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Cafe’s new hue has traders seeing red

Friday, 8th March, 2013

The bright green facade of the Orange Spot has triggered a mixed reaction from shoppers and traders The bright green facade of the Orange Spot has triggered a mixed reaction from shoppers and traders

By Kurtis J Eichler

It's not easy being bright green, especially when you are in the centre of a heritage precinct.

Since undergoing its radical paint job last week, the Orange Spot Cafe's bright fluorescent colour scheme has drawn the ire of some shoppers and traders.

Traders along Argent Street have lambasted the lime shade of green on the front poles, verandah and shop front, saying it does not fit the heritage look of the street.

A source inside City Council yesterday said no application had been submitted to paint the coffee shop and that suggestions owner Susie Mobbs didn't comply with heritage rules would be "fair".

Member of the BH branch of the National Trust, Fran McKinnon said the lime green "would probably be a bit over the top".

"It would have to be modified to much more of a heritage green," Mrs McKinnon said.

Shoppers yesterday described it as "different" and "outrageous".

Mrs Mobbs declined to comment.

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