Once upon a time, alright then, back in 2010 when I first arrived in Perth, Western Australia, I discovered to my great delight that there was a Borders bookshop in the city, on Hay Street.
Sadly, scarcely a few months later, Borders shut up shop and disappeared. The company went bust, taking with it all its outlets all over the world. It was a sad day indeed for booklovers who relished the idea of being able to pore over pristine pages and enjoy the feel of paper between their thumb and fingers, before taking those precious books home. Previewing a book digitally on a mobile gadget just doesn’t cut the mustard.
Last week, I had to post some items at the Post Office in the city. And I decided to walk through the very quaint “London Court” walk through shopping mall through to Hay Street, where I intended to grab some lunch before heading home. London Court is worthy of a blog entry in its own right, but that will have to wait another day.
Imagine my surprise when what should I spy in the space previously occupied by Borders the bookstore, but another American import.
Pottery Barn! Right here in Perth, Western Australia? No, it can’t be, surely?
Yes, Pottery Barn. Plus, Pottery Barn Kids. And also their more contemporary, edgier, small-space- living style little sister, West Elm.
So, what’s a girl to do but to go find out what all the fuss is about. Here are some photos to show you. Enjoy!