Ahoy there, sailor!

One of the arcade’s original tenants, Brisbane Arcade Beach Salon was one of Queensland’s earliest beachwear retailers. Fitted out to look like a ship, the salon’s fitting room was a replica of a ship’s cabin. The Beach Salon was flexible, too, switching their product range from togs and towels in summer to a full display of furs in winter, advertising this with the slogan, “We keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.” Advertisements during the 1930s boasted of adorable swim suits in delightful new shades. “There is a mauve that would enhance the beauty of any blonde; and lime and dusky pink suits obviously intended for the brunette.” Obviously.