Within the central activity area exists a number of commercial enterprises that cater for specific cultural groups. Something that makes Footscray so important to particular ethnic groups are the products and services and how they are delivered in a culturally familiar way. For example, the Henok & Abreha barbershop caters specifically for african hair types and styles.


The building itself is another example of a hybrid, multi-functional typology, and includes a hairdresser, foreign money exchange and multicultural grocery all within the same envelope.

A number of these typologies exist within the central activity area, catering for a variety of different ethnic backgrounds.