Old newsstands nurture start-ups

Eight disused CBD newsstands have been leased to up-and-coming eclectic businesses to add vibrancy to the city.

The City of Melbourne announced the successful bidders for the three-year licences at the end of last year.

The successful applicants will pay $300 per month and were chosen against the council’s 2011 Street Activity Policy.

Services and products needed to meet criteria such as being innovative, unique, of high quality, distinctive, financially viable and environmentally sustainable.

Four of the successful tenderers had previously operated short-term cylinders in other CBD locations, while the remaining four businesses are occupying cylinders for the first time.

The successful businesses are: Doradi Creations (ornamental plants); Beauty Island (nut snacks); Chris Cincotta  Melbourne Photography (photography); La Petite Creperie (French crepes); Patricia Pena (Fashion wear/crafts); Kevin Jackson (Handmade coin jewellery); Ivan Allende (Stencil art/spray painted vinyl records); and Pocket Cafe (Coffee and snacks).

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