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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Penrith

From cult motorcycle brands to retro clothing bazaars, Penrith’s specialist independent shops stand the test of time.
By Katrina James
October 25, 2019
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Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Penrith

From cult motorcycle brands to retro clothing bazaars, Penrith’s specialist independent shops stand the test of time.
By Katrina James
October 25, 2019
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WHERE TO SHOP LIKE A LOCAL IN AND AROUND PENRITH

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From cult motorcycle brands to retro clothing bazaars, Penrith’s specialist independent shops stand the test of time.

Everywhere in Penrith you can see change in action — from the new upgrade of the main High Street to the widening of Mulgoa Road. The place is waking and growing from a regional town to a main player in the suburb wars of Sydney. One of the lovely things about Penrith is that you can still find some great independent shops to support. There's a special place in heaven for those of us who support small businesses so get out and show some love to these local legends who are the heart and soul of this fast growing region.

To showcase some of the best businesses in Penrith, we've teamed up with American Express to create this guide to shopping small in the area. These six businesses — which will all accept your American Express Card — demonstrate exactly why western Sydney is such a great place to live right now.

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    People buying gelato in Gelato Messina Penrith

    You scream, I scream we all scream for Gelato Messina. But just how do you choose from the 40-plus flavours on offer? We like to view the specials board as our own personal to-do list. Why limit yourself? With Penrith reaching over 30 degrees more often than any other suburb in Sydney, you will want to make Gelato Messina your regular and there are egg-, dairy- and nut-free as well as vegan options to keep all of the squad happy. And yes, you should get the take-home pack.

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    Clothing at the Very Bazaar Penrith

    Eclectic, funky, stylish, unique — these are just a few complementary ways to describe Jackie, the owner of The Very Bazaar. The inclusive clothing store is bursting with fabulous preloved threads and accessories that are as much fun as its owner. Jackie has already put the hard work in, handpicking new stock every fortnight — so, you are guaranteed to come across a great find including vintage dresses with sunny prints, denim overalls with hand detailed embroidery and the coolest retro kicks since 1994.

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    Guitars and ukuleles at High Street Music Penrith

    High Street Music has been in business for a decade. Not only does the store stock some impressive musical gear, including Gibson Guitars, but the shop also hosts music lessons to help you express your inner rockstar. Looking for a unique gift? How about one of its colourful and compact ukuleles — perfect for that mate who seems to have everything, even if it ends up being largely decorative. Drop in and see the ultra friendly team, as the service is some of the best we have ever received. It’s a mainstay local business that we hope sticks around for many more years to come.

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    Deus Ex Machina Penrith

    Camperdown, Bali, LA. And now, Penrith. Deus Ex Machina couldn’t ignore the huge demand for this cooler-than-cool motorcycle culture-inspired brand after the success of Deus’ pop-up shop in Penrith a while back. Now there’s a permanent shop in town where you can pick up a quality cotton t-shirt — no shrinking or stretching here — or a serious motorcycle jacket to make sure you are protected and looking good at the same time. Their range also includes women’s and kids’ wear so the whole family can get in on the cool factor.

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    Your Floral Indulgence

    Step inside the unassuming shop on High Street and you will be impressed by the artfully compiled blooms, from bright natives to delicate orchids and pink peonies. The store also carries a great range of giftware such as oversized wall prints and wooden jewellery, plus the full range of locally made soy wax Bordeaux Candles — so you can complement your bouquet order with something longer lasting. Not sure what you’re after? Name your price and ideal colours and the talented team will whip up a bunch to impress in no time.

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    Esteem Hair Beauty Spa

    If you look good, you tend to feel good. It’s a simple equation really and Esteem Hair Beauty Spa has you covered on both fronts. Whether you’re there for a full makeover or a quick lash lift, the team has thought of every aspect of your visit. The staff has 23 years of experience, there’s a bank of iPads to keep you entertained while you wait, and the shop’s lighting is just low enough to help you relax and listen to those classic R&B tunes on the stereo.

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Love where you live and Shop Small to support the local stores that make Sydney/Melbourne so great. To learn more about American Express and the Shop Small initiative visit here. Then head this way to find more must-visit local shops in western Sydney.

All images: Katrina James.

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