Pop-up shop leads the way with new look and products

December 4, 2017 by  

Volunteer retail workers with disabilities are leading the way at Dandenong Plaza’s Wallara outlet.

With Christmas fast approaching, the shop has introduced new products, festive-season hours and a brand new look.

Wallara spokesman Karen Scholey said the changes to décor and product lines are a direct response to what the young shop workers themselves would like to see, explaining:

“They wanted to work in a shop where they would want to do their own shopping – somewhere more hip, with a great vibe not just for customers but for them too.”

Opened in 2014, the pop-up store was set up to showcase the talents of people with disabilities and all funds raised are directed back into the development of education and training programmes for them.

Scholey said that as well as stocking their products, the outlet promotes Wallara’s support services, activities and events through the use of flyer printing and word of mouth, and is also used for employment training.

The organisation based in Dandenong has also boosted the range of its store’s handmade items which vary from jewellery and soy candles, to dog biscuits and ornate cards.

Trading hours have also been extended for Christmas to include the weekends (Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm) and, according to Scholey, extra volunteers are being sought to allow the outlet to open longer during the week over the festive period as well.