Life hacks to help you tick off your to-do list in 24 hours.

Words: Georgia Rickard

At St Ives Shopping Village you can get around to finally tackling that to-do list – all in within a day. We’ve got everything you need covered under the one roof. Too easy

Get your daily exercise
The Athlete's Foot St Ives walking group

Exercise – check. Socialising – done! “The Village Walkers get together for an hour-long morning stroll every Tuesday and Friday at 7.30am,” says John Rae, owner of The Athlete’s Foot St Ives and Village Walkers co-organiser with Hillary at St Ives Physiotherapist. Meet outside the Community Centre, adjacent to the main entry to The Village (next to Woolworths and Vintage Cellars), and your morning exercise is sorted. Plus, it’s free!

Ask David anything

Never made use of David Southwell – aka the Village Concierge – before? It’s high time you did. “We do everything,” he says – and he means it. From filling your pharmacy scripts and delivering your medicines to your house, to gift-wrapping your Christmas presents and organising your wedding – you can trust David to get it right. “We’re a hotel-style concierge, tailored to a residential environment.” It’s not expensive, either – for $35 you can hand over your shopping list and have it home-delivered in beautiful hampers by the Village Concierge. All together now: ahhh…

Order a no-fuss latte
Cafe Aroma latte

“We’ve been in the same shop at St Ives Shopping Village for 20 years, and we’re still serving the same customers,” says owner of Cafe Aroma, David Feng. Order a coffee made with award-winning beans, and expect it to be made by David himself. After two decades, he makes a pretty mean flat white.

Stock up

Nextra St Ives Village Newsagency

Avoid that last-minute panic and stock up on gift cards at Nextra St Ives Village Newsagency and then when a birthday, engagement or anniversary pops up, you’ll be prepared. While you’re there, pick up some extra stationery (for both the adults’ work and kids’ school supplies) and finish by grabbing a Lotto ticket – just in case.

Sharpen your tools

“Every Monday, we offer a professional knife-sharpening service on site – drop off your knives and garden tools and they’ll be ready by the end of the day,” says Tiff from Plenty Kitchen & Tableware. There are also kitchen accessories to help streamline your cooking.

Make your dog un-losable


It’s late, you’re just home from work and the dog needs a walk. Sound familiar? “If you’re sick of losing your dog in the dark, get them a Rogz Light,” says Amanda Davis, owner at St Ives Purr-fect Pets. “Clip to their collar and turn the light on – it flashes, or glows, depending on your preference – so you can see where they’re going.” For anything else your pets need, pop into Purr-Fect Pets.

Visit our ‘services’ area

Need a watch battery replaced? Or a hole in your jumper patched? Perhaps you really need to drop off your dry-cleaning at XL Dry Cleaners. Good news: it’s all found together in The Village’s most convenient pocket, on Level 1 near the bottom of the travelator. “Batteries, glass and wrist bands can be fixed here while you wait. I can also value watches and clocks,” says Vahe Tomassian, licensed watchmaker, mechanical engineer and owner at Good Times Watchmaker. “We do all kinds of alterations, including leather, and we make clothes. If you’ve got something in your wardrobe that needs fixing, you can change or remodel it with us,” adds Kasim Rhaima, owner at Azad’s Fashion and Alterations. “Easy jobs can be turned around in one hour.”

Grab a quick bite to eat

No time as you’re rushing around? No worries. Call ahead, and your meal can be waiting for you when you arrive at The Copper Pan, says Bee Sata, customer service assistant at the popular café. “We have lots of customers who do that, even for their coffee order. You can also order your food to go, if you like.” Lunch options here range from hearty to healthy – so there’s something to suit every taste, too.

Get that spare car key cut


You know your electronic car key – the one that costs a bomb to replace if you lose it? Usually, you have to return to the dealership to get another cut, but St Ives Shoe Repairs and Locksmith offers a mobile service that comes to you, “and it’s cheaper than the dealers”, says store manager Albert Jangoshian. “We fix bags and shoes, and offer an engraving service, and if you want your shoes dyed, polished or re-vamped in a new material, we can do that too.”

Say ‘thank you’

Everybody has someone they’d love to send flowers to – and even if you’re low on time (or brain power!), you’ll find the ordering process at Flower Village pleasantly easy. Simply pick from the range of sample bunches and hampers (which contain goodies like candles and teddy bears), tell them where you’d like them sent and imagine the look on their face when they open your card. Lovely.

Hack your old albums

Take your old albums to St Ives Camera Centre and get bright new copies printed, or have them scanned and turned into digital files (perfect for Facebook!). “I can fix and correct colour, brightness and imperfections on all old photos,” says owner Tee Ly. “We also do customised frames, canvas prints and can issue passport photos in 10 minutes!”

Time to relax… phew!

A busy day deserves a lovely reward – so you’re officially allowed a break. Indulge and get a manicure at St Ives Nails, or sit down at Cafe Di JJ and order a glass of McWilliam’s Markview Chardonnay, or a Zeppelin Shiraz. “It’s a great place to have a wine at the end of a busy day,” says Cafe Di JJ waitress, Jacqui Nestel. “Sit underneath the skylights, listen to some nice jazz and relax!”