Suburban Shopfront Activation

Brisbane City Council is bringing our suburbs to life by encouraging pop-up use of empty suburban shopfronts.

Suburban Shopfront Activation is a pilot program that encourages property owners with vacant premises in Brisbane suburbs to provide opportunities for temporary use by emerging businesses.

Council is also putting out a call to emerging businesses that are interested in occupying a temporary space and will maintain a register to assist property owners in finding a suitable temporary tenant.

This program is one of the ways that Council is striving to ensure Brisbane is Australia’s most small business-friendly city with more support in the suburbs.

Hear from Empayah Jewellery featuring Glitterati

Karen Allan of Empayah – Glitterarti  made the leap to a brick and mortar store with the help of the Suburban Shopfront Activation program.

You can also watch this video via Council's YouTube channel

Video transcript

Hi, I’m Karen and this is my pop-up shop. I was part of the Brisbane City Council Shopfront Activation scheme and my label is Empayah Jewellery featuring Glitterati, which is all of my handmade acrylic earrings.

I started the Glitterati label in 2017. I actually took three or four years to research it and get right into it and I launched in 2018 and it’s been going really well. 

So, I’ve always wanted to have my own little shop and as soon as this scheme became available I jumped at the chance and thought this is my opportunity to bring what I do and bring what I have to people and to see if they like it, and they love it.

I do stock a very broad range and there is, 95 percent of them there’s a one only piece. So, I also like to make sure that everything I have is exclusive and makes people feel special that they’re wearing it.


Last updated: 8 September 2020