42 Ranelagh Drive Mount Eliza, VIC 3930

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With a cute-as-a-button shopfront just off Mount Eliza’s main drag, Little Lintons is a haven for gift-givers and green thumbs alike.

Owner Georgie Linton, a landscape architect by trade, grew up working in her parents’ nursery in Mount Eliza. Her dad was a horticulturist who instilled in her a passion for rare and exotic plants, a fascination that naturally complemented Georgie’s eye for design.

What is now Little Lintons was once an old chocolate shop run by Georgie’s Aunt. When Georgie saw the quirky frontage come up for lease, she jumped on the opportunity to keep it in the family, converting it into a leafy retail space to house all matter of delights.

Throughout winter, the shelves are lined with colourful candles, ceramics, teas, books, bath soaks and knits to keep you warm and cosy throughout the cooler months. In summer, crystals, jewellery, indoor plants and succulents take over the store.

Little Lintons is in no way stark or minimalist; it’s character-filled and chock-a-block with a curated range of handmade goods by emerging artists and makers. New stock arrives in-store weekly, with nifty gifts ranging from $20 to $200. It’s important for Georgie to showcase a variety of local and Australian-made homewares, with beloved labels including Kollab, Paird Jewellery, and Red Hill Candle Co.

A small easement that runs alongside the building has been transformed into a nursery filled to the brim with obscure species, including Euphorbia Trigona, Rhipsalis, Zanzibar and Hoya Pubicalyx, alongside popular favourites such as fiddleleaf fig, chain of hearts and cascading string of pearls.

Georgie knows that not everyone has a green thumb, so is careful to choose “hard to kill” species that are easy to maintain. You can pick a plant, grab a brightly-patterned pot or planter and leave with a set of personalised care instructions from Georgie and her knowledgeable team.

The once-sleepy Mount Eliza village has become a vibrant shopping destination in recent years, with a string of stellar cafes, vintage clothing boutiques, and charming homewares stores opening up shop. You can grab a smoothie from Soul Press before hitting the strip, or settle in for a coffee and cake at Shop Ate Café and Store.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect pressie or some well-placed greenery for your home, Little Lintons has something for everyone.