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17th December 2016

Give LoKAL Gifts this Christmas!

Ahhh yup it’s a week before Christmas and we’re no where near organised… How about you? Fear not, dear reader, We Love KB has hit the streets to bring together a gift guide for all tastes and budgets, we’ve even got present ideas for people who say they don’t want one.  Self-proclaimed food snobs, kids, adventurers and home bodies are all catered for.


Gifts for Foodies…

Coffee beans from Just a Little Cafe – really awesome tasting blend, and you can get next day pickup on these if you want a special type. They also buy in awesome decaf beans if you have an aversion to caffeine.

Owl pot holders from Fossick Handmade – guys, they stop your hands from getting burnt AND they look like owls. So multi-functional!

Binduli Wines bottle of port (literally so delicious, you have to try this)

Sai’s Copper Bowl dinner – Western and Indian menus and it’s BYO now!

Cava tapas feast – our faves are the classic patatas bravas, and the beef tartare

Pizza board from Chunky Timber Co – made out of the top of an old wine barrel which is pretty awesome. These boards have a dual purpose – chop up your pizza with the sharp edge, then serve on the board!

Beer tasting paddle from Beaten Track Brewery – blindfold them and take them to the brewery for a tasting! Also they serve pizza there now so you can make a night of it. Best to book ahead.

Brunch date at Just a Little Cafe – if you like a healthy heart: smoothie bowl or chia pudding. If your stomach is more powerful: eggs benny on a freakin CROISSANT.


For the friend who thinks they’re royalty…

Hamper from Fossick Handmade – a gorgeous selection of fun treats and special gifts, all wrapped up beautifully. They will also make custom ones for you.

Kimono dressing gown from Indulge Cosmetics & Fragrance – ultimate royalty outfit. If you buy this you have to take a picture of you wearing it whilst casually splayed on a chaise lounge with cucumber slices over your eyes.

Jewellery from Natural Gold Nuggets & Jewellery – dripping with royalty. They have awesome local gold jewellery here and also really awesome minerals and geodes and stuff. So pretty.

Gravity hair cut – pampered from head to toe.

EM Potts & Co piece – Kalgoorlie-designed garments made in WA. Impossible? Nope. These are all stunning.

Flower head piece from Fossick Handmade – all royal princes and princesses are required to wear a flower crown at all times.

Cluse watch from Raw BTQ – so stunning and also, they tell you the time! Multi-purpose!

Bow tie and suspenders from Live Footage – you’ll be the MOST dapper-dressed in Kalgoorlie, guaranteed.

Napoleon Perdis Christmas pack from Indulge Cosmetics & Fragrance – if you’re into makeup you’ll love this little pack. Lots of awesome colours and it’s great value.


For the adventurous spirit…

Running gear from Sportspower – they have some mad sales racks at the moment if you’re on a budget, otherwise go all out and get some brilliant runners to take you up Nanny Goat Hill.

Goldfields Revitalise treatment – to knead out the muscles after a big adventure!

Goldfields Air Services flight lesson – YOU CAN GET FLIGHT LESSONS IN KALGOORLIE this sounds like the funnest thing ever and if you want to gift one back to us we don’t mind we’ll accept it thank you very much

Golden Quest Discovery Trail book from The Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor’s Centre – this is the best for adventuring further around the Goldfields! Heaps of history and hidden gems, as well as an audio guide to listen to on the roadtrip. Really great way to spend a few weekends over Summer. You can ask the knowledgable team at the centre about road closures and where the swimming spots are while you’re there!

Cool swimwear from Kalgirly – since moving to a bigger premise on Hannan Street, Toni has a huge range for all ages. They have awesome round mandala towels here, perfect for our super hot Summers in Kal! (they also double as a picnic blanket)

Stussy activewear from Noble – the society – this is not your average activewear…it comes in leopard print and everything!

Swell water bottle from RAW BTQ – perfect to keep drinks hot or cold, and major bonus points because it doesn’t leak (yisss)

Cool minerals from Natural Gold Nuggets & Jewllery – these are so pretty and awesome! Perfect to have  a piece of the Goldfields in your home. Remember your adventures with an awesome little present for a mate. Or yourself. 

Layby a flight to somewhere exotic at Helloworld Cruise & Travel – yes you can layby flights here. Awesome! If you wrapped up the layby receipt with a little info booklet about the place you’re going this would be a very cool present. Also lasts way longer than an object – memories are forever!


For the cozy-blanket-cup-of-tea kind of friend…

Book or CD from Collins Bookstore – really brilliant selection including a mini ABC shop and free gift wrapping! woooo.

Painting from Bush Blossom Gallery – amazing selection of local art and artefacts here. The best thing is you can get tiny paintings for like $10 but also enormous paintings for a thousand bucks. Whatever your budget, they have some incredible work in this gallery.

Framed picture from Black Crow Studio – from small matted prints for $30 all the way up to giant custom framed photos, this is a one-stop for gifts. Lots of beautiful art for sale here which is ready to go, or you can also get them to print up something personal for you.

Nom Nom candle from the Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre – all natural Australian scents, locally made, and very cozy.

KB Community Garden membership – what a fun idea! They host sessions every Sunday and you can go down to Hammond Park and tinker around and help out planting stuff. So great.

Super cute jelly planter from Fossick Handmade – Fossick have a great range of planters and vases by Aussie homewares designer, Angus & Celeste.

Biophilia locally made tea from Just a Little Cafe – our favourite is the Ginger Blush, but there are heaps there. These are also sold at Go Vita where there is slightly more selection.

Cool geode thing from the Museum of the Goldfields – SO PRETTY. Also they have healing powers and stuff. Team it with a crystal book for a great little present.

Carriages Restaurant – dinner with a friend – Mouth watering steaks at this place. Best night ever.


For the old school glamourous…

Silk scarf from Simply Gorgeous Gifts & Homewares – lots of different styles and they’re locally dyed!

Silk flowers from InBloom Floral Design & Gifts or Daphne Florist– the best thing about silk flowers is a) you can’t kill them, b) they look stunning forever, c) you can get awesome varieties in Kalgoorlie.

Wine rack from Chunky Timber Co with a bottle of special Binduli Wines white or dessert wine with suspended gold nugget – so glam. So special. So local. Everything about this is yes please.

Local jewelry from Goldfields Arts Centre – heaps of cool stuff for sale, just next to the Box Office at the GAC. all locally made!

A membership to Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club – cruise through the gate at any race meet and gain access to the member’s bar. Never wait in line at the bar in those towering heels again. Totally worth it!

Gold nugget from Natural Gold Nuggets & Jewellery – classic Kalgoorlie and will be a special gift to keep forever.


For the tiny humans…

Old fashioned lollies from Simply Gorgeous Home & Giftware (also has teddy bears and trinkets) – wrap everything individually if you have the patience, a great way to look like they’re getting heaps of presents but you actually didn’t have to sell your Nan to afford it all.

Goldfields Air Services scenic flight over Super Pit, Nickel Smelter and pipeline including commentary – SO FUN.

Hi-vis mining shirt from Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre – imaging how many likes you’re going to get on the Instagram post featuring parent/child matching hi-vis shirt photos.

Craft stuff from Chez’s Crafty Affair – this is a double present if you take them to the store and let them pick out the stuff they want, because the store is enormous and they’ll be occupied for an hour looking at stuff.

Amazing megashakes and make your own Pancakes from Bliss Cafe at Hannan’s Boulevard – fun and messy! All the best kid things at once!

Movie vouchers from Orana Cinemas – some bangers coming out over Christmas, make sure you go and utilise the best aircon in Kalgoorlie.

New bathers from Kalgirly – they have tiny bathers there with watermelons on them. Get on it.

Sweet as tiny snapbacks from RAW BTQ – if your tiny human is super cool, or you just want them to look super cool.


For the one always ready for a boogie…

Lot 35 cocktails – it’s really nice looking in this place and the cocktails are solid. Its location means you can either head down to Judds or up to the Exchange for the rest of your night.

Thairapy hairdo – get ready for a night out with a fancy new trim!

Sheffields pizza oven hire – you can literally hire a pizza oven and someone to make pizza from it. In your backyard. SOMEONE MAKING PIZZA IN YOUR BACK YARD.

Superga sneakers from Noble – the society – way more practical to wear dancing than dumb strappy sandals. Treat yo feet guys.

Playsuit from RAW BTQ or Live Footage – very cute outfits here and all super on trend.

Paddy’s dinner and beers then on to the Exchange! – they have great live bands playing here on weekends so make a night of it!

Lush Body and Soul foot detox, sauna and massage – rid your body of toxins and get ready for NYE at the Gold Bar!


For the one you just want to spend time with…

Zach-Harry’s burgers up at Mt Charlotte to watch the sunset – great burger, romantic spot, and the whole of Kalgoorlie at your feet. Literally what else do you need.

Mid week lunch at Lemongrass Thai & Vietnamese – they do super cheap lunch specials, and the food is fresh and so tasty. If you’re suffering from the heat, go full Thai and order dishes with 3 red chillis on their cute menu ‘heat index’.

Katherine Station dinner – this is a little restaurant within Best Western which is actually pretty cute. Go try it out.

Prime West Grill cocktails & and a fancy dinner before popping across the road for a movie at Orana Cinemas – date night set. Do it on a Wednesday to catch the latest Film Harvest offering!

Cheese knife and local pickled onions from Fossick Handmade, and a hamper of picnic stuff from O’Connor Fresh SUPA IGA (fresh bread yes please) – the best picnic ever! Take a hamper up to somewhere speccy (top of the museum headframe, Mt Charlotte, Nanny Goat Hill, Karlkurla lookout, parks…) and have the most Kalgoorlie picnic ever.

For the person that doesn’t want a gift but you still want to give them a gift…

Fuel card from Eagle Expresso – a really practical gift but something that makes a boring task like fuelling up extra fun because they won’t have to pay for it.

Coffee voucher from Relish Cafe – everyone likes a free Monday morning coffee.

Eat Pizza meal voucher – such good pizzas, and they deliver! Too easy.

Chopping board from Chunky Timber Co – these things are stunning, aged for two years then sanded back and polished with orange oil. All made from local recycled timber.


10th December 2016

Meet Tanya & Eshe from Goldfields Revitalise

We Love KB writer and photographer Georgia Foulkes-Taylor gets better acquainted with the dynamic mother daughter team behind Goldfields Revitalise.


“Sometimes you do forget to look back and see what you’ve achieved.” Eshe Christie and her mum, Tanya Kemp, have been building their business Goldfields Revitalise for five years now. They have gone from Tanya practicing in a small home studio, through a shared space in a public building, to their brand new very own premises, which officially threw open its doors last month.

The business now provides a huge range of services which range from traditional massage to holistic health services and lymphatic massage. The team have also branched out into community caring activities like a trades swap board and a fresh produce share basket. Tanya said these ‘old fashioned’ systems were designed to connect people. “With our help you can put your skills out there and also your needs, and with our help we can connect people that can help each other,” she said.


The team have recently returned from a professional rock tape course, and have a ‘Trying to Conceive’ holistic info night and Youth retreat in the works.  Within the holistic health range, Eshe and Tanya can offer kinesiology, reflexology, reiki and spiritual healing. Eshe said within the business itself the women aim to provide a peaceful and productive space.

She said she has recently been practicing verbal praise, making sure Tanya knows she recognises her hard work. “Because it’s a mother-daughter relationship, you do slightly take that person for granted sometimes,” she said. “When we started working together I think we started recognising our differences as skill sets, and strengths. At work I look at Tanya in a business way and it’s easier to recognised strengths and work practices that way. As mother and daughter we’re so different, and personality-wise there were clashes. Working together we’ve come to really appreciate each other’s strengths. The best part of this is knowing we have seen each other at our absolute worst and our absolute best. We see the potential in each other, and on the other side I know if I put a silly idea forward I know I’ve got nothing to lose.”


Tanya agrees, saying Eshe is like her sounding board. “She started showing an interest early on, and I’ve always included her in the business decisions,” she said. “She’s a clever girl and she’s always honest, so we can talk about things and work things out together. Sometimes she challenges me because she’s so honest. I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I didn’t say we didn’t have our moments where we disagreed, but that comes with being honest. We can always see the merit in each other and we challenge and push each other personally and business-wise.”

The reason many of the services the business offers are in practice is because Eshe and Tanya have identified gaps in the market in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. One of their aims is to provide physical support for new mothers, and feminine balance for all women.
These include one-to-one baby massage sessions which Tanya runs, as well as maternity massage, yoni massage which is for feminine balance and fertility.


It’s obvious to me the relationship between this mother and daughter team is one of the driving successes of the business. Both women are very well aware of both who they are as individuals, and how they relate to each other.  This kind of awareness is so rare, and really refreshing to hear. It’s a certain kind of emotional maturity to be able to recognise strength and weakness in the self.

Both women are also quick to praise the other. “Her biggest one is her organisational skills,” Eshe says about Tanya. “They are a-ma-zing and I envy her so much on that part. She always jokes I’m organised chaos, but I’ve always been that way. Her care factor; her nurturing nature is amazing. She can just keep going. Sometimes I look at her and think oh my god mum, I would have just walked away, but she just keeps going and she brings out something in people. She goes the extra mile to make sure they get what they need. My biggest drive is my Mum. Seeing her succeed, and going back to clients and seeing how we’ve been able to help them – seeing the business thrive – it just works.”


Tanya never lets herself take full credit for the business growing so rapidly though. She always acknowledges Eshe’s contribution. “I think because Eshe is young and innocent, she stops me overthinking and overanalysing,” Tanya says. “She helps me see it as it is. I always think it’s better to give it a crack rather than sitting on your arse wishing you’d done it. She has a fresh approach to issues.” Having been through a lot together, the women both agreed working together only strengthens their personal relationship.
“We know each other’s potential,” Eshe says.


Goldfields Revitalise and Infantastic

The leading local Remedial and holistic service provider 36 MacDonald Street, Kalgoorlie T: 08 9021 8266


Georgia Foulkes-Taylor has two arts degrees and actually uses them every day. She’s a creative producer, multimedia specialist and adventurer, who works on creating meaningful and long-lasting culture. She grew up here, loves donuts and really really really enjoys yoga.


1st December 2016

St. Barbaras Festival 2016 and Museum of the Goldfields Open Day

The annual St. Barbara’s Festival is a tribute to our patron saint of mining, the history of mining in Kalgoorlie Boulder and a celebration of our regional lifestyle.


Beginning this Thursday the 1st of December, keep reading to view the full itinerary of events of this year’s TransAlta St. Barbara’s Festival.

St. Barbara's Festival Mining Memorial held in Kalgoorlie Boulder as part of the St. Barbara's Mining Festival

Photo courtesy of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Miner’s Memorial

Thursday December 1st – 6:30pm

Held in St. Barbara Square, this solemn event is a remembrance of those who have lost their lives whilst working in the mining industry. We pause to pay respects to their memory and grieve with their remaining friends and family.

Santa isn a vintae car underneath the headframe at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Museum for the St. Barbara's Festival | We Love KB

Photo courtesy of the Western Australian Museum Kalgoorlie Boulder

Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Open Day

Saturday December 3rd – 9:30am to 1:30pm

The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a great place to learn about the history of our city and the Goldfields. Their annual Open Day is a celebration for all ages and entry is free! Included in the 2016 event is a petting zoo, hula hooping workshop, musical entertainment and the opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa.

This year there’s also a sponge cake competition with a gorgeous prize to be won donated by Fossick Handmade.

Bring a little cash to spend for the sausage sizzle, coffee van and museum gift shop (Christmas presents!)

KCGM Mining haul CAT truck travelling down Hannan Street Kalgoorlie as part of the St. Barbara's Christmas Parade

Photo courtesy of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TransAlta St. Barbara’s Parade

Sunday 4th December – 3pm

Undoubtedly the most unique Christmas Parade in Australia this event is where mining machines make their way down Hannan Street and you have got to see it with your own eyes to really understand the magnitude of these giants.

Thousands of people will flock to our CBD to get a prime spot along the parade route to view the community floats, dressed up vehicles and the finale, a giant CAT haul truck.

The parade usually lasts an hour from start to finish and is partially shaded. We suggest bringing a water bottle and hat and something to carry home all the lollies in!


#StBarbs2016 Photo Competition

You could win $500 by simply sharing your favourite St. Barbara’s Festival photo! All you have to do is upload to either your Facebook or Instagram account and hashtag images with #StBarbs2016 – easy peasy!