Committed to our Creative
Small Business Community
Since 2008, The Village Markets® has been committed to our creative small business community and its success.
The Village Markets was created with the intention of providing a platform for creative small businesses to launch their brands, showcase their products, connect and collaborate in a positive, innovative and unique environment both on and offline.
“The Village Markets are an integral part of Merri and I am so glad I am a part of their community. As a predominantly online business, TVM allows my customers to truly appreciate the beauty and heart put into each Merri piece, to touch and feel the luxurious fabrics and see the distinctive prints. My TVM stall allows my customers to get a real feel for the vibe of my brand and allows me to engage with my customers on a personal level, which I feel is both special and important.”
RHEA - MERRI THE LABEL
WHAT WE DO
We create award winning boutique market events and digital events, for creative small businesses to launch their brands and retail their products,
We provide helpful resources for and tell the stories of, small creative businesses through our online platforms,
We are an award winning creative community helping small businesses grow,
We are a global online platform to connect consumers with creative small businesses, via our Virtual Village and The Village Markets online platforms.
Our COMMUNITY is the core of our business,
We practice KINDNESS to all and to our planet,
We support and CELEBRATE the success of creatives
And strive to facilitate FREEDOM for small business owners.
Entrepreneurs and former marketing executives, Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller, are the creative powerhouses behind The Village Markets brand.
Both women have a strong affiliation with culture and events on the Gold Coast and are seen as influential in this space, as well as being thought-leaders, innovators and storytellers.
Prior to launching The Village Markets in 2008, Marissa and Sarah were strategic marketing professionals, working with companies such as the AFL, Gold Coast SUNS, IMG, Mantra and Zarraffa’s Coffee.
As well as running an award-winning business trading in two Queensland locations and fostering an online community of over 120k, the devoted mothers have five children under nine between them.
As entrepreneurs, Marissa and Sarah have won a number of awards including Destination Gold Coast Content Awards - Industry Storyteller of the Year, Griffith Business School Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award, the International Women’s Day Patrons Award, Gold Coast Young Entrepreneurs of the Year finalists and were finalists in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s national Women of the Year Awards.
"We have always loved the vibe of The Village Markets and have seen so many other entrepreneurs succeed in this space. We are excited for the opportunity and couldn't think of a better place to kick our business off."
Meg - It's Coco & Peach
"I was doing a lot of research on different markets around the coastal areas and when I came across TVM's Instagram, I decided to make a day trip to the Gold Coast to check it out. It was exactly the type of market I have been looking for to fit my brand and I absolutely loved the vibe and the people."
Triss - Lunar Vibrations
"Just to thank you for yesterday’s market. We really enjoyed it! Had a good first time, lot of interest. The market is gorgeous, organization was great! The thoughtful little bag for first timers. We definitely look forward to come back regularly. "
Manon - Tanora Design