Your one-stop Jaca shop
By LESLEY APPS
IF YOU think the retail world is becoming a bore with its repetitious products, overly trendy floor spaces and staff that intimidate rather than welcome, relief is in sight ? the Jacaranda Shop is open for business.
Where else can you buy a homemade cupie doll on a stick, or a hand-painted Jacaranda sewing kit.
Now in its fifth year of trading, the festival's temporary, but financially important, retail space is full of all things purple. Fantastically original items, many handmade and most emblazoned with the Jacaranda moniker.
If dolls aren't your thing, the 'blokier' products like stubbie holders, bottle openers and shot glasses are bound to get your Jacaranda juices flowing.
Aside from the swag of souvenirs, the shop also has a museum component with old photograph albums and video footage you can view in-store from festivals gone by. The spectacular Once A Queen documentary is also for sale at the shop.
Manned by devoted and informative volunteers, the Jacaranda Shop is a must see for tourists and locals alike.
It is open just about every day of the festival from 9am to 4.30pm and located in the Saraton Theatre complex ? just look for the purple.