In the words of Joan Crawford herself, “…the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.”

Positioned in the leafy greens of Paddington, and directly across the road from Darling & Co sits Purple Daze. They’re one of Brisbane’s most experienced boutique hair salons with over 10 years industry experience and a knack for anything from touch ups to total transformations. Both a neighbour and a friend, Purple Daze and Darling & Co share a number of things in common – a love for all things fabulous, a relaxed, vibrant and comfortable atmosphere, and a great menu! Offering everything from blow-dries to style cuts, foils to event styling, they’ll even throw in a chat and some famous hairdresser therapy for free!

Purple Daze is just one of the many local businesses that’s given Paddington a reputation for having a lively atmosphere and community focus, with regulars having spent years frequenting their favourite cafes, antique stores, bars, restaurants and beauty salons. Being Paddington’s newest sweetheart, Darling & Co is thrilled to be joining such an established and fun-loving community, and we just love to meet Purple Daze customers crossing the road for a drink and a chance to show off their newest ‘do’!

If you’re looking for specialised and professional service, Purple Daze is the place to be. Long time industry professional, owner and senior stylist, Lisa, and her right hand ladies pride themselves on quality service and giving you a cut, colour and style you’ll be raving about until your next trip to the salon. With an extensive colour knowledge, thermal ionic styling tools and a Nak product for every hair problem under the Paddington sun, there’s no one in Brisbane you’d rather trust with your locks. So next time you stop by for lunch with the ladies, take the girls over the road and introduce yourself – you’ll thank yourself when you’ve found the (hairdresser) love of your life.

After all, life’s too short to have boring hair, darling, so we’re so happy to be neighbours to the best boutique hair salon in Brisbane. Purple Daze – you can borrow a cup of sugar off us any time!

Lovers of all things floral, artistic and beautiful, the now Bris-famous Flour & Bloom is brightening cafes all over town, one bouquet at a time. They saw the need for a little extra colour and nipped it in the bud, stocking blooms at over 25 cafes, restaurants and salons peppered from the north to south of Brisbane. From mason jars to flower crowns, our friends are never short of a little flower power, and we’re stoked to be stocking their blossoms at Darling & Co.

Flour & Bloom has made it their mission to “floralise” Brisbane, a verb they’ve coined to express their passion for spreading the flower love as far and as wide as possible. You’ve probably seen their buds around, wrapped in their signature brown paper and tied together with a trendy little string of twine. From roses to sunflowers, they stock the most fresh, seasonal flowers available, and their posies could only be described as a fairy garden of delicate, vibrant and whimsical blossoms.

But their talents aren’t limited to beautiful bunches at hot spots like Darling & Co. Flour & Bloom offer a ‘flower bombing’ service where you can flower bomb your favourite someone and brighten their day with a little delivery from the flower masterminds. Or, if you’re feeling a little crafty, they run flower crown classes on the regular – perfect for special occasions like hen’s parties or bridal showers.

So next time you’re chasing a little flower love, looking to flower bomb a friend or send an end of year thank you, look no further than the world of flower power sitting at Darling & Co waiting to brighten your day – compliments of Flour & Bloom.

When it comes to sourcing the freshest, seasonal produce to put on a plate, there is not a single chef in the world who wouldn’t agree that locals always do it better. In this regular unearthing, we dig up the dirt on the local producers providing the ingredients in the Darling & Co kitchen. Read about their backstory, understand where your food comes from and discover just why Darling & Co’s food offering is leaps and bounds above the rest.

 

And the freshest fruit and vegetables in Brisbane are…

‘From farm to table’ is a phrase tossed around a lot in the market for fresh food – but one local producer is truly living and breathing those words every day. Suncoast Fresh is an owner operated business with a core of experienced staff who pride themselves on being produce professionals in every sense. Sourcing all their products from local growers on the Sunshine Coast, they take the time to find the juiciest fruits and tastiest vegetables, and ensure there’s no long transit and storage periods from the farm to the plate.

Having the freshest fruits and vegetables means staying in tune with the seasons, and Suncoast Fresh’s Season Guide is the perfect tool to identify what produce is in season all year round. So you can find out what standout Suncoast Fresh ingredients are making their way onto the plates in the Darling & Co restaurant!

 

The star vegetables of summer

Suncoast Fresh provides Darling & Co with all its fresh fruit and vegetables. One dish where you can see their produce really shine is the simple, yet popular, Summer Vegetables. This classic dish really puts the produce front and centre – it’s literally a selection of summer vegetables, including carrots, beetroots and asparagus, served with lashings of labneh as a base. With a stunningly elegant appearance, it’s a perfect example of a modern contemporary dish that’s only made possible with the freshest local produce. See what all the fresh fuss is about and come and try our Summer Vegetables for yourself!

 

For a closer look at everything Suncoast Fresh, visit suncoastfresh.com.au.

Darling & Co prides itself on plating up the freshest local produce. As the ‘& Co’ in our name suggests, we choose to work in partnership with our local suppliers – selected because of a shared passion for quality, simplicity and customer experience.