IT’S sixth time the charm for local icon Trottie Becke, with news of its reopening at a new location in the Nicholas Street Precinct coming as an early Christmas present for their loyal supporters.
This second-generation store has built a dedicated following across their five previous locations in Ipswich Central, spanning more than three decades. Now, 40 Nicholas St can be added to their long history of storefronts in the city heart.
Owner Alexis Cornish said she was thrilled to be continuing on in the Nicholas Street Precinct.
“We looked everywhere for a new location, but always hoped that we could return to our roots in Ipswich Central,” Ms Cornish said.
“We are part of a community here and I wanted to be around to see the changes in the city heart through, especially with the Venue opening next year.
“All going well, we’re hoping we can open before Christmas – we’re rushing now to install flooring and build changing rooms so that we can get in there as quickly as possible.
“Make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for the news, I can’t wait to share the date as soon as we have it.”
Trottie Becke announced it was temporarily closing the store in late September and was immediately inundated with support.
“We have been completely blown away by the support from the community, first when we announced we were closing and now with our doors opening again in the near future,” Ms Cornish said.
“We knew we had a wonderful, loyal supporter base, but we didn’t realise just how far our customers would go to make this latest move possible. We’re beyond grateful.”
Starting out as an antiques and bric-a-brac store on Limestone St, Trottie Becke has evolved over time to now offering an extensive range of boho clothing, jewellery, bags and gifts, enticing shoppers from near and far.
With Trottie Becke moving in next door to the Ipswich City Mall Newsagent, the eastern side of Nicholas St is quickly becoming a living tribute to local institutions that have offered goods and services to the community for decades.
Walking from Brisbane St, shoppers will pass Ulli’s New Age Rockz, The Rusty Nail, the newsagent, Trottie Becke, Miss Jackson Café, Our Neighbourhood (including Oikos and Cornerstone Barbers), Dominiques Cafe and finally the Slater’s Terry White Chemmart – all owned and operated by locals supporting locals, most for decades or more.
“We’re all supportive of each other and want to see each other succeed,” Ms Cornish said. “With all the change that’s happened and more to come next year with the Venue and Hotel Commonwealth opening, this is a new era for us here.”