Celebrating city businesses

Honouring small business proprietors each year is our way of saying thanks for their contribution to our city.

In 2021, businesses spanning jewellery, gaming and food and wine have been recognised in the Lord Mayor’s Commendations.

Savouring a crepe on a city stroll, or settling in for a hair appointment are among many people’s chief pleasures, and it seems we’ll never take them for granted again.

Local businesses have faced their toughest trading conditions in decades due to the pandemic and city lockdowns, and we salute their resilience more than ever this year.

In the past year, the City of Melbourne supported local businesses with a multi-million dollar funding package. We helped proprietors shift towards digital and online platforms and to expand their operations to support a COVID-safe reopening.

While COVID-19 continues to present challenges, the city is beginning to reawaken and – when restrictions allow – we’re welcoming visitors again, with activities that bring back the city’s buzz.

Melbourne is home to a vast range of city businesses, from barbers and bike shops, to jewellers, book shops, wig makers and more. They help shape Melbourne’s distinctive character – and they form a significant part of our local economy.

Some family businesses have operated for many years, run by several generations.

The City of Melbourne has acknowledged their efforts through the Lord Mayor’s Commendations since 2005. To date more than 620 small businesses have received commendations. Each business is a story in itself, adding to the layers of Melbourne’s history.

The City of Melbourne is proud to recognise and promote them, and each year recipients appear in a photographic exhibition and join a growing alumni of fellow Melburnians.

Independent, distinctive and local – small business is the heart and soul of our community and Melbourne is all the richer for their efforts.

The Lord Mayor Sally Capp will present Lord Mayor’s Commendations to this year’s recipients at a Melbourne Town Hall ceremony on 12 August.

For more information, visit Lord Mayor’s Commendations.

Locals to love

La Petite Crêperie

Enjoy the lemony, sugary tastiness at this pretty takeaway kiosk. La Petite Crêperie is tiny in size but large in impact.

Kozminsky Studio

This famous studio dates its history back to the 1850s Gold Rush. Today, Kozminsky remains a stylish city destination for stunning jewellery.

EARL Canteen

Be very tempted by the delicious displays of locally-sourced produce at EARL, from salads, sandwiches and healthy snacks to hot food and coffee.

Mind Games

Bringing the fun to Melbourne, Mind Games is an essential city destination for the best in board games, puzzles and roleplaying games.

Lord Coconut

With its undeniably aristocratic character, Lord Coconut offers men’s wedding rings, designer cufflinks and much more, stocking exquisite creations from more than 30 jewellers.

Docklands Health

Yoga and pilates are teamed with other allied healthcare services at Docklands Health, down by Melbourne’s waterside.

Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant

Enjoy fresh and surprising dishes at this iconic Carlton restaurant. Shakahari makes vegetarians the special guests.

Jissara Hair

Run by the same family in Kensington since 1954, Jissara passes on the passion for hair styling to each new generation.

Alpha Lewis Signs

Another family-owned business, Alpha Lewis Signs makes its home in North Melbourne, producing everything from traditional signwriting to digital printing.