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Your guide to health & beauty on Darby Street


Eye health is now more important than ever, make it part of your self-care routine

Custom Eyecare Newcastle 

Recent studies have found that on average children spend three hours in front of a screen each day – triple the amount of time recommended by the World Health Organisation. Adults, too, are exposed to more blue light than ever, with optometrists reporting more cases of macular degeneration than ever before. The team at Custom Eyecare, who have been based in the Hunter for more than 20 years, are making it their business to study eyes, offering a range of services designed to maximise optical health. With an interest in technological and industry advances, the locally operated and owned optometrist aims to care for the eyes of Novocastrians for many more years to come. 

Boost your health & beauty routine with some natural solutions

Wholistic Health Group 

If your 2023 New Years’ Resolution is to improve your health and wellbeing, then a visit to the Wholistic Health Group may be your next stop on Darby Street. Established in 1982 by Newcastle herbalist and author of Pocket Guide to Herbal First-Aid Nancy Evelyn, the business has generated many fine practitioners over the past 38 years. Its current in-house team includes Jessika Schaad, who practices herbal medicine, iridology, flower essences, nutrition, and homoeopathy, and Elise Tomkins who is a qualified birth doula with skills in Bowen Therapy. The clinic, open by appointment Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, prides itself on being a warm, comfortable and relaxed healing environment. 

Relax, health & beauty includes treatments that have been used for generations

Massage On Darby 

Remedial Massage and Hot Stone Massage continue to be their most popular services, but the team of five at Massage on Darby also have a combined 50 years’ experience in other healing practices including reflexology, Ashiatsu, and Relaxation Massage. Open every day of the week from 9am to 6pm, the business has become a calming address that many visit once and soon become a regular fixture at. In fact, owner Anna Jie says most of her first-time clients are soon bringing their family and friends to the popular Darby Street clinic to reap the benefits of the ancient massage practices her and her team have to offer. 

On a mission to make you smile, Phil & the team at Darby Street Chemist

Darby St Chemist 

There’s been a pharmacy on Darby Street for at least 50 years, and although it has changed owners over time, its current team brings with it at least a century of combined years’ experience. Stocking pharmaceuticals, gifts, handbags, shoes, hats and nighties, it is most famed for its good old-fashioned service, something it prides itself on. Specialising in IVF medicines and mental health medicines, Phil and his team have a strict “No White Coat” policy, preferring to wear bright colours and spread cheer amongst their customers, including the four-legged kind who are welcome in-store as well. 

Health & beauty collide at the Beauty Bar on Darby Street

The Beauty Bar by Alexandra Montford 

People are surprised by how many treatments Alex and her team offer at their Darby Street beauty hub. From facials, waxing, lash lifts and lip perks, to three types of dermaplaning and four types of mindfulness treatments. There are half-a-dozen peels to choose from and even the eyebrows have their own menu that’s a page in length. From its iconic neon green sign and quirky cactus plant logo to its stock of proudly Australian-made products, The Beauty Bar team are determined to make their clients feel comfortable as they join them on a journey to better beauty health. 

Smile: Treat yourself to another form of health & beauty by visiting The Good Dentist

The Good Dentist 

Spit your toothpaste after a brush, don’t rinse. Not everyone needs mouthwash. Most mouthwash products contain alcohol and yes, you should be brushing twice and flossing once each and every day. These are all common mistakes made when it comes to dental hygiene, and they’re all words of advice you can get from The Good Dentist on Darby Street. After six years at the address its team of ten, consisting of clinicians, receptionists, dental assistants and dentists, are creating a reputation for offering five-star general, cosmetic and proactive dentistry. Whether teeth are crooked, stained, or chipped, The Good Dentist can offer solutions and treatments, and you’ll always get a smile from their friendly team. 

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