Enhanced street appeal for more than 130 businesses through grants program

Last updated 19 Dec, 2022

More than 130 businesses around the city received funding through the City-Wide Shopfront Improvement grant program, delivered by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency on behalf of the City of Adelaide.

From murals adorned on city shopfronts, new furniture or outdoor dining area spruce ups, some city businesses have undergone significant facelifts as part of the initiative to boost trade.

Businesses, organisations and property owners were invited to submit applications to deliver projects to enhance the presentation of a building, attract visitors, increase amenity, or make a creative contribution to the area where the business is located.

A Hard Day’s Night ADL, on Wright Street, installed new lighting to its outdoor dining area, coupled with a vertical garden to add more greening elements.

Spokesperson Ricky Hulme said it created more street appeal and attraction to the venue.

“We have had so much more foot traffic and people noticing the space already in just a short time of it being completed,” she said.

“We’ve had very positive feedback on the appearance from the community.”

Meanwhile, My Kingdom for a Horse owner Emily Raven said the funding opportunity helped the business overcome the financial pressure of the last three years.

Through the program, the business was able to replace their outdoor furniture and outdoor umbrellas which were previously cumbersome and prone to toppling.

"I've had incredibly positive feedback from customers and staff alike who really appreciate the extra shade and space,” she said. 

Deja Brew Specialty Coffee co-owner Sebastian Edwards said his new business would not have been in a position to adequately furnish their outdoor area without the grant.

Through the grant program, they were able to buy outdoor furniture, mobile planters and outdoor umbrellas.

"It allows us to offer a space for seated consumption and relaxation as the summer months come in,” he said.

Take a look at some of the best transformations so far.

Before 25 Coromandel
After 25 Coromandel

Urban Mysteries Co, Coromandel Place, Adelaide.

ESC Before 1
ESC After 2

Exchange Specialty Coffee, 2/18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide.

NEW My Kingdom for a horse exterior before
NEW My Kingdom for a horse exterior after

My Kingdom For a Horse, 191 Wright Street, Adelaide.

Dejabrew before
Dejabrew after

Deja Brew Shop, 3/108 King William St, Adelaide.

NEW Peel st Before 3

Peel St Restaurant, 9 Peel Street​, Adelaide.

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