If you’re a fan of plant sales, Christmas markets — consisting of in July — and stalls devoted to dogs, then you may’ve made a journey to VEND Marketplace in Virginia over the previous couple of years. Since opening back in 2018, the northside shopping space has actually hosted all of the above, and ran as a sanctuary for little regional businesses day in, day out. Indeed, all of those occasions have actually been created to generate folks not simply to purchase plant, get joyful, and view corgi and dachshund races, however to get them patronizing the 120-plus merchants within the Sandgate Road location.
That’s the type of goal Brisbane’s indoor center for little businesses was aways going to have — an irreversible indoor market, in truth — however it likewise boasts a coffee shop and outside yard location also. Plus, in ace news for the pooches of Brisbane, it’s pet-friendly. Unsurprisingly, the concept has proven popular, so much so that VEND is now expanding to the city’s south.
From April, there’ll be no need to cross the river to browse VEND’s marketplace, or to hit up its events. Instead, shoppers will be able to head to Annerley, with the venue making its second home on Annerley Road.
Like its sibling site, this marketplace will operate seven days a week, hosting 120-plus local businesses and creatives in one spot. There’ll also be a cafe onsite, outdoor seating and, yes, pets will be welcome.
As well as duplicating its operations on the other side of Brisbane, VEND’s second outpost will also feature workshop spaces on its upper level, which’ll be available to hire. Owner Amy Hinschen is also hoping that both the community and locals will make use of the venue’s second-floor, whether for events or classes.
VEND will make its Annerley debut on Saturday, April 8 with a day of grand opening festivities from 8am–4pm, and plenty of shops to peruse.
If you’re new to VEND, it features local little businesses and creatives slinging everything from clothing, homewares and furniture through to art, records and vintage collectables.
In Virginia, its cafe serves up pumpkin bruschetta, smashed avo, corn and zucchini fritters, and boysenberry waffles as part of its all-day breakfast menu, and whips up five types of burgers for lunch. The middle-of-the-day lineup likewise spans lemon and herb crusted barramundi, pork san choy bow, two types of pizza and chicken schnitzels. And, to drink, options include a caffeine fix, juice, smoothies, milkshakes, and a small range of beer and wine.
Find VEND Marketplace Annerley at 289 Annerley Road, Annerley from Saturday, April 8 — with its stores open from 8am–4pm, and its coffee shop from 7am–3pm.
VEND Marketplace Virginia lies at 1768 Sandgate Road, Virginia, with the very same operating hours.