Pan After

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 28th February 2013

New Melbourne retail destination – Pan After.  Photo – Brooke Holm

Tools and trinkets on display at Pan After.  Photo – Brooke Holm

Pan After.  Photo – Brooke Holm

Phoebe and Mandy Munro, the Mother – Daughter team behind Pan After. Photo – Brooke Holm

Ok it’s ANOTHER Melbourne retail story. Forgive me. I live in Melbourne. If there is some amazing new retail goodness I should know about in Sydney, or Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth for that matter…I am ALL EARS. But I cannot be everywhere at once, people :) So for now, it’s another little local gem!

Pan After is what you get when you cross an amazing import business specialising in handcrafted African homewares (Tractor Home) with one of the CBD’s cutest and most eclectic little retail destinations (After Store). Owned by mother-daughter team Mandy and Phoebe Munro, Pan After also incorporates industrial and vintage furniture, sourced by Michael, Mandy’s husband, who has a passion for salvaging and restoring industrial objects.  Michael is responsible for probably some of the most unique pieces you’ll spot here – such as old workbenches, carpenters plains, crabbing scoops and timber beehives!

‘Pan After is a true mix of the very best of Tractor Home and After Store’s favourite products’ says Phoebe. ‘It’s an extension of After Store, focusing on more one-of-a-kind pieces and a larger selection of homewares and accessories, and it is an extension of Tractor Home into retail’

Occupying a huge, loft-like second-floor space down a laneway not far from the Queen Victoria Market,  Pan After stocks a great range homewares, furniture, garden products, soft furnishings, basketry, light shades, textiles, props and furniture. The lineup is very international – there’s linen from Japan, homewares from the USA, candles from France, textiles from India, jewellery from Africa, as well as the work of many local designers.

So with mum, dad and daughter all equally responsible for the maintenance of this exciting new venture, we had to ask – what’s the secret to running a successful family operated business?

‘We work really well together’ says Phoebe. ‘The secret to running a successful family business (in our situation) is to be close but not too close! We all have our own separate projects and lives going on, working together is not everything all the time, but when we come together it’s nice and it works well. We all bring different ideas, skills, concepts and styles to the business. We listen to each other, which is important, and even though our ideas are often different, they complement each other well’

Pan After
Rear 126 Franklin Street (down the lane, behind the fishing shop!)
Melbourne CBD

Open Thursday to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Vintage tools, brushes and gardening gloves at Pan After. Photo – Brooke Holm

Industrial lockers and Japanese linen at Pan After. Photo – Brooke Holm

Mike Munro and his vintage / industrial treasures! Photo – Brooke Holm


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 28th February 2013


  • Lumiere Art + Co. 4 years ago

    Congratulations Phoebe, Mandy and Mike! Looking forward to a visit. The space looks amazing. Best of everything. xx

  • Annie 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous store. Beautiful. Mum & daughter team – doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks Lucy.

  • Chris 4 years ago

    Love it – can’t wait to visit!!! Thanks to DF for bringing us another gem….

  • Georgie 4 years ago

    Best kept secret in Melbourne – Mandy, Mike & Phoebe are a great family team – thankyou Lucy for showing us a very special Design Files – love it xx

  • Tan 4 years ago

    Have a few gorgeous items of yours that fill my home. The pieces give me inspiration for my own work! Will be visiting again and again!

  • Denise 4 years ago

    For a long time I have liked to visit the after store. There are some real treasures. Good to see another location. How fortuitous it is that I am flying to Melbourne today. Will have to check it out.

  • Nicole Gray 4 years ago

    Just another little shop I have to visit on my next visit up to Melbourne…..awesome!

  • Kath W 4 years ago

    Where did Phoebe get her desert boots? They look very robust but still stylish. I’ve been looking for some comfy and durable ones forever…

  • Matilda 4 years ago

    Everything this family does turns to gold! A well oiled machine…such a beautiful store. Such a beautiful family!

  • Clare 4 years ago

    Looks fantastic….. Going to have to pay a visit!!

  • Jo 4 years ago

    Looks fantastic! I would really like to know where phoebe’s shoes are from also!!

  • Jock Sock 4 years ago

    Looks wicked! I hope Mike finds the front of his car!! in the yard? see you all soon. Nick

  • Margie 4 years ago

    What a beautiful space…. got goose bumps whilst looking intently at each photo. Putting it on the ‘to do’ list for next trip to Melbourne!

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