many upcoming developments for the business.
‘Ton-Up’ refers to riding a motorcycle at 100 miles per hour. The ‘Ton-Up Boy’ counterculture erupted in Britain in the 1950s, and embodied all things rock & roll and café-racer, making it the perfect name choice for the café.
A selection of delicious Byron Bay pies, sausage rolls and even something for the vegetarian is on offer.
Delivering the freshest quality, an impressive commercial grade Nespresso machine provides choice selections sure to match every coffee-lovers’ tastebuds, making a consistently good brew time and again.
You even have the opportunity to win a Nespresso Pixie home machine – just check-in on Facebook and leave your details with the crew. The competition closes in September so get into the draw.
In the meantime, join the loyalty program and receive every 6th cup of coffee free.
Enjoy your beverage while you wander through the garage and watch the mechanics at work. This is a hub where people from all generations meet and swap stories. You will feel welcome whether you ride or not.
Stay tuned – Rocker plans to open their craft beer bar later this year, with old-school arcade games, pool, live music and movie screenings – so get down to 130 Ryans Road and watch the evolution take place.

Extraordinary Local Ballet Talent

This past year has been an exciting year for one of our local ballerinas, Bianca Scudamore. Only thirteen years old, Bianca has graced the stages of numerous theaters winning local and international ballet competitions. Hand picked by Queensland Ballet’s former director, Francois Klaus, she performed the title roles of Alice and Aurora in Queenland Ballet’s productions of “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Sleeping Beauty” respectively.
Bianca’s parents recognized her love for dancing at a young age. “She always loved dancing around the house to all different types of music,” her mother explains. Inspired by Russian superstar, Svetlana Zakharova of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Bianca enrolled in local classes, later progressing to Queensland Ballet’s Junior Extension Program.
This year, she began high school and started a new ballet school. Her school schedule is tailored to her ballet schedule allowing her to train at an advanced level. In April, she attended an intensive ballet program in Melbourne and was asked to join The Australian Ballet School’s full-time program beginning in 2014. In addition, Bianca was accepted into the prestigious three week summer program at the Royal Ballet School in London.
The remainder of this year promises exciting challenges as well. Bianca will be performing the role of Silky in The Brisbane City Youth Ballet’s premier of “The Magic Faraway Tree” at The Conservatorium Theater in Southbank from September 27-29. In addition, she will be performing a child in Queensland Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in December.
The Magic Faraway Tree Sept 27-29 – Tickets via Qtix or visit www.bcyb.com.au.

Happy 175th Birthday

IN 1838, ELEVEN GERMAN MISSIONARIES and five wives were granted land by the colonial government to establish a mission to the indigenous inhabitants as the first free white settlers in Queensland. This settlement has evolved into the Nundah we know and love today.
Records describe the first homes as being all built in a line on blocks of 6 and 7 acres in depth. Each home was of the same pattern and size containing four good rooms and a kitchen.
How times have changed. I’d imagine those early pioneers would not expect Nundah to have million dollar homes or eight storey buildings and over 10,500 residents enjoying the amenities and easy lifestyle we have today.
This years Nundah Village Street Festival will again celebrate the Nundah lifestyle. I look forward to seeing you there.