Retailer of the Day

Retailers Make The Places

I got an email today from my member of parliament.

Eleni Evangel.

She and Milena Djurasinovic are the most powerful in the land.

And what was on the link?

A snip of the New York Times article praising Perth.

Yes, but what's this all about?

This is about retailers.

Retailers make the places that drive community participation.

It's the over-the-head photo of the vine entangled in the rafters which excites the New York Times.

If people are participating in your street it's because of places made by retailers.

This is what sends us in to a tiz.

Jay Wilde of Wear2, Paddy Troy Lane, Fremantle, Australia. A place manager driving community participation.

Hanoi Retailer Interview

This is Lam,  He is the co-owner of Ying & Yang Restaurant at 78 Ma May in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • The restaurant is about 100sqm
  • He pays about $48,000 USD per annum in rent, including outgoings
  • It is 54 seats
  • At the time of my visit, guess how many staff were on, in the restaurant - serving at that time?  20
  • There is no minimum wage - staff are paid via negotiation
  • Rubbish is ejected out the front and plonked on the road in bags.  The walking bin cart picks it up each night at about 10pm and loads it into a bigger, waiting truck.  This is paid for by the local government
  • The time I was in, the restaurant was packed, yet this only generates, apparently, three medium sized bags of waste per day
  • Cardboard, bottles and plastics are stored on site and traded or picked up by an intermediary who takes them to a bigger recycling depot

Run, don't walk, to New Edition bookshop now

Imagine the best bookshop in the southern hemisphere, according to Tim Rogers.

Then imagine incorporating a brilliantly designed espresso bar on a sub-lease - The Grumpy Sailor.  This is a difficult feat including many headaches with all the landlord negotiations and council approvals.  Thank goodness the City of Fremantle gives permissions to high quality retail design and street activation.

Lastly, place a fashion shop in the rear of the huge bookshop.  The result is Velvet Sushi who now occupies the former bank safe and sells high quality fashion and accessories whilst the hubbub of the espresso and bookworming goes on all around.

Other cities and shopping centre managers - run, don't walk, to Velvet Sushi now and suck it up.

Deborah McKendrick in Velvet Sushi, 82 High Street, Fremantle, Australia