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The Village Markets

Boutique Fashion & Lifestyle Market for Creative Entrepreneurs - Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast & Stones Corner, Brisbane Queensland

Sunday’s Shopping Small and Local

Head down to Burleigh Heads State School to shop locally this weekend from our creative community of talented vendors, plus enjoy live local music and street eats made on site….

Head down to Burleigh Heads State School to shop locally this weekend from our creative community of talented vendors, plus enjoy live local music and street eats made on site.

Sunday 15th September '19 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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StartUp Stall :: K-Sut Studio

We love seeing the talent that lands in our inboxes each week and it was our lucky day when an application from Kayla Sutton and K-Sut Studio dropped in. Kayla,…

We love seeing the talent that lands in our inboxes each week and it was our lucky day when an application from Kayla Sutton and K-Sut Studio dropped in.

Kayla, a multidisciplinary artist with a history in the graphic design and fine art field, based in Mullumbimby produces art-based tees featuring her own designs. Here we chat to Kayla about the inspiration behind her business and background.

Kayla Sutton

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am an emerging artist who grew up in Melbourne but spent the last three years in the Inner West of Sydney before moving to the Northern Rivers area where I am living now. My practice is distinctly illustrative but transfers across print making, painting and mixed-media methods.

What is your creative background/qualifications?

I am a multidisciplinary artist with a history in the graphic design and fine art field. Academically speaking, I had a long run of trialling three different degrees from fashion design and graphic design at RMIT to a double degree in Arts/Social Science and Fine Art at UNSW before settling into a Bachelor of Fine Art at UNSW in Sydney. I have done some freelance design work over the years but have focused mostly on the development of my visual art practice overall.

Is this business your sole income or you do have a full-time gig?

It is a small business that has been officially running for about a month so it's very early days so the business has consumed a lot of my time and energy but it is far from being my my sole income yet. As with a lot of artists, I have a casual job which pays the bills. I am also a recipient of the New Business Incentive Scheme otherwise know as NEIS which is a government funded incentive for new businesses.

Tell us about your brand name, how did this come about:

K~SUT is a shortening of my name (Kayla Sutton) and is an important identifier since the brand is linked to my artwork and I have used “KSUT” as a signature shortening to sign my work for some time. I decided to add “Studio” onto the end to communicate that the products come as a result of working creatively within a studio environment and to identify that the business comes as an extension of my art practice predominantly.

What products or services are included within your range:

At the moment I am solely offering art-based products.

The idea is that I am bringing art into the everyday by offering functional items that doubles as a piece of art.

With my t-shirt range, I am doing limited edition screen prints which means there's only so many of a particular product. I'd rather do this than mass produce an item because the product reduces in value otherwise.

What inspires you creatively?

Much of my artwork is fluid and illustrative in style and generally incorporates the human body. I am both fuelled and inspired by reflections on nature and the Anthropocene, suburban life, technology and social media, feminist issues, psychology and mental health struggles.

Do you work from home, an office or creative workspace?

I have a small art studio but occasionally work from home depending on the day and what I need to get done.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company?

Yes, I use Earth Positive t-shirts which are 100% organic cotton and made entirely from renewable energy from wind and solar power. My tote bags are made from 100% recycled material, 60% of which is pre-consumer organic cotton and the remaining 40% is made from locally recycled plastic bottles. All my products are also printed with eco-friendly water based inks.

Why did you choose TVM as a platform for your business?

I chose TVM since it is art, design and fashion oriented and my business fits entirely within this category. I also can see that there is a high standard of quality present at TVM which is great.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

I live in Mullumbimby and there's a lot of good coffee but lately I've been going to Branches cafe in the industrial estate. Great coffee and the industrial setting reminds me of the Inner West of Sydney, ha!

Favourite book?

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

Favourite podcasts?

The Walls - This American Life

Favourite way to unwind?

Go to the beach or chill at home with a glass of wine and some good tunes

Websites or profiles you’re loving for business inspiration right now?

Play on Play Studio (POP) design studio in Melbourne and Good Publishings, vintage book seller in Byron Bay.

Connect

k-sutstudio.com

IG @ksut_studio

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TVM Stall Preview :: Sunday 15 Sep ’19

There has never been a better time than now to shop ethically and locally, supporting the little guys in your community! TVM is all about showcasing the regions most creative…

There has never been a better time than now to shop ethically and locally, supporting the little guys in your community!

TVM is all about showcasing the regions most creative small businesses, designers, collectors, curators, foodies and musicians, and this Sunday you can shop boutique market stalls, Pre-Loved Rack Sales, food stalls and listen to live music by local artists under the trees.

Food stalls include Alegna Woodfired Pizza, Cuzzie Pies, Hungarian, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Little Wahaca, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, MySEN, Raw Earth Organic Smoothjuice, The Salty Turtle, Weiner Haus, Wildflower Patisserie and new stall filled with healthy cold pressed juices and Pressery Co.

New stalls include Billy Vintage, Deadglow Vintage, Dream of Shangri-La, Nuna Jewellery, The No Bake Company and more.

And all of your usual faves including S W E E T Child of Mine, Annette Daley Designs, Attic Vintage. Au Fait, Bandikoot Kids, Blu Sundaze Swimwear, Brother Nature, CRUMPLE Eco, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellry, Drift Trading Co, Dust, Forgotten Modern, Frocktail Party, Halcyon Daze, HONU LIVING, Huckleberry Flowers, Kaiz Studio, La Carolina, Lakiki, Lewd/Funky Sock Co., Little Fisher Co., Little Leas, Little Loving Things, Lokoa the Label, Mahiya, manning made, Minarga, My little glass jar, Nicotte, Nostos, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, RBY STUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, Scent of a Rebel, SockieLala, Tahlee and Bench, Tahn the Label (formerly Night Tiger), The Lobster Shanty, The Milkmaids Closet, The No Bake Company, The Super Eco, Two In The Sun, Wolf and Clay, zeffa and fosse and Zoozap Eyewear.

Plus live music by Ondre Solien and Vicky O’Keefe, check here for times.

We’re excited to have added special TVM Market Picnic Packs to our merchandise ready for sale this Sunday and also available online, including re-usable straws and cutlery in a cute canvas bag – perfect for your morning at TVM!

See you this Sunday for all of the good vibes. Be sure to tell your friends (here)  and tag your photos @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Image by Mel Carrero for TVM.

 

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Six must-visit destinations to add to your bucket list

The best part? You can fly to them from the Gold Coast. It’s easy to get caught up living the good life here on the Gold Coast, and hey, we…

The best part? You can fly to them from the Gold Coast.

It’s easy to get caught up living the good life here on the Gold Coast, and hey, we understand if you occasionally find yourself wondering why you’d ever want to leave. But sometimes that sense of wanderlust comes creeping up on you, and you find yourself craving a jaunt abroad.

Well my friends, we’re happy to break the news to you — the Gold Coast now has the world at its fingertips.

You may not have noticed, but our little coastal paradise is growing up! In fact, you might be surprised to find out just how many epic international destinations you can fly to from our golden shores. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, we’ve put together a list of our top destination picks for your next overseas adventure.

Time to start packing your suitcases.

New Zealand

If you’re looking for a dose of mother nature like no other, look no further than our next-door neighbours. The natural beauty of New Zealand is unparalleled, and only outweighed by the incredible, welcoming people who call it home. It’s a truly diverse landscape, featuring some of the world’s best ski slopes, ancient volcanoes and lush rainforests; not to mention the unique communities scattered across its two islands. Make the trek to Roy’s Peak for some of the most spectacular views New Zealand has to offer, or head to Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula for an experience in the sand like no other. For the movie buffs among us, take a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and explore some of the filming locations from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. New Zealand has something new waiting around every corner, and at a flight time of only four-hours from the GC, it’s the perfect destination for your next international road trip!

Japan

You may have noticed Japan’s growing reputation as a must-visit destination for Aussies everywhere, and there’s a good reason for it. This timeless destination is an explosion of art, culture, architecture and technology. It’s a land where past, present and future converge — from its bustling cities to its ancient natural landscapes. Experience the majesty of Mount Fuji, and immerse yourself in the electric lifestyle of Tokyo. Brighten up your stay with a visit to the Kawaii Monster Cafe, or take a day trip out to the Hakone Open Air Art Museum for an unbelievably tranquil (and extremely Instagrammable) excursion. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or exhilaration, Japan can satisfy — making it a bucket-list destination like no other, and one you’re unlikely to soon forget.


Singapore

Singapore has a lot more to offer than its world-famous airport. This island city-state is a hub of art and culture, not to mention the dream destination for foodies and fashionistas everywhere. Head to the lively Little India district and experience some of Singapore’s most colourful creations; edible and otherwise; or drink in the city views (alongside a cocktail or two) from the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands. Singapore is renowned for its sustainable development, and is hailed as one of the greenest cities on Earth. Transport is a piece of cake too; the city is home to one of the world’s most efficient public transport systems. Eat, shop, explore, sleep, repeat — what more could you want?

Phuket

When you think of Phuket, your mind probably jumps to its picturesque natural landscape; sweeping white sand meeting crystal clear turquoise water as far as the eye can see. And you know what? You’re absolutely correct. But there’s so much more to this diverse destination than that. Phuket is home to incredible cuisine, a shopping experience like no other, and is in close proximity to some of Thailand’s most significant cultural havens. For the adrenaline junkies among us, you’ll find white water rafting, kayaking, and quad biking too. Adventure by day and cocktails by night? Count us in.

Kuala Lumpur

If Kuala Lumpur isn’t already on your bucket list, it’s time to write it down. This charismatic city fuses its diverse cultural heritage into a melting pot of awesome, and it’s just begging to be explored. Enjoy exceptional street-eats, some of the world’s best nightlife, and the most absurdly oversized shopping malls you’ve ever laid eyes upon. Kuala Lumpur is a visually stunning city — for the best vantage point, we suggest heading to the Mandarin Oriental Infinity Pool, where you can enjoy the view with a beverage in hand. Be sure to check out the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, and get an authentic taste of Malaysia with a cooking class from the Lazat Cooking School. Kuala Lumpur is a place that has to be seen to be believed, making it the perfect bucket-list destination.


Seoul

Often overlooked by tourists for other marquee Asian destinations, we’re here to tell you that Seoul is no second-tier city. This hidden gem takes some of the best components of its neighbouring states; the colour and charisma of Buenos Aires, and culture and cuisine of Japan; and merges then into a travel experience like no other. Enjoy a delectable sweetened Soju, and devour a Korean Cheeseburger (barbequed meat wrapped in lettuce and oh, so yummy). Give your skin the vacation it deserves with a muddy excursion to Daecheon Beach and, if you hold a foreign passport, take a detour to the infamous DMZ (demilitarised zone), where you can dip your toe into North Korea — a truly unforgettable experience!

We know what you’re thinking — when did these destinations become accessible from Gold Coast Airport? Well my friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg; you can now head to over 40 bucket-list destinations across Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and the USA from our sunny shores.

And you know what? When you’ve finished stamping all the pages of your passport, you’ve got an incredible bucket-list destination to explore right here on the coast.

STORY SPONSORED BY GOLD COAST AIRPORT

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How to :: Cultivate the career of your dreams, with Sacha Strebe

We’ve been so fortunate to be able to connect with many inspiring people over the past 10 years, since TVM’s inception. There’s nothing more important to us than supporting and…

We’ve been so fortunate to be able to connect with many inspiring people over the past 10 years, since TVM’s inception. There’s nothing more important to us than supporting and encouraging those creating and cultivating their dream paths.

One such soul is Sacha Strebe. Wind the clock back to the very beginning and Sacha was the editor of our local, go-to for fashion and lifestyle on the Gold Coast, ‘Tuesday’ magazine.  

A breath of fresh air for Gold Coast media, Sacha injected her style-savvy, forward thinking, innovative flair into the publication, always supporting new and exciting cultural projects along the way (TVM included).

Sacha’s equally talented husband and denim aficionado Troy, designed his own denim range Debris Blanc in those days and we were so excited they wanted to showcase at our humble event, alongside a whopping eight other stalls (yes, that’s right, nine stalls total at our first ever TVM event!), with toddler son Neon in tow.

We have proudly followed her career journey since, as Sacha moved to Melbourne to pursue a role as the digital director for a trade show company where she ran multiple blogs, social media, and newsletters for a show called Décor + Design.

She eventually relocated to Los Angeles (her husband is from the U.S.) and landed her dream gig as editorial director of MyDomaine—a home décor and lifestyle website founded by the creators of Who What Wear.

After four years with MyDomaine, Sacha announced her departure and took a new direction in her career as the editorial director of Create & Cultivate—a platform that helps women to create and cultivate the career of their dreams.

We thought it was a great opportunity to chat with Sacha and delve deeper into this concept. How do you in fact, manifest and achieve your dream career? After all, it appears she herself has done just that.

Sacha Strebe by Jenna Peffley

Sacha, you are one hard-working lady who has always been one-step ahead of the digital game since we’ve known you and we have so much respect for you as a woman, mother and in your career. In our opinion, you are the true definition of an influencer—where does this come from, it seems as though it’s ingrained in you, what was your childhood like?

Firstly, thank you. That is such a nice compliment. I guess it comes from my parents. They are both really hard-working people and always pushed us to be the best versions of ourselves. My dad was incredibly self-disciplined from his work to his physical and mental health, so it definitely rubbed off on me. He runs about 15 kilometres around three or four times a week and has a six-pack in his 60s. My mom often runs with him or does her own sun salutations and yoga at home. Growing up in a family of five we always had to do chores around the house and dad never let us off the hook. He taught us that through hard work and persistence you could master your craft and achieve your dreams. But there isn’t a success story in history worth hearing about that didn’t happen as a result of putting in the work. I have carried this work ethic into my adult life, and I am only just now seeing it start to pay off—I turn 40 next year. It proves good things really do take time.

Can you tell us how you managed to secure your first dream gig in LA?

My husband is from Arizona. After living with me in Australia for eight years (we got married and had our son during that time) we moved back to the U.S. to pursue our career ambitions. We also wanted to be closer to Troy’s parents as his father (who is a Vietnam vet) had been having health problems.

We sold everything and moved to the States with no job prospects and a few boxes of books and records (the essentials, of course). We landed in Arizona first to stay with family, but the plan was always to live in L.A. I knew I wanted to work at Clique, the founders of Who What Wear. It had been a dream of mine and a permanent on my vision board for years (I even applied for WWW jobs from Australia). I saw a listing for MyDomaine lifestyle editor and applied immediately.

Within a few days they emailed me requesting an interview. I had two interviews and completed an edit test before securing the role. I worked remotely in AZ for two weeks while my husband was in L.A. looking for apartments. We found the dream 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home in Silver Lake and we’re still here. We love it.

Tell us about your time at MyDomaine. Your days must have been so varied and never the same, talk us through the type of projects you were responsible for?

Working at MyDomaine was an incredibly exciting time for me. The site had just re-launched from being a purely home décor site to a lifestyle platform and I was responsible for helping them expand into the new content categories. The company was in its prime and both influencers, celebrities, and brands were super excited to work with us. Within a year I was promoted to managing editor where I was responsible for the calendar and ensuring a varied content mix across all categories, kept the editors on deadline, and worked closely with the editorial director on strategy.

I was in that role for a year before being promoted to editorial director. In that role, I managed a bi-coastal team of seven extremely talented editors and was responsible for the editorial vision, direction, and tone of the site while also looking for new and creative opportunities for the brand to expand both editorially and experientially. I expanded the site well beyond its home décor roots to create an all-encompassing digital lifestyle publication and community that inspired and empowered women, and in turn, helped MyDomaine reach a lifetime traffic high.

Being on set shooting the homes of people I admire was definitely a highlight for me. Getting to know Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent and being invited into their family home to tell their love story was incredibly special. Another pinch-me-moment was seeing my editorial concept, Womaneer come to life as a Power Lunch and being able to host it with 200 incredible women in L.A. MyDomaine was a very rewarding four years.

Who What Wear was such a digital pioneer and one of the first platforms we ever read religiously. You were employed by and worked very closely with media powerhouses and founders Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr (Clique Media). Were the pair mentors for you during your time at MyDomaine?

I vividly and fondly remember the first WWW newsletters. They were truly doing something different and disruptive and I couldn’t get enough. It was around the time I had my son, Neon and I was feeling frustrated at home in need of something to fuel my creativity again while on maternity leave. WWW inspired me to start a blog and keep writing. That really helped me connect with other inspiring people online (it was a very tightknit and small community at that time) and really keep my hand in it. I dreamed of working with them for years and would often apply online for jobs that were listed even though I knew they wouldn’t hire me.

My logic was clear though—the more I applied, the more they’d see my name so that one day when I was in the States, they would remember me and call me in for an interview. I’m not sure it worked but I think the universe was listening because when I did get the job, Hillary Kerr recognized me (we used to tweet each other) and called me into her office with a big smile, a warm embrace and incredible welcome. I will never forget it. She has been my biggest champion ever since and even now, despite not working at MyDomaine anymore, she is a huge advocate and supporter of mine. I’m truly grateful and honoured to have her on my side as a mentor.

You were very much instrumental in turning MyDomaine into what it is today, was it hard to leave something you considered your second baby?

It was really hard and truthfully, I cried a lot. It took a few weeks to really digest everything, to recognize and commend myself for what we created at MyDomaine, and to be proud of that. It’s important to take a moment and celebrate personal milestones. We don’t do that enough as a society. I learned so much during my time at MD but it truly was time to move on. I was ready for a new challenge, something that pushed me mentally and energetically.

Your new role is editorial director of Create & Cultivate, how did you transition from MyDomaine into this new position?

I wasn’t really actively looking for anything. I was taking my time and even considered consulting or starting my own advisory when I received an email from C&C’s publicist (who is a good friend) to let me know that they were looking for an editorial director and if I’d be interested. I had worked with the C&C team a few times during my time at MyDomaine when they asked me to moderate a panel at SXSW and then again in Chicago at their conference. The team had always impressed me with their efficiency and kindness, plus the CEO Jaclyn Johnson truly is a powerhouse and I have huge respect for what she has built and the movement she started. It’s inspiring.

You recently mentioned your mission statement in your former role was to ‘empower women to be the CEO of their own lives’ and your new role will entail giving young people the keys to unlock their full potential and cultivate the career of their dreams. What do you think is the key to cultivating your dream career?

Hard work. I don’t think you always know what your passion is, and to be quite honest, the idea that we have to find it can be confusing and frustrating. Especially, if, like me, you have more than one and can’t decide which one to run with. I’ve always been hungry, unafraid of hard work and the person who is the first to arrive and the last to leave. I guess you could say I’m an intrapreneur—I think with an entrepreneurial mindset when I’m working for someone else.

Nowadays, you can really broaden your prospects and try new things to test out a new business idea or career while you’re working full time (and getting a reliable paycheck with benefits). You just have to be prepared to burn the midnight oil but that’s good preparation for when if you do launch your own business, if that’s the end goal, of course.

I started a bi-weekly newsletter before starting at C&C which is now my passion project. Every two weeks I rotate between Stylexicon (design newsletter) and Skinlexicon (beauty/skin newsletter). I get the biggest kick out of seeing new subscribers each week. It’s so rewarding and exciting when people sign up and trust you with the prime real estate of their inbox.

We don’t believe there is any luck involved when it comes to achieving success and I am sure you will agree! We like the quote ‘luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’ (Seneca) – what are your thoughts on this?

I 100% agree with that. Oprah says it all the time on her Super Soul Sunday podcast and it always rings true.

People talk about finding a work-life balance. To us it seems as though your career is very intertwined with your life in general. Tell us about how you manage to make it all work?

Some days its more work and less family, and others it’s more family and less work. You just have to be flexible and go with it while ditching the guilt. I let that go a long time ago and to be honest I have always felt like mom guilt was invented as a way to keep women down and stop them from pursuing careers. We shouldn’t feel guilty because we want to contribute to society or embark on creative pursuits that nurture our soul and make us feel connected to the world. I’m a much happier person, mother, friend, wife, sister, and woman when I can do what I love and feel fulfilled by my contribution. I’m also incredibly lucky to have a very supportive husband who values gender equality and truly wants to see me succeed. We share everything, including house hold responsibilities and he actually cooks during the week. I love him so much.

We love keeping up with your busy life via Instagram (@sacha.strebe) and you have connected with so many incredible and high profile people in the lifestyle space, some of whom have become great friends. Tell us, who has been the most interesting person you have interviewed, to date and why?

Ahh there are so many but I definitely loved interviewing my friends Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. Telling the story of their young family was so moving and so special to me. They truly are paving the way for other LGBTQ+ families and showing us all that love trumps everything. This is one of my favorite quotes from that story; “We’d walk through fire for our kids, but we’d walk through it holding hands.”

You and your family have made quite a life for yourselves in LA (with one killer apartment to boot!) how have you adjusted and what is Troy working on these days?

We absolutely love it here. It’s home. We have created a little sanctuary in this house and the energy is filled with love and warmth. I just wish my family lived closer because I’d love for them to visit and come over for a cup of tea. Troy is the senior wash designer at Paige denim now and really doing amazing things over there. We’re also quietly working on a few small projects together so stay tuned.

If you could offer up one piece of advice to anyone wanting to create his or her dream career, what would it be?

Be authentic. I know it’s an overused word but it’s honestly the first thing that comes to my mind when reading this question. Everything feels so saturated and homogenized now, especially in media and on Instagram, but it’s the ones who are true to themselves and authentic to their vision and creative path that stand tall above the rest. If you want to disrupt the space and do something different or compelling that grabs people’s (limited) attention spans then you have to get comfortable with yourself and resist the urge to do what everyone else is. Find out who you are and do that because no one else can be you better than you. It’s slightly cheesey but it’s true.

If you could interview anyone at all, who would it be and why?

Oooh that’s tough but probably Kristin Stewart or Tracee Ellis Ross because they’re both unapologetically themselves, they never compromise.

Finally:

Favourite podcasts – SO many!/

Armchair Expert, Goop Podcast, Boss Files, WorkParty, No Limits, Offline the Podcast, Oprah’s Master Class, Super Soul Sunday. Second Life, Super Women, Recode Decode, The Barney’s Podcast (episode 3 with Noor), Him & Her With Skinny Confidential, Unstyled, Secrets of Wealthy Women, Vanessa Wants to Know and more…

Favourite book/read - Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie or Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Favourite thing to do in LA – Walk the Silver Lake junction visiting the shops and cafes with Neon and my husband.

Biggest inspiration/s - my mom and dad!

Follow Sacha via her instagram @sacha.strebe and you can also subscribe to her new personal newsletter.

Thank you so much for your time, Sacha! x

The Strebes, by Jenna Peffley

 

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Media :: The Urban List

As passionate foodies, we love sharing our favourite places to eat and drink on the Gold Coast, so when The Urban List asked me to share my day on a…

As passionate foodies, we love sharing our favourite places to eat and drink on the Gold Coast, so when The Urban List asked me to share my day on a plate, I was happy to oblige!

Check out the feature, here.

Where is your favourite go-to lunch spot during the working week?

x Marissa

 

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Vicky O’Keefe :: Tunes at TVM Sunday 15 September

Vicky O’Keefe, Gold Coast performer and the daughter of Australian rock legend Johnny O’Keefe will join us for live tunes at TVM on Sunday 15 September, following a TVM fave…

Vicky O'Keefe, Gold Coast performer and the daughter of Australian rock legend Johnny O'Keefe will join us for live tunes at TVM on Sunday 15 September, following a TVM fave and Gold Coast based lad, Ondre Solien.

Come and shop market stalls by your local creative community and then grab some breakfast or lunch, find a sunny spot amongst the trees and join us for live tunes, on Sunday 15 September at Burleigh Heads State School.

Ondre Solien - 8:30am - 10:30am
Vicky O'Keefe - 11am - 1pm

About Vicky O'Keefe

Vicky O'Keefe was born into a life of rock ‘n’ roll. Her father, the late Johnny O' Keefe pioneered Rock Music in Australia, and Vicky, by the age of 9 was already an accomplished pianist, writing and performing songs with the help of the guitar that her dad had given her. Because of the family connection Vicky was introduced to a wide range of artists and musical influences, such as, Bill Haley, Carole King, Elton John and Janis Joplin. These artists made a great impact on Vicky. But her father, Johnny was always to remain her major influence.

After losing her dad at seventeen, Vicky formed a rock band and toured the east coast of Australia for 6 years, landing a contract with Warner Publishing and RCA records and releasing 3 singles. As a result, Vicky was invited to support international artists such as Rick Nelson, Suzie Quatro and America, later appearing on many high profile TV shows including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, and Sounds. A major highlight was appearing with her band on Star Search, winning 3 consecutive times while performing her own compositions. After 6 years of touring Vicky moved to Melbourne with her brother Peter, forming a duo and performing Jazz and Motown in major venues. During this period they collaborated on a tribute song for their dad, titled 'Keep The Candle Burning'. This song has now become a central highlight in all of Vicky’s live performances.

During the 90's Melbourne Promoter Greg Lynch contacted Vicky with the idea of performing a tribute show to her dad. This resulted in sellout shows at The Moorabbin Town Hall and extensive media campaigns that included major national coverage on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton. On such a show Bert read to her a letter written by Hollywood Rock Star Tommy Sands, who express his love & admiration for herself and her father JO'K. Vicky followed with the release of  ‘I’m Counting On You,’ featuring a duet with her dad and several of her own compositions. Negotiations with Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Casinos led to the launch of the Tribute CD with performances to full houses.  Audiences have a strong connection with Vicky through the love of her dad and his music.

Vicky was invited to perform her tribute show on overseas cruise, Rock The Boat 2 with Chubby Checker. Her performance on the Cruise was rated as the most popular and Vicky was invited to do another cruise, Rock The Boat 4 with The Sweet, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris and Molly Meldrum. After the cruise Vicky went into the studio and recorded an original album titled '50 Diamonds', which captures the essence of her songwriting featuring the best of her compositions. VOK continues performing around Australia promoting her latest album, '50 Diamonds' and performing her father’s hits and favorites from her contemporaries. Her passion for singing and performing is supported by a loyal following from all over Australia.

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Dad’s Day at TVM

Today’s the day to spoil your main man and we can’t think of a better way then with a visit to TVM. Come shout him a fresh coffee, a delish…

Today's the day to spoil your main man and we can't think of a better way then with a visit to TVM. Come shout him a fresh coffee, a delish breakfast and pull up a rug under the trees and enjoy the live local tunes.

There's Dad and Cub crafting and a free photo wall too!

Sunday 1st September '19 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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TVM Preview :: Fathers Day 1 September

There’s only one place to be this Fathers Day and that’s soaking in those good vibes at TVM! We’ve got you covered with a humble lineup of incredible small businesses…

There's only one place to be this Fathers Day and that's soaking in those good vibes at TVM!

We've got you covered with a humble lineup of incredible small businesses peddling their wares, Rack Sales, street food, live tunes and special Fathers Day activities, including:

Live tunes by blues musician Matthew Armitage and songstress Lily Budiasa
A Fathers Day photo wall - go bananas and snap some pics!
FREE craft for dads and cubs (and anyone else of course!) with The Heart Cart
WIN an epic TVM prize pack valued at $200 for dad.
Plus there will be special offers by some of our amazing stallholders just for Fathers Day!

Food by Baby It’s Cold Outside, Greens On Grains, Hungarian Food Factory, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey magic, MySEN, Raw Earth, Smoothjuice, Sweet N Sourdough, The Salty Turtle, The Weiner Haus.

Stalls include 88 Fahrenheit, Attic Vintage, Bam Loves Boo, Classic Carlson Creations, Crawford & Co Handmade, CRUMPLE ECO, Desert Wanderer, Divine Creatures, Dolce Organico, Dust, Funky Sock Co / Lewd, Honu Living, Huckleberry Flowers, Jane In Tribe, Jbk, Lakiki, Limbo, Little Leas, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, manning made, Nikke Horrigan, Olas Supply Co, RBY STUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, Santography by Danny Santangelo, Scent of a rebel, Ted & Patrick, The Lobster Shanty,Wolf and Clay, Zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

You wont want to be anywhere else this Sunday, see you there!

TVM | Sunday 1 September | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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Blues and roots this Fathers Day at TVM with Matthew Armitage

Matthew Armitage will join us for the first time this Sunday at The Village Markets, from 8:30am – 10:30am, followed by Lily Budiasa from 11am – 1pm. Blues and roots…

Matthew Armitage will join us for the first time this Sunday at The Village Markets, from 8:30am - 10:30am, followed by Lily Budiasa from 11am - 1pm.

Blues and roots guitarist and folksy singer-songwriter Matthew Armitage uses his nylon acoustic guitar to contour up the sound of a South Pacific blues band. The guitar is mellow but busy with multiple parts, his foot stomp pulses warmly and a 60’s tambourine clacks along with his voice, all steeped in a deep musical traditions.  While Armitage these days gigs constantly around Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, he has also performed in the past with rock'n'roll legend Wanda Jackson, toured Australia as a solo supporting Pete Murray, warped out Angus Stones 30th birthday party with his heavy instrumental duo Chesta Hedron, and rocked Margot Robbies wedding with his raw rock and blues duo The Swamps.

We chatted to Matthew in the lead up to his gig this Fathers Day at TVM to find out more about this talented musician and rad dad:

Tell us about your family?
My wife Candi and I met in Wellington New Zealand when she traveled there on holiday at the end of 2012.  I moved over to live with her 6 months later and pursue my music career here in the GC and Northern Rivers NSW.  We now have a 3 year old girl called Iluka, live in Tweed Heads very close to the river and life is pretty amazing!
Why are you looking forward to playing some tunes at TVM this Fathers Day?
I love using my guitar playing and musical mind to bring people into a common experience together.  The joy of seeing a small kid recognise a nursery rhyme melody, kids bouncing to an old time boogie beat or adults hearing a distant call from a forgotten song I've found is why I love playing at markets and yeah Fathers Day means I get to think about some songs that Dad's might like too....I might play one or two songs for my Dad, he loves blues guitarists like Clapton, JJ Cale, George Thourghgood, Mark Knopfler.
Do you have a favourite TVM stall or is there something you’ll be checking out while you visit TVM?
My family eats Vegan so we will be hitting up the vegan food trucks and also looking forward to relaxing on a rug and soaking up the atmosphere.
 
What sort of vibes can we expect from your set at TVM?
I'll be playing a bunch of my own songs from my latest album New Tide. The album is pretty live sounding and is all about my fusion of blues and coastal folk styles through my voice, acoustic guitar and a wooden foot stomp and tambourine. Songs of the soul, travel and heart.

Matthew Armitage, by Trent Mitchell @trent_mitchell_

 

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WIN an epic Fathers Day Prize Pack!

The Village Markets will be providing the best location to spoil your main man, this Fathers Day on Sunday 1st September at Burleigh Heads. Visit the Gold Coasts favourite creative…

The Village Markets will be providing the best location to spoil your main man, this Fathers Day on Sunday 1st September at Burleigh Heads.

Visit the Gold Coasts favourite creative event this Sunday and enjoy free live music by blues musician Matthew Armitage and local songstress Lily Budiasa.

There will be a free photo booth to snap some fun family keepsakes and a free arts and crafts workshop with The Heart Cart so dads and their cubs (open to anyone, of course) can spend some quality time together (while mum shops up a storm, perhaps?)

Excitingly, we will also be giving away an amazing prize pack for one lucky rad dad valued at over $200 – including some of TVM’s best brands including:
An Olas Supply Co party shirt (of your choice)
The Lobster Shanty hat
Brother Nature watch
Esther Shelley ceramic coffee cup
Two pairs of socks by Funky Sock Co.
To enter, simply post a photo at TVM this Sunday tagging #thevillagemarkets and a winner will be drawn at random via our Instagram account @thevillagemarkets.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch thanks to the curated line-up of street food vendors on offer – including special deals just for dads (hello ice-cream Sundae!)

Skip busy and uncomfortable café’s and restaurants this Fathers Day, bring dad down to the Gold Coasts favourite creative event for some free entertainment and activities, spoil him with a new party shirt or pair of crazy socks and enjoy live music and those famous TVM good vibes.

Book now for the free art workshop with The Heart Cart now to ensure you don’t miss out, numbers are limited: www.thevillagemarkets.co/shop

The Village Markets will be held this Sunday 1 September from 8:30am – 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

Head to www.thevillagemarkets for more information.

 

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Fathers Day at TVM 1.09.19

We’ve got your Fathers Day sorted on Sunday 1st September! Dad’s love being treated to a fresh coffee, sweet tunes and sunny days, so come hang! Bring Dad and get…

We've got your Fathers Day sorted on Sunday 1st September! Dad's love being treated to a fresh coffee, sweet tunes and sunny days, so come hang!

  • Bring Dad and get a family photo at the Fathers Day photo wall
  • Get crafting and make Dad a self portrait at The Heart Cart craft sessions (FREE JUST  book here)
  • Plus post a photo to IG and tag #thevillagemarkets from the market and one lucky winner will score a Rad Dad prize pack valued at $200*
  • There's live tunes by Matthew Armitage and Lily Budiasa all day too!

 

*Entries open 12am Sunday and close 12pm Sunday 1st September 2019. Winner drawn at random. Photos must be public and include the tag #thevillagemarkets or DM a screenshot of your post.

See you Sunday 1st September '19 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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Shop Small & Local for Dad at TVM Today

Today’s market is full of rad gifts for Dad so you can make his day! There’s live tunes, the preloved Rack Sale and eats galore. Come hang! Sunday 18th August…

Today's market is full of rad gifts for Dad so you can make his day! There's live tunes, the preloved Rack Sale and eats galore. Come hang!

Sunday 18th August 10 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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Rad Dads Takeover :: Fathers Day at TVM

With Fathers Day fast approaching on Sunday 1 September, we wanted to give you plenty of time to prep for the big occasion to ensure that a) your main man…

With Fathers Day fast approaching on Sunday 1 September, we wanted to give you plenty of time to prep for the big occasion to ensure that a) your main man is well dressed with all of his fave local brands from TVM and b) you know the best way to spoil him with a Sunday well spent at TVM on the big day.

Introducing two of our favourite local ‘rad dads’ Nick Atkins and Darran Franks, founders of our local co-working space Hotel Miami amongst many other titles, best mates and most importantly dads to two pretty cute little people.

They’ll be taking over TVM’s Instagram this Sunday 18 August to give you a taste of a Fathers Day well spent at TVM, through a [rad] dads eyes – trust us, this will be FUN!

We sat down with the guys (not true, this was all done via email) so that you can get to know the men behind the lens this Sunday 18 August at Burleigh Heads at TVM. Be sure you're following along @thevillagemarkets

For those who don’t know you both, who are you and what do you do?

I’m Nicka, I’m a Pisces, photographer and I once travelled to Colombia with Shakira on a private jet. I also part own Hotel Miami our Agency and co-working space.

I'm Darran. I'm a creative Director working across a few businesses and projects including Hotel Miami our Agency and co-working space.

Who are your offspring?

Nick: I have 1 x offspring and his name is ABE. His nickname is Abey baby, he’s only 10 months old and doesn’t speak yet so I’m not sure if he’s cool or not.

Darran: I have 1 x offspring and her name is Ester. Her friends call her Essy. And, you definitely want to be her friend.

What kind of dad are you?

Nick: So far so good. I get upset when he cries all the time though.

Darran: I try my best to engage with Essy through art, being in nature, taking time to explain what I can and letting her make choices. I also occasionally use the ipad for bribery.

When you’re not being rad dads, where do you like to hang of a weekend?

Nick: Darran and I spend most of our time together and so ultimately our kids hang all the time too. I tell Essy all the time that her and Abe are cousins but she has figured out that I’m lying.

I spend a lot of time at The Burleigh Co Op along with being at Hotel Miami and sitting on the beach in Burleigh.

Darran: I try to make surfing a priority, but this is often stifled by places like Cambus Wallace, Rosellas, and The Scottish Prince. Most daytime action consists of hanging around Burleigh and hitting Tallebudgera creek on the high tide.

What do you love about coming to TVM with your fam?

Nick: TVM is part of the fabric of the community here in Burleigh Heads and an absolute necessity for the area. I believe its one of the reasons our little part of the Gold Coast has become the eclectic, creative hub that it is.

Without people like Marissa And Sarah having the foresight to create things like this for the GC we would still be the sleepy retirement town of yesteryear. You guys have given so many opportunities to the GC community to expand their ideas/brands and feel worthy as creatives in this region. The Gold Coast is a better place for your courage and persistence in keeping a fucking great thing going for these 10 years.

I LOVE TVM because you guys have made an environment that I love being in. Daz and I both support the continued growth of this city in the cultural realm and have only the utmost respect for people who love this place and see the future potential like we do. 

Darran: It's a great place to run into friends. I enjoy grabbing a coffee and watching the music - it's great to just sprawl out on a blanket and stop for a while. I've also got huge respect for the stallholders. These are the people who stopped talking and started doing something about their idea and I like to try and support people like that. I think it's inspiring, and I love exposing Essy to our creative community.

What should the kids get you this Sunday at TVM, if they needed a hint?

Nick: I need a new Hawaiian shirt.

Darran: I'm into outrageous socks so a little four pack from Funky Sock Co would be sweet! I'm also a sucker for a little Lobster Shanty number.

Number one pick for eats this Sunday at TVM - are you a hotdog and coffee kinda dad, or a bowl and kombucha kinda dad?

Nick: Little Wahaca is my go-to favourite.

Darran: All of those sound delicious and I'll take them in that order please.

You can read more content from these witty and intelligent fella’s over at the brand new Hotel Miami blog ‘Fake News’, check it out:

http://www.hotelmiami.com.au/fake-news/

Nick Atkins and Darran Franks, Hotel Miami.

 

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Live Tunes :: Sunday 18 August ’19

Catch live tunes this Sunday at TVM, under the trees. Grab your family or your besties, stroll the stalls, rummage the Rack Sales and then sprawl out on a blanket…

Catch live tunes this Sunday at TVM, under the trees. Grab your family or your besties, stroll the stalls, rummage the Rack Sales and then sprawl out on a blanket with some street eats soaking in live local tunes.

The lineup:
8:30am - 10:30am Ondre Solien
11am - 1pm Rob Edwards

Make sure you tag your photos so we can feature them #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

TVM | Sunday 18 August 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 18 August ’19

TVM is on this Sunday and it’s shaping up to be one amazing morning, with an impressive lineup of boutique market stalls showcasing local creative businesses, street food vendors, live…

TVM is on this Sunday and it's shaping up to be one amazing morning, with an impressive lineup of boutique market stalls showcasing local creative businesses, street food vendors, live tunes and our pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales.

It's your last chance to shop at TVM prior to Fathers Day, so why not pickup a locally designed and or made product and support your local community?

We're excited to have face painting for the kids this Sunday under the trees by the wonderful, Fairy Folk, and fresh market blooms by Huckleberry Flowers.

Food stalls include Alegna Woodfire Pizza, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Hungarian, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, The Salty Turtle, The Weiner Haus, Smoothjuice and more.

Stalls include Attic Collective, Au Fait, Bali Batik at Home, Bam Loves Boo, Bandikoot Kids, Brother Nature, Byron Bay Bath Bombs, Coastal Coral, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures, Drift Trading Co, Dust, Esther Shelley Studios, Forgotten Modern, Frankly My Dear, Frocktail Party, Haize the label, HARVEST CLAY, Hellolola, Honu Living, Jbk, Johansen, Kaiz Studio, La Carolina, Lakiki, lewd & funky sock co., Limbo, Little Knot Studio, Little Leas, Lokoa the Label, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, mandy collective, manning made, Melon & Goliath, Minarga, My little glass jar, NIAS Jewellery, Night Tiger The label, Nudes, nuna jewelry, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, RBY STUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, Salted Cure, Sand & Stone, Scent of a Rebel, Sockielala, STEVIE JEAN, tahlee & bench, The Handmade Collective & Co, The Lobster Shanty, The Milkmaid's Closet, The Sunlounge, Tusk Linen Co, Two In The Sun, VASH, VSolochildren, Wolf and Clay, zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Live music by Ondre Solien and Rob Edwards.

Head to the TVM info tent to pickup your re-useable market tote for only $10, as well as Good Vibes TVM merchandise.

Make sure you tag your photos with #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets so we can feature them - we love seeing you guys soak in those good vibes TVM brings.

The Village Markets | Sunday 18 August 2019 | 8:30am – 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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Shop Local this Fathers Day

Spoil Dad with a gift designed or made locally this Father’s Day. We’ve rounded up some of our faves for Dad that you can find at TVM this Sunday. For…

Spoil Dad with a gift designed or made locally this Father's Day. We've rounded up some of our faves for Dad that you can find at TVM this Sunday.

For a bit of fun, we've got two local 'Cool Dads' taking over our IG this Sunday, to get you pumped for Dads Day!

 

Brother Nature - Any sunglass and watch combo $80

Byron Bay Bath Bombs - Lemongrass and Cittus Soak $10

Drift Trading Co - Leather and Sandalwood Candal $35* Market price

Shop this Sunday 18th August 2019 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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Your Sunday is Sorted!

Come and get amongst the good vibes of our market today at Burleigh Heads State School. There’s a killer lineup of boutique market stalls, live music and our famous preloved…

Come and get amongst the good vibes of our market today at Burleigh Heads State School.

There's a killer lineup of boutique market stalls, live music and our famous preloved Rack Sale.

Sunday 4th August 2019 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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