Local community keeps Village spirit alive through pandemic
Just over a year ago, as the country sat in lockdown, many business owners feared for their financial security amidst the global coronavirus pandemic. It is hard to believe that just 12 months later here in Queensland, we have almost returned to a sense of normalcy.
Retail and hospitality business owners won’t soon forget the flood of support from locals during the pandemic, who showed up to support struggling small businesses any way they could. A village in the truest sense of the word, the Manly area’s residents united to keep spirits high and businesses open. The resilience of Brisbane’s Bayside community is evident today – not a single retail space in Manly Harbour Village had to vacate during the prolonged economic uncertainty and the local area has even seen a range of new and exciting hospitality businesses open during this time. A huge achievement in what has been difficult times for many!
‘Trader Representative’ for Manly Harbour Village, Tammy Vitale of Vitale & Co Property Management Services says ‘‘I’ve worked in the area as a property manager for 15 odd years – location here in Manly is very important for us.”
A visit to our village feels a world away from the pandemic, with local markets once again in full swing with COVID-safe precautions in place, and the return of vibrant monthly community events like Movies in the Park, Jan Powers Farmers Market and Sunday Manly Creative Markets held in Little Bayside Park right on the marina front overlooking the boat harbour.
Community spirit and a sense of pride runs deep in this small, beautiful part of the world. And with one of the longest running Chambers of Commerce in Queensland, Manly Harbour Village has over many years, been established as a vibrant, waterfront village precinct, and ‘must visit’ place to ‘Eat, Shop, Play, Stay’.
An ideal lifestyle of business and community vitality, revitalising blue skies and Bay breezes at any time of the year makes for a perfect place to be. Come and experience ‘where Brisbane meets the Bay’ for yourself.
For more information and Village ‘good food’ guide, visit ManlyHarbourVillage.com.