THE ‘slow shopping’ movement is alive and well at Remedy in Fremantle.
The shelves in the High Street store are crammed with beautiful home and giftwares, making a wander around the store a relaxing and enriching experience.
Remedy’s longstanding focus is on Australian-designed and curated products, but they also have a good selection of international goods.
“We’ve always been about having beautiful products that are well-made and that will last a long time,” owner Joe Ottone says.
“And thankfully our customers totally get that.
“You often hear people talking amongst themselves – they still say it’s their favourite shop – it gives you a real buzz.”
Remedy’s product range includes keep-cups, wheatbags, tea towels, doorstops, jewellery and bathroom products.
The business is run by Mr Ottone and his wife Melanie, and they have another outlet in Leederville.
“We have a very local, loyal client base,” he says.
Mr Ottone says he has known some of his customers since they were kids, when they visited the store with their parents.
Mr Ottone focuses on the selling, while wife Melanie is the “hunter-gatherer”.
Recently they have started focusing on fashion brands, including Melbourne-based Nancybird and Olga De Polga, and New Zealand-based AS Colour.
All of the jewellery sold is Australian-made.
Many of the products they sell are made by socially-responsible companies like Armadillo & Co, who help build nurseries and schools in India.
Mr Ottone describes the Fremantle store as “international, vibrant and sophisticated, but also grounded in what we offer”, while the Leederville store has a more “industrial vibe”.
by ALEX MURFETT
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