Charity store to close its doors

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on March 13, 2020

ALBANY’S Cocoon Store and Studio will permanently shut its doors at the end of next month unless an arts group or individual nominates themselves to take over the operation.

Albany Community Hospice Chairperson Jane Mouritz announced this week that Cocoon – opened in 2018 to raise additional funds for Hospice alongside sister store Butterflies Op Shop – had been “unable to achieve economic sustainability” and would consequently cease operation on April 30.

However, Ms Mouritz said there was an opportunity for someone to keep the doors open.

“We are calling for expressions of interest for creative people or a creative group to keep Cocoon going,” she told the Weekender.

“We would love to see someone take it as it is.”

Ms Mouritz said Cocoon, which offers artists the space to create goods and art from upcycled materials from Butterflies, had not attracted the customers she thought it would.

“I don’t think people realised the quality of the upcycled products,” she said.

“They were all of a much higher quality.

“People just weren’t prepared to pay the money we asked for.”

Money raised from Cocoon is directly transferred to Hospice to cover operational costs, so guests at the palliative care facility do not have to pay to stay.

Ms Mouritz said prospective new managers of Cocoon would be able to have the “modest” building lease transferred to them if they wished to keep the business operating.

“It’s a great workshop space for teaching, or for sewing, or print and card making,” she said.

“We improved the lighting and specialised equipment can fit the space … hopefully, people will see it as a great space.”

People interested in Cocoon are encouraged to contact Ms Mouritz on chair@albanyhospice.org.au