The Changing Face of Bell Street, Torquay (by Torquay Links Property)

Have you taken  stroll down Bell Street, Torquay, Australia lately?

If not, you’ll be in for a little surprise!

No longer will you find just fish ‘n chips shops and cafes that cater for the influx of holiday makers… there has been a steady arrival of homewares and fashion labels to this Torquay main street.

It started with the much talked about arrival of Kiitos Living by Design.

Kiitos Living by Design, was established by Maria Malakellis, in December 2009, and is located in the former, retro style garage on Bridge Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria. Malakellis and her family have a long history in Barwon Heads, having owned a  business in the town in the mid 1970’s until the early 80’s.

The opportunity to return to Barwon Heads, and convert, what was a neglected, but prominent site in the town was a challenge she could not resist.

The result is a bright designer homewares, gift, fashion, and textile gallery store. High ceilings, stark white walls and floor provide a perfect backdrop to showcase products from some of the world’s best known and loved design houses.

Selection of stock is based on the following criteria – aesthetic beauty, design merit, recognition and functunality. At Kiitos living by design they simply adore designer homeware products that not only bring joy to everyday living but will, in time, become much loved and treasured family keepsakes.

Those not familiar with the well-known designer homewares store from Barwon Heads, its arrival in Torquay has saved many Surf Coast locals in both time and petrol not having to commute to Barwon Heads for their regular fix! Filled with bright designer homewares, gifts, fashion, and a brilliant textile gallery (Marimekko). It’s definitely worth a visit to their new Surf Coast location. But be warned, you won’t walk out empty handed!

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