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Posted in fremantle, retail by freoview on February 24, 2016

flower bags


A couple of Fremantle retailers have stepped away from the flower boxes supplied by BID and have planted flowers in old hand bags instead.

It looks quite cute what the New Edition book shop and the chemist down the road have done, so there could be a few more popping up around creative Freo soon.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, BOOKS, fremantle by freoview on January 29, 2016

paper bird


A new independent bookshop and story house will open on February 7 at the Fremantle Moores building in Henry Street next to the art gallery and Moore&Moore Cafe. PAPER BIRD Children’s Books & Arts will open in the gorgeous heritage building only metres away from the New Edition bookshop on the corner of High Street there.

The official launch will be on Sunday February 7 from 2-5 pm with artworks by local children’s book illustrators and book signing.

Check out the website: and support a new local business! Reading is good for the soul.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 11, 2014

new edition bookshop

Good news for Fremantle! The New Edition bookshop have started to install book cases etc. and will open on the corner of High and Henry streets late next week if all goes to plan.

Also great to hear the Fort Kox residential development Heirloom by Match will start in September. It should not be too long until the development of the Point/Adelaide streets demolition start to make way for the construction of a Hilton Hotel on the carpark site.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 21, 2014

Fremantle is getting a retail boost in the West End of the City with several businesses opening shop there soon. In PSAS art studios in Pakenham Street Studio 37 Cafe is opening with great coffee made by barista Tom Wearne, known from Chalkys and the Moore&Moore Cafe.

At 82 High Street, where New Edition bookshop previously was, Common Ground will open with lots of fashion, a cafe, small bar, studios, and it will also be available for events and functions. They will be trading seven days a week and are one of the first recipients of the City of Fremantle Business Attraction Incentives that gave them a direct up front cash payment of $ 10,000.

Also opening in High Street is Vintage and Fair Trade boutique BiBi, who also received COF support, and of course New Edition will re-open soon on the corner of High and Henry Street next to Brooker Furniture.

Common Ground and BiBi both come from MANY 6160, the retail incubator at Kings Square.

The CoF Business Attraction Incentives is a scheme to attract new retailers to Fremantle and will pay up front cash, give discounted rates to landlords, or discounted leases of City owned buildings, similar to a scheme that is in place at the City of Perth.

The lease figures for 82 High Street I have heard mentioning are huge, so I sincerely hope the Common Ground operators have done a very realistic assessment of where Freo’s retail is at.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on May 18, 2014

The Grumpy Sailor Cafe is back! The cafe had to move when the New Edition bookshop they were part of went on the move. If you missed the great homemade bagels and good coffee, Grumpy Sailor is now at Paddy Troy Mall next to the bicycle shop there.

New Edition will re-open in a new premises on the corner of High and Henry Street next month, so it’s all good news for Fremantle.

I heard that a group of fashion designers have leased the former New Edition building and there will also be an Espresso Bar there. Let’s hope the high rent won’t make their dreams become nightmares. Good luck to all!

Roel Loopers


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

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