Expert businesses with stories to share

Share Canberra's trusted news:

HERE is a select group of expert Canberra businesses that chose “CityNews” to get their story out to the community over the last year. We thought you might like to hear from them again…

Bordeaux Construction offers commercial fit-outs and joinery


Cabinetmaker Steve has a flair for special care

STEVE Milutinovic started his cabinet-making business in 1983 and 35 years on, the company has grown into specialising in home renovations, extensions and new homes.

Bordeaux Construction offers commercial fit-outs and joinery and are also fully licensed builders in NSW and ACT.

“We pride ourselves in achieving the highest standard for our customers in design and workmanship,” Steve says.

“Our prices are competitive and we work with you to achieve your desired outcome.

“We offer full trade co-ordination and have our own experienced and reliable tradesmen and expert staff to assist you in your project. Our custom-built, cabinet making workshop can also build joinery items to suit your needs whether for home or office.

“We also recently received an MBA commendation award for ‘Special Care’ residence as we specialise in housing needs for the aged. Come talk to us about alternative living such as granny flats or self contained units,” says Steve.

Bordeaux Construction and Bordeaux Kitchens offer obligation-free quotes.

Bordeaux Construction, 8 Aurora Place, Queanbeyan, call 6299 4642. Visit or

Woden Valley Glass

Builder Achim knows his stuff

WITH a focus on giving its customers an efficient yet quality service, Woden Valley Glass is the destination for custom-made shower screens, wardrobe doors and kitchens, says manager Achim Weissegger.

Woden Valley Glass, which has been in Canberra for about 50 years, was taken over by Achim about a year ago, bringing with him more than 30 years’ experience.

“I’m a builder so I know a lot about shower screens and I have been doing bathrooms and the rest for a long time, so I know what works and what doesn’t,” he says.

“A lot of other companies have sub-contractors who do the work and rush through it but we make sure that the job is done efficiently and properly.”

Before deciding on a sliding wardrobe door, a kitchen splash-back, a glass palestrate, a mirror or glass replacement, Achim says customers can come into the showroom where there’s the choice of a lot of different options.

“We’ll go through the advantages and disadvantages of different products and come up with something that works for you,” he says.

Woden Valley Glass, 63 Colbee Court, Phillip. Call 6281 6716, email or visit

Ashilpa Khanna of Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators


Beware of changing legislation, says Ashilpa

CURRENTLY there are changes that might affect a person when drawing up a will or making estate planning arrangements, says Ashilpa Khanna, of Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators.

Ashilpa says there have been changes to several things such as superannuation arrangements and tax implications for beneficiaries under the different types of trusts in a will.

“It is very important to consult with someone with whom you are able to ask questions [about these changes],” she says.

“This helps in being well informed when drawing up your will or making estate planning arrangements.”

With its personalised approach, Ashilpa says Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators spend time with its clients to find the best possible solution that fits their particular situation at a reasonable cost – including wills and estate planning.

“Wills and estate planning are important because they ensure that your loved ones are looked after when you are gone,” she says.

“Having your affairs in order saves time and money or the need to prove something before the court.

“It also ensures that your lifetime’s assets are disposed of in the manner that you would have intended.

“If your circumstances have changed since you last made your will, it is best to seek advice and make an informed decision as to whether your will needs updating.”

Capon & Hubert Lawyers & Mediators, First Floor, 32-38 Townshend Street Phillip. Email, call 6152 9203 or visit

Debbie Hart of BarkRoyal Dog Day Spa & Day Care


Debbie’s living her dream

WITH a lifelong love for animals, Debbie Hart wanted to work with them full time so she started BarkRoyal Dog Day Spa & Day Care in 2017 and has been living her dream, working with dogs every day since.

Located in Nicholls, Debbie, who is the owner and head groomer, provides doggy day care as well as grooming services.

“It’s important to groom long-haired dogs in particular because if they’re not properly groomed their hair becomes matted and it’s painful for the dog,” she says.

“Also if you have your dog groomed by a professional, you’ll have much less hair around the house.

“They also need their nails clipped on a regular basis so they don’t cause all sorts of problems.”

And as a proud owner of four rescue dogs, Debbie offers any owners who have recently adopted a dog from RSPCA ACT, Yass or Queanbeyan a free wash, dry and tidy.

For people who want to give their dogs a social experience or they need them out of the house, Debbie says they can get dropped off in the morning for a day of free play.

“Dogs need to socialise with other dogs,” says Debbie, who has a diploma in dog training psychology and dog care behaviour.

“It stops aggressive behaviour and makes it easier to take your dogs places where there will be other dogs around.”

BarkRoyal Dog Day Spa & Day Care, Eve Place, Nicholls. Call 0419 446163, email or visit

Owner of Curtin Optical, Corey Nicholls


Independent optician offers personal service

OWNER of Curtin Optical, Corey Nicholls, says that their independence from large chains gives customers a more personalised service.

Having been a part of the Curtin community for 20 years, Curtin Optical has three experienced optometrists available for appointments from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Corey and his team stock a wide range of eyewear, contact lenses and accessories.

“We cater to all tastes – from budget to well-known brands,” says Corey.

Curtin Optical are providers to the ACT pension scheme and also DVA.

Curtin Optical also offers mobile optical dispensing services – spectacle selections and deliveries to the elderly or people unable to come into store due to disability.

This also includes spectacle repairs and adjustments, and an after-hours service.

In addition, Curtin Optical offers an express service for those who have lost or broken their spectacles.

In its full workshop facility, Curtin Optical’s Corey is a fully-qualified optical mechanic and offers an express service on most (stock) single vision jobs, including rimless spectacles.

Curtin Optical’s instore services have a same day turnaround and its mobile jobs have a 24 hour turnaround.

Curtin Optical. Shop 1B, Curtin Place, Curtin. Call 6281 1220 or email


Hands-on help with pain and injury

WARMER weather can inspire people to become a lot more active but being more active can also lead to aches and pains, says Hands-On Physiotherapy’s practice manager Liz Kell.

With the team’s “hands-on” approach, Liz says they’re committed to helping people manage acute and chronic occupational, musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

But, being one of Canberra’s original hand specialists, the practice also offers hand therapy following injury or surgery as well as management of Occupational Overuse Syndrome (RSI) and chronic conditions, including pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

“We can treat or manage injuries including sports injuries, wrist and finger fractures, elbow fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint replacements in the hand, wrist or elbow, nerve entrapment syndromes and osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory arthritic conditions,” she says.

“We also fabricate static and dynamic splints for our clients as required by their treating surgeons or condition management.

“We have experience with Graded Motor Imagery in the management of phantom pain, chronic pain, CRPS and post trauma.”

Hands-On Physiotherapy, 1/43 Mawson Place, Mawson. Call 6286 6467, email or visit


The handcraft and platinum specialists

CLOVER Jewellery has an on-site jeweller and designer so people looking for a special present can get one uniquely made for Christmas, says on-site jeweller James Oh.

Clover Jewellery is a family-run business, which has been in Canberra for more than three years after it was in Japan for more than 25 years.

“We provide a range of high-end and unique handmade jewellery as well as fancy and beautiful silver jewellery,” James says.

“We have lots of samples for customers to try or they can bring in their own design and we can make it on-site by our fully qualified jeweller. We have wedding rings and engagement rings for customers to try on, too.

“We are a handcraft and platinum specialist and we offer a laser-engraving and laser-soldering service, you can put a message in the ring along with a birthstone. It makes it very special and one of a kind.”

Based in Manuka, Clover Jewellery makes custom and unique pieces and also offers a free quote for its design services.

Clover Jewellery, 2/16 Bougainville Street, Manuka. Call 6295 8545, email or visit @cloverjewellerycanberra on Facebook.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleTime to get organised for school
Next articleAnonymous note reignites search for Mulquiney

Leave a Reply