Our creative industries have been hard hit by COVID-19. Sadly, local markets have been a common casualty of restrictions and the shift by many shoppers to online for ease of purchase while locked down. So many businesses have impressively adapted through the challenges of 2020. The Shire congratulates this innovation and wants to shine a spotlight on it. Come behind the scenes and meet some of our locals innovating their connection to community.

This June, local makers and creators have collaborated, joining forces and creativity to reconnect to locals with their hand made products through a new retail experience - Artisan’s Alley.

Moving to brick and mortar is often prohibitively expensive for small businesses. Together, this group of artisans have forged a collective to share costs, both rent and labour, with a common goal to promote quality locally hand made goods. Meet the makers as you shop local, in the transformed Mornington hair salon.  Featuring the best of handmade products, discover locally made homewares, artworks, skincare, jewellery, clothing, candles and furniture. The artists and makers work in the store so you can meet the creators, hear how they are inspired and where the materials and designs are sourced.

For most of the members this is the first venture into a brick and mortar shop, but you may recognise a few products and faces from local markets. This is a fantastic opportunity to shop local and support local. It’s also an ideal place to browse whilst waiting for a coffee order at Store Fifteen café next door!

Mornington Peninsula Shire is urging everyone – community members, organisations and businesses – to consider how we spend, recommend and utilise local services.  Whether it’s shopping in new ways locally, engaging local tradespeople or exploring our own backyard with new eyes – our support can make a difference.

Stay, play and explore local to support local– you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.

SUPPORT LOCAL. Think. Spend. Recommend.

Find other ways to support local businesses at mpbusiness.com.au/supportlocal