Chapel Street Precinct is excited to announce the finalists in the Soul of Chapel Category for the Chapel Champion Awards 2022. Businesses nominated in this category had to have been operational within the precinct for over ten years and known as somewhat of an institution in Melbourne and beyond. These businesses reflect our unique fabric and community essence.

Cast your votes below by 12 noon Monday 16 May (you can only vote once per category, per single email address, so make those votes count).

Winners will be announced week commencing 23 May 2022.

OneSixOne was started by Andy and Hank. People know OneSixOne from all over the world – it’s that iconic. People like Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, celebrity chefs, tennis players and all sorts have been there. They’ve managed to stay true to themselves and relevant across decades, by doing what they think is right, and putting a huge emphasis on the right music, and the right staff. Generations of families go there. Some of OneSixOne’s first customers’ children now come. People who frequented the club in their late-teens, still visit in their 40’s – it’s an iconic location where many people have made some of their best memories.

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Borsch, Vodka and Tears is a Chapel Street institution currently celebrating 22 years at the colourful end of Chapel Street. Styled after a Kraków cellar bar, Borsch is a romantic Bohemian enclave, the home of the Green Faery, an ode to a hazy and debauched bygone world. They specialise in Polish vodka (with over 200 kinds on offer), vodka-centric interpretations of classic and modern cocktails, authentic wormwood absinthe, Eastern European beers, contemporary Polish dishes and late night fun times.

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Established in 1961, Ciscos Coffee is a snug, long-running coffee shop stocking a range of fresh-roasted beans and coffee-making accessories. Not only is the coffee phenomenal, it’s also the super helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff that will keep you going back.

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The Piercing Urge was established in 1991 to meet the small but growing need for safe installation on body jewellery in Melbourne. What started off as a small piercing studio above an adult bookstore has now evolved into one of the most highly trusted, respected and reputable body art studios in Melbourne and Australia.

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Established by the current owners in 1972 on Chapel Street, Pets Wonderland is a family owned business providing the very best in pet care products and services. They stock pet and aquarium supplies from both major and boutique brands, and support local manufacturers as much as possible. Head here for all your aquarium, furry, feathery or scaley pet needs.

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First opening it’s doors on Chapel Street back in 2009, Body Vision Piercing studio boasts the highest grade sterilisation and piercing techniques along with endless jewellery options in a range of metals, ensuring only the best for your next piercing. From piercing curation through to jewellery changeover not only does Body Vision Piercing studio ensure only the best for you and your piercing, the people are amazing!

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Alison Baker truly is a local legend. Operating in the area for over 15 years, stop in to Alison’s Corner Shop & Bread for all your quick bite needs like pastries, coffee, juices and don’t go past one of her famous Roast Pork Belly and Crackling Rolls. With a slow cooked corned beef Reuben that’s also to die for, Alison’s is one of the cutest corner cafes in Prahran.

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David’s all started as a small tea store with one table and a couple of chairs back in 2000. Shanghai-born David Zhou then designed a menu that takes guests on a genuine gastronomic journey through the traditional tastes of Shanghai. Something that never existed in Melbourne, and in it’s own way has become as iconic as some of the best Chinese restaurants in this city. Basically in it’s own genre, it’s on league. David’s has so much history, but is always evolving.

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Handworks is a family run business with over 20 years experience curating a collection of artisanal products. Discover reusable and environmentally friendly pieces from Australia and around the globe, celebrating all things whimsical, witty and wonderful. Enjoy an old-fashioned shopping experience, a treasure trove with something for everyone.

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