If you were to stand at Taylor Square 15 years ago and compare it with Oxford St now, you would be blown away by the changes our little strip has had. Wasn’t there a palm tree slap bang in the middle of Taylor Square?
Some like the changes, others refuse to return, while many have no idea what used to be where and take it for what it is.
I’ve often talked about my start at Cafe 191 on the corner of Oxford and Flinders Sts. It was the -˜IT’ cafe where you would wait for 30 minutes for a coffee but the hope that one of the sexy waiters would touch your shoulder while he apologised for the tardy service would make it all OK. The position was perfect for me to see new clubs/pubs sprout.
With these clubs now celebrating birthdays I see myself saying, Remember when that was a bank?
One birthday I’m very excited about is Stonewall. I went to the opening, and had a chocolate martini at the restaurant/bar it used to be and I think I cashed a cheque there when it used to be a bank.
It’s mind-blowing that Stonewall will be turning 12 this Friday. Has it been that long?
I started work at Stonewall in late 2000. I was approached by the entertainment manager at the time. He said, Maxi, I think we can do something together. The rest is history. I have done it all on a Monday night -” Nutz and Boltz, movie night Oldie but a Goodie, Fat Chick and the Juke Box, Stonewall has Talent.
Some went off like the clappers, like Battle of the Bulge. We had contestants sweating up a treat in the hope for a healthier body and the chance to win a scooter. Or showgirls competing for a place in Carlotta’s Priscilla show and $1000 cash. It was claws out for that one.
To celebrate their 12th birthday, Stonewall is having a huge Bed Buddies party on Friday August 21. Three levels of fun, including a fabulous slumber party in the cocktail bar, where you can join me in the huge bed and watch scary movies. I’ve bought a pair of PJs especially for the event, so come and join me. I’ve heard they are getting a futon to root on, just for me.