AFTER starting out in the western suburbs, The Honeycake, Sugarplum Sweets and Sue Lewis Chocolatier have found their sweet spot at the $580 million State Buildings redevelopment.
Left vacant for about 20 years, the 19th century Treasury buildings, bordered by Barrack Street, St Georges Terrace, Cathedral Avenue and Hay Street, have been refurbished by FJM Property into a new retail, hospitality and hotel precinct.
With boutique hotel COMO The Treasury set to open on October 15, chocolatier Sue Lewis said she was looking forward to opening her new shop in coming weeks.
“Although it will be sad to say goodbye to my Subiaco location, it was always my dream to open in the city,” Ms Lewis said.
“I was drawn to this space because it is very authentic and lovingly restored. It is not a shopping centre filled with chain stores; there will be lots of local, like-minded businesses doing very unique things.”
Sugarplum Sweets baker Flavia Harris said she was thrilled to be associated with one of the most exclusive hotels in Australia.
“Perth needs fabulous little treasures like this. The city store will just be a retail presence and all our baking will be delivered daily from our Wembley store,” Mrs Harris said.
Ms Lewis said she met The Honeycake owner Simona Kapoun “on the circuit” at the Subiaco Farmers and Fremantle Growers’ Green markets about two years ago.
“There was extra space in my store, so I suggested Honeycake because they make this wonderful product and I knew they would make good neighbours,” Ms Lewis said.
Ms Kapoun said she saw the State Buildings as a great opportunity to expand.
“For us it is very exciting to have a place that will be our home base, for people to come six or seven days a week,” she said.
“When you enter these buildings, I actually feel very strongly the history and character.
“It is special, it has soul.”
FJM Property senior development manager Kyle Jeavons said the State Buildings retail collective included WA designer Aurelio Costarella’s flagship boutique, Clean Slate skin care and Telegram Coffee.