Contributor: Hudson Brown

Hudson is a freelance writer born and bred in Melbourne. His musings on the city’s people and places appear in several local publications. He was the main contributor to The Social Studio: Fashion, Food, Art & Community (2015), a 250-page book documenting the first five years of the groundbreaking social enterprise.

STREAT: Goodness in every drop

Founded in 2009 by scientist-turned-social entrepreneur Bec Scott and her partner Kate Barrelle, STREAT has made a name for itself as a social enterprise that works with homeless and at-risk youth to introduce a sense of belonging through personal and professional development in a hospitality setting. Hudson Brown sits down with Bec to hear the story behind STREAT's success.

Keys to the City: 3000 Acres

Since 2013, Melbourne community garden initiative 3000 Acres has been enabling residents to better access to their city by activating underutilised spaces in urbanised environments. Founded by landscape architect Kate Dundas, 3000 Acres was inspired by a similar New York-based initiative, and has found unique regenerative potential in the grey areas, nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s ever-adapting urban fabric.

Brunswick Tool Library

Established in 2012, the Brunswick Tool Library has been welcomed by nearby residents in need of tools for small-scale projects and DIY jobs. Focused on providing artists, gardeners and renovators with an affordable way to take on a range of jobs, the entirely volunteer-run Brunswick Tool Library, led by president Karleng Lim, aims to transform the way we own and use tools.

Flower of Sorrento

Opened in 1975 by Joe and Vicky Aiello, Flower of Sorrento is a hidden diamond in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill. Now run by the couple's children, Flower of Sorrento has withstood the demise of similar stores in the area, remaining a favourite among locals thanks to its enduring and indispensable charm.

No Lights No Lycra: Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett

From humble beginnings in a Thornbury sharehouse to the basement clubs of Berlin, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett's organisation, No Lights No Lycra, has become a global phenomenon that is putting the fun back in people's lives. “We love the idea of interrupting people’s workflow, saying: nope, get away from your desk, stand up, move around and have a break."

Grafa: grounded in principle

Since 2014, Grafa’s collection of upcycled copper and Spotted Gum garden tools has earned a steady local and international following. Light years ahead of your usual Bunnings fare, Grafa's tools combine a minimal yet warm design sensibility with an environmentally sustainable ethos. Hudson Brown drops by Grafa HQ to talk to co-founders Travis Blandford and Harriet Devlin.