By Clare Harrison
Has Denmark turned the corner?
Two new businesses are opening in the Denmark CBD and our reporter Clare Harrison spoke with both of them.
Bell & Luca A FASHION and lifestyle store concept store, Bell & Luca was opened four years ago by principal Cara Giuntoli, in a tiny space on Middleton loop, Albany. Within three years the business had expanded into bigger premises and developed an online presence. This September sees yet another expansion – a new Denmark shopfront at 23 South Coast highway, with an initial focus on women’s fashion. Cara hopes Bell & Luca will be a destination store for the region. “We have close family and social ties to the area, and a huge following of Denmark customers. The official opening of Bell & Luca Denmark will be announced soon.
Bio Diverse Solutions DIRECTOR Kathryn Kinnear sees expansion of her Albany-based bushfire and environmental consultancy Bio Diverse Solutions (BDS) to Denmark as an obvious move. BDS conducts environmental assessments and bushfire management plans, flora and fauna assessments and, when required, relocation and management for new developments such as home building, schools, aged-care facilities and subdivisions. BDS is the lead consultant for implementing a $320,000 Shire of Denmark project to encourage better preparation and planning for natural disasters, and to make Denmark more fire resilient. A dedicated community space in town will display examples of a fire-wise garden and a location for workshops. Much of BDS’s work already takes place in Denmark, and Kathryn will employ local people to work full-time in a Denmark office from November, with support from the Albany office.