Chapels on Whatley was born from Glenn Bartel and Kieth Archer’s love of a century old building they purchased in Maylands, a suburb not too far from the Perth city centre in Western Australia. The building was left to decay over a number of years before they discovered it and saw the potential in its old form.
The building was a labour of love in all the restoration, Glenn and his partner Keith worked consistently over four years to bring it back to its former glory. The building, was originally built as a haberdashery, and over 100 years has housed many businesses, from the local grocery, clothing boutique, second hand furniture store to name a few. Finally being used as the funeral parlour “Chapels” as one of Perth’s more well-known establishments being the first to introduce pre-paid funeral services.
The building was left vacant for many years in a rundown state with white ant damage and structural problems that needed urgent attention. The century old building with its ornate facade set the tone for another passion of Glenn’s that was inspired by his “Amah” in Singapore, this being all things old from the East “Chapels on Whatley” was born – the name from the former use of the building and the concept was part of Glenn’s love of Eastern culture.
Chapels’ vast collection of decorative pieces are imported and hand chosen from all over China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan,Vietnam, Singapore, India and Malaysia and will give an exotic look to any setting. Glenn Bartel and Kieth Archer with their team take pride in this fact.
All our items are hand selected by the Chapels team and are sourced from various visits throughout Asia.
The interest that Chapels has stirred has been fantastic with numerous editorials and references appearing in many publications due to the uniqueness of the retail concept Please browse through our site and share in our love of the exotic.
The Chapels retail store is constantly evolving, we now we have the addition of our Café at 196 Whatley Crescent and we have expanded into Chapels Emporium at 290 Whatley Crescent with a focus on Antiques and artefacts.
The cafe delivers an ambiance in line with the existing stores focus on service, knowledge on our food, retail range, tea and coffee offer as well as a place of “calm” that delivers a relaxing shopping and dinning experience.
“We love the way you can blend each item with modern design and the history and symbolism gives any interior a soul and brings many beliefs and wishes with it. These items are a fantastic centre piece or signature item for any room.”