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April 18, 2024

Improve your life

The best way to improve your life is supporting local. Adelaide makes a lot of cool things – pretty objects, intelligent media and well-cut clothing. We've selected a few of our favourites.

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  • Words: Sharni McPhail, Estee Loke and Helen Karakulak
  • Graphic: Jayde Vandborg
  • Pictures: Supplied


Bear with us city-dwellers, because this one requires a bit of a drive but is worth it. Located in the Barossa Valley is a quaint little pottery studio, Goldie & the Earth. Owner Aleshia Webster and her adorable dog Hugo conduct intimate pottery classes throughout the day. Goldie & the Earth is the perfect place to enjoy a break from your busy life and play with some clay.

Aleshia’s work is inspired by the organic, earthy and rough forms found around the Barossa.

Find out more at the website.


This article first appeared in our 2024 Festival edition, which is on streets now.


POLKA co-founders Ben and Emma Mellows have the perfect beverage collection if your New Year’s resolution involves cutting back on your alcohol intake without sacrificing the enjoyment. Dedicated to harnessing the excellence of South Australian grapes and native botanicals, POLKA has curated a drink range of spirits to sparkling that give you a flavour hit without the hangover.

Shop the range at the website.


What do you get when you mix high-vis with high-fashion? Hey Reflect’o! Adelaide-born Lisa Penney keeps cyclists stylish on the streets with sustainably sourced eco and recycled fabrics. You might recognise the brand from when their high-vis masks kept us sane and safe in 2020.

Lisa has expanded her creations beyond humans, crafting high-vis vests and accessories for our furry friends as well.

Get your hands on some high-vis at the website.


Fencesitter have a range of charming, elegant jewellery including shower-proof earrings, sensory pieces and upcycled creations. If you’re after a statement accessory, CityMag’s pick is the Bronco, a cowboy boot-shaped earring from Fencesitter’s collaboration with Stuff by Glad. They offer private workshops perfect for you and your mates to get creative and make your own pieces, complete with accessible venue and drink options. Keep an eye on Howdy Partner, their Richmond Road store, for ticketed workshops open to the public too.

Shop the range while you’re there, or head to the website.


These aesthetically pleasing handmade ceramics are the addition to your tableware that will make your home totally Pinterest-worthy. Various shapes, colours and textures inspire Mud & Sand Ceramics owner Carina as she carefully creates in her home studio in Bridgewater.

These handcrafted, functional pieces, like the gingham mugs and bare bowls, are food and liquid-safe while being gorgeous to look at.

Shop now at the website.


If TikTok has got you on the dopamine dressing trend, which blends style and self-awareness to enhance our daily mood, then these Glitter Buggin statement earrings are for you. Created by local social butterfly Erika Owen, she even offers workshops so you can make your own earrings.

If you’re feeling “so fetch” CityMag recommends picking up something from her Mean Girls collection, available at the website.


This made-to-order label from South Australia has styles inspired by the colourful coast of southern Italy and shows off bold prints and statement colours. Their flirty and quirky ethos shines through in their preppy girl corset in Josie-Rosie print.

If you’re after something a bit more pared back, CityMag loves the Frankie cropped jacket in denim.

Check out their instagram and shop from the website.


Be part of the Australian native food revolution. Meaning ‘good’ in the Adnyamathanha language, Warndu is a South Australian Aboriginal business that wants to make you feel good and do good with their eco-conscious food and botanicals. Co-founders Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard are driven by a profound commitment to honouring their heritage.

If you’re after a cosy night in between gigs, CityMag recommends a bush botanical infused candle and lemon myrtle tea, available now at the website.


The past few years have been tumultuous for our health sector, and highlighted just how crucial workers in the medical and nursing communities are. SOL Society are choosing to look on the bright side, making colourful, patterned scrubs to bring joy to healthcare workers and those they work with. Alyssa Ebert, one of the founders of SOL Society, is a radiation therapist who knows first-hand how cheery scrubs can turn around a challenging day.

Their sunny orange and lemon print sunburst scrub is the one that first made CityMag smile.

Snag some scrubs at the website.


Foliage Plant Studio is a sanctuary for plants, decorative pots and terrariums and provides helpful advice and information tailored to everyone – no green thumb needed here. Located at Grange Road, Flinders Park, every plant is carefully selected with love and treated with care until they become part of your home. Whether you’re after an alluring Monstera Thai constellation or a low-maintenance succulent, Foliage has got you covered.

Check out the range at the website.


This Adelaide-based brand offers a sustainable alternative to plastic bottled water for when you’re on the go. The plant-based packaging is sourced from sustainable sugar cane plantations. Even the ink that prints their logo on the carton is water-based, which is kinder to the environment than solvent-based inks. Boxed Beverage Company director Stephanie Mazzone says they’ve done temperature checks on the cartons on hot days. They’ve found that Waterbox stays cooler for longer and doesn’t release all the chemicals that plastics do when they’re heated up and left in your car cupholder for hours.

Find a Waterbox at Romeo’s and Foodland or via their website.

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