Since recently starting work in the CBD, I've enjoyed observing the transformation of Topham Mall – from a popular shortcut used by pedestrian traffic from Adelaide Railway Station to Waymouth Street and vice versa into a trendy and welcoming place to relax and spend some down-time during a busy week day.
A great deal of credit for this transformation goes to Renew Adelaide, a not-for-profit organisation first established in 2010 for the purpose of developing creative enterprise in vacant space. Renew Adelaide has partnered with Adelaide City Council to activate 5 previously vacant spaces in Topham Mall with unique and creative enterprises.
One of my favourite pit stops is Booknook & Bean (image courtesy & copyright Renew Adelaide)
The Coco Stop is described as a boutique chocolate shop and eatery selling a selection of locally made, uniquely flavoured and crafted individual chocolate bars and desserts.
Thanks to Renew Adelaide, Topham Mall now has a quality florist. The Flower Nook offers what is described as a florist bringing amazing colour, fresh-cut flowers, terrariums and potted gifts…
Transform is the brainchild of artist, Matea Gluscevic and furniture designer, Richard Le Messurier who promise constantly evolving new work and exhibitions. (Image courtesy & copyright of Renew Adelaide)
Last but certainly not least is Transform – described as an experimental art project and retail shop that looks just like any normal post-modern lounge room, but all the items in the room, eg. furniture, art and homewares are for sale… constantly evolving with new work and exhibitions.
I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping that the economical and social contribution these Renew Adelaide enterprises succeed in gaining them affordable, longer term tenure in their current location at Topham Mall.
Clearly this tiny mall needed a lift.Let's hope the mall is well patronised , as we Adelaidians love to see our city prosper and become more attractive to ourselves and interstate and overseas tourists.