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Santa’s Sydney shopping spree

From bikes to books, music to macarons – a local tour shows off the vibrant range of retailers ready and waiting for you.

From re-pressed records to kids bike gear and artisan shortbread, local businesses are making it easier for Sydneysiders to shop local and delight family and friends this Christmas.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore urged Sydneysiders to shop local and help retailers recover from the impacts of Covid-19.

“The restrictions required to save lives and prevent another devastating outbreak of Covid-19 have impacted on the livelihoods of many in our community,” the Lord Mayor said.

“To keep us safe and keep people in work, our businesses have adapted to new ways of trading and adopted new business models, but many are still struggling.

It’s more important than ever that we support local retailers this Christmas, to help them recover from the impact of the pandemic and ensure they’re ready to thrive again in the new year.

“If you’re buying presents this year, please consider shopping local. Every dollar you spend can make a difference to a local business and those in our community who work there.”

Sydneysiders can drop into Record Store on Crown Street in Surry Hills or shop its new online site to score preloved classic rock, EDM and hip hop to squeeze into the stocking.

When the pandemic hit, business owner Stephan Györy used a City of Sydney grant to activate his website and keep people in work.

Stephan Györy used a City of Sydney grant to boost online sales. Image: Chris Southwood / City of Sydney

“I was able to give people work which is important. You don’t feel it unless it happens to you, they were despondent,” Stephan said. “The carpet pulled out from under their feet. And you don’t understand it until your whole industry disappears”.

For a traditional theme with an Aussie twist, locals can pick up bush fingerlime shortbread at Little Evie in Redfern.

The café created a mini grocery store of Australian made products when it had to limit indoor seating due to Covid-19.

Sabrina Domenis, manager, said, “The grant really helped us get through. When the closures came, we were hit hard. We had to close our dine-in function overnight. Now we’ve got an addition to our business model, and our customers couldn’t be happier!”

Sabrina Domenis from Little Evie Cafe, Redfern. Image: Chris Southwood / City of Sydney

For gifts for more active friends, locals will discover a canvas bike bag from Alexandria’s Omafiets is just a ride or a click away, thanks to a new website that has attracted more customers.

Omafiets survived 2020 using a City of Sydney grant to adapt its business model and redevelop its website.

Owner Chris Moore said that with the new website, 20% of its sales last week were online.

Chris Moore from Omafiets Dutch Bicycles. Image: Chris Southwood / City of Sydney

“Switching it to an entirely new platform means it’s much easier for the user to navigate. People are not only buying bikes, but they’re finding our hand sewn canvas bags and accessories.”

As well as support small businesses, the Lord Mayor reminded people to get out and about and enjoy their local area this festive season.

Every Wednesday to Sunday from 2 to 24 December there’s daytime and evening entertainment across the city and our villages – I encourage you to bring family and friends, enjoy the free entertainment and spend some time in our wonderful city.

Pop-up music performances will take place at Union Square, Pyrmont, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst, Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross, HJ Foley Rest Park, Glebe, and the amphitheatre at Green Square Library.

The Christmas lights and decoartions walk is available to download in the Sydney Culture Walks app. Image: Chris Southwood / City of Sydney

Using the Sydney Culture Walks app visitors can discover all the amazing Christmas trees, lights and decorations on foot. The app is suitable for the entire family.

In planning our events, the City of Sydney continues to follow NSW Government public health orders.

Find more information about the City of Sydney’s Christmas program

All the businesses featured in the video received a City of Sydney grant to help them adapt to the challenges presented by Covid-19.

Find out more and apply for our current round Covid-19 recovery, city centre activation and cultural sector innovation grants.

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