One of Australia’s independent design store success stories Lark, is opening its doors at 30 Armstrong Street North in Ballarat on Friday 14th November, amazingly just in time for Christmas.
Lark was founded in Daylesford in 2006 by UK expat Allison Jones and her Bendigo-born husband Paul Matthews. Opening in sunny Ballarafornia has been on the agenda since the family moved into town two years ago with their young sons. Allison says “we love living in Ballarat, it is a great place to bring up a family. We’ve been interested in moving our store to Ballarat for some time now, and we believe Armstrong Street Is a great location, near to the many other new shops and cafés that are starting to pop up in town”.
Originally conceived as a small online store to sell their own craft-based designs and works by other local designers, Lark has since opened successful stores in Daylesford and Fitzroy, and has been featured in design magazines and blogs around the world including Vogue Living, Australian Country Style, Decor8, Real Living and The Design Files. The company’s online store, based in Wendouree, has a huge following on social media, and Allison’s blog has been recognised in the Kidspot Top Australian Bloggers program.
The Lark store will feature home accessories from Australian labels that have not been available in Ballarat before including Down to the Woods, the Family Love Tree and Lazybones, as well as international design brands like Rice DK, Orla Kiely and Kate Spade New York.
Children’s décor and toys, gifts, and party ranges plus a small collection of Australian fashion labels will also feature in the shop.
“We feel that, with so much on offer in Ballarat, locals no longer need to head down to Melbourne for a shopping fix or great food”, says Allison. “It’s all right here in town, and we hope our store will add to the appeal of Ballarat for locals and visitors alike. We’re bringing our own take on international design to Country Victoria”.
Allison and Paul also hope that the Lark store will become a creative community space, with a series of craft and design workshops planned, and collaborations with other local creative businesses. Lark has already partnered with Haymes Paint to renovate the old shop interior, and with local artist Travis Price, who created a new illustration for the shop’s launch.
“We’re really excited to be creating a permanent home for Lark in Ballarat”, says Paul, “and we’re looking forward to welcoming our old and new customers in the lead up to Christmas”.
Friday, 14 November
Lark, 30 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat