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Why your Wants don't change but your Needs might!

Although we continue to enjoy the things we have always enjoyed as we get older, sometimes our tastes and needs change slightly. Trendy cafes and restaurants can become too noisy or harder to access. If you happen to be on a pension you may prefer to eat in a cafe or restaurant that serve enjoyable but less ‘designer’ and expensive meals.

Our personal care needs can change slightly too. For example; our hair and skin needs change and so too does our fashion needs. We want to be stylish and feel good about ourselves but not be confined to shopping at retail outlets designed for the young or other stores which may not reflect our tastes and personalities. We want clothes and shoes that are not only stylish and flattering but are also comfortable without… looking like they are!

You may care for someone who has particular needs, such as restricted diets, physical or cognitive difficulties. You may like to get out and about but not know where to go where your needs can be accommodated.

Your Directory - Help Us Build it!

Whether you are a person over 65 years, or have a business or service that benefits a person over 65 years, this is the directory for you.

It takes a Village wants to connect you to the goods and services that best reflect your needs within your community by providing the information you need within one central location. But we need your help to do it, after all you are the experts on what goods and services a 65+ year old may need.

Tell us where you like to go, shop and eat so that others may enjoy it too.

Let’s change people’s misconceptions about your personal needs as you get older. Let’s find the best places for you to go so you don’t waste your time or money.

Word of mouth has always been the best way to promote good businesses and services. Whether it is in retail, a hairdresser, beautician, a bank, a health fund, or even on-line businesses, it doesn’t matter – what does matter is that good businesses that cater to the more mature members of the community are promoted and shared so everyone can benefit.

To start you off, ita-V have created a page called ‘New Lambton – Why our elders go there’. Have a look – does your local area have similar things to offer? If so, please let us know.

Contact [email protected] and tell us where you like to go and why? Let’s acknowledge those local businesses that appreciate their senior community so we can all experience what they have to offer too.

Not sure what we are looking for – see below – we have used New Lambton Village as an example.

New Lambton - Why Our Elders Go There

Why New Lambton? Because if you are a more mature Novocastrian, New Lambton offers many services you may be interested in; such as…

  • Popping into Strahan’s pharmacy to renew a script (they have their own parking)
  • Buying that new dress, bag or pair of shoes
  • Sharing a coffee and/or meal with friends
  • Enjoying a cold ale at West’s leagues club
  • Getting your hair done or maybe your nails
  • Seeing a barber for a trim and a shave
  • Picking up some milk at the IGA or quality meat from local butchers
  • Purchasing a unique gift for someone
  • Having your vision, hearing or foot health tested
  • Doing your banking
  • Joining the sewing, pilates and yoga groups at the community centre
  • Participating in a ‘heart moves’ exercise class at the Balance gym
  • Popping into the library to use a computer, borrow a book or read a magazine
  • Taking advantage of air-conditioning and a counter lunch at one of many pubs

As you can see, New Lambton ticks many the boxes it takes a Village (ita-V) is looking for. All businesses are relatively close together, street and IGA parking is free, many cafes and restaurants are accessible for people with Four Wheel Walkers and wheelchairs and importantly staff are friendly and helpful. Also, for those of you that do not drive, bus stops and taxi stands are close to the shops.

The Places Recommended

Hair

Bliss Hair – ‘Ask for the charming and often hilarious Ian who specialises in maintaining the needs of the more mature hairstyle. Good service, good natured, respectful, nice coffee (or champagne) and reasonable prices”.

Bliss Hair Artists

56 Regent Street
New Lambton
NSW Australia 2305
PH: 02 4956 2388

Lords Barber Shop – Nothing but good reviews here. This barber shop has existed for over 47 years and the clientele range from 5 to 95. Friendly and professional and quick! $20.00 haircuts for the seniors – both men and women who have short hair – $15.00 for pensioners. Specialising in beard trimming and hot towel shaves.

3/238 Lambton road, New Lambton

0490 699 023

Beauty

Bliss, Beauty and Body ‘All the girls at Bliss are lovely, professional and respectful and do not push products’. Bliss provides a peaceful, relaxing and quality service and can cater to all your beauty needs. ‘Unlike other beauty franchises, Bliss value their customers and know how to make you feel valued. (How many other businesses give you pressies at Xmas time and discounts on your birthday?)’

58 Regent Street
New Lambton
NSW Australia 2305
PH: 02 4957 2308

Fashion

The Wandering Peacock – Pop in and meet Karina – she is lovely and very helpful’. The Bamboo fibre clothing range is very complimentary and versatile. So soft and breathable. The Lou Lou range is also worth looking at for style, comfort and sophistication and suits petite to the more generous sized women. Both ranges are excellent for travelling and every day wear. This store is fun to browse in, with a large range of unique giftware, jewellery, candles, homewares and books. It is worth buying something just to see the beautiful way Karina gift-wraps it for you. Karina will even post gifts to you on phone orders over $100.

Shop 6/89 Regent Street

New Lambton NSW 2305

Phone: 02 40485422

Eating

Chaddies on Regent Café – Located directly opposite the Primary School on Regent Street, Chaddies is a well-known and steadfast café in New Lambton. Great coffee, good food; which is just fancy enough and at reasonable prices. Provides table service and you don’t have to pay until after your meal. A great place to meet friends, relax and read the paper or hang out with the grandkids – they will love the milkshakes. Sit inside and enjoy the air-conditioning or outside in the courtyard close to nature.

Open Dorz Café – Located opposite the IGA on the Corner of Regent and Victoria Street, Jan and Tau provide a warm and friendly environment – they are especially kind and helpful to their older customers. Great coffee, sandwiches and treats at reasonable prices. Can be accessed via a ramp. Takeaway or eat there – you can’t fault their service.

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