Situated in the quiet pocket between Yarraville and Kingsville, happymaree cafe and gallery provides a relaxing atmosphere in which to sip your coffee, read the paper, and peruse the artworks on display, all of which are for sale. Better still, creative-minded kiddies can take their inspiration to the page at the kids’ art station, featuring pencils, drawing paper, stamps, toys, books, and small-sized children’s chairs and table (resourcefully fashioned from an old ironing board).
We visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon and could have spent several hours sipping coffee, browsing the sculptures, prints and paintings, and just unwinding. happymarie offers badges, cards, screen-printed t-shirts, scrap metal sculpture, oil, acrylic, enamel and stencil paintings, artist prints, and books.
For little visitors, happymarie provides mini clipboards with sketch paper, so that budding artists can wander around, viewing the artworks on display and getting their own ideas down on paper as they go, or practising still life drawing. There are some interesting plants and sculpural items out the back, and even a pirate ship in the bathroom!
If drawing isn’t your kids’ favourite activity, there are also ink stamps to experiment with, as well as a badge maker. Owners Delanie and Mario are more than happy to wheel out the badge maker so that kids (and adults) can design their own badges to take home; at 1 for $3, 2 for $5, and 5 for $10.
happymarie is conveniently located across from JP Junior Everlasting Books, so, after the Thursday morning (11am) story time, you can stop in for morning tea or a decadent baby cino (at $1.50 and including chocolate syrup and marshmallow). There is also a sunny aspect out the front, just perfect for a cheerful stop on a bright morning.
Monday: 8am – 2pm
Wednesday: 8am – 2pm
Thursday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 3pm