Small retail is sadly still a bit of a revolving door in Fremantle with new small businesses opening and closing regularly. No doubt some of the failures are due to a bit of naivety and not doing market research before opening shop.
The small fashion boutique next to Common Ground and The Bank cafe in High Street has closed, but west of it in the former newsagency next to the Adam Monk Gallery and Bitches Brew framers ACAI Brothers superfood bar is setting up shop.
At Atwell Arcade they are nearing the end of the development and already HYPE is moving in goods on the corner of Cantonment and Market streets, under the new tin awning. Lights are hanging in the arcade and in the High Street mall new businesses have opened in the development.
In the former TAFE Quinlan cafe site at High Street a new small cafe has opened as part of the private hospitality training centre there. No idea why a small cafe needs five large flat screens on its walls, so not my cup of tea for a quiet coffee and reading the morning papers.
We still got a long way to go in Freo to claim economic recovery, but with the real prospect of development at Kings Square and many more buildings sites popping up around the CBD Fremantle is well on its way to the future.
What a lovely atmosphere today at the Blinco Street Cafe FLEA MARKET in the very arty and hippy Fremantle Fibonacci Centre, and how nice to see so many people turn up to grab a bargain, listen to live music, catch up with friends and have an excellent coffee and meal at the cute little cafe.
I hope they will make this into a regular once a month event during the colder months.
If you haven’t been to the Blinco Street Cafe go and try it out. Tomorrow morning they will open at 4.30 am to cater for the people who attend the ANZAC DAY dawn service, so go and grab a cuppa on your way to Monument Hill! The cafe is only a three-minute walk away from it.
The lovely Sheree and Jon Dornan known from Fremantle’s Love in Tokyo now have a new venture just down the road in Myaree and their first event is happening, so go and support them.
Here their Facebook message:
After many weeks of moving, building, painting and preparing our showroom THE ROOM at our new business BLOCK D STUDIOS we are ready for our first event.
THE ROOM will be transformed into an exclusive boutique for 3 days only
Friday April 15 4pm – 7pm
Saturday April 16 10am – 4pm
Sunday April 17 10am – 4pm
Sheree Dornan and some of your favourite brands from Love in Tokyo along with new brands for you to discover will be available to purchase.
There will be lots of parking right outside
4/89 Norma Road Myaree (corner of Norma Road and Blaikie Street) Directly behind Total Eden
Congratulations to 22-year-old North Fremantle fashion designer Natalie Rolt who has been invited to show her after five designs at the New York Fashion Week. Ten of her pieces will be shown on the catwalk.
Staying with fashion, Velvet Sushi is moving into a new shop in the Queensgate Centre in William Street near the Fremantle Townhall.
Nice to hear that our delightful Fremantle federal MP Melissa Parke shops locally. She has commissioned Freo designer Deborah McKendrick of VELVET SUSHI to design her wedding dress and that of her mother and also for the bridesmaids.
Melissa will get married to Perth business man and arts patron Warwick Hemsley in 2016.
There is a big fundraising RECYCLED FASHION SALE on this weekend November 7 and 8 to help rais funds to get an urgently needed shipment of clothing to the people of Monkey Bay in Malawi.
All proceeds raised by the Southern Cross Volunteers will go toward the shipment.
The SALE is on from 10-5 at Anjel MS, 70 High Street, Fremantle, so please buy some clothes and do support it!
I am really sad that the LOVE IN TOKYO fashion shop in Fremantle’s High Street will be closing, as Sheree and John Dornan are really nice people. I have always liked having a look at the displays in the windows and admiring the very feminine and elegant designs by Sheree.
Here is what they posted on Facebook:
In April 2003 we opened our flagship Love in Tokyo retail store in the beautiful west end of High Street Fremantle. The time has come for us to change our business structure and take a step back from running a 7 day a week retail business, so we will be moving on from our current location soon.
We truly thank you all for your support over the years. The Love in Tokyo concept will continue via an online store and pop ups. We would love to see you before we leave so please call by to say hello.
John and I will be creating an exciting new venture post Love in Tokyo based in the Fremantle area where we can both focus our time on other varied creative projects, and design collaborations. I will also still continue designing my garments under the Sheree Dornan label.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address if you would like to receive our e newsletters.
Sheree and John
ROEL FOR FREO! Truly independent.
It looks like Fremantle will have a big Perth Fashion Festival event at Bathers Beach on November 29 this year. The proposal is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Strategic Planning and Services Committee and would see the boardwalk and area near it blocked off from the general public all of that Sunday, with the boardwalk being used as the catwalk for the models to show the latest local fashion designs.
The Bathers Beach House operators would extend the licensed area and become part of the ticketed event that no doubt would bring glamour and socialites to our inner city beach.
Another big DJ music event at Leighton Beach is also up for Council approval on Wednesday, so Council needs to be careful not to overdo it and make the same mistakes with our beaches as it has done with the overused and struggling Esplanade. Public open spaces are there for all to enjoy and there should only be a few events a year that restrict access for the general public.
And no bean bags on the beaches please. Last year thousands of small balls were polluting Leighton after a music event, so bean bags should be banned as part of the City of Fremantle approval for such events.
I am looking forward to another great summer, the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets and all the festivals, but let’s spread them out so that not only inner city people are inconvenienced by events.
Come and join the CLOTHES SWAP FOR NEPAL at the Drillhall of the Fremantle Notre Dame University TODAY FROM 4-8 PM!
Sell clothes, buy clothes, get yourself a whole new wardrobe with great designer labels, or just stock up for the fancy dress parties you are going to be part of. It will be fun with music and funds raised will go to support the earthquake victims and Gyuto monks in Nepal.
The Drillhall is at the corner of Croke Lane and Mouat Street near the Esplanade.