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LET’S HAVE A FREO CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

 

I bumped into Ruth and Nigel Goodman of Bitches Brew framers, printers and artspace in High Street, and Ruth came up with this great idea to get activity going and bring shoppers back into Fremantle.

She suggested we should do a Christmas in July, with street stalls selling hot chocolate, mulled wine, window displays, Father Christmas, etc. and I believe that should be supported by the City of Fremantle and Chamber of Commerce, who could coordinate and promote the event, maybe on a weekend, starting Friday night?

Let’s get out there and support our local traders, now that we are getting a semblance of normality back!

Roel Loopers

TARGET TO STAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2020

 

There have been rumours for years that the Target shop in Fremantle would be closing, and the recent announcement by Westfarmers that many Target stores around Australia will be closed, or become Kmart has created some anxiety in good old Freo.

I hear though that staff at Target in Fremantle have been told the shop will stay open and will remain a Target store, so that is very good news.

It makes a lot of sense that Westfarmers keep the Fremantle store open, with the Little Lane residential development next door in progress, the Woolstores hotel and residential development around the corner approved, and also the Hilton Doubletree hotel development, so the Target neighbourhood will become a lot busier in a few years from now.

Roel Loopers

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FREE HELP TO KICKSTART FREO SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted in business, city of fremantle, hospitality, marketing, PR,, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2020

 

The offer of FREE PR, copy writing and photography support to help kick start small Fremantle businesses has been embraced by quite a few traders and that is keeping Ingrid, Saffi and I busy, but we have not communicated well what it is about, so here it is:

THREE PROFESSIONAL CREATIVES HELP KICKSTART LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES

We are three Fremantle creatives who love Freo and have come together to provide a one-off service to local traders who have been affected by the Corona Virus restrictions and shutdowns.

If your small business is opening, re-opening or struggling to stay open, we’d like to give you a boost to let people know where you are and what you do.

SO WHO ARE WE?
Saffi Ali: Professional Photographer
http://www.facebook.com/saff.ali.7
0420 786 321

Ingrid Waltham: Advertising copywriter, online content writer and journalist. thewritingeditor@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/TheWritingEditor/?modal=admin_todo_tour
http://www.thewritingeditor.com.au

Roel Loopers: Professional photographer and Freo’s well-known and well-respected blogger. 
roelloopers48@gmail.com
http://www.freoview.wordpress.com

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?
Any one or more of the following:
A complimentary photographic session (business premises and surrounds)
Tailored written content that you can use in advertising, social media or your website
Advice on ways to promote your business
Inclusion in Roel’s widespread blog, Freoview
Promotion of your business throughout our own networks and connections

This is a one-off service to small, local businesses in Fremantle and East Fremantle and is not intended to be part of an ongoing campaign, however we can provide further professional marketing services at negotiated rates if required.
This complimentary offer is available until 30 June 2020.

Call or email any one of us if we can help you!

Roel Loopers

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GIVING FREO KEY SOLE THE BOOT

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shoes, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2020

 

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Zane Mckercher of KEY SOLE in Fremantle has a very interesting way of promoting his shoe shops. Mckercher has been attacking me on my personal Facebook page for a few months now, claiming I never shop in Fremantle, although I do all my shopping in Freo.

I don’t believe I have ever met or spoken to Zane Mckercher, but he has an opinion about me anyway, albeit a very ignorant one, not based on any facts.

Yesterday’s blog post Support Our Fremantle Traders! received again criticism from Mckercher, who wrote on my Facebook page:

Zane Mckercher That’s an interesting quote Roel. 14 Years in Business, and never seen you in any of my stores. Lol
Your full of sh#t…….

Maybe start & practice what you preach

Imagine my smile then this morning, on my way to Chalkys for morning coffee, when I realised that the shoes I bought for $ 159.00 on Easter Saturday were bought from the new Key Sole shop in Market Street.

Mckercher’s unfair and aggressive criticism of me will make sure I’ll never buy anything from Key Sole ever again. Pretty clever marketing, Zane!

As far as I am concerned, support your local Freo traders, but give Key Sole the boot.

Roel Loopers

FREE PHOTO SUPPORT FOR FREO TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, photography, retail, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2020

 

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My mate Saffi Ali had the idea of offering our professional photography services for FREE to local businesses, and of course I jumped on board, because I love to support our Freo traders.

So if you need promotional photography, or want to refresh your website or social media page, whatever, contact us and one of us will come and take professional photos of your business and staff, whatever is needed.

You can contacts Saffi Ali and me on our Facebook pages, but you are also welcome to text me on 0419850981 or email roelloopers48@gmail.com

Don’t be shy. This is a genuine offer of support with no strings attached!

Roel Loopers

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MORE SHOPS RE-OPEN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2020

 

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I am not sure if it is the sunshine and that it is a bit warmer in Fremantle, but there seems to be a real sense of optimism this Friday morning.

My short walk to Chalkys cafe became a socialising delight when I bumped into Notre Dame University‘s Chancellor Chris Ellison and had a nice chat with him.

Then I had a good talk with J Shed photographer Peter Zuvela, Fremantle Herald guru Steve Grant  and Little High Street residents Daniela Gregorieva and Craig Ross.

After that I chatted with lovely Fremantle Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan.

Nice to see shops such as Cotton On and Kathmandu and others re-opening in Fremantle, carparks packed full again, and OZ Australia‘s stunning new shop in the Manning building in the High Street mall.

It has been a very difficult time for many people and businesses, and some of the Covid-19 restrictions will be in place for many months to come, but we will be getting through this all together if we keep supporting our local businesses.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE DEALING WITH COVID-19

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, covid-19, hospitality, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2020

 

 

A few more historic photos of how Fremantle is coping with the coronavirus restrictions.

There are curb pick ups, take away, home deliveries and other adaptions to the social isolation challenges, so support our local businesses as best as you can.

Some businesses that closed are now opening again, such as Bousfields men’s wear in High Street that will open three days a week. Parlapa cafe in William Street is also reopening on May 4.

Roel Loopers

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FREO SUNDAY DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, covid-19, fremantle markets, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2020

 

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It was still very quiet in Fremantle around midday on this Covid-19 Sunday, but there are more people out and about than three weeks ago, when the pandemic restrictions came into place.

I took these two historic photos around 12 noon of the Henderson Street mall that is normally packed with people visiting the Fremantle Markets, the Sail&Anchor and enjoying the street performers.

Roel Loopers

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SUPPORT OUR FREO SMALL BUSINESSES!

Posted in BOOKS, cafe, cars, city of fremantle, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2020

 

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT AT BITCHES BREW

Posted in bitches brew, business, city of fremantle, covid-19, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2020

 

Bitches Brew

 

What a great attitude and community spirit! I bumped into Ruth and Nigel of Freo’s BITCHES BREW framers, printers and art space and wondered why they still keep their shop open.

They were adamant that they have an obligation to the community and businesses around them, and although there was very little trade for them they wanted to have the shop open to support the local cafes and few shops that are still trading.

If the Covid-19 crisis is the perfect period to redecorate your home, go and get photo prints done, pictures framed or buy works from local artists at Bitches Brew. They are gorgeous people!

The shop is near the corner of Pakenham Street and opposite Cafe 55 and Lee’s newsagency.

Roel Loopers

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