Wyndham City is celebrating local businesses during Main Streets of Australia Week by showcasing the people behind the businesses on Watton Street in Werribee.

Residents walking along Watton Street will notice local stories displayed in shop windows. While usually a space for advertising goods, shop windows will be converted into a portal to learn local business people’s unique personal stories.

Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Susan McIntyre, said: “Local businesses infuse our community with a sense of identity and pride while also contributing to the local economy and providing personalised services and products that reflect the distinct needs and desires of our residents.”

“Please join us in celebrating the lively energy our local traders bring to our City. Choose to shop local, check out these wonderful stories and use the hashtag #WhyWatton to share your love of Watton Street.”

Local traders have shared their motivation for making Watton Street the home for their business:

“When we decided to open Christian and Roy there was never any doubt that Watton Street would be the perfect location for our new store. Our family has had a long-standing association with retail on Watton Street, going back as far as 50 years ago when our grandmother opened a ladies shoe boutique.” – Renee and Danielle, Christian and Roy.

“My wife and I have always worked in hospitality, and we were inspired to open Social Sutra back in 2016 as we had a nice feeling about the country and city style of life. But over the years we have seen a dramatic increase in population and also the popularity of which Werribee has gained.” - Abhishek Sood, The Social Sutra

“I say why not? The opportunity was there, the space was there, it was part of a community I grew up in.  It was also at the time the fastest growing corridor in Victoria if not Australia. So as business it was tick, tick, tick, tick. There was a lot of opportunities.” - Nick, The Park Werribee

See the faces behind these stories and more by walking down Watton Street this week.

Find out more by visiting: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/events-experiences/werribee-city-centre/why-watton. Share your stories by using the tag #WhyWatton.

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