Where: 90 Ryrie Street, Geelong
When: Mon – Fri 9.30-5.30 & Sat 9.30-5
Ph: 5222 4532
Facebook: Ballyhoo Art
Ballyhoo Art, what a gorgeous name for a gorgeous store! On a rainy, gloomy Saturday afternoon, Oh! Hello Geelong popped by another favourite spot for a very lovely chat, a lot of lovely photos and a little bit of a shop. Despite the miserable day outside, this amazing store on Ryrie Street brought a lot of sunshine to our day.
A little bit of history…
The lovely and very driven Sandra Morden, who has a passion and eye for beautiful and affordable art and designer made products, opened the doors of Ballyhoo Art around two-and-a-half years ago. And thank goodness she did! This shop is a visual wonderland!
With years of experience in retail and the fashion industry under her belt as well as a flair for trend forecasting, Sandra decided to fly solo and spent many long months planning and researching in preparation for opening her own store. Following a long search for the perfect space to showcase her treasures, she stumbled across a derelict lot that had seen better days and was in need of lots of TLC; it was love at first sight! After clearing out the rubbish, the squatters and repairing the fire damage, the store was ready for the show to begin.
Since it’s opening, Ballyhoo has evolved into a store offering a mixture of artwork by local, national and international artists and beautifully unique products, again from a wide variety of talented designers, makers and crafters. The common thread is that each piece has been thoughtfully selected by Sandra and is affordably priced. Not only has Sandra mastered the art of sourcing fabulous art and products, but her talent for creating the perfect display is just as amazing.
It would be impossible for us to tell you exactly what you will find when you visit Ballyhoo as Sandra is committed to constant change and thrives on bringing in new pieces on a regular basis. Just like us, she gets easily bored looking at the same things day in and day out. The great thing about this is that each time you visit the shop you know you’ll find something new to love and long for!
Sandra’s favourite treasures in store right now include her range of Wise’ish block art, a brightly coloured dotty felt ottoman by Down to the Woods (find it in the shop window), her selection of elegant Patturn lamps by local designer Rachel Burke and the bold Mexican wall sculpture of which there are only two in the country.
As for our personal favourites, we love Third Drawer Down tea towels, Down to the Woods little lamb garlands, ottoman and cutesy animal / cupie lamps, Patturn lamps, wooden laser cut mobiles, Whiskers Lane tea cosies, Angus & Celeste ceramic jewellery and of course the sweet selection of woodland creatures and owls. Sandra also stocks a beautiful range of art prints, greeting cards and wrapping paper, many of which pieces of art themselves. You can also find Frankie magazine and its publications all year round.