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Our first tenants for Renew Fitzroy Street are moving in

Published 12 February 2021
It’s move-in week! Our very first Renew Fitzroy Street tenants have been handed the keys to their new shop fronts. Renew Fitzroy Street is a retail pilot program aimed at revitalising St Kilda's Fitzroy Street by filling commercial vacancies with artists, makers and social enterprises.

Successful applicants are offered a vacant retail space where they can bring their creative ideas to life. As well as supporting local creatives, the project also aims to drive additional foot traffic to Fitzroy Street and support existing traders in the precinct.

City of Port Phillip has partnered with Renew Australia and Fitzroy Street Business Association to empower these creative enterprises to have visible space in an iconic Melbourne location.

We have selected four fantastic businesses that we believe will thrive through this incubator style program. We can’t wait to introduce you to new businesses as the project continues to grow.

Renew Fitzroy Street businesses will be open from Wednesday 3 March 2021.

Meet our first four businesses

Farm Goat
Shop 1/63 Fitzroy Street

Farm Goat produces some of Australia’s best handcrafted goat’s milk soap.

“Our soap (SUDS) is made from sustainable ingredients. Each bar contains over 25 per cent goat’s milk, which is full of rich fatty acids that are wonderful for rejuvenating your skin. Farm Goat’s founder, Greg Egan, is an award-winning chef with a passion for food and flavours that he has carried into his new venture. He has created unique aromatic blends based on essential oils - and free from palm oil. We visit the goat farm in Echuca regularly to collect our milk and enjoy a close relationship with our goat carers. Our SUDS make for a great gift or a touch of luxury for yourself. You will relish the awesome scents of these SUDS.”

Mike Stretch Finds
Shop 2/63 Fitzroy Street

Born from a passion of supporting both Australian streetwear and artists, Mike Stretch Finds was established in Melbourne in 2018. With a strong emphasis on selling high-quality garments with original bold imagery, and a goal of giving local creatives a new platform to shine on, the shop has grown a community of like-minded and passionate individuals.

“Previously only online, we could not be more excited to bring our carefully curated catalogue to its very first brick and mortar storefront to create a unique one-stop shopping experience showcasing all our favourite brands and artworks.”

Calistags Plants
Shop 7/63 Fitzroy Street

Calistags Plants specialises in "living art pieces"; using epiphytic plants that grow on trees in the wild and turning them into one of a kind, handmade wall hangings - where the plant continues to grow and evolve attached to a piece of decorative wood. Both a unique and space friendly way of getting your "planterior design" on. 

The business also offers a stunning collection of statement making indoor plants and pots, alongside horticultural advice and plant styling for your home, office, or desired space.

ARTWORKS St Kilda artists collective
Shop 4/63 Fitzroy Street

ARTWORKS is a mixed media art collective based at Artworks studios in St Kilda. Ranging from floristry and fibres to paintings and graffiti art. The businesses featured in Artworks include:

  • Flo & Co. - Florals, Events & Styling Studio
  • Mr Macrame - Fibre artist specialising in knots and patterns using raw natural materials.
  • Rus Kitchin - Visual artist & cartographer of chaos.

Tom Cerdan - Autodidact artist Specialising in painting large murals/canvas and a digital drawer for video games & cinema industry.