Historic suburb turned commercial hub


This week CityNews takes a tour of Fyshwick’s bustling retail scene and speaks to some of its proudest retailers.

Take Fysh, the surname of former Tasmanian Prime Minister Philip Fysh, and ‘Wick’, an Old English suffix for ‘place of residence’, and you have the name of one of Canberra’s most well-known suburbs.

Originally built in the early 1900’s, Fyshwick has now become home to a wide range of businesses, from suppliers of used office furniture to manufacturers of world flags.

This week, CityNews takes a tour of the suburb’s bustling business scene and speaks to some of its proudest retailers.

Sit-stand desks are available from Ex-Government Furniture.

Fyshwick’s finest second hand furniture

Ex-Government Furniture co-owner James Fullerton says a huge amount of quality yet affordable furniture is coming through the warehouse this week.

“There’s second-hand electronic sit-stand desks, lots of metal storage, and chairs of all different qualities,” says James.

“We have some designer chairs but also your bread-and-butter office chairs, really a bunch of furniture for all kinds of budgets.

“You have to be particularly quick with the sit-stand desks, they sell out quickly and everyone is talking about them at the moment.”

The company, which has been in existence for more than 30 years, has grown into one of Fyshwick’s best-known companies.

“People really spend a day coming to Fyshwick these days,” says James.

“There are some great bakeries, coffee shops and retailers and a lot of our customers are here, there and everywhere.

“If we don’t have what people are looking for and we think we know someone who does, we can point people in the right direction.”

Ex Government Furniture, 6 Yallourn Street, Fyshwick. Call 6280 6490, visit us exgovfurniture.com or facebook.com/exgovfurniture

The father-son team stocks the “best quality” workwear.

With over 30 years’ experience providing quality workwear in the Canberra area, locally run company Seears Workwear knows what workers are looking for, says owner Pat Seears.

When it comes to workwear such as high-visibility clothing, jackets, jeans, shoes and hats, Pat says, “All of the best quality from the best manufacturers.”

Located on Barrier Street, he says their range includes safety work boots, leather shoes and steel-toed canvas shoes from brands like Puma, Rockport and Dunlop.

It also has workwear for cooks, paramedics and firefighters, says Pat, who runs the business with his son Shane, and says they know the needs of local businesses and supply many Fyshwick businesses with their workwear uniforms.

They can also support businesses through their Corporate Uniform Services, offering custom embroidery for promotional apparel and business uniforms.

Seears Workwear also has stores in NSW and Queensland and Pat says they ship across the country.

Seear’s Workwear, 60 Barrier Street. Call 6280 4111 or visit us seearsworkwear.com.au

Carpets to keep the house warm

HOODS Carpet Court has an extensive range of wool rugs, which are great for underfoot warmth and extra comfort in the colder months, says sales manager Alison Bray.

“Wool carpets are an excellent moisture regulator and of course good for the indoor climate,” she says.

“Wool fibers can absorb up to 30 percent of their weight in moisture without feeling damp. It then releases the moisture back into the air.”

Family run for more than four decades, Alison says they offer a wide range of rugs (not just wool rugs) and resilient floor coverings from Australia’s leading manufacturers and suppliers.

With shops in Fyshwick and Phillip, she says Hoods Carpet Court is the perfect destination for a carpet update or replacement.

“Carpeters believe that carpets should be replaced about every 10 years,” she says.

“It’s a great idea to replace or redo carpets to reduce the amount of dust and dirt that isn’t always visible.”

Hoods Carpet Court, 76 Barrier Street, Fyshwick (telephone 6280 5703) and Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip (telephone 6285 1888). visit carpetcourt.com.au

Colorful home nursery bedding sets

LITTLE Treasures handcrafted products in Fyshwick are home to all babies play and bedding needs.

The company says all of its items are custom-made, giving customers the option to choose from a variety of patterns and colors to match.

Baby nests come in three different sizes, small for babies aged 0-3 months with an inner mattress of 60cm x 30cm, medium for babies aged 0-6 months and with a mattress size of 70cm x 30cm and the largest for babies from 0-24 months and measures 80 cm x 40 cm.

Little Treasures says it also makes burp cloths, playmats, crochet and swaddle blankets, and belly pillows. For a complete set, the company offers nursery and crib sets with matching sheets, blankets, pillows, and playmats.

Featuring removable covers for easy washing, the baby nests are made from a hardboard base and 1 inch foam mattress with a padded tube around the outside to keep a baby snug inside.

Little Treasures handmade products, call 0410 390507 to locate us Facebook.

One of the paintings by artist Chan Dissanyake on display at The Artists Shed.

Gallery welcomes new watercolor exhibition

The OWNER of The Artists Shed, Margaret Hadfield, is pleased to announce a new permanent exhibition by watercolor artist Chan Dissanayake.

Dissanayake, a Canberra artist, has won multiple awards for his work, which ranges from depictions of rural landscapes to urban cityscapes to coastal landscapes.

Margaret says the Artists Shed also has live music most Fridays, with performances by local bands like the Ten Quid Poms and a wine bar where people can enjoy a drink while attending a show.

“I think we’ve seen a new appreciation for the arts during these difficult times,” says Margaret.

“People have missed music and art and the joy they bring, so it’s great to get out there and support them again.”

And for those who want to get more in touch with their creative side, The Artists Shed always offers classes in a variety of artistic mediums, from absolute beginners to experienced artists looking to hone their skills.

The Artist Shed, Unit 1-3, 88 Wollongong Street. Call 0418 237766 or visit us artistshed.com.au

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Ian Meikle, editor


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