As it hits the milestone of 4 years, the evolution of Mayfield’s iconic Muster Point building continues
With its art-deco exterior and industrial warehouse interiors, Muster Point in Mayfield has been turning the heads of its Maitland Road passers-by since launching in April 2017.
Muster Point creators and owners, Kristy and Tanille Elley, had a clear vision for the building right from the outset. They knew it would one day be an impressive base for an assembly of micro-businesses.
What started as a collective of freelance hairdressers soon expanded to offer a relaxed food truck café and courtyard space for visitors to enjoy a coffee and loaded toastie. The end of 2020 saw an explosion of new faces setting up shop at Muster Point, bringing even more delicious flavours and beautiful experiences to this amazing building.
As the girls reflect on 4 years since opening the doors, they can see that their vision was bang on from the outset. Today, with 12 individual businesses operating out of Muster Point and a 13th about to launch, here’s what you’ll discover, starting on the Ground Floor.
The Cutting Division
It all started with The Cutting Division, a unique hair salon that’s home to a collective of independent hairstylists. With Kristy and Tanille being big believers in the power of the collective, it made perfect sense for them to create a space that offered an opportunity for hairdressers to run their own show without having the investment of a salon fit-out, or the commitment of a long term commercial lease.
The 100% rent a chair salon has been deliberately designed to allow multiple businesses to flourish, with clients impressed by the thoughtful layout, custom-designed fixtures, and of course, the amazing art deco building it sits within. The girls’ concept was new to Newcastle at the time, and has absolutely taken off with seven incredible hairstylists working behind their chairs, each bringing their own hair flair. There is a wait list for hairdressers to rent a chair, which is a testament to how perfect this space is.
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Covered in Crumbs
If you weren’t already aware, one of our fave Newcastle bakers Gareth Williams and his wife Paula have moved on in to Muster Point, creating a beautiful space to complement their gorgeous pastries and baked goods.
With many markets and three years up their sleeves, combined with a long list of restaurants and cafes on their supply list, it was time that Covered in Crumbs had their own bricks and mortar store. They found their special place at Muster Point on the ground floor (entry from the Havelock Street courtyard). Officially opening on December 13th last year the Covered in Crumbs pastry aroma is hard to avoid as you pass by...and you can’t help but notice the gathering of people in their courtyard.
Paula says about their first day at Muster Point, "I remember opening the door on our first day and thinking ‘oh my goodness’. We ended up carrying the sign out together so we could see everybody lining up, and we took a moment to really soak that up.”
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Perry the Feeder
Jules is the lovely lady that you’ll find working away in Perry the Feeder, serving quality coffees and loaded toasties, which are like little pockets of perfection. She’s become one of the most well-known and popular faces in Mayfield, with her loyal regulars queuing for their daily catch-up chat with a coffee on the side.
Jules’ menu also features a selection of acai bowls, yoghurt berry cups, smoothies and none-other than the locally produced Josie Coffee.
Take a seat at the bench or on the grassy lawn for the perfect little possie to relax and catch up with friends and family in.
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Base X Nails
The first space to catch your eye as you make your way up the beautifully restored staircase is Base X Nails. Launching in November 2020 owner Triin explains how she discovered her flair for nail artistry.
“I had been working as a nail technician for a long time, but it was during the first lockdown that I had so much time to practice nail artistry. I didn’t know I had it in me as I've never really been able to draw.”
“I practiced on a couple of my friend’s nails first, and then their friends, and then it just went crazy from there. Within 6 months I was fully booked so I can’t actually take on any new clients at the moment, but I’ve recently expanded the business and have the amazing Hannah Barnes working alongside me who I’ve been mentoring for quite a while.”
Not your typical nail salon, Triin chooses to work with vegan and cruelty-free products, and has created a unique and relaxed experience for each of her clients.
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The Skin House
Opening in November 2020, The Skin House may be new to Muster Point but owner Lisa is no stranger to the beauty scene having worked in the industry for more than 25 years.
At the end of 2020 Lisa felt the time had come to return to her own clinic, and on checking out the Muster Point space it was love at first sight.
An accredited dermal and beauty therapist, Lisa offers a range of treatments including needling, peels, microdermabrasion, and that all important teeth whitening.
Working exclusively with the Newcastle based Skin Juice brand Lisa explained,
“When I was looking for a skincare range to work with I had to find one that everyone loved and one that worked. I also like the vegan, organic aspect of the product. It sells itself.”
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The Cosmetic Collective
Also located on Level 1 is Amber of The Cosmetic Collective. A cosmetic tattooing specialist, Amber is well known for both her eyebrow and lip cosmetic tattooing services.
Launching in 2016, Amber explained that when she first launched her business she was one of only three cosmetic tattooists in Newcastle. 4 ½ years on Amber is in high demand so be sure to plan your visit at least 4 – 6 weeks out.
When asked what it is about the tattooing service that has provided her with such a loyal following, Amber explained,
“I have an extensive background in skin treatments and I think it’s this extra knowledge of the skin that allows me to achieve the results that I do with tattooing.”
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One thing is for sure about Muster Point…..It just continues to grow. This article was about to be published when we got word that yet another business had chosen this hotspot as their home.
Alarru Aesthetics will be launching on the First Floor in early May offering various anti-wrinkle treatments and using premium dermal filler to treat all areas of the face.
Racheal Lane, owner of Alarru Aesthetics, has been an accredited nurse for 26 years, primarily in trauma and critical care before a switch to cosmetic nursing and injections three years ago. When asked why she made the switch, Racheal says:
“I’d spent so many years of my nursing career seeing people at their worst, so a switch to cosmetic nursing means I instead see work to ensure people are looking their best.”
Rachael is currently working with an interior designer to ensure her new space is on point. We can’t wait to see the end result.
Follow @injectablesbyracheal for an official opening date and booking details.