After six years, one month and one day, Shop Handmade came to the end of an era and closed on 31st May 2016. As part of the regeneration of Canberra’s CBD, the building is being knocked down to make way for exciting new developments.
Rather than relocating in the current format, the Handmade team has exciting new plans to be part of the city’s renaissance in an innovative way, through The Local Larder, a café, store and cellar door in the heart of the city.
However, Shop Handmade holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of Canberrans. With a unique bustling atmosphere and beautiful handmade goods and produce, Shop Handmade has been Canberra’s one stop shop for design-led products. Since it opened in 2010, Shop Handmade has stocked, mentored and supported 578 Australian designers, forming a unique relationship with local and national small businesses and bringing high quality artisan products to the Canberra public.
Rachel Evagelou, co-owner of Shop Handmade, is sad the the doors have closed for the last time, but very staisfied with what the shop has brought to the city. “Through Shop Handmade, we have succeeded in nurturing the talents of many local designers and put Canberra on the map in terms of design. We are so grateful to all of our wonderful customers, but promise that our new plans will not disappoint them. Follow us on social media for news on The Local Larder.”
While Shop Handmade ceased trading at the end of May, the Handmade Markets continue to grow and flourish. At the forefront of the market scene in Canberra, the market launched 8 years ago, and now attracts 220 local and interstate exhibitors (50 of whom are exclusive to Handmade in Canberra), a long wait list and an attendance of up to 27,000 people at each event. Visitors enjoy the combination of stalls and gourmet food hall, and in doing so, they are supporting Australian small businesses. Dates for 2016 are September 10th & 11th and December 10th & 11th.
Then and now: Rachel & Julie on Shop opening day with shopgirl Robyn and on closing day with Mr Trevor Dickinson.