Brunswick Bound is no secret to the Northsiders of Melbourne… Susie and Rob Arambasic opened this great bookstore in Sydney rd, Brunswick in June last year, and its quickly become a firm favourite. It’s the only bookstore of this calibre in the area (the closest similar options being Readings in Carlton or Brunswick st Bookstore in Fitzroy).

Susie and Rob both surprisingly come from backgrounds in the financial sector(!), but have always harboured an ambition to open a bookstore like this. They’ve got 3 kids, and have lived in Brunswick for 12 years.. so when the opportunity came up to lease this generous space on Sydney rd, they jumped at the chance to realise their dream!

Brunswick Bound ticks all my boxes – a great selection of books, (a particularly great design section), a couple of comfy chairs to curl up with your favourite finds, friendly service and a fantastic fit-out. Love that counter-top! Susie and Rob’s good friend, architect Christie Petsinis helped them out with the interior design of the shop, and that fantastic counter was her idea.

But the icing on the cake is the gallery upstairs, which regularly exhibits the work of local artists. Actually, apparently it’s free for artists to exhibit there. How great is that? This large, sunlit space above the bookstore is managed by Melbourne artist Arlene TextaQueen. She curates the exhibitions, and puts on an afternoon tea party for each new opening! What more could you want?

Brunswick rocks. :)

Brunswick Bound 361 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056 ph. 9381 4019 Open Mon-Sat 10.00am-6.00pm, Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm