Lo­cal op­er­a­tors stay op­ti­mistic

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are hear­ing more talk about Su­bi­aco again,” he said.

Ta­ble Cul­ture opened more than 10 years ago and owner Emma McCarthy said the re­tail en­vi­ron­ment had been chal­leng­ing to nav­i­gate over the past few years, and not just in Su­bi­aco.

But the com­mu­nity and a good re­la­tion­ship with her land­lord had been the key to stay­ing.

Ms McCarthy said a few greedy land­lords, bad press, a coun­cil that failed to plan and busi­nesses that failed to evolve had made it tougher for Su­bi­aco.

“On the flip­side we have been given the op­por­tu­nity to rein­vent our­selves our way, not try to em­u­late other sub­urbs, but work at cre­at­ing some­thing that is unique to Su­bi­aco, and that takes time and a big at­ti­tude shift,” she said.

“Vi­brancy has lay­ers in­clud­ing the X-fac­tor that can’t be man­u­fac­tured. We have def­i­nitely lost some of those lay­ers, but we are build­ing them back up and in the mean­time there are some ex­cel­lent re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses that con­tinue to im­press me as a con­sumer.”

Net­work Ten Perth will move their stu­dios to Su­bi­aco later this year to the Su­bi­aco XO precinct.

Net­work Ten gen­eral man­ager of Perth Frank Filosi said the net­work had looked at sev­eral sites on the fringe of the CBD be­fore set­tling on Su­bi­aco.

“The daily busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties across the var­i­ous ar­eas of the sta­tion, from news, sales and pub­lic­ity through to the ameni­ties and public trans­port op­tions for our staff, were all con­sid­er­a­tions in se­lect­ing the lo­ca­tion,” he said.

“Su­bi­aco is an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion of busi­nesses and a won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple to work in.”

Kavita Kumar, who co-owns Perth Baby Spa, which is new to Su­bi­aco, said the area was per­fect for the spa and she en­cour­aged other new busi­nesses to the area.

“We en­joy the re­laxed and calm vibe in Su­bi­aco dur­ing the day, there are ex­cel­lent cof­fee shops around the cor­ner from us and some re­ally cool small busi­nesses open­ing, which seems to be mov­ing more to­wards a health and life­style vibe,” she said.

City of Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said it was great to see new busi­nesses open­ing their doors in Su­bi­aco and see the con­fi­dence in the area grow.

“We’ve got some big de­vel­op­ments and high pro­file ten­ants com­ing in, which are go­ing to bring a lot of work­ers into Su­bi­aco,” she said.

“We want them to stick around af­ter work to shop and eat, and that’s where a lot of our hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses can come in. We’ll have new small bars and eater­ies like Mis­ter Gill’s fish and chips, which just re­ceived ap­proval.”

Witch’s Caul­dron man­ager of 20 years Dar­ren O’Brien.

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