It’s clear there’s a building boom and expansion happening in Canberra. Many older buildings are being knocked down to be transformed into modern new entities. There’s talk around town that Garema Centre, home to Trove Canberra, is set for demolition and redevelopment by Geocon. It is true that Geocon have bought the Garema Centre. However, no official notice has yet been given to tenants of the Garema Centre, so it’s business as usual for all. Trove Canberra is still open 6 days a week, serving up an exotic mix of handcrafted gifts, homewares, fashion, jewellery and mouth-watering chocolates by local artisans and designers, all proudly Australian made.
Trove Canberra is not only a gift shop but a community of like-minded people, offering casual monthly meetups with Create With Trove (byo craft and enjoy a cuppa) and regular workshops where you can learn new creative skills in a friendly atmosphere. Trove Canberra also supports local events in Civic with participating groups, such as World Knit in Public Day, Share The Dignity helping women in need, among others. The store is staffed by the members, so you will meet a maker every time you visit.
Trove Canberra Cooperative was established in 2014 by a group of Canberra region crafts-people, brought together through the Canberra Etsy sellers group. It was registered as a not-for-profit cooperative and set up its first store in the (now demolished) Lonsdale Street Traders in Braddon in August 2014.
Fast-forward four years, and Trove Canberra is a thriving, creative community of 30+ makers who have big plans for the future. Moving from their Gold Creek site and opening a new Civic store in May 2016 marked the beginning of an exciting period of growth for Trove. As the co-op continues to grow, it becomes a mecca for tourists needing a unique reminder of their visit to Canberra, as well as locals wanting original items made with love from the makers’ heart and soul.
Trove Canberra can be found at Shop 13, Level 1, Garema Centre, 70 Bunda St in Canberra City (get directions here). Our opening hours are 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday, until 8pm on Fridays. You can sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on events and news, as well as the opportunity to win a $20 gift voucher by filling in the form below.