Brick + Mortar Creative
It’s rare to interact directly with producers when shopping. A product is often well trafficked before arriving on the shelf, leaving much of its story untold. Brick+Mortar Creative seeks to bring maker to market by housing stores, an exhibition space and cafe.
Inspired by similar concepts in Japan, the retail hub was installed into the old two-storey Norwood Senior Citizen’s Club.
Upstairs you’ll find architects, graphic designers and other creatives working in offices constructed from former shipping boxes.
Downstairs, there’s a bunch of designer-makers, trading in everything from ceramics to bespoke furniture, textiles to illustration. Each takes turns occupying a dedicated “meet the maker” area, where they can see customers face-to-face and explain their working process. It’s a great spot to pick up a unique gift for a friend (or yourself).
There’s also a cafe serving bagels, salads and toasties. It's open seven days a week and offers plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
If you’d like to work up to your own residency at Brick+Mortar, there’s a range of workshops focused on creative and professional development, plus live music nights and product launches. Check the website to see what’s coming up.