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Celebrating the women of Port Phillip
Celebrating the women of Port Phillip
Port Phillip


01 Mar 2020

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, we wanted to highlight some incredible women and the work they’re doing in the City of Port Phillip. These business owners and chefs provide some of Port Phillip’s best experiences, for locals and visitors alike.

Read on to find out about some of the extraordinary women doing amazing things in businesses from Albert Park to Elwood.

Lena Mendez and Lauren Nicholls of Le Hoof and Filly’s Stable

Stable mates Lena Mendez and Lauren Nicholls have been able to add two exciting womenswear and homeware stores to Albert Park, just opposite each other on Bridport Street.

Le Hoof showcases a wide variety of women’s footwear, handbags and designer sunglasses. They feature top shoe brands including B Store and Opening Ceremony, and vintage sunglasses from Givenchy and Christian Dior.

Across the road, Filly’s Stable really has a woman’s wardrobe covered. They stock everything from essential basic tees to show-stopping dresses, plus a wide range of accessories and homewares. Designers include Mendez and Nicholls’ own label ON PARKS, Cat Hammill, Levi’s, Birgitte Herskind and Second Female – there’s a selection for every budget.

Le Hoof

121 Bridport Street, Albert Park

9645 5532

Filly’s Stable

130 Bridport Street, Albert Park

9686 1061


Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Lauren Eldridge – Stokehouse and Pontoon

As the Head Pastry Chef for the Van Haandel Group, Lauren Eldridge’s sweet creations can be found on the menus of Stokehouse St Kilda and Pontoon in the City of Port Phillip. Her new take on Neapolitan ice-cream is a must try at Stokehouse.

A winner of the Josephine Pignolet Chef Of The Year Award, Eldridge balances her pastry work with supporting women in the hospitality industry, through groups like Women in Hospitality (WOHO).

With more delicious desserts to come, the sky’s the limit for Eldridge.


9525 5555


9525 5445

Stokehouse Precinct, 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda


Monday to Sunday 12 pm to late

Michaela Menichelli – This is Life

Right on the border of Elwood and Balaclava you can find Brighton Road hotspot This Is Life Wellness Centre owned by Michaela Menichelli and her husband Ashley Campbell-Bird. Not only does the space house a café, you’ll also find a nutritionist, physiotherapist, chiropractor and mindfulness workshops.

This wellness emporium focuses on holistic living, while delivering a menu that’s inclusive for vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free and low-FODMAP needs. With an emphasis on educating parents and their kids on healthy eating, Menichelli has created a unique and important venue for Elwood, and the wider community.

This Is Life Wellness Centre

109 Brighton Road, Elwood

9531 5050


Monday to Thursday 9 am to 7pm

Friday to Saturday 9 am to 2 pm  

These are just a small number of the women who are leading the way in a variety of industries throughout the City of Port Phillip. We recognise them and their contributions to our community, as well as the contributions of all our female residents as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

If you’re interested in discovering what else there is to see in the City of Port Phillip, check out our latest blog posts now.