So, I’ve been reluctant to share too widely where we want to move into. I don’t want to jinx it – and real estate in the commercial world is a scene I’m just not familiar with…
However, perhaps putting it in black and white will make it ‘facebook official’ and start the ball rolling faster?
I’m totally eyeing off 47 Shields Street, between Cairns Cental and Sheridan Street. We want the one closest to the drive through – it’s the most visible, the most recently tenanted, and has polished concrete floors. There is a small kitchen, a room we can rent out (and we might have a tenant already!), a reading room (Cairns authors, free book exchange) and workshop space – it’s aircon’d and with space for a coffee shop, sitting space and a bigger Handmade Cans component.
The foot traffic in this spot is HUGE and the food coop is just across the street, Rusty’s around the corner. It’s a teeny walk from Central, or the CBD. We are going to pop out tables and chairs (funky and pallet) to draw people in – and create a relaxed feel. We also have pinterested a kazillion ideas around making the front/displays awesome – and have a few Canners who are merchandising geniuses to make sure it looks awesome. We can also get some very cost effective signage up – and bring on the buzz.
Steve has been busy building amazing pallet furniture for the set up. And we have coffee (local) locked in – and it’s good. We also have sweet treats lined up – I’m still looking for savory.. Got any ideas? We can only sell prepared food in there – so we want to support local yummy food folk to grow their businesses with us.
The hits just keep on rolling for us with this space though – it has it’s own carpark! YES PARKING! And that space can be used for twilight markets on Friday night. Somewhere to eat yummy local food, get your shop on, meet your friends, listen to music.. and just be! And creatives – somewhere to sell your amazing goodies.
The space will be ours – so we are looking at regular workshops, events, and fun times. Oh, there is a 18m wall space for art exhibitions!
There are a few hitches. We need to lock in enough creatives to start. And the landlord/real estate need to sort out the deets. We are running a bit blind at the moment.. that should be over soon.
So if you are thinking of coming on board – please let us know. And we can work through fees/charges etc a little more when we know exactly what we are up for. It’s all a work in progress. The more people who want to play – the more cost effective it becomes for us all. Although – I do have a cap so the shop looks spacious and you have great coverage. Take a place in the store and you also get free access to the twilight markets as well..
If you are wondering how you can support us and your not creative – we will need all hands on deck to set up – garden – move things in – merchandise the shop – fill the free book exchange – set up the coffee space. Oh, and shop with us!