Local operators stay optimistic
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.