Kool & The Gang got it right one year before the ‘80s came around.
In 1979 the classic R&B hit Ladies Night graced our eardrums with the lyrics: ‘Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night and the feeling’s right, oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night, oh, what a night’.
The decade was one with major historical events – such as the Chernobyl power plant disaster and the fall of the Berlin Wall – along with changes in technology, popular culture, design, fashion, food and women’s rights.
The ‘80s can be considered iconic years in pop culture.
To celebrate these years The Alkaline Café is having an ‘80s themed Ladies Night Inn on the 2nd of October from 7-11pm.
Step back through time in a cafe filled with vintage treasures
How far we have come from ‘80s technology is evident on the walls of the Alkaline Café.
Old telephones, kitchen appliances, cameras and beaters sit on shelves against the white walls.
The ‘80s brought about cult classic The Breakfast Club paired with Simple Minds iconic song ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’.
The iconic Whitney Houston song ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ was released and Jane Fonda was brought into people’s living rooms.
To top it off – wait for it – the first episode of Home and Away was released.
With posters on the café walls celebrating historical milestones, reminders of our history are everywhere.
The history of Albany through recycled ‘80s furniture from locals
Not only was the ‘80s known for so many technological milestones, they were also known for iconic interior design.
People were starting to move towards bold furniture, contrasting colours, mirrors, geometric patterns, mirrors, art deco and glass block walls.
Houses were decorated with wallpapers, lacquered furniture, vertical blinds, honey oak cabinets, Memphis design, clear furniture made of glass and floral bedding.
“The History of Albany is involved in our café daily, with recycled furniture from the 80s’ from lovely locals, to repurposed ASHS Chairs from the ‘80s”
“The History of Albany is involved in our café daily, with recycled furniture from the ‘80s from lovely locals, to repurposed ASHS chairs from the ‘80s.”
“We have books, cutlery, magazines and lots of bric a brac displayed at Alkaline.
“These beautiful pieces from days gone by are what make Alkaline not just a café but a place to indulge in the memories of our recycled treasures” said owner Melissa Homewood.
“The café is already decorated with plants which were well loved back in the ‘80s as well as a lot of memorabilia from the ‘80s.
“From the ‘80s Fat Cat Statues, Humphry Bears, old school TV’s and cassette/record players; there will be some ‘80s posters displayed on the walls for the evening.”
Ladies get together to celebrate the 80’s and each other
Those of you who feel like entering the world of the ‘80s should head to the café to pull a Marty McFly in October.
Ladies are encouraged to “have a wonderful Saturday Night out”, with extra ‘80s decorations to be added, the night is set to be one to remember.
Find your clothes with shoulder pads, high waist leggings, Lycra, RaRa skirts, parachute tracksuits, gold bling, mullets, fishnet gloves and stockings, rock shirts and be ready for loads of hairspray.
“I am hoping a night taking a step back in time will be welcomed by most who love to have a bit of fun and let their hair down for an evening.”
“I am hoping a night taking a step back in time will be welcomed by most who love to have a bit of fun and let their hair down for an evening,” said Ms Homewood.
Ladies will have a chance to escape with good food, prizes and all things ‘80s of course.
“Life is so busy for so many people so a themes night out for me is really exciting, I can not wait to organise the next one!” Ms Homewood said.
“I spend my life telling all the beautiful ladies in my life “we should catch up” so why not use the beautiful surrounds of Alkaline to hold an event where we can actually catch up!
“No excuses ladies of my life, let’s do this, relive our youth, bring back some awesome memories, take a night out for ourselves and do with the ladies we love most!”