Louisa Janke, Kylie O’Connell (front), Thea White, Janette Adams and Sue Russ (back) will be part of a special market of local business and artisans in the Ipswich CBD this and next weekend.
Louisa Janke, Kylie O’Connell (front), Thea White, Janette Adams and Sue Russ (back) will be part of a special market of local business and artisans in the Ipswich CBD this and next weekend. Sarah Harvey

Shopfront transforms into market

IT might now be a ‘dead corner’ but come the weekend an empty Ipswich CBD shopfront is set to be transformed into a trendy boutique market.

The marketplace idea was initiated by Janette Adams, owner of Top of Town business Precious Packages, who saw it as an opportunity to attract people into the CBD.

“We want to promote available shop space in Ipswich to encourage new retailers into the area and offer the regular shoppers who already enjoy coming to Ipswich a pleasant surprise,” Ms Adams said.

“There are a growing number of exceptional retailers in Ipswich and it is time for people to come into the Ipswich CBD and enjoy what we have on offer.”

The market will operate this weekend and next weekend from 8am to 1pm on the corner of Brisbane and Ellenborough streets.

Ms Adams said stallholders would offer everything from vintage wares to jewellery, poetry, art and wine. She said the market aimed to showcase the creativity of local artisans.

“It is people with a good idea,” Ms Adams said.

“It is what they are passionate about, not just what they do in life.

“Everyone is excited; they can’t wait to be part of the market.”

Among those set to showcase their wares is Sue Russ, who operates Lavender Leadlights.

Based at Milora, near Boonah, the mother of three said her leadlighting had started about five years ago when she resolved to give up her job in administration.

“It was a New Year’s resolution to choose a career where I could work from home, be more available to the family and use my creativity,” Mrs Russ said.

She said the market was an ideal way to get the word out about what crafty people were doing in Ipswich.



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