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How a local vintage retailer became a night time live music venue

The success of after-dark events prompted Woolloomooloo retailer Grand Days to make the store a true day-to-night space.

When brown paper went up in the window of much-love local vintage and book store Grand Days during April’s lockdown, the community waited with baited breath.

Were they going to reopen? Lucky for everyone positive changes were afoot – behind the paper, owner’s Tamara and Tom were renovating.

The changes they’ve made allow Grand Days to be open to customers from day to night permanently. This shift builds on the success of an after dark event series called Grand Nights. The series launched in 2019 with the support of a night time diversification grant from the City of Sydney. They also had to apply for approval to change their hours of operation.

“Those events proved to be relatively straightforward to put together and successful and rewarding for everyone,” says Tom.

The series saw them host live music performances, dinners, film screenings, workshops and more. Names like musician Dan Kelly brought new customers through their doors. And their regular daytime customers enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time in the space and connect with likeminded people.

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Article published by the City of Sydney - 19 Aug 2020.


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