Shine Gifts and Fashion, a locally owned and operated business opened in Cullen Bay in 2008 and at Darwin Waterfront in 2011.
The owners are passionate about providing unique products for both locals and visitors. The shops are stocked with colourful wall art and home decor, beautiful opal and pearl jewellery, children’s jewellery, hair ties and scrunchies made in store, as well as hats, sarongs, sunnies, beach towels and beach toys.
The extensive range of souvenirs include drink coolers and coffee mugs in Aboriginal designs, stubby coolers, shot glasses, placemats, coasters, crocodile products, and many fridge magnets which are labelled “Darwin”. The shops have a nice lot of post-cards, many of which show tourist destinations that the staff have photographed and had printed. All are labelled to show their location, and even include a cheeky crocodile photographed at Corrobboree Billabong.
Anne, one of the owners who has lived in Darwin for over forty years, is an image consultant and understands the need for comfortable fashions for the Top End climate. Anne designs and sources cool tropical garments which range from sizes XS to XXXXXL. She will also alter garments if required. This year Shine Gifts and Fashion has expanded the range to include some Men’s shirts as well as summer styles for the increasing number of young locals who are visiting the stores.
Located in two of the most popular locations in Darwin, the stores offer something for everyone, from young families to tourists and grey nomads. Darwin Bus Route 14 travels between Darwin Waterfront and Cullen Bay and will deliver you to both shops. Also, the ‘red bus’ goes by every couple of hours.