Out­let steps up

Canning Times - - SHOP LOCAL -

SHOE Fun is com­ing to Fre­man­tle.

Freo Now be­gan a cam­paign to en­cour­age cre­atives to come down and sell their wares in pop-up stores in Fre­man­tle.

Shoe Fun owner Sandi Hol­born said the de­ci­sion to move to the area was be­cause it was di­verse and al­ter­na­tive.

“Shoe Fun is about dif­fer­ent; our shoes are quirky and fun – we do pinup, retro and vin­tage style,” she said.

“Shoe Fun has been run­ning on­line for al­most four years, we are lis­ten­ing to our won­der­ful cus­tomers and have de­cided that it is time to try a store front.”

She said she had no plans to move away from Fre­man­tle.

“We live lo­cally and kids love the lo­ca­tion,” she said.

Freo Now board mem­ber Sa­man­tha Reece said they had re­ceived about 15 ap­pli­ca­tions in the cam­paign.

“At this stage we have se­lected five as we have more va­cant spa­ces also com­ing on line,” she said.

“We will be ad­ver­tis­ing this op­por­tu­nity again.

“We have only just started so we are def­i­nitely look­ing for this to be a long term ini­tia­tive.

“Ul­ti­mately we want to at­tract busi­nesses to Fre­man­tle that of­fer a unique prod­uct that you couldn’t find else­where.”

Ms Reece said a sim­i­lar idea had been im­ple­mented in Perth.

“It cer­tainly is think­ing out­side the box and we have been very grate­ful for the sup­port of land­lords who are want­ing to ac­ti­vate Fre­man­tle and as such are spon­sor­ing this ini­tia­tive,” she said.

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Freo Now’s Mark Dou­glas (ex­treme right) with Joseph Geha, Nuno Va­cas (Corker) and Sandi Hol­born (Shoe Fun). Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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