The Standard Store is back.
One month after a dispute with its landlord forced its closure, the Surry Hills stalwart has popped up two doors down from its original location, with a new permanent home soon to come.
“It just seemed really important that we opened again before Christmas,” The Standard Store co-owner Nicola Reindorf tells Broadsheet. “There were so many empty stores on Crown Street due to Covid, so we had quite a few choices to make.”
Reindorf and her husband Orlando Reindorf have signed a lease on the space formerly occupied by The Architect’s Bookshop. It’s been a smooth move, due to its proximity to the original store.
“It’s literally next door to our old store and it has the same essence, so it immediately felt right,” says Reindorf. “Within an hour we’d signed a lease and received the keys, so it was a completely difference experience to the last one.”
The latter experience saw Reindorf turn up to work in October to discover the locks had been changed on the property she and Orlando had rented on Crown Street for nine years. The pair was evicted and their lease terminated after they only managed to pay 70 per cent of their rent for the month due to the impact of Covid and the temporary closure of its Melbourne store during Victoria’s protracted lockdown.
“There’s still a legal case going on, which I can’t talk about, but it’s really important we make the statement that we are going to stay on Crown Street,” says Reindorf.
In the new store you’ll find all the international favourites carried by the Standard Store, including Belgium’s Bellerose, New York’s Apiece Apart and Danish brand Henrik Vibskov. They’re now complemented by a fresh focus on local labels such as Esse and A. Emery.
“I decided at the beginning of Covid to support some more Australian brands and I’ve just got my new deliveries,” says Reindorf.
The upstairs space will host pop-ups within the pop-up, with a rotating roster of artisans and makers selling everything from pottery to homewares.
“Now more than ever our creatives and our stores, cafes and restaurants need a great resurgence,” says Reindorf. “We’re not travelling anywhere and Sydney can be such a brilliant place because of that.”
The next stage for The Standard Store will be a permanent home, also on Crown Street.
“We will be moving a little further up the road and it will be a fit-out done with slow and careful consideration to make it our final resting place,” says Reindorf.
The Standard Store pop-up is open until further notice.
The Standard Store
499 Crown Street, Surry Hills