Council has worked with local businesses to create the first instalment of a series of maps showcasing local businesses throughout Merri-bek. Local creatives included Barney Sullivan – Seeing Things, creating the graphic design, Emma McMillan crafting the copy content and artist/illustrator, Laura Holley – Lawz Drawz, illustrated the venues for the Love Merri-bek trail maps.
“I feel there’s no better subject for my artwork than the unique buildings that house my favourite pubs, cafes and restaurants”, Laura said.
Our first map includes all the must-visit local breweries and distilleries you can find throughout Merri-bek. You can use this map to find your new local watering hole or to try somewhere different including non-alcoholic beverage alternatives throughout Brunswick, East Brunswick and Coburg. Whether you’re looking for something to do with a group of friends, celebrating a birthday, or needing a pitstop while walking the dog, the map covers off what you can expect at each venue and how to best get there. The map has information about the origins of each business featured and the odd fun facts, so you can decide which local spot best suits your needs or, better yet, visit them all!
Our second map highlights all the best spots in Merri-bek to see live music or shop for your next LP. Much like the first map, it shows you where you can find venues that hold live music gigs and where you can purchase music records throughout the municipality. Merri-bek is full of businesses that love to showcase local, national and international talent and the map will tell you where you can find a live gig. We have an abundance of independent record stores that have a wide range of music from old school classics to today’s top 100, the trail map will show you how to find them.
We are excited to share both these trail maps with our Merri-bek community. You can download your map by following the link to the Love Merri-bek website, or by visiting one of the venues featured and picking up a hard copy. Use your map to get out and explore Merri-bek and support the many wonderful local businesses around the municipality!