With many notable closures around Perth – including Empire, Atlas Divine and Beaufort Street’s highly-publicised woes– 2019 has been a particularly hard year for our precincts. Thoughtful spending at this time of year can go a long way in buoying the flagging small business sector. So step away from your computer, throw your support behind local retailers and help everyone have a merry Christmas. Here’s where to start….
For your cool mate
Perth’s go-to for streetwear-cool shows no sign of slowing down. The shop’s limited-edition collaborations with brands such as Paisa Boys, XLARGE and notably, Chicken Treat, are slick additions to anyone’s wardrobe. With their recent move to William Street, it’s worth heading in and checking out their new neon and glass home.
272 William Street, Northbridge
For the sustainably stylish
The Eco Popup
Located in the CBD’s Ennex, The Eco Popup has returned for its fourth year. The pop-up brings together local makers who specialise in eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable wares – think plants, natural skincare, teas, children’s toys and jewellery. With fresh flowers also being delivered mid-week, it’s perfect for last minute gifts. We like the Ishk Jewels crystal necklaces to bring much needed balance and harmony during the party season. Gift wrapping is available throughout December.
683 Hay Street, Perth
For the plant obsessed
Green Room Decor
Part of the Eighth Avenue revival, boutique shop Green Room specialises in indoor plants. If you find a planter that takes your fancy, the team will re-pot your plant on the spot, leaving you with a gift that’s ready to go. Pick the right day and shop dog Nigel the golden retriever may be in-store for holiday-season moral support. Gift vouchers are available.
34 Eighth Avenue, Maylands
For the young bibliophile
Paper Bird Books
Located in Fremantle’s historic West End, Paper Bird’s old floorboards groan under the weight of all the books to choose from. Infants to young adults are catered to, from baby’s first book, to limited edition hardcovers of favourites by authors like J K Rowling, Enid Blyton, and J M Barrie. Also check out Paper Bird’s extensive range of Indigenous authors. Gift vouchers and gift wrapping are available.
42 Henry Street, Fremantle
For the avid reader
If a bookstore is a barometer of the health of a community, then Victoria Park is in fine shape. Crow Books specialises in hard-to-find titles, but also carries new releases, best sellers and classics. Staff will ably navigate you through the well-considered range to find you the perfect book. Gift vouchers and gift wrapping are available.
900 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
For the fun-at-heart
Ruck Rover is William Street’s home of quirk and colour. Now in its 13th year, it’s the perfect place to pick up those emergency gifts that people will actually enjoy – think fun Woven Pear socks, Ena Products skincare, Bon Lux candles and Kip & Co baby clothing and swaddles. Gift vouchers are available.
242 William Street, Northbridge
For the tourist in town
There’s a lot to love about South Freo’s Mokoh. Their unabashed enthusiasm for Australiana is infectious, and it shows in the quality of their wares. Vintage suburb prints are perfect for locavores, the iconic Dingo Flour socks make for neat stocking stuffers, and there are no shortage of flora and fauna inspired options for travelling friends and family. Gift wrapping is available.
250 South Terrace, South Fremantle
For the beauty junkie
Vim & Co
While you’d be forgiven for writing off the Northbridge stalwart as just another pharmacy, dispensing prescriptions is the least interesting about Vim & Co. Shop their curated selection of luxe beauty brands like cult favourite The Ordinary, ethical and eco-friendly gifts, and wellness essentials for presents that might just be too pretty to give away. Gift vouchers and gift wrapping are available.
Shop 1 154-156 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
For the discerning drinker
Because there’s no better time to give booze than the holiday season, King Somm has come to the party. You can choose between their curated packs of three wines or drop them a line to create something special. Try The Skinsy Pack, perfect for the long hot summer to come. The packs come with tasting notes, handwritten cards, and can be delivered for you. Gift vouchers are available, too.
13 King William Street, Bayswater