Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

On the Mend has opened on Nicholson St


On the Mend, a shoe and bag repair business, has opened on Nicholson St on the corner of Leicester St (where Dress me Slowly vintage clothing was a few years ago). This is good news because, for all the advantages that come with gentrification (hello artisanal bakeries) come practical disadvantages in equal measure (farewell the hardware shops on Johnston St Collingwood and Elgin St Carlton). It’s all very well to have stylish indulgences nearby but local residents also need access to practical businesses.



  1. This building (and the row of Victorians north of it to Alexandra Pde) has just been rezoned for the ‘Residential Growth Zone” by Yarra Council, pending approval by the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy. This allows for high density, mid-rise (possibly even high-rise) development. Will this building and its Victorian peers to the north ultimately be demolished to accommodate new apartment developments in this section of Nicholson Street? Personally, I find it hard to see how you would get 4-5 storeys on this site without this outcome.

    In addition, a long section of nearby Queens Pde hosting a largely intact streetscape of some of Fitzroy North’s best Edwardian and Federation villas has also been included in this new high-density zone:

  2. And a practical business we truly are!
    Thanks for the mention Fitzroyalty. We are brand newly open at 328 Nicholson Street and consider all shoe, bag, and leather repairs, as well as key cutting jobs.
    you can check us out at
    or see our google+ page:

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