After being vacant for six years, Bowden’s former Clipsal factory was turned into a community hub by the Ceres Market Shed Group – the team behind The Market Shed on Holland).
The 2818-square-metre industrial warehouse underwent an extensive green retrofit with help from Renewal SA, earning it a 5 Green Star rating. Remnants of its past remain, such as the saw-tooth roof and exposed brick walls, but electrical goods have made way for specialty eateries, bi-weekly market stalls and more.
Permanent vendors include The Lost Loaf, from former Magill Estate pastry chef Emma Shearer; Market Shed regular The Travelling Greek; and cured-meat experts San José Smallgoods.
Cafe and coffee roastery Beach Organics operates five to six days per week, with produce sourced from owner-operator Barry Beach’s NASAA-certified organic farm in Port Elliot. The store is also stocked with items such as cinnamon quills from Sumatra, honey from Borneo and cacao from Southeast Asia.
During the week, the ground level doubles as a co-working space with hot-desking and NBN available. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the desks make way for a produce and makers’ market. The focus is on small-batch producers and organic and sustainable food.
The activation of the precinct will continue throughout 2017, with a microbrewery, distillery and arts hub slated to open next door.