Exciting opportunities are unfolding for creative ventures in Campbelltown through the innovative Renew On Q program.

On Sunday, February 18th, Renew On Q is proudly showcasing two local businesses during the Handmade and Homegrown markets from 9 am to 2 pm, marking a dynamic new phase for Queen Street, Campbelltown.

Evora Cove, owned by Jarred Bolton and Jemima Webb, offers a DIY Candle Bar, providing high-quality, sustainable, and vegan candles, melts, diffusers, room sprays, and body care products. They will soon launch bi-weekly candle creation workshops catering to all skill levels.

Ruth Fattal Haute Couture x El Fattal Studio, a collaboration between renowned bespoke fashion designer Ruth Fattal and artist El Fattal, presents a Creative Collective boutique. Their shop features exquisite bridal dresses, evening wear, accessories, and original artworks, offering customers a unique artisanal shopping experience.

“We are so excited to be a part of Renew On Q, to inspire creativity through our upcoming workshops and concept store, join us for our still life drawing and styling workshop on 3 March and pop by our concept store for a one-of-a-kind artisanal piece and boutique experience in the heart of Campbelltown.” Ruth Fattal said.

Through the Renew On Q program, landlords generously provide vacant shops to emerging creative traders, facilitated by a rolling 30-day rent-free license negotiated by Renew Australia. This invaluable opportunity grants startups the time to test innovative ideas for the commercial market without the commitment of a lengthy lease agreement.

“This program will help activate vacant spaces on Queen Street and provide new options for people visiting our city centre to enjoy,” Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said.

“Starting a business is never easy, and knowing when to take the leap and transition that business to a commercial setting can be a difficult decision. Partnering with Renew Australia, we’re able to offer an alternative approach for local people to take the next step with their business.”

Evora Cove’s Jemima Webb said that the experience has proven invaluable in fostering the growth of her business and enhancing its visibility.

“This initiative has granted us the chance to establish a brick-and-mortar retail presence in the heart of Campbelltown CBD, enabling us to forge closer connections with the local community and initiate mutually beneficial partnerships with other local businesses,” she said.

In addition to activations on Queen Street, Renew On Q has also welcomed local artist Noelle Moa of Ula&HerBrothers into the program, providing a striking window decal, which incorporates two original hand-carved prints, on the former Spotlight shopfront in Downtown Plaza.

As the Renew On Q program grows, Renew Australia CEO Angela Simons looks forward to introducing further creative businesses and projects to the precinct and the wider Campbelltown community.

“We welcome and encourage locals and visitors to visit Queen Street and rediscover the high street,” she said.

LJ Hooker Commercial, Macarthur, has played a pivotal role in this initiative by making several of their vacant Queen Street properties available to the program.

Darren Zammit, Sales and Leasing Director at LJ Hooker Commercial, Macarthur, commended the Renew On Q project as “an excellent initiative for the Campbelltown CBD, and in particular Queen Street.”

“It provides landlords with long-term vacancies, the opportunity to have a fresh clean space with activity,” Mr Zammit said.

Anyone who is a small business or creative looking to trial a retail space, rent-free can fill out an Expression of Interest form here: https://forms.monday.com/forms/e99b7101a1ec2d067cac0326db2b291b

For more information, contact Renew On Q project manager Sarah Wang at 0478 075 125 or via email campbelltown@renewaustralia.org.