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It’s the end of an era in Byron Bay as the iconic store, Shikara Design and Kasbah Imports, closes its doors for the last time this week.

‘Time has caught up with us, and we just know it’s time to put our feet up and take it easy after decades of heavy work… nothing we sell is lightweight and we have been keeping the local osteopaths in business for a long time,’ says Julian Millane, who joined forces in 2005 with the enigmatic purple baba, Mohan Govindasamy, to make one business out of two existing Byron Bay stores.

For many years Shikara Design has been the go-to store for exotic wares, furniture, tribal rugs, and rare fine art, (as well as philosophical conversations and banter), and there are very few homes in the shire which haven’t been embellished with a handcrafted piece from the store.

‘The overwhelming feeling is enormous gratitude,’ says Mohan.

‘We have lived a blessed life here, as clients have become great friends and fans. We can leave peacefully knowing we gave it everything we have and hold lasting memories of fond friendships in the town.’

Shikara Design closes doors for the last time in a few days… there are still a few items left if you would like to grab a piece of local history at
Shikara design, 17 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay or give them a call on 6685 5588.

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