We’re blessed with some wonderful small businesses in Perth’s inner North ‘hoods, most of which are owned & operated by locals. 2020 wasn’t the year anyone expected and when you shop local you keep food on a local families’ table and our neighbourhoods vibrant and active – win win!

Supporting small business doesn’t mean spending more money, it’s about spending your money differently. It can be as easy as substituting a $50 Coles Myer Voucher for a $50 one from a local cafe. Simple!

Which brings me to my top 10 ideas for shopping locally this Christmas:

  1. Breakfast/lunch/dinner on you!
    We love spoiling our buyers and sellers with a voucher to a local cafe, restaurant or small bar in the suburb they’ve just moved into. You just call and pop into your fave to get one. So much more personal, and usually much more appreciated, than that Target hamper you might have been contemplating.
  2. Buy your meat from a local butcher.
    Seriously, we have at least four of the best butchers in Perth nearby so there’s no reason to be standing in front of the meat section at Woolies contemplating overseas hams. Whether it’s a traditional Christmas roast, Boxing Day barbie or an impromptu get together with friends, check out places like Mondo di Carne, Paddock + Farm, M.Princi or Torre’s for some of the best tasting meats you’re likely to find.
  3. Give the gift of reading. 
    What better way to relax on your break or entertain the kids when they’re off screens than a book. Whether it’s a the real thing or a voucher so your loved ones can choose their own, you can’t go past Planet or Beaufort Street Books in Mount Lawley for their great advice and well curated selections or Rabble Books & Games (games – there’s a thing for the holidays!) in Maylands too.
  4. Go gourmet.
    Whether it’s to serve at your own table or give as gifts to the fam, there’s some amazing and tasty gourmet goodies at Black Pig in Inglewood, Smoults in Maylands and Pimlott & Strand in Dianella. And don’t forget our local markets such as Kyilla, Perth City Farm or the Baysie Growers Market, all of whom have special Christmas themed events.
  5. Breads and desserts.
    You’ve got Mary Street Bakery, the Woodfired Baker, Miller & Baker, Glory Box Cakes, Chu, Dolcetto, Scents of Taste, Baked 180 – the list goes on! It’s once a year. Spoil yourself with something hand made with love rather than something churned out of a commercial factory.
  6. Shout yourself some new clothes and/or accessories (or hit the op-shops!).
    Retailers have been doing it tough and most have some form of sale on already or alternatively, invest in a gift voucher for your loved one and wait for the Boxing day sales! Check out Department or Estrela (for special jewellery pieces) in Mount Lawley, Morgan Marks & Harlow North on Angove Street in North Perth,  Lula & Sasha  and Look Feel Be in Maylands, Favourite Daughter, Ziba & Stash Clothing in Inglewood and Torso in Mount Hawthorn. And if you’re averse to adding to land fill or just after a bargain? Check out our blog on 5 to try local Op Shops.
  7. Something personal or for the home.
    Where to start?! Faves include Future Shelter and Angove Street Collective (the latter re-opening after their fire this year) in North Perth, Daisy and Rowe and Firefly Gifts in Maylands, Orno Interiors in Highgate, Ware and Mandi at Home in Mount Lawley and La Luna in Inglewood. For gifts with a vintage twist, check out Vintage Emporium and So Last Century and for plants try Green Room Decor, Mia Flora , Beaufort Garden Centre and/or Bar Botanik!
  8. Pamper a loved one.
    Nothing says I love you (or you look like crap and in need of a pick me up!) like a pamper session. Be it a gift voucher for make-up or a treatment at your favourite local beauty salon like Cult Cosmetica in Inglewood or a 90 minute specialist massage (as in not frequented by suspect looking types) from Clear Mind Studio in Inglewood, Wellness on Beaufort in Mount Lawley or Physical Focus at the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre.
  9. Wellness.
    Is there someone in your life that keeps mentioning that they want to try something, like PT classes, boxing classes, the gym, yoga, pilates or even meditation? There are soooo many options out there. Again, vouchers are the way to go here and we’ve got so many local gyms and studios with heaps of different offers at all price points to choose from – there’s literally something everywhere to suit everyone.
  10. A bottle (or two) of booze. 
    My family knows that the present I love most is a good bottle of bubbles. Or Red. Or Gin. And its even better when its bought from one of our great independent liquor retailers like deVine Cellars, or Sexton Cellars in Inglewood, Commune Wine Store in Maylands, Grand Cru Wineshop & Cellar in Mount Lawley or La Vigna in Menora. These are the places I go when I want to give a bottle of something as a gift but not something you’ll find in Dan Murphy’s. They all have some great boutique and lesser known labels that are no more expensive than what you’ll find in the chains and barns. Again, winner winner!

So please, think twice before you give away your hard earned cash to the mega corporates and switch over to supporting local instead. Even if it’s just a few items. Every little bit helps.

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