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Lord Mayor's Commendations 2019

July 2nd, 2019 — News

The Lord Mayor's Commendations acknowledge and celebrate the long-term commitment of independent small business proprietors in the City of Melbourne.

We congratulate City Precinct members Sally Mackinnon along with Hilda and John Simonds from Erika Boutique, who both received recognition with this prestigious award.

Styled by Sally - Owner Sally Mackinnon
Having operated in Melbourne for over 15 years, Sally is the official stylist of Melbourne’s Emporium Shopping Centre, with both local clients and clients who travel hours from regional areas for their seasonal styling sessions. As the business has grown, Sally’s team of stylists have been carefully selected to represent her personal ethos to working with everyday men and women – down to earth, relatable, empathetic and friendly.

From her intuitive and personable approach with her clients, to her rock-solid loyalty to the retailers she works with, Sally's reputation speaks for itself. Whether her clients are stay at home mums, blokes on the tools, professionals or students, Sally’s knowledge of body shapes, trends and the local retail market allow her to meet the needs of her clients regardless of their budget.

Erika - Owners Hilda & John Simonds
In the heart of Melbourne in the historic Stalbridge Chambers sits Erika: an independently-owned fashion boutique with a vibrant range of clothing, jewelry, millinery and accessories.

Hilda Simonds’ vision is to dress women in unique, interesting pieces and prides herself on styling outfits and matching accessories for any occasion. Her ever-changing window-displays showcase Hilda's exquisite eye for detail and seasonal trends. With a penchant for brooches, Hilda’s treasure trove of over 1000 is a sight to behold.

John Simonds is the man behind the scenes managing the business operations, bookkeeping, inventory and online orders. John particularly enjoys the Spring Racing Carnival, when the store comes alive with horse brooches, handbags and millinery. What a great excuse to get down to the races to see the season's latest winners (both on and off the track!).

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See the people behind the small businesses that make Melbourne so unique in the City of Melbourne annual photographic exhibition celebrating all the recipients of the Lord Mayor's Commendations.

Displayed in Melbourne's iconic Block Arcade, the evocative black and white photos capture the proprietors of our city's most loyal and longstanding small businesses in their place of work. It's moving, it's memorable, it's Melbourne at its best.

The exhibition will run from July 1 - 15 in The Block Arcade.

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