Photo by Rene Cunningham
When I first heard the tagline ‘Funky Fitzroy’ my mind immediately brought up images of one of my favourite Melbourne suburbs, Fitzroy. I’d always been attracted to its bohemian vibe and eclectic mix of arty types and yuppies. And many of my favourite spots in Melbourne are found in Fitzroy, like the vintage clothing shop Shag, Little Creatures Dining Hall for a beer and pizza and The Vegie Bar for all things vegetarian and vegan.
But ‘Funky Fitzroy’ is actually the tagline given by the locals for one of the main streets in Warwick – Fitzroy Street. And this street also has the same bohemian and alternative feel to it. On this street, there’s a natural foods store appropriately named Oh So Natural which stocks organic produce, home made tofu, gluten-free everything and Byron Gourmet Pies from Byron Bay. Across the road there’s a store I’ve written about before called Earth Wear Eco Fashions run by one of the most fascinating women I’ve met in Warwick thus far, Michelle. And on the same side of the road there’s a shop called Spiritual Awareness where as soon as I walked in, my negative energy dissipated and I felt truly at home (and purchased another book to add to my spiritual bookshelf called Way of the Peaceful Warrior).
So now when I think of Fitzroy, I won’t just think fondly of the popular Melbourne suburb – I will also remember the peaceful, warm-hearted people who make up the business owner population of Fitzroy Street, Warwick.