Words by Patrick Martin
When a progressive not-for-profit organisation and a proactive property owner meet, you get progress. After years of struggle, Thursday night saw a revitalised Regent Arcade welcomed back to the Adelaide shopping scene.
With seven new businesses opened in July 2014 under the Renew Adelaide property reinvigoration program, August 2015 brought about the celebration of five stores one year anniversaries.
Average Cat, Created Range, Sarah Rothe Jewellery, Boo & Who? and Have you Met Charlie? have quickly established a cult following among Adelaide’s shopping faithful, providing Adeladians with high-quality artisan products ranging from locally designed streetwear to hand-made candles and jewellery.
With an arcade already oozing success, it seemed only appropriate that on the same night another two Adelaide businesses threw open their first brick and mortar stores. Scandinavian-inspired stationary and design firm One Hectare brought a uniquely clean flavour to their hole-in-the-wall space, with floor to wall glass encasing their shopfront. With colour bouncing off the wall and into the mall, One Hectare will definitely be a favourite with stationary and design fiends.
Joining the Regent Arcade love-in is vegan and cruelty-free body products company Oh Deer Sugar, who opened up their ‘non-edible bakery’ concept store. Specialising in environmentally and conscious-friendly body products, their in-store experience is something to behold as customers wander around the store perusing items and placing them on a tray just like – you guessed it – a bakery. Fun, entertaining and all-round friendly, Oh Deer Sugar provides arguably the most unique retail experience in Adelaide.
If that wasn’t enough to whet your shopping appetite, long-standing menswear store ZERO Boutique welcomed Australian designer/stylist/photographer/all-round cool-company Lasskaa to the mezzanine level of their space. Helped along by a special appearance from Sticks and Stones Agency, Lasskaa’s neon lights will glow brightly in the years to come.
And to top off a night of grand openings, Larry & Ladd Café welcomed graffiti artist ‘STOOPS’ to the café’s wall-space. His unique mix of abstract art and graffiti was a real hit with the strong turn-out and brought new colour to the cozy café space.
As Thursday night drew to a close it was time to contemplate what all of this pomp and ceremony meant in the life of Adelaide. If nothing else, the opening of new stores and the celebration of new-found success shows Adelaide’s changing face of business and culture. Perhaps more importantly, it emphasises the importance of opportunity and the fruits of success that opportunity brings.
Play on Adelaide, Renew Adelaide and Regent Arcade – you’re heading in the right direction.
Photos taken by Josh Geelen.