Greythorn Soul – August 2019

What’s new at Greythorn this month

Upgrade works at Greythorn Central are on now almost completed. Lovely new gardens, interactive seating areas and crazy paving walkways greet shoppers at Greythorn Central to improve your shopping experience.

We thank all our loyal shoppers for your patience while these works have been under way.

New at Greythorn this month is the Thai Massage and Relaxation in Agnes Avenue. Try them out for a treat to your overall health and well-being. 

Boroondara Eye Care celebrates 20 years

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The vision of a much-loved Greythorn Central business is testament that providing good service and caring about your customers goes a long way to keep you in business for 20 years.

Booroondara Eye Care this year celebrates 20 years of service to three generations of families across the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Optometrist Paula Monaco started Boroondara Eye Care in the business premises at 264 Doncaster Road, on the corner of Harrington Avenue with a vision (no pun intended) to offer optometry services to the Balwyn North area, which at the time did not have an optometrist in the area.

Paula Monaco says, “I love working in a community-based shopping strip as I get to become part of the daily lives of many of our local residents and my patients have become very loyal.

“My first job was at the Victorian College of Optometry (now Australian College) where I taught students as well as consulted at a few of their community clinics including clinics for low vision people.

“That time taught me that it was imperative to have the latest technology in equipment and keep up to date with changes in lenses and contact lenses. This allows us to offer the best options to our patients but also makes work enjoyable and diverse as we are always challenged.”

The years have gone quickly for Paula Monaco. She fondly remembers first meeting some of her patients when they were in strollers and now they are working or studying adults and she continues to be an integral part of their vision care. At the same time, the circle of life has sadly seen some patients pass away.

“I am privileged I have the joy of working with the generations of families and being in their lives.

“We try to encourage and promote good eye health, catering for individual needs and do our best in giving outstanding service. We encourage routine eye checks as there are many eye conditions that can only be picked up with a thorough eye examination. Continuing education for myself and my staff is important in keeping abreast of what’s new and available,” Ms Monaco says.

Meanwhile some of her long-standing patients have their own story and journey to tell of having their eye health under the careful watch of Paula Monaco.

Lois Peters has been attending Boroondara Eye Care for 18 years.

“I am so satisfied with the attention I get and how efficient Paula is with my eye care,” Lois Peters says.

Janet Sharples has been a patient since Boroondara Eye Care opened.

“I remember when Paula first opened her optometry in Greythorn. I have been coming here ever since those first days,” Janet Sharples said.

Geoff and Margareta Williams speak glowingly of the quality service they receive at Boroondara Eye Care.

“Paula is extremely careful, honest and provides the best advice and options to her clients. She has a great personality and is an asset to any community. We always look forward to our appointment with Paula,” they said.

Paula Monaco has been an integral participant of the Greythorn Traders Association holding positions of chairman, treasurer and committee member. She has been pivotal in advancing the feel and style of Greythorn Central and the many services it offers shoppers.

Halloween 2019Planning under way for Halloween at Greythorn

The marketing team at Greythorn Central is busily preparing for another stellar Halloween event at Greythorn Central on Thursday 31 October.

For the past seven years, Halloween at Greythorn Central, on Doncaster Road, Balwyn North, has hosted a spectacular event of all things spooky celebrating what has become a global event celebrated across many countries.

At Greythorn, the event has grown to be a huge fun of the fair event with lots of activities and show rides on offer and this year is going to be even bigger and better with some great new activities happening.

This annual free event will offer something special for everyone and Greythorn traders make it a super fun day for everyone.

Children can enjoy lolly giveaways from 4-6pm or until lollies run out. From 4-8pm there will be a full carnival and fun activities planned all along Doncaster Road and side streets at Greythorn Central. Among the activities planned include show rides at Centre Way, face painting at various points on the shopping strip, photo booth, balloon clown and great prize giveaways by our MC throughout the afternoon capturing all the hijinks and great costumes of the afternoon.

The public is invited to come dressed in their spookiest outfit to scare the traders into handing over their lollies.

More than 55 Greythorn businesses will be participating in this year’s Halloween event and families are encouraged to stay on til early evening to enjoy the carnival and festival atmosphere and have dinner at Greythorn.

The public is invited to support the great community stalls that are raising funds for various charities. Any community group wishing to host a fundraising stall can contact Greythorn Central marketing coordinator Yolanda Torrisi via email

Entry is FREE and all activities are provided FREE.

Come and enjoy the fun this Halloween at Greythorn Central shopping on Doncaster Road at Balwyn North.