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Where are Brisbane's Most Unique Shops?

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Published February 28th 2012

You want something different. Unusual. Boring racks of clothing and teeny tiny change rooms just won't cut it. Well believe it or not, you don't have to look too hard to find unique retail outlets in Brisbane.

Art and fashion have always shared a relationship so it seems perfectly natural that the new ksubi shop in James Street is part store, part art gallery. Kontemporary or Modern Art by ksubi has already hosted exhibitions by Richard Bell and Robin Hungerford and, oh yeah, they sell clothes as well.

If you'd rather spend your weekends sleeping in and being lazy, you can enjoy the market experience during the week at Incube.8r (no wet weather concerns, either). Incube.8r is a permanent store in Brisbane CBD that rents floor space (in the form of glass cubes) to local artists to sell their wares.

In-cog-neato Coffee, Collectibles and Deadly Treadlys fuses shopping and dining so seamlessly that it's hard to know if this West End joint should be called a cafe or a vintage store. In-cog-neato provides visitors with coffee and light meals like toasties, muffins, and cakes to enjoy while treasure hunting.

How about shopping and dining in a renovated gaol? The Barracks was originally the Brisbane Petrie Terrace Gaol and underwent several transformations before becoming a retail precinct in 2007. The Barracks offers boutique retail outlets, quality dining and a cinema.

Do you know about a shoe store on a ship, or an atelier in an airport hanger? Let us know below.
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Brisbane may have unique shops, but given the definition of unique is 'being the only one', it's impossible to have shades of uniqueness ie something can't be more unique than something else, let alone 'most unique'. So good luck in your search ... if you find the 'most unique' you'll have done something that's never been done before.
by lynda (score: 0|6) 2514 days ago
The Sheil Collection in the Brisbane Arcade is the oldest only Australian made shop in Brisbane. Is has funky pieces, traditional and unique quality gifts for every occassion. Practical, functional, aesthetic and made in Australia and not always with an Australian motif - there are some Australian designers who have world aclaim - come and look at some great stuff.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by info (score: 0|6) 2513 days ago
We are all unique in our own way and there are more than one of us in the world - maybe its "mob uniqueness"
by info (score: 0|6) 2513 days ago
Hamilton Townhall, Cnr Rossiter and Racecourse rds, will provide a genuinely unique shopping experience this Sunday as Brisbane has not had an Alternative Designer Fayre before. You could argue "Unleashed Brisbane' is a market, not a shopping precinct, though.
by chaka (score: 0|7) 2501 days ago
For those who love to trawl through charity shops, Geebung has a number of great stores.
Most arelLocated close to the station and are staffed by very friendly people.
by jebra (score: 0|2) 2481 days ago
Incube.8r is great place to shop. It gives local artists a retail space without the overheads of setting up their own shop and it is great to see wares in person rather than just on the web.
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 2254 days ago

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