Where: 2/5 Levanswell Rd, Moorabbin
When: Fri 2-6pm, Sat 10am-3pm
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Please note that this business is not located in Moorabbin Junction but a short distance away in the Moorabbin Industrial Area.

Tucked away in Moorabbin’s industrial centre is a refurbished warehouse which houses Southset, a retail and exhibition space owned by retailer Beth Johnson. Filled with a unique collection of handcrafted home decor and accessories, art works by local artists and men’s and women’s apparel, the warehouse is the bricks and mortar home of Southset’s online retail website.

Having launched in February 2014, the showroom on Levanswell Rd is where the owner and curator runs her online business, as well as where she hosts exhibitions for hand-picked local artists. While the showroom is usually not open on weekdays, as Johnson still spends her weekdays at her day job, the shop is open to the public on Saturdays or by appointment.

“I wanted a place for me to not only store stock for the web shop, but also to display the collections in a lovely way,”she says. “That way customers are also able to come by to the store and see the products for themselves and get to know a little bit more about the stock.”

Each piece certainly has a story to tell. Beth and her partner Luke, a carpenter who built an indoor skate ramp inside the shop, goes out on buying trips overseas in the USA, Mexico as well as around Australia. Expect items like beautifully delicate handcrafted jewellery by the indigenous Zuni and Navajo silversmiths in the US, cozy patterned blankets by cult brand Pendleton Woollen Mills and colourful Mexican woven baskets.

As well as sourcing products globally, the Johnsons pride themselves on stocking locally made crafts by up and coming artists and makers. So far Southset has stocked homewares by Millie Studio from Queensland, eco-conscious t-shirt brand Fare Well Co. from Sydney and accessories from Mornington-based jewellery brand Arrow Divine.

Apart from operating as storage space for Southset’s online store, the showroom is also available to host workshops, exhibitions, photo shoots, screenings and other events (there’s even an indoor skate ramp for any pro-skaters out there). Anyone wishing to hire the space can contact Southset through the website.

“We’re hoping to host many more exhibitions and workshops,”Johnson adds. “It’s a great versatile space and it would be a great opportunity for us to collaborate with emerging and established talent.”


Words by Delima Shanti

Photos by Jesse Thompson