Print Companies in Thornbury
The gentrification of the northern suburbs of Melbourne reached Thornbury a few years ago. New residents discovered the possibilities inherent in a Californian bungalow, and renovation became the order of the day. Public transport – tram, train and bus – is plentiful and reliable, and travellers need not drive to the Melbourne’s CBD, which is only 7 km away. Thornbury is part of the City of Northcote, and is something of a commercial satellite of Northcote itself.
Northcote’s revival has seen the growth of a vibrant nightlife, especially along High Street, where also lives most of the area’s small business, including print industry outlets such as Minuteman. This strip has a very young feel to it, and Thornbury’s many cafes, bars and night spots boast a large alternative music culture, featuring Australia’s own brand of hip hop. Thus local commerce and recreation exist shoulder to shoulder, and print companies benefit from a demand not only for digital, stationery and business card printing, but also flyer and poster printing in Thornbury.
All in all, the area is developing a very modern character, reflected by the Darebin Council, where representatives tend to be younger nowadays, and Greener. The old Northcote Town Hall has become an arts hub and has been completely refurbished so that theatre and exhibitions are regular events. The Darebin Music Festival brings High Street to life in a way that might have startled this quiet suburb twenty years ago – every shop window open to let the music out, and the street itself sizzling with barbequed everything.
But much of the area’s traditional residents are still around, mixing happily with the hip crowd and migrants from Europe, Asia and Africa. It all makes for a wide range of printing needs, with a high turnover to fit with the active lifestyle that has become Thornbury’s.