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THE UMBRELLA SHOP | It may not be a secret for Launcestonians, who know the landmark shop at 60 George Street from their earliest days as the very place to run to if it starts to rain when you’ve forgotten your umbrella.

Visitors are always intrigued to come across this sweetly old-fashioned shop filled with umbrellas, teatowels of the kind that make great packable lightweight souvenirs, some stunning aprons, too, with matching padded oven cloths, and gifts with a Tasmanian provenance. Apart from spanking new and very fashionable umbrellas there is an interesting display of umbrellas that spans a century.

The sign over the door says R Shott & Sons, but today the shop is run by the National Trust, saviours of many an old Tasmanian building or historic property from greedy developers or neglect. Long may it rain.
(03) 6331 9248 — PH

Photographed by Alan Moyle

DEJA VU | Almost hidden in one of the older arcades at Salamanca Place in Hobart's waterfront precinct is a tiny secondhand bookshop packed floor to ceiling with books — good books — preselected with care and attention. Find out more here.

SESSIONS IN THE PUB | Every Saturday afternoon from about 3.30pm, an eclectic group of musicians descend on the New Sydney Hotel, 87 Bathurst Street, Hobart, for a carefree jam session. There's often more musos that drinkers. Come to think of it, it is not a bad pub the rest of the week either. — AM

THE FLOWER ROOM | The Flower Room, upstairs at 147 Liverpool Street, is one of the few co-operatives in Hobart and sells flowers in season at very reasonable prices. Better still, you’ll find blooms that are not always available at florist’s — such as roses that are perfumed and bunches of divine smelling sweet peas. Fresh seasonal fruit and vegies are also available, along with golden-yolked free range eggs and Lucaston Park Apple Juice at a price as tempting as its taste. It pays to shop early, as supplies go very quickly. It opens from 8.30am until sold out, which is sometimes as early as 11.30 the same morning. Phone if you wish to have something kept for you or to order in advance. (03) 6223 2744. — JS

CAKE DECORATING SHOP | A family affair, at 4 Cascade Street, South Hobart, with home-made cakes and biscuits that you might not have time to make yourself. Closed on Sunday and Monday but open from 10am to 5pm for the rest of the week. A specialty is delicious, real, sponge cakes in vanilla and chocolate, unfilled — create your own spectacular with your choice of filling. You may need to call ahead to be sure of getting one, although there are usually some frozen and they thaw extremely well. The rock cakes are delectable and you will also find a variety of biscuits at reasonable prices for great quality.
(03) 6224 0722, email: cake@bigpond.com.au — JS

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