Freo's View


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 10, 2014

The Fremantle NEW EDITION bookshop is on the move to another premises on High Street. They will be at the old shop till March 15 and there is a 15% discount on books till then, so take advantage of it and support Freo’s only bookshop.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 7, 2014

Fashion designer VELVET SUSHI is moving out of the New Edition book shop to 16 Wray Avenue where it will share space with MADAME BUKESHLA.

Designer Deborah McKendrick will take up residence with textile designer Trish Bygott and partner Nathan Crotty.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 1, 2014

Good to hear we now have a local Fremantle bakery that bakes authentic BAGELS. The boys from the Grumpy Sailor cafe in the New Edition bookshop in High Street, decided they wanted to learn how to make proper bagels, so they went all the way to New York to learn from the experts.

Nathan and Todd bought the required equipment and shipped it over to W.A. and set up the HOLY BAGEL Bakery in O’Connor, that already supplies some of our local cafes and hopefully many more will follow.

They are selling 150 bagels a day at Grumpy Sailor, including my favourite with smoked salmon, but what about something new and different like Blueberry, Chocolate, Cheddar Cheese, Everything Bagel, and Cinnamon and Raisin, or the Chocolate one with Raspberry Smear. Yum!

Yocal, the Cool Room and Vanilla Bean all sell Holy Bagels.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 28, 2014

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt called me just now and was very irate about my blog post about New Edition bookshop in High Street closing. The Mayor told me the information I received is inaccurate and that negotiations are on the way to keep the iconic bookshop in town, which no doubt would delight many people, including me.

While at it the Mayor also accused me of being negative about development in Fremantle and the Design Advisory Committee. According to Brad Pettitt I only occasionally write the odd positive story about Fremantle. I think my record on that speaks for itself and can easily be seen on this blog. I do a lot more to positively promote Fremantle than most citizens of this city, so I won’t have a sleepless night about the Mayor’s inaccurate accusation..

Let me make it perfectly clear that I do not have an agenda to be negative about Fremantle, Council, or individual Elected Members, but I will continue to scrutinise what the City of Fremantle does and expose any humbug I might find.

Anyway, it’s good to finish the day with a good story, so I hope the Mayor and owner of New Edition will let us know the details soon.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 28, 2014

I am really very sad to hear that the magnificent NEW EDITION bookshop in Fremantle High Street will close its doors at the end of February. New Edition has been a true Freo ikon for many years,  and is my favourite bookshop. Even when they were still at the Cappuccino Strip, New Edition had that special ambience, and that only improved when they moved to the much larger and more beautiful premises in High Street.

Of course the closure affects the Grumpy Sailor Cafe, who are looking for an affordable new location in the Freo centre, and also fashion designer Velvet Sushi, who will have to move.

It will be a truly sad day for Freo when New Edition leaves and I suggest we have a wake to thank and goodbye them.

To end on a more positive note; Hush Cafe is moving from Market to High Street, just two doors away from the Bodkins Bootery.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 14, 2013

I doubt the ladder is part of the display of this WORKING HOLIDAYS business in Fremantle Market Street, but it emphasises what the place is all about. ; >) Great name WORKABOUT.

And by the way, the GRUMPY SAILOR CAFE at the New Edition bookshop in High Street is looking for full-time experienced cafe staff. They are great people, so if you are looking for a job pop in.

Roel Loopers

working holidays


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 2, 2013

I love going to cafes to read the newspapers, watch people and enjoy good coffee. We are lucky in Fremantle to have so many funky, cosy and good cafes that offer good food and very good coffee. I have mentioned some of my favourites in the past so won’t repeat myself.

The Grumpy Sailor cafe in the New Edition bookshop is one of them. I just adore the ambiance of sitting among books and watching people browse for that special gift. Being in a book environment is something I experience as peaceful and serene and I love it.

The Grumpy is renowned for its excellent bagels that come all the way from a Jewish bakery in Mount Lawley. Go and try one!

I noticed this reader outside the Grumpy Sailor with his Sailor Jerry cap to match the cafe’s name, so couldn’t resist taking a photo.

Roel Loopers

The Reader


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 25, 2013

I love a good Epresso in the morning while I am reading the news in the West Australian and have a few favourites Fremantle cafes. I have been frequenting the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street since it started, so it always feels as if I am visiting friends and family there. The Grumpy Sailor in the New Edition bookshop in High and the XWray Cafe in Essex Street are also places with a good relaxed ambience and great coffee, and for take away that cute little Blink on High is also a go to for me.

Since it opened early this year Chalkys just under the Round House at No 1 High Street is high on my list. Stunning mural paintings, modern furniture, great coffee and people and the home cured salmon wrap is pretty good as well. It is fantastic to see the new owners having made this place such a success as most previous operators were struggling in that location. But good vibes and service attract the Notre Dame Uni students and staff and Freo locals, so good on them.

Tell us what your favourite cafe is and why.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 23, 2013

While the departure of the Dymocks bookshop from the Fremantle High Street mall is disappointing, it opens up opportunities for others, and the New Edition bookshop, that is just a few hundred meters west from the mall, were on the ball, as these messages in the Dymocks window show.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 19, 2012

Fashion boutique VELVET SUSHI has moved into the Fremantle NEW EDITION bookshop in High Street. It’s a welcome and colourful addition to the books and Grumpy Sailor cafe, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers

VELVET SUSHI fashion now at New Edition bookshop


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