The Scullin Traders is our Community Entrepreneurship Hub.
As part of our goal to change the vibe of the Scullin shops, we sub leased a pop up venue: the Scullin Traders, home to Choku Bai Jo produce, delicious treats, Long Paddock eggs, beautiful flowers and a range of gifts and artworks – all from local creatives.
It’s an experiment of community, creativity and radical transparency.
Where is the Scullin Traders located?
In the front half of the wholesale bakery at the Scullin shops in the ACT. The baker didn’t need the whole space so wanted to sublet, we have about 39m2 at the front of the space.
What does it look like?
Amazing! Mostly because Emily Brindley (co-owner of the Braddon cafe Sweet Bones) is one of our residents and is a key member of the setup. She knows how to make a space look good, and how to run a business. She also has wonderful connections in Canberra’s small business community, so we heavily leaned on Em’s skills during setup in May 2019.
If you want to order Choku Bai Jo produce boxes via the Scullin Traders (the only place in Canberra you can do this with CBJ, go to https://scullintraders.com/ (Deadline: Thursday noon, pickup in store 4-6pm Friday or before noon Saturdays.)
See here to find Scullin Traders all over the Canberra media.
How is the Scullin Traders funded?
In various ways. We pay $250 per week rent. We also pay expenses like electricity, internet and various other costs involved in running a shop. (To learn more about that – you’ll want to become one of our Patrons – they get the inside scoop on all of this.)
Our micro businesses and creatives either pay a small weekly rent or a percentage of sales in exchange for the space.
We sell milk, bread and basics (because Scullin doesn’t have a supermarket!) and we quickly partnered with farmer’s outlet Choku Bai Jo – our produce and grocery supplier. And you can buy Choku Bai Jo produce boxes from us, delivered to the store.
(Deadline: Thurs noon each week for pickup in store 4-6pm Friday and before noon Saturday. Order here.)
We also run a busy workshop program called Scullin Traders Creative – see our calendar for events from macrame to kokodama.
We did the bulk of the setup ourselves (we documented all the costs for our Patrons on our Patreon fundraising page).
The Traders story is big – come and visit us to learn more!
Grab a coffee from the coffee trailer – Cafe Bolivar – in the courtyard, and drink it in the sun outside the Traders.
Has this been done before?
A community renting a shopfront to draw other businesses to their shopping strip, in an effort inspire other businesses about what could be done and help other businesses success? We don’t think so! But that’s why it’s worth doing. The ACT Government also thinks so: the Chief Minister’s Fund allocated us $5000 towards the project – a show of faith we are very grateful for – it gave us room to breath and pay for setup costs.