It’s home sweet home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AF­TER start­ing out in the western sub­urbs, The Hon­ey­cake, Su­garplum Sweets and Sue Lewis Choco­latier have found their sweet spot at the $580 mil­lion State Build­ings re­de­vel­op­ment.

Left va­cant for about 20 years, the 19th cen­tury Trea­sury build­ings, bor­dered by Barrack Street, St Ge­orges Ter­race, Cathe­dral Av­enue and Hay Street, have been re­fur­bished by FJM Prop­erty into a new re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity and ho­tel precinct.

With bou­tique ho­tel COMO The Trea­sury set to open on Oc­to­ber 15, choco­latier Sue Lewis said she was look­ing for­ward to open­ing her new shop in com­ing weeks.

“Although it will be sad to say good­bye to my Su­bi­aco lo­ca­tion, it was al­ways my dream to open in the city,” Ms Lewis said.

“I was drawn to this space be­cause it is very au­then­tic and lov­ingly re­stored. It is not a shop­ping cen­tre filled with chain stores; there will be lots of lo­cal, like-minded busi­nesses do­ing very unique things.”

Su­garplum Sweets baker Flavia Harris said she was thrilled to be as­so­ci­ated with one of the most ex­clu­sive ho­tels in Aus­tralia.

“Perth needs fab­u­lous lit­tle trea­sures like this. The city store will just be a re­tail pres­ence and all our bak­ing will be de­liv­ered daily from our Wem­b­ley store,” Mrs Harris said.

Ms Lewis said she met The Hon­ey­cake owner Simona Ka­poun “on the cir­cuit” at the Su­bi­aco Farm­ers and Fre­man­tle Grow­ers’ Green mar­kets about two years ago.

“There was ex­tra space in my store, so I sug­gested Hon­ey­cake be­cause they make this won­der­ful prod­uct and I knew they would make good neigh­bours,” Ms Lewis said.

Ms Ka­poun said she saw the State Build­ings as a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand.

“For us it is very ex­cit­ing to have a place that will be our home base, for peo­ple to come six or seven days a week,” she said.

“When you en­ter these build­ings, I ac­tu­ally feel very strongly the history and char­ac­ter.

“It is spe­cial, soul.”

FJM Prop­erty se­nior de­vel­op­ment man­ager Kyle Jeav­ons said the State Build­ings re­tail col­lec­tive in­cluded WA de­signer Aure­lio Costarella’s flag­ship bou­tique, Clean Slate skin care and Tele­gram Cof­fee.

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