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The End of an Era


After six years, one month and one day, the award winning Shop Handmade will come to the end of an era and will close 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. More details about these plans will be released in the coming weeks, but will involve bringing together people and businesses from the city and the Canberra region.

The Handmade Markets will continue to run quarterly at EPIC with the next market taking place on 11th & 12th June.


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.

We’re sad to be closing the doors for the last time, but very satisfied 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 announcements as they happen,” says Rachel Evagelou.

The shop will remain open six days a week on City Walk Boulevard (off Allara Street in Canberra’s CBD at the Casino end) until the end of May. There is still time to browse the homewares and gourmet produce, try on clothes and accessories and look through Canberra’s best selection of souvenirs, trinkets, gifts and unique finds. It’s the perfect place for some Mothers’ Day shopping.


While Shop Handmade will cease to trade 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. Don’t forget, the next market is on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June from 10-4 and entry is free.

The shop is open six days a week:


Mon-Thur 9.30 – 5.00
Friday 9.30 – 6.00
Saturday 9.30 – 2.00

There are also some amazing bargains as we come to the end of May, with discounts on many designers’ beautiful lines. We can’t wait to see you there. And don’t forget to follow us on social media for details of the very exciting new project we are planning for later this year.

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Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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