Welcoming our Newest Neighbours, the Niche Markets
On Saturday, 20 October 2018, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja and Senator David Smith will officially open the Niche Markets.
Expanding on the Fyshwick Markets, Canberra’s oldest markets and a Canberra institution, the Niche Markets is now home to specialist traders, with many small local retailers and artisan food providores opening in the new warehouse inspired space.
Bringing an entirely new wing of shopping opportunities, co-owner of the markets, Alan Irvine, says “the Niche Markets adds a new dimension to the markets experience and provides even more reasons for people to come to Fyshwick”.
From children’s and adult’s clothes to homewares, a barber shop, florist, the most delicious donuts you’ll find in town and food from around the globe, you might actually forget you came to the markets to do your shopping.
Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja and Senator David Smith will commemorate the celebration with a ribbon cutting at 12:30pm, followed by guest speakers, a Niche Market tour and meeting with the stallholders, whose faces you might already be familiar with.
Stallholder Danijela, from Krofne, saw the Niche Markets as a fantastic opportunity to expand her business and employ more people with special needs, like her son Anthony who has Down Syndrome. Making donuts with a difference, Danijela says “we don’t employ people to make donuts, we make donuts to employ people”.
Or you may recognise the Caputo family, at Piccolo Market Coffee. Marco and Rachel ran Deli Marco at the Dickson shops in 2003, and then in 2015 Piccolo Espresso to Go at the University of Canberra, in between stints travelling overseas with Marco’s rugby career. The Caputo’s, including their eldest children Joseph and Sophia, say they “love creating a memorable coffee experience that can be enjoyed every time their customers do their weekly fresh food market shop”.
The Niche Markets is another stage in the development of the historic Fyshwick Markets, which started in 1965 as Canberra’s first farmers markets and which has grown to be a Canberra icon with an estimated 1 million visitors a year.