Thursday, 10 August 2017

Putting Fyshwick on the Map

What do a book seller, a gourmet providore, a Christmas fancier, a conservator and an antique furniture aficionado all have in common? 

Well they are all on “the map” …. the #BoutiqueFyshwick map that is.

The brain child behind this map is Dawn Sculthorpe Hayter, the conveyor of Urban Providore. Dawn’s vision is to promote a range of unique and boutique Fyshwick retailers that share a like-minded approach to quality, and a love of providing a great customer connection.  

A little about each of the businesses….

Canty’s Bookshop
Luke and Laura run this treasure trove of a second hand bookshop. Packed to the rafters with a wide assortment of books crossing every genre and subject under the sun, the shelving measures a little over a kilometre.  A kilometre, wow! My go to section is the cookbooks on the far wall. There is a handy stepladder nearby to peruse the titles on the upper shelves, and a comfy chair in a sunny corner to dive into one’s stash. Canty’s books are reasonably priced, and the staff are exceptionally knowledgeable about their inventory and writers in general.

Urban Providore
Welcome to a foodies paradise! The ever energetic and passionate Dawn has filled UrbanProvidore with quality Australian made gourmet foodstuffs, and has a particular focus on local region produce. Think gourmet spice blends, exotic balsamic vinegars, handmade artisan butters, creative fudges, jams, pasta sauces, gift hampers, gourmet salts, crisp linens and many more.  Soon to be added to the range will be fresh fruits and vegetables, and take home meals. The shop also offers a 24x7 online store.

Christmas Emporium
The only all-year Christmas store in Canberra, Mike Welch and his team are gripped by the spirit of Christmas every day. Mike strives for unique pieces that provide something different for the discerning Canberran and interstate visitor, and he is ensuring that his emporium will become a go-to destination. The launch of the Emporium this year coincided with Christmas in July, and the winter chill in the air only added to the Christmassy feel. Be prepared to find one-off German windmills powered by tea-lights, hand-blown glass ornaments and collectable baubles that will become precious keepsakes.  

Endangered Heritage
The term endangered immediately conjures up animals, but the focus of EndangeredHeritage is the preservation and conservation of valuable objects be they wedding dresses, works of art, precious coins, books, textiles and photographs. They also sell a range of tools and supplies like acid free tissue papers, archival boxes and anti-corrosion materials. Run by trained conservators Victoria and Andrew Pearce, they are assisted by a crack team of conservation specialists, who never know what sort of fascinating job is going to walk in the door.

Humble House Gallery
Roger Carter’s Humble House Gallery is truly a hidden gem. Tucked away at 93 Wollongong Street is a captivating space that has to be seen to be believed. A multi floored space encompassing a showroom of Oriental antique furniture, a Museum of pieces that you would expect to find in overseas institutions, contemporary ceramic pieces, a wealth of handmade table lamps and an art gallery to rival the best. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore you could easily while away an hour or two taking it all in. The driving principles are quality and unique pieces that would make a statement in any home.

Stay tuned for more businesses to join the #BoutiqueFyshwick map!