Slow to wake up on a Sunday

By Rhonda Dredge

There is a chance to catch up with the culture again in the CBD by trying to behave normally in the streets, arcades and underground passages.

In the two years that have passed since the virus struck, it has digitally strengthened its grip on our daily lives.

But in Campbell Arcade, vinyl still sells well, even on a Sunday.

You can browse the boxes of used records in this heritage-listed passage to Flinders Street Station and buy half a dozen for $ 20.

Retro is big here, with new releases of producer and rapper Swizz Beats and vintage label Tommy Boy Records.

An exhibition of alternative realities is on display nearby in Dirty Dozen glass showcases in the arcade, all with a cosmic theme.

The Metro Tunnel project has hacked into this excellent part of town, home to a creative bunch of artists, writers and music dogs.

Rumor has it that the danger has been averted and the CBD’s most beloved record store Wax Museum was open, after convincing the city of Melbourne to hand over the key.

The plan to throw them all out of tunnel construction has been postponed time and time again, the record guy explained, and what about structural issues in terms of construction, they feel safe at the moment.

“All I know,” he said, “is that you will be able to access Flinders Street Station from here and a new tunnel downstairs.”

Not everyone is as devoted to their product as the Wax Museum. Most places are still closed on a Sunday in the CBD.

There were only a few tables out in Degraves St to support the return of café culture, and at the top of Bourke St there was only a café for two booksellers, which put pressure on the waiters to keep the literary talk going.

In Flinders Lane, newcomers Brunetti’s were open to those visiting the library, but other faithful ones, such as the Journal and Duke’s Coffee Roasters, were closed.

CBD resident Lura Wilson celebrated her 30thth birthday with a small cake from Brunetti’s topped with gold leaf.

She was hardly extravagant with her festivities, after attending a performance of Absolute Riot on Friday night at The Toff and spending the rest of the weekend hanging out at home with her rescue cats.

She waited until next weekend to go out to a dance party with her friends, she said.

During the pandemic, she started a company called Dustbunny Eco Cleaning Company, where she employed her girlfriends.

“I’m pretty outgoing,” she said. “I’m from the Midwest, Minneapolis. I have an insane work ethic. It was hard not to work on my birthday.” •

Caption: Lura Wilson steps out for a cake at Brunetti’s.

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