Wollongong artist Melinda May is helping to transform Coniston’s shopping centre.
Ms May recently opened a pop-up shop in the area to sell and display a broad range of her artwork and homewares.
A pop-up retail space is a unique environment that is temporary and quite literally pops up overnight, unannounced.
The idea is to use the element of surprise to make the spaces fresh, exciting and exclusive.
But Ms May’s is not the only new business in the area.
She said there was a lot happening in the suburb and it was beginning to attract plenty of attention.
Recent activity in the Coniston village precinct has included renovations to the Coniston Hotel, a revamped hairdressing salon, new service station owners, a new bakery, new post office owners and the arrival of an Indian grocer.
‘‘Less than two kilometres from town, Coniston is a developing secret,’’ she said.
Ms May has taken a short-term lease at the site and said the move had already generated plenty of traffic.
When she is not busy with customers she is creating more innovative artwork in a workshop at the rear of her instant store.
Ms May said she lived nearby and wanted to contribute to the local area.
The artist believed it was good for locals and Wollongong in general to see new life being breathed into the Coniston village precinct.
Many would know her work from the display at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.
The idea behind her ‘‘Inspire Me by Melinda May’’ shop was a Pinterest-inspired homewares and open gallery business concept.