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POSITIVE SIGNS FOR KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017

 

carpark

 

The Fremantle Kings Square project is not the bad news some people want us to believe it will be.

Food related businesses will no doubt serve many meals to the many construction workers who will be on site, and the streets around the square won’t be blocked off, so access should not be a big issue.

Very good news also that the Queensgate carpark will remain open to the public, but run by contractors for Sirona Capital.

The City of Fremantle is also providing extra car bays in the CBD on the large vacant block next to the Point Street carpark and along Adelaide Street. It will be managed by the CoF as a public carpark until the SKS Group starts building the Hilton Doubletree hotel there.

All day parking at the Woolstores shopping centre is only $ 9.00, so take advantage of that and Point Street is also around that price.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BUSINESS WINNERS DESERVE RECOGNITION!

My sincere apologies to the Fremantle businesses and individuals who won an award at the Fremantle Business Awards 2017 for not having acknowledged your achievements on Freo’s View!

I have been trying to get a list of winners from the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce since Monday this week.

I emailed CEO Olwyn Williams on Monday and asked her again last night at Fremantle Council, but disappointingly I have not received any information from the FCOC to date.

Congratulations to all the winners and I am sorry I can’t mention you by name because that information is not available to me. ; >(

Roel Loopers

VELVET SUSHI FASHION GYPSY

Posted in fashion, fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 15, 2017

 

Velvet Sushi

 

Fremantle’s VELVET SUSHI fashion boutique is a bit of a Gypsy and always on the move.

They had to move out of the Queensgate building in William Street due to the Kings Square Project development and are now a bit hidden away in the apartment building at Bannister Street, so go and support this lovely local business ladies!

Roel Loopers

VILLA LA FRANCE FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

 

It’s Vive La France! in the Fremantle High Street Mall with new homeware shop VILLA opening.

The shop looks great and also sells French poster art, furniture and all kinds of stuff, so go and have a look soon.

The owner told me that they do have plans to open up next door as well and start a French cafe if business is alright, so support them!

Roel Loopers

P.S. This is a community service and not an advertorial! I don’t make any money from publishing this blog.

FREO BID APPOINTS INTERIM CEO

Posted in bid, city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2017

 

Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District has appointed Nicci Workum as the interim CEO of the retail support organisation after the shock resignation of Tim Milsom, who quit after only three months.

Workum will work part-time only from Monday to Wednesday.

She has been working with BID for two and a half years and has been a board member of several NGOs, including the Conservation Council of WA.

Roel Loopers

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PROMOTE WEST END RETAIL BETTER!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle network, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2017

 

The monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel on Monday had three speakers, so I will split up the reporting on it and start with High Street retailer Gaelle Beech of the ANJEL MS ethical fashion shop.

Gaelle’s talk was inspiring as it was not the typical whinge we get from too many in the community, but it was more about why we don’t sell the unique beauty of Fremantle and especially the gorgeous heritage High Street better as a shopping destination.

High Street is one of the most gorgeous shopping precincts in Australia that ends at Bathers Beach, so why don’t we promote that better?

“We don’t treasure enough what we have got in Fremantle and forget to show the beauty of it to our visitors” Gaelle rightly said.

The West End is unique but many visitors don’t even know where High Street is and there is no retail map showing the diversity of shopping.

We need West End traders to work together and not individually, and we need you as the community to support us she said.

High Street needs more vibrancy with buskers and art, and traders and City of Fremantle marketing should not assume everyone knows about us.

Gaelle Beech said she loves Fremantle and would not have a shop anywhere else in Perth. She also has an outlet at Fremantle Markets on weekends.

ANJEL MS specialises in ethical fashion and supports young designers in Katmandu, India and Bali, so go and check it out and support our struggling local traders.

“We have an amazing city! Which shopping centre has a beach at the end of it! Gaelle said with passion and I could not agree more.

She got laughter and applause when a Notre Dame University student lamented that it cost them $ 1,200 a year in parking. “You are young, walk and use public transport” she encouraged. Yes indeed!

Roel Loopers

FREO BAN THE BAG IS BACK

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2017

Fremantle Council decided last night to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. This is the third time in five years Council is giving it a try as the previous W.A. Liberal/National government rejected the proposal in 2012 and 2015, but the new Labor government have indicated they would support local councils banning non-degradable plastic shopping bags.

Already other councils have started the same process and Councillor Doug Thompson said that a survey showed that 32 councils support banning the environment-damaging bags.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton pointed out that it was about the material of the bags and that degradable bags could still be supplied to customers.

Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge said Council should campaign for the general reduction of the use of plastic as it was extensively used. She is right. Single pieces of fruit and vegetables are offered on trays wrapped in plastic by supermarkets, which is not only wasteful but also damaging to the environment.

Roel Loopers

GOOD FRIDAY FREO FUN DAY

Posted in fishing, fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

 

The boring Good Fridays of the past are over in Fremantle and most cafes are open for business and were busy already just after nine this morning.

I have never seen so many people fishing on the South Mole as today, with (illegal) parking on both sides full.

Supermarkets are closed but the great Peaches in South Freo is open and so are the Fremantle Markets and the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.

The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is on at the Esplanade from 12-5 pm and there is live music at J Shed from midday and a pancake stall to have some yummy food.

Just go for a wander and explore beautiful old Freo and find more traders open for business.

Roel Loopers

FREO BID NEEDS PRIVATE BACKERS

Posted in bid, business, city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 13, 2017

The Fremantle Business Improvement District-BID will be extended by another three years, but subject to yearly performance criteria.

The City of Fremantle charges CBD businesses an additional differential ‘city centre commercial rate’ and BID will receive $ 356,394.00 for the next financial year to promote and assist inner city traders.

I believe the real issue for BID is to get substantial additional funding because nearly two-third of the money they receive from Fremantle City goes to paying staff, office rent and outgoings, so not much is left to support our traders.

It will have to be seen if private operators are willing to back BID with additional funding, because if not the future of BID is going to be shaky.

Roel Loopers

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GO VISIT THE NEW FREO MANY 2.0!

Posted in fremantle, retail, shopping by freoview on April 7, 2017

 

Don’t forget to go and visit the new MANY 2.0 that relocated from Kings Square to the former Spotlight building at Adelaide Street next to Target in Fremantle.

This retail incubator is full of great surprises and gifts and has so many eclectic wares to choose from.

It is a real pleasure to browse through the large but cosy space and check out all they have on sale. There is also a hairdresser and a cafe, and if that is not enough why not try out the fantastic Thai food at The Loft cafe on the corner of Point Street, just down the road from MANY 2.0.

And there is an Opening Party this Saturday from 5-9 pm!

Roel Loopers

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