Camberwell Junction is back and buzzing.
After a lengthy lockdown, restaurants and cafes are pumping once again and shoppers are stocking up on clothes and other items.
Camberwell Traders Association Manager Kerry Daly said it had been a difficult time for retail businesses but the community had been incredibly supportive.
“Our traders want to thank the community for their continued support and welcome them back,” she said.
“It’s so great to see the street busy and shops buzzing.”
The Camberwell Junction shopping precinct has over 400 retail businesses with a mix of big brands and family-run franchises. It also has all the services families need including the major banks, doctors, dentists, accountants, healthcare providers, plus the things we all love, like hair and beauty salons, a multitude of cafes and restaurants, a fresh food market, cinemas, boutique fashion stores as well as Coles, Woolies, Aldi and Kmart.
Camberwell Junction is big on Christmas. The streets are adorned with decorations and entertainers will be adding to the festivities throughout December. Each Saturday in December between 11am and 2pm, there will be musicians, stilt walkers and jugglers roaming the streets.
Santa will make a special appearance on 18 December when he is driven around the streets in a Harley Davidson motorbike sidecar.
Camberwell Junction will also have its ‘Where’s Rudolf’ competition again this year. The much-loved tradition involves local families looking in store windows to find Santa’s reindeer posters for a chance to win $500 to spend in Camberwell Junction stores. What a prize!
Ms Daly says shoppers have been getting into the Christmas spirit early, with many visiting the precinct to buy gifts.
“People have realised they need to shop early for Christmas this year and they are loving being back and shopping in person.
“They’ve realised that online shopping delivery can be unreliable, and many prefer the open-air shopping streets to busy shopping malls.”
Traders kindly request that customers be patient and respectful with staff as they deal with the necessary Covid protocols.
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