New venture hopes to ring changes in Bell St
NEW tenants have moved into the beautiful old building at 1 Bell St, undeterred by the challenges that led to the closure of the last business.
The building has been vacant since cafe Tirra Lirra closed its doors in May.
Tirra Lirra co-owner Craig Scott blamed the closure on poor patronage due to reduced on-street parking and the construction of Icon Ipswich across the road.
Cassandra and Shaun Booth said they believed Bell St was a better location for their alternative fashion shop, Cassandra's Closet, and gaming business than the Old Flour Mill in the Top of Town.
"We moved because we've got more space and our own facilities, and our customer research actually shows that we're better positioned here - we're closer to the train station and still in the CBD," Ms Booth said.
"Our customers came to the Top of Town because of the corsetry and costume-based fashion, the workshops and the games, and now they'll come to Bell St for the same reasons."
Ms Booth said she was happy to now have an on-street presence.
She said Cassandra's Closet would not be subject to the same problems faced by the Tirra Lirra Coffee Emporium.
"With all the construction across the road, I can understand how it might've been difficult to create a cafe atmosphere with all the noise," Ms Booth said.
"Apparently all the noise and construction will stop by next September, so it's really not that long to wait, and it's worth it because we're right near the train and bus stops."
The two-level building now accommodates a gaming space for Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic players, run by Ms Booth's husband Shaun, as well as a workshop space and Cassandra's Closet upstairs.
"A lot of people come especially for the corsetry, some people travel from Brisbane, but the people who really love it are those from Ipswich who are saved a trip to Brisbane," Ms Booth said.
"Corsetry spans an era of about 1000 years, and I stock everything from medieval to Victorian and Edwardian to steam-punk, which is a bit of a fantasy offshoot."