Beautiful Perth, Beautiful Retailers

This week we go to Bicton, Subiaco and all the way to Joondalup and then back down to Armadale - through Swanbourne, Mount Hawthorn, Leederville, South Perth and Mount Lawley.

There's much happening in Subiaco. We even experimented with our first 'videos' (instead of photos) so we hope you like them.

Next week we'll be in Inglewood, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, Nedlands, Fremantle, East Fremantle and Maylands.

Our people counting business is going well, with a shopping centre added. We are also adding retail leasing strategy to our existing people counter clients. Why? Because the cost of delivering data is becoming cheaper and more time is now left for business engagement and attraction.

Retail leasing strategy really is the key to curate outcomes for the man-on-the-street and the major investor. We spoke to a retailer this week experiencing reduced footfall figures and whilst they didn't care (that much) their major concern was a lack of retail diversity (nearby). We, of course, are now dealing with their manager to facilitate 'retail leasing strategy'.

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A new cafe fit out on its way from by 'Pony Express' and 'Blink Espresso' owner (now ex-owner) Garett Walsh - at the Geha's 'Bicton Central Shopping Centre' - at 'Puck Espresso'

The inimitable Jumbo Video in Bicton.


The mighty City of Joondalup and their way finding signage strategy. We will be bicycling round the city soon (using their bikes) clarifying signage content and placement, and bits and bobs. This will include enjoying many ocean views and the lovely Aussie bush landscape we find in these parts.

South Perth

If you haven't been to Angelo Street, you must. I think it's one of the prettiest main streets. Thank you City of South Perth.

Mount Lawley

Finally, a dark bar. Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley.


A beautiful piece of signage restoration (and retention) in Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne. Thank you, Laurence Greenfield.


We are so cruel to our mainstreets, but look how pretty they are. Thank you Subiaco. The City of Subiaco has created a beautifully designed mainstreet.

We ask: 'How's Subiaco' to a superb retail in Barker Road. He Gets It Off His Chest a bit but we know there's sincere positivism there. The question is: How do we tap into that? Eric Chu at Edo Japanese BBQ Restaurant.

I say: Subiaco Is Vibrant

The quite-stunning wall art in Subiaco's Rokeby Road. Thank you, Denise Price

I've never seen Subiaco look so vibrant. Some of the retailers have put tiny tables out the front and just faced the chairs to the street, notably the Llama Bar, and here, with Louis Bailey at the Purl Bar.

A Beautiful a City is trialling the Vindaloo and Eggplant for you in Subiaco.

The very dark but-still-alive-you-can-tell-because-the-seats-are-out-there Sante Fe restaurant in Subiaco. The colours are just right, too. Keep it up. City of Subiaco encourages street trading; it's good for community and economic development.

Death Is A Part Of Life - and so it is with economic renewal in our cities. Funeral directors are a business to be embraced, given they're so unique. We are reminded of the need to excavate and re-invigorate our 'retail offer' in out mainstreets (for retail diversity). Thank you Prosser Scott Funeral Directors and the City of Subiaco.


World's most enormous letterbox spotted in Leederville.

A Very Good Thing - a coloured awning (light blue) in Oxford Street. Adventure in property development. A good council makes these things happen. They did in Leederville

The interesting Oxford Yard cafe. Beautifully served by Kristy - who even gave me two free Emma & Tom drinks (worth $150) because they were nearing code (health officer please don't hassle them). The 'commercial use' in a mixed use development in Oxford Street, they have a north-facing alfresco which makes their cafe imminently sustainable. Even the house opposite is beautiful.

Guilty because I stood my friend up this morning and am going to grovel to them with this present, I am the proud owner of an Oxford Yard voucher. Thank you, Kristy. And sorry Yvette Coyne at The City of Vincent.

I think this is a stunning piece of public art. Its original location was intended to be in front of the building that funded it. You see, the City of Vincent has a '% For Art' scheme, which means that if you develop a property for $3.5 million, say, 1% ($35,000) must go toward a public art project. The artist conceived this to look upward at the 'lame' building in contemplation(and appropriate satire), but the owner rejected its placement on the basis it 'devalued his building'. It's now on the grounds of the City of Vincent offices. Thanks to @oneperthnews for the original story. 

A Much Better Place - The Mezz shopping centre in Mount Hawthorn has converted their drive-through 'main street' precinct to pedestrian only. A much better place is achieved with seating and chess - and, knowing it from before, I can verify there is more activity now. That makes it more economically resilient, too. Thank you City of Vincent.

A bank... in a newsagents. That's cool. Thank you Bankwest.


It's happening: A Beautiful City is entering shopping centres, counting people who are entering shopping centres. We are installing a trial counter in this escalator-location so the landlord knows exactly how many people are entering, and when. If it all goes well a further 8 entries will be prepared. Wish me luck.

The police have a special role to play in our mainstreets. They maintain law and order and demonstrate the beauty of our public institutions. Our public institutions manage our mainstreets (local governments), so, in a way, the police manage our mainstreets too. Here, the local authority allows officers to gallop around town - and that's a good thing. It involves us elementally (the horses, the ecology) and by default makes our mainstreet a more attractive place to stay to us. And that's great for our economy.

The Forrest Road Shopping Centre in Armadale is having a make-over. And what's this? A contiguous awning. That means you don't get wet when you walk along, and the community likes it better, and that's better for the shops. It looks like the face-brick has been rendered too. Oh, and those are black cockatoos flying over - you get these types of bonuses when you're near a good ecology

Sit on the naughty step, Mr Landlord. These new benches are not good enough. Suitable for a prison yard - (indestructible) but not for a seductive retail environment. Wooden benches (at least) are warmer in the winter and softer, too (than hard steel). (You cannot sit on these in the winter. Cannot.) Provide functionality for your customers, yes (a place to sit), but also exploit that opportunity with a seductive message, using distinct materials or design... and make your centre more competitive and your customers 'engaged' and staying longer.

Look at this beautiful piece of industrial (retail) architecture. Rainwater tanks, or something, for fire emergencies.

The quite-nice looking Haynes Shopping Centre (hills in the background). Contact Venn Property Group (Jeff Klopper) for showroom leases on adjoining land.

A kid in the economy. It's hard to feel the heat in this photo. If you're not from Perth you won't know. The sun is on the horizon and is sautéing your eyeballs and converting our skin to crispy bacon. Even the cockroaches wear sunglasses. What I admire about Armadale is the Australianess of the kids that you just don't get in other places. People drive bangers, everyone's a tradesman, and here we see a little tacker making do with what must be a devastating journey across no-mans land. The upshot is we must build our communities with the pedestrian in mind so kids and the economy can be more intertwined. Our 'outskirts', like here, need good land management until retail development is completed and eventually, fine retail architecture, for our community and our economy.

Some great retail design in KFC these days