The Village Markets

The Village Markets

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

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Stall Preview :: Sunday 8 December ’19

We love the festive season and we’re so grateful for all of your love and support for our small business community, so thank you! We’re celebrating by bringing you an…

We love the festive season and we're so grateful for all of your love and support for our small business community, so thank you!

We're celebrating by bringing you an extra Christmas TVM this Sunday 8th December, followed by our last Burleigh event for the year next Sunday 15th December and wrapping it up with Stones Corner TVM on Sunday 22nd December.

This Sunday you can shop 100 boutique market stalls, street eats, and pre-loved Rack Sales and listen to live tunes by Lily Budiasa and Phil & Tilley.

Stalls include S W E E T Child of Mine, A Happy Home, , Alton Goods, Arvia Active, Bali Batik at Home, Bam Loves Boo, Bamboo Bungalow, Bonita Havana, Brother Nature, Byron Bay Bath Bombs, constanza.illustrates, CRUMPLE ECO, Danger Fox, Darling, DESERT WANDERER, Drift Trading Co, Duke of London, Eco Sisters, Emi, Esther Shelley, Frankly My Dear, Frocktail Party, Gold Coast Longboards, Golden Sunrise , Harvest Clay, Huckleberry Flowers, Jbk designs, KJH Surf, Krystella Australia, Laikiki, Lavender Grae, Lewd, Little Leas, Little Loving Things, Lobo Workshop, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, manning made, Melon and Goliath, MOSS & MALIBU, My Little Glass Jar, NatarshAlexandria, Nicotte, Nourished By, Nuna Jewelry, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, Pass Around The Smile, People of the Earth, Piggyback Friends, Put It In The Post, Raw X Salt, RBY STUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, Santography by Danny Santangelo, Silver and Cold Jewellery, Sissy and me Boutique, , Sockielala, Spencer Ceramics, STEVIE JEAN, Ted & Patrick, The Beige Studio, The Elements Co, The Lobster Shanty, The No Bake Company, Two Darlings, Uncultured, VASH, Wolf and Clay, Zeffa and Fosse, Zella Swim, Zoozap and more.

Mio Wrap is back this Sunday with their delicious buckwheat wraps! You’re your regular faves Alegna Woodfire Pizza, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Monkey Magic, MySEN, Pressery Co, Smoothjuice, Weiner Haus, Wildflower Patisserie and more.

We're excited to also be bringing you our very own range of market essentials, including our oversized tote bag (pre-order now), Good Vibes totes, t-shirts, Huskee coffee cups and re-useable market picnic packs. Shop them at the TVM info tent this weekend or online, here.

Parking is available on the oval, in surrounding streets or in the large council carpark on Connor Street. Better yet, why not carpool, ride your bike or use one of the public transport options available?

Be sure to tag your photos @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 8 December ’19

Catch us again this Sunday 8 December for our extra Christmas TVM event where you’ll be able to shop unique wares by 100 local creative small businesses, devour street eats,…

Catch us again this Sunday 8 December for our extra Christmas TVM event where you'll be able to shop unique wares by 100 local creative small businesses, devour street eats, rummage the pre-loved Rack Sales, soak in those summer vibes and listen to live tunes by Lily Budiasa and Phil & Tilley!

8:30am - 10:30am Lily Budiasa
11am - 1pm Phil & Tilley

TVM is this Sunday 8 December from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

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Lily Budiasa

Phil and Tilley

 

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life :: Jewellery by Kim

To celebrate kicking off the festive season by shopping small and supporting our local creative community this Christmas, we’re chatting to the creatives behind some of your favourite TVM brands….

To celebrate kicking off the festive season by shopping small and supporting our local creative community this Christmas, we're chatting to the creatives behind some of your favourite TVM brands.

Next up, Jewellery by Kim.

If you're not familiar with Jewellery by Kim then let us introduce you. Kim Hurst - otherwise known as Kimmy, Karaoke Queen and life of the party - has been part of the TVM community for close to ten years now. She designs and makes beautiful bohemian jewellery and her friendly, lovable nature and passion for community and all things TVM is infectious.

Get to know Kim below and find her at TVM this Sunday 8 December.

Kim, take us back to the beginning - were you always creatively inclined?

I've always been creative, I dabbled in jewellery design before I got married, as well as art, pottery and photography.

When did you decide that perhaps your passion for making jewellery could turn into a business?

I started jewellery design again about 12 years ago. I started making my own pieces, creating large statement pieces and one thing led to another.

Tell us about your pieces?

My brand consists of an eclectic mix of sterling silver pieces designed by me.  I use semi precious stones and shells. I select each stone and shell for each piece, which is an important part of my design process.  I also design and make myself statement pieces using semi precious stones.  If I have a spare minute, I also still love to do a little pottery.

Where is your label designed and made?

My label is designed here on the Gold Coast by me.  It is made by artisans in both Bali and India. All beaded jewellery is made by me.

What inspires you creatively?

I love this question! Everything inspires me. From the ocean to the desert.

I love designing differently, I love designing something that means something to the person who wears it.

What are your plans for JBK in the future?

My plans are small, just to carry on doing what I'm doing for as long as I can. I seriously just love creating beautiful pieces for beautiful people.  I love doing TVM, I have been there from the beginning and have no plans to give it up.

What is the biggest challenge of having your own small business?

Mmmm, I think with my age at the time of launching my brand, I was just happy to be able to do it, I have never really experienced any challenges.

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Stall Profile :: Moss & Malibu

Moss and Malibu was born on the West Coast, inspired by a vacation on the shores of Malibu – sun-drenched babes, hot bikinis and nostalgic bohemian vibes. Designer Vesna Trivuncevic,…

Moss and Malibu was born on the West Coast, inspired by a vacation on the shores of Malibu - sun-drenched babes, hot bikinis and nostalgic bohemian vibes.

Designer Vesna Trivuncevic, says she was tired of garish styles, boring cuts and - worst of all - under developed tropical prints, so she set out to create island inspired swim that was beautiful.

“We live by the beach and love all things swim, salt, and surf. We're a small team with big dreams and wouldn't have it any other way.

We design premium swimwear with our own unique prints you won't find anywhere else. Handmade in Bali using the highest quality fabric, sexy cuts and zero short cuts.”

What is your creative background/qualifications?

Dip Fashion Design - Whitehouse Institute of Design

Tell us about the name Moss and Malibu, how did this come about?

Moss & Malibu - I have long been obsessed with California and the laid back but exciting, LA vibe.

The name came about after many, many weeks of looking for influences, playing with word clouds and making up mood boards. Once I settled on Moss & Malibu, it just felt right.

What is your core product?

Ethically produced swimwear & Organic Cotton Tees.

What inspires you creatively?

A few things:
California.
Travel.
Island life.
Retro Hawaiian vibes (think the Royal Hawaiian Hotel)

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company, if so tell us about this?

We limit the use of single use plastics - orders are shipped in custom made boxes that are so pretty you'll want to keep them forever!

We hope to exclusively use recycled nylon (made from discarded fishing nets) by 2022.

We are also a "slow" fashion label, focusing on quality and more timeless shapes, that will ensure many wears. We are NOT a fast-fashion label. Our goal is to have you love your bikini SO much you can't wait until the next summer to pull it out again.

Our factory workers are paid well. We want their work to be sustainable and adequately compensated, so they can grow with us too.

Do you collaborate with any other local GC/Brisbane businesses?

Le Salty Label (wholesale and a BIG giveaway coming in December).

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

It was so clear that this was not your ordinary market. We have high standards for our business and felt our values aligned with those of TVM.

Quality. Unique product. Energetic vibe.

Why is it important for people to shop small and support local businesses this festive season?

The world is moving towards a corporate-consumer world, where so many brands are owned by the same few companies. This has led to products being mass produced for the lowest common denominator, where profits and mass appeal are more important than creativity and product quality. 

“Shopping small” is your vote against this model. It’s your vote for a world where products are unique and created by talented individuals with sustainability and longevity in mind. 

At the end of the day, we are always voting with our actions. 

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Down in Nelson Bay (where we are based) it is The Little Nel. Perfection!

Favourite book?

So many to choose from, but I always loved The Kite Runner.

Favourite podcasts?

Joe Rogan Podcast - what an eclectic mix of guests. You'll always learn something.

Favourite way to unwind?

Beach. VITAMIN SEA.

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

I'm a long time follower of Sofia Amoruso #GIRLBOSS

Find Vesna and Moss and Malibu this Sunday, 8th December at TVM.
Connect on Instagram, here.
Website, here.

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Stall Preview :: TVM 1 Dec ’19

Here it is! Get ready for one of the biggest TVM events of the year, this Sunday 1 December at Burleigh Heads. You’ll find 110+ boutique market stalls, street food,…

Here it is! Get ready for one of the biggest TVM events of the year, this Sunday 1 December at Burleigh Heads.

You'll find 110+ boutique market stalls, street food, live music by Ondre Solien and Lily Budiasa, Pre-loved Rack Sales and good vibes.

Shop small and consciously this festive season by supporting our community of local creative businesses and artists.

Food stalls include Alegna Woodfired Pizza, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Greens on Grains, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, MySEN, Pressery Co, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus, Wildflower Patisserie and more.

Stalls include A little Greta, Alton Goods, Arvia Active, Au Fait, Bam Loves Boo, Blonde Bohemian, Brother Nature, Crawford & Co Handmade, CRUMPLE Eco, Desert Wanderer, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Dolce Organico, Drift Trading Co, Eco Sisters, Forgotten Modern, Frankly My Dear, Frocktail Party, Funky Sock co/ Lewd, Gold Coast Longboards, Golden Sunrise Activewear, Haize the label, HARVEST CLAY, Heart Terapeutics Boutique Apothecary, Huckleberry Flowers, Jbk, KJH Surf, Krystella Australia, Lakiki, Limbo, Little Leas, LITTLE PALMA, Loca Sportswear, Lokoa the Label, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, manning made, Mad Plant Ladies, MAHIYA, Mianrga, MUKI, My Haven Swimwear, My Little Glass Jar, NADERA, Nicotte, Nudes, Nuna Jewellery, Oh Boy Crew, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, Pass Around the Smile, Paulina Sabioncello Surfsuit and Yoga Outfit, Peached, People of the Earth, RBY STUDIOS, River And Wood, Rustic Peppermint, SAHARA BLUE CO, Scent of a Rebel, Sockielala, Spencer Ceramics, STEVIE JEAN, Sweet Child of Mine, Tai & Co., Ted & Patrick, The Elements Co., The Lobster Shanty, The No Bake Company, The SunLounge,
thrown., Uncultured, Wolf & Clay, Zeffa and Fosse, Zella Swim, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

We're excited to also be bringing you our very own range of market essentials, including our oversized tote bag (pre-order now), Good Vibes totes, t-shirts, Huskee coffee cups and re-useable market picnic packs. Shop them at the TVM info tent this weekend or online, here.

Parking is available on the oval, in surrounding streets or in the large council carpark on Connor Street, Better yet, why not carpool, ride your bike or use one of the public transport options available.

Be sure to tag your photos @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 1 December ’19

Catch live tunes by Ondre Solien (8:30am – 10:30am) and Lily Budiasa (11am – 1pm) this Sunday at TVM, plus shop 100 boutique market stalls, rummage pre-loved Rack Sales and…

Catch live tunes by Ondre Solien (8:30am - 10:30am) and Lily Budiasa (11am - 1pm) this Sunday at TVM, plus shop 100 boutique market stalls, rummage pre-loved Rack Sales and enjoy delicious street eats.

TVM is this Sunday 1 December from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

Make sure you tag your images @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Image: Nat McComas
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A Day In The Life :: Drift Trading Co.

This month we are celebrating all things small business in support of the local creatives bringing you some of your favourite TVM brands this festive season. First up, husband and…

This month we are celebrating all things small business in support of the local creatives bringing you some of your favourite TVM brands this festive season.

First up, husband and wife duo Lou and Paul behind, Drift Trading Co.

I was at the local fish and chip shop in Currumbin last week and decided to pop down the laneway next door, straight off the beach with sandy feet and wet children (sorry guys!) to check out the humble workspace of Drift Trading Co, to see for myself where the candle making magic happens.

Lou and Paul welcomed me (and my two daughters who love to touch glassware and ask plenty of questions - again, sorry guys!) into their space with open arms. It was so lovely to view the gorgeous space they have created, filled with recycled timber, antique frames and a cute veggie patch.

You could just feel the love that goes into creating their beautiful candles and various other products.

Here we chat to Lou to find out more about their growing business and what it means to them to shop small, this festive season.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I have always loved making and creating, from a very early age I was the kid crafting, designing, making things and playing ‘shop’.  I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and just kinda ended up working in office jobs in the legal and then in the property development industry. 

Pursuing my creative passion came about when I realised that my days spent sitting in front of a desk were no longer fulfilling – I wasn’t able to be creative and I had this feeling that there was something else I was meant to be doing.  I wanted to wake up in the morning and jump out of bed excited and motivated about the day ahead.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

I took the plunge after resigning from a corporate position in property development. I had no idea what I was going to do but I kinda always knew that I wanted to have my own business and to be creative.  Our family went on a little camping road trip shortly after I resigned and it was travelling on the open road in our van when the idea to start Drift came about.

Originally Drift started out primarily to promote my hubby Paul's recycled timber furniture business and the candles were just a sideline – something else to offer our customers. Hubby and I both have a love of style and design and we wanted both the furniture and candles to reflect our sense of style – earthy, natural and paired back.  

What does your brand consist of?

100% hand poured, handmade scented soy candles, reed diffusers, soy melts and room sprays.  Our scents have been carefully curated to enhance a wide range of moods, moments and settings – from everyday home life, to the office, weekend gatherings, sunset drinks and everything in between.  We love the ambience and atmosphere a beautiful, scented candle can create – the soft flickering light combined with an intoxicating scent – enhancing moments and creating memories.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label was actually designed by us.  We wanted a natural, paired back design that would complement a wide range of style aesthetics.  We didn’t want any colour or loud design features – the brief was for the label to have a natural, earthy feel – we wanted it to blend seamless into any home décor and to complement other style elements whether it be flowers, indoor plants, artwork, furniture, bedroom or bathroom.

What inspires you?

So many things inspire us… we are lucky enough to live in a truly beautiful part of the world – the incredible lifestyle here on the Gold Coast is a huge inspiration for us.  Our Summer Blends collection (including ‘Coconut & Tahitian Lime’, ‘The Beach House’ and ‘Thai Lime & Mango’) is inspired by long days at the beach, outdoor gatherings and sunset drinks – blends designed to evoke an endless Summer.  Our earthy blends collection is for nature lovers – ‘The Hinterland’ is one of our more popular blends and is inspired by the aromas of the Gold Coat hinterland – eucalyptus, wattle, lemon myrtle and pine.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

First and fore most Drift candles are about quality – this was always number one on our priority list, we’re a boutique hand poured candle company with a focus on producing a quality product. Hand made takes time - we are not about mass production and we have no massive plans for upscaling – we want to continue to produce a quality, handmade product that our customers fall in love with – quality over quantity every time!  We usually release a new blend each season which takes up a lot of time testing and blending as we’re super particular about our fragrance blends. We are actually working on a variation of our product range at the moment which we hope to release within the next month - just in time for Christmas gifting.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Ah, where do I start… lol!  Becoming noticed was probably one of our biggest challenges – we wanted to stand out and for our brand to become known for its quality and natural, earthy style / design features. Building our online business was a little tricky - trying to describe a scent verbally and to sell something that relies heavily on the senses is quite a challenge.  Social media relies heavily on image so capturing the essence of Drift with lifestyle photography has been paramount for us – relaying the Drift lifestyle aesthetic/feel to our audience. Markets have been incredible for us – they’re a great way to get your product directly in the marketplace. Customers can physically pick up our product, touch and smell plus they get to ‘meet the makers’ – the real people behind the brand.

Find Lou and Paul at TVM this Sunday 1 December (and every other TVM event, always!).


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Locals We Love :: Amy Mills

Community is at the heart of everything we do at TVM. This year, we celebrated 11 years of The Village Markets and also our home, the Gold Coast’s, 60th Birthday!…

Community is at the heart of everything we do at TVM. This year, we celebrated 11 years of The Village Markets and also our home, the Gold Coast's, 60th Birthday!

Here, our intern Gemma Lyndon chats to one of our favourite locals and long-time supporter of TVM, Amy Mills.

Amy is the Travel Editor of WHO magazine and the mother of two handsome little men, Sunny (8) and Ziggy (5). Now based in the thriving hub of Miami, Amy chats about the evolution of the Gold Coast and why it's the perfect destination for work and play.

Amy, Ziggy and Sunny at The Village Markets

What does the Gold Coast mean to you?

It’s where my home and heart are! I grew up at Currumbin Beach and then lived in London and Sydney for close to a decade. I came back to raise my two sons, Sunny and Ziggy, here and haven’t looked back since. The GC has really evolved into a vibrant city while retaining that famous, laidback coastal charm. 

Tell us about your job as Travel Editor for WHO magazine and how do you make it work whilst living on the Gold Coast?

I am the Travel Editor of a national magazine and digital brand WHO, part of the Pacific Magazines stable based in Sydney, but I am lucky enough to work from the Gold Coast.

I have a permanent desk at the GC’s best co-working space called Hotel Miami, co-founded by three absolutely wonderful human beings. It is such an inspiring place to work and a lot of my co-workers have really interesting and creative businesses, which is really reflective of the Gold Coast’s cultural shift.

 How has the Gold Coast helped shape who you are?

My childhood on the Gold Coast was really slow and carefree. I loved that we finished school and went to the beach and could smell the salt air and hear the ocean from our balcony. It was such a beautiful childhood and taught me to appreciate the little moments and the beauty of mother nature.

We didn’t grow up with the frenetic pace and stresses of the city so I think most Gold Coasters are fairly grounded, particularly us Southern Gold Coasters.

 How do you see the Gold Coast as a platform for business owners? 

You only have to look at what Marissa and Sarah and The Village Markets have done for so many small businesses! They have been a launchpad for some global brands like Kivari, Peony and Cleopatra’s Bling and that is so exciting. There is so much creative talent here on the Gold Coast and once, those people would eventually head to the larger cities to seek opportunities whereas now, there is so much opportunity here not just in fashion and design but every industry.

 How have you seen the Gold Coast evolve?

In so many ways! There’s been a real metamorphosis not only culturally - thanks to the girls at The Village Markets and also HOTA and Miami Marketta - but in the retail, design, hospitality spaces, also! The Gold Coast is finally being taken seriously as a business destination and that’s exciting. 

The food scene here has also exploded. I remember when restaurants would offer only ‘modern Australian’ and now we have some quality eateries and bars that would rival anything in Sydney or Melbourne.

I also do some content creation for a local architectural concrete brand called Concrete Nation and their handmade bespoke pieces are being coveted by clients and leading architects and interior designers all over the world.

It is an inspiring time to live and work on the Gold Coast!

Favourite thing to do on the Gold Coast?

Shop at The Village Markets, drink the Gold Coast’s best brew at Hide n Seek Espresso, spend a lazy day at one of the many beautiful beaches, take my boys to the farmer’s markets on a Saturday morning to fill up our baskets with fresh, local produce, chase waterfalls at Currumbin Valley, hang out with the kids and my family in my sister’s beachside street or my parent’s house, swim at Echo Beach, watch the sunrise from Burleigh Headland, enjoy a long lunch at Rick Shores or Hellenika, grab a margarita at Rosellas, banter with my workmates at Hotel Miami -  so many!!

 What do you expect for the Gold Coast in the next 60 years?

A lot of change but hopefully as it grows, we can retain that laidback way of life

Thanks so much for sharing Amy! Much Love x

Follow Amy on Instagram here
Read Who magazine here

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Stall Preview :: Sunday 17 November ’19

TVM is on this Sunday and as we continue to witness the tragedy of the NSW and QLD fires, we’re looking forward to putting a smile on your dial and…

TVM is on this Sunday and as we continue to witness the tragedy of the NSW and QLD fires, we're looking forward to putting a smile on your dial and celebrating local makers and creators with over 100 boutique market stalls, as well as street eats, live music and pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales.

Find us at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm for the Gold Coasts favourite boutique market and creative hub.

Relax in the shade and enjoy street eats by Alegna Woodfire Pizza, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Cuzzie Pies, Hungarian Food Factory, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Monkey Magic, MySEN Sushi & Japanese Curry, Pressery Co, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Salty Turtle, The Weiner Haus and Wildflower Patisserie.

Stalls include A Happy Home, Alton Goods, Annette Daley Designs, Arvia Active, Attic Vintage, Au Fait, Bali Batik at Home, Bamboo Bungalow, Banksia Blue Studio, Barefoot Blonde, Billy Vintage, Blonde Bohemian, Byron Bay Bath Bombs, Classic Carlson Creations, CRUMPLE Eco, DESERT EDEN, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, dust, Forgotten Modern, Frankly My Dear, Frocktail Party, Funky Sock Co / Lewd, Gold Coast Longboards, Golden Sunrise Activewear, GROWING KIND, Gunes Swim, Haize the Label, HARVEST CLAY, House of Merak, Huckleberry Flowers, iChai2, Jbk, Jesselee Active, Kalai, KJH Surf, Lakiki, Lavender Grae, Leather Me Baby, Limbo Collective, Lionel The Label, Little Bear Collective, Little Leas, Little Loving Things, Lokoa the Label, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Mandy Collective, Manning Made, Minarga,
Muki, My Haven Swimwear, My Little Glass Jar, NIAS Handmade Jewellery, Nicotte, Nudes, Olas Supply Co., One Fable, Pass Around the Smile, Peached, People of the Earth, RBY STUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, Sahara Blue Co, Sandinyapantz, Sista & Co., Sockielala, STEVIE JEAN, The Beige Studio, The Elements Co., The Lobster Shanty, The No Bake Company, The SunLounge, thrown., Uncultured Apparel, Vash Bags, Velvet Underground, Wolf & Clay, Zarpar Bebe, Zeffa & Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Live tunes by Amy Roberts and Lily Budiasa.

To support the bush fire appeals, we'll be donating all of the profits made from our TVM tote bags on Sunday. So come and purchase a re-useable tote for a much needed cause.

 

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Live Tunes :: Sunday 17 November ’19

Catch smooth live tunes by two incredibly talented women this Sunday at TVM, Amy Roberts and Lily Budiasa. Gather your friends and some street eats, find a shady space under…

Catch smooth live tunes by two incredibly talented women this Sunday at TVM, Amy Roberts and Lily Budiasa.

Gather your friends and some street eats, find a shady space under the trees and enjoy live local music at TVM.

8:30am - 10:30am Amy Roberts
11am - 1pm Lily Budiasa

TVM | Sunday 17 November 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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Amy Roberts

Amy John Roberts is a force to be reckoned with on the Gold Coast Arts scene. As a fan of many different genres of music, from acoustic folk and jazz to rock, her voice and style are uniquely sweet and captivating. Her distinctive original music, as well as her ability to put her own spin on songs that you know and love, is guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Lily Budiasa

Read our full interview with Lily, here.

 

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TVM Startup Stall :: Pass Around The Smile

This weeks TVM Startup Stall recipient is Cleo Massey of Pass Around the Smile, read more about her journey below and find her very first stall at TVM this Sunday…

This weeks TVM Startup Stall recipient is Cleo Massey of Pass Around the Smile, read more about her journey below and find her very first stall at TVM this Sunday 17 November.

As an actor in the film and TV industry, Cleo Massey had experienced negativity, cyber bullying and rejection. She craved guidance and an injection of positivity in her life and was unable to find it in the online or via social media.

In 2015, she started a blog called Pass Around the Smile - to literally do just that!

Almost 5 years later, the blog has had 35,000 reads and has expanded into events and courses on the Gold Coast.

In January this year, Cleo decided that after years of using 'angel cards,' for guidance and positivity, she would design her own deck.

Ten months later and this dream has become a reality, introducing - Pass Around the Smile's, Positive Guidance Cards! These cards are hand drawn by local artist, Samantha Smith, and written by Cleo Massey.

What an incredible and uplifting story of turning a negative into a positive, congratulations! Tell us about your beautiful new cards, Cleo?

My goal when I started Pass Around the Smile was to inspire and encourage people to realise their full power and potential and this hasn't changed! Five years later, I'm trying to spread this message even further, with my cards and 12 new downloadable guided meditations on passaroundthesmile.com! I can't wait to have people feeling relaxed, guided, inspired and positive!

You’re an actress-turned entrepreneur, tell us about your creative journey?

I've been in actor in the Film and TV Industry since I landed my first big role on H20 Just Add Water.

I learnt so much being on set for four years and went on to study music and graduated with a Diploma. I felt so free with these creative outlets!

Acting, singing and playing guitar helped me feel positive and relaxed. For the last few years, I lived between LA and the Gold Coast, I studied at Groundlings and graduated their Improv course and began writing for Film and TV.

How do you juggle acting with your business?

I have a few side hustles! I get gigs every now and then on different TV and Film productions as an actor.

I'm currently co-writing my Mum's series, Stage Mums, which has been picked up by Network Ten and I work as an actor for the medical students at Griffith and Bond University!

I also do regular social media work as well as running Pass Around the Smile and everything that comes with it! What is sleep anyway?!

We all know coming up with a business name is a tricky task, how did you decide on Pass Around The Smile?

I sat for hours typing names into Google and all of them were already taken! I then thought, let's keep it simple? What do I want to spread? Smiles! Then it came to me - pass them around, Pass Around the Smile.

Tell us about the products offered?

My Positive Guidance Card Deck, this includes a beautiful hand drawn box, 42 different hand drawn cards and a guide booklet. These are written by myself, and illustrated by local artist, Samantha Smith.

At TVM I will be giving out readings, which is something I absolutely love doing!

On my website I sell four different meditation albums with 3 different meditations on each! Each meditation is written and guided by myself, over calming music and sounds.

I will also be offering prints of a few of my favourite cards!

What inspires you creatively?

People who do what they love, because they love it! Seeing people happy inspires me to work hard and get creative. Also being by the ocean inspires me.

Do you collaborate with any other local Gold Coast businesses?

I love to support local businesses. I held my first two events at Drift Trading Co, and have previously collaborated with The Luxe Social, Bloom Jar, KX Pilates, Limber Therapies and Hand Coffee.

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

I absolutely love the vibe at TVM. It's friendly, fun and energetic! I think the crowd will really resonate with my products.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

HAND Coffee at Broadbeach for sure!

Favourite book?

Super Attractor or the Secret!

Favourite podcasts?

Oprah's Soul Sessions

Favourite way to unwind?

Walks on the beach and meditation!

Websites or profiles you love for business inspiration right now?

Pip and Beau - So much good business tips and tricks.

What’s your favourite TVM stall, if you have one?

Drift Trading Co.

Connect with Cleo at TVM this Sunday 17 November or on Instagram, here.

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Stall Profile :: Lionel the Label

This week we chat to Chloe Murphy, founder of Sunshine Coast based swimwear brand Lionel the Label. ‘My business started as a self taught hobby, my school friends loved what…

This week we chat to Chloe Murphy, founder of Sunshine Coast based swimwear brand Lionel the Label.

'My business started as a self taught hobby, my school friends loved what I was creating and there was a demand for the products I was making. I started social media profiles and a few years later a website. It wasn't until I had started my brand that I realised wanted to work for myself. Lionel the Label has organically grown into what it is today out of passion, long hours and hard work.'

What is your creative background/qualifications?

From a young age I have always been creative from jewellery making, colouring in, drawing, painting and all things DIY.

While I was in school I selected Sewing as a subject. Before the subject began I got out my mums sewing machine that she was gifted on her 21st Birthday and taught myself to sew. I have literally never stopped sewing since! In year 11 and 12 I studied a Certificate 3 in Applied Fashion Design and Technology and then went on to study an Advanced Diploma, which I didn’t actually complete, however I learnt so much from the time I was at TAFE and many wonderful opportunities were presented.

As a start-up, is Lionel the Label now a full-time gig for you?

Lionel the Label is now my full-time job, I feel incredibly lucky to wake up every day to do something I am truly passionate about.

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

I rebranded my Business in 2013 as I wanted my brand to have 'the Label'.

Lionel is my Grandfathers name, although I did not learn this until his passing because he actually preferred and was known by his middle name.

Tell us about your swimwear collections?

Every year in September I release a new swimwear collection. I also create a festival collection with many one off pieces included in the range. Some of these garments are available to purchase online, but many are sold at festivals and events all around Australia.

What inspires you creatively?

I am inspired by a coastal lifestyle and festival culture. I often find myself inspired by my travels and exploring new unfamiliar places.

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

I work from home on the Sunshine Coast. I have an office/stockroom and a studio with all of my industrial sewing machinery.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company, if so tell us about this?

Yes we do, we offer brown paper bags to our customers and package all online orders in recyclable materials. I create hair scrunchies out of off-cuts of fabric and operate our online store with all swimwear and festival clothing made to order. This reduces waste and excess stock.

I am constantly learning and implementing new ways of creating a more sustainable brand, for example at the moment I am sourcing compostable postage satchels.

Do you collaborate with any other local GC/Brisbane businesses?

Occasionally I collaborate with creatives such as photographers, videographers, hair and makeup artists, models, brands and Airbnb's to create Instagram content. I love collaborating, its a great way of seeing my products through the eyes of other creative, whether that’s the style of image that is produced or the way the garment is styled. I love and appreciate work from all of the creatives involved in a big collaborative shoot.

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

I had heard wonderful things about TVM so I went one Sunday and loved the vibe of the market as well as all of the other brands showcasing their products. With a large following on Instagram from the Gold Coast and leading into Summer I couldn't have joined TVM at a better time of year.

Favourite podcasts?

The Mentor

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

I love Pinterest.

Connect with Lionel the Label online, here, on Instagram here and at TVM.

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TVM Startup Stall :: Emma & Vincent

Meet our TVM Startup Stall recipient for this week – classical musician and teacher turned entrepreneur, Emma Di Marco of Emma & Vincent. Congrats on receiving the TVM Startup Stall,…

Meet our TVM Startup Stall recipient for this week - classical musician and teacher turned entrepreneur, Emma Di Marco of Emma & Vincent.

Congrats on receiving the TVM Startup Stall, we're looking forward to having you join us for the first time this Sunday, what can customers expect to find at your stall for your debut?

Thank you so much! My first product range for Emma & Vincent has focused primarily on helping people be more productive and work more efficiently towards their goals. Customers can expect to find our range of uniquely-designed Planners and Diaries. We have the classic 2020 Diary (can you believe it's almost a new year, again?) but also some very different undated planners that people haven't seen before. Think planning pages that focus more on what you can "do" in a day rather than just listing when you have items in your schedule. For us, a Planner should be about managing and tracking your time and staying accountable to yourself. Why? Because that's how you hit the big, long-term goals!

We have two different colour designs - Pastel Mix and Animal Print - and it's always really interesting to see which is more popular. Pastel Mix has definitely been the favourite lately but, you never know!

You're a classical musician and teacher by trade, tell us a little bit about how your creative business Emma & Vincent came about?

The idea for my business had been rumbling around in my head for a long time. My grandfather, Vincent, was a businessman when he immigrated to Australia after WWII and had such a strong community focus in both business and life. He was a massive influence for me and it was through him that I knew I one day wanted to help people through business too. I've always been encouraged to follow my own talents (which lead me to classical music) and reminded regularly by my family that we each have our own unique gifts through which we can help people.
My experiences in classical music and being an educator made me aware that so many people have big goals and dreams for themselves but are leaving these on the back burner because of the daily grind. As someone who has had a 5-year-plan for my life since I was 18, this seemed like so many missed opportunities and life paths! I truly believe that we continually grow into the best versions of ourselves day by day on the road to our goals. So, I got an Adobe subscription and I started designing a planner that would help you set goals and be accountable to yourself on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This is how I created our Action Planner. From there, my passion was ignited and I knew I could create a range of diaries and planners that could help people. Once the first range launched in September, I realised how much more the business could grow and I've been working away behind the scenes on some new things for 2020 - stay tuned!

What is your number one tip in staying organised, for other creative entrepreneurs?

Writing things down! It sounds so simple but it is so easy to overlook. Having everything you need written down in one place makes a huge difference to how you are able to use your time more effectively. We work on our phones, our laptops, our diary, different apps, services like Dropbox and Google Drive. It becomes impossible to marry everything up and manage your time when you're moving across different platforms like that. If you've always got one central portal where you copy everything down, you can't waste time.
For me, I use an Emma & Vincent Everyday Planner and, no matter what, I take time every day to copy down important emails, notes, and ideas into the Planner. This means when I get a spare half hour during the day, I can open it up and find a task to complete in that time with no hassles.

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

TVM has a wonderful feel around promoting and supporting local small businesses. I think that these markets understand that people are choosing to buy local and "slow" more and more often and are bringing together makers, creators, and entrepreneurs that each have their own unique vision. There's something really special about wandering a market and selecting beautifully made pieces that you know won't be found in the big stores. And with Christmas time coming, a marketplace like TVM is the perfect spot to go gift shopping. I just knew this would be the place I would meet like-minded business owners.
 
What are your fave:
Podcasts?
No Such Thing As a Fish, for sure! I can't stop laughing and I'm always sharing the facts and tidbits I learn.
Reads?
I'm actually trying to read 100 new books before my 30th birthday in 2020 so I've been through a lot lately. An all time favourite is '1984' but a new discovery that I enjoyed is 'The Institute' by Stephen King
Shows?
I'm a huge fan of 'The Good Place'! Any show that mixes Kristen Bell with moral philosophy was always going to be a hit with me.
Local eatery on the Gold Coast?
My absolute favourite spot to eat on the Coast is Cardamom Pod at Broadbeach. As a vegetarian, it is the perfect easy spot for lunch and is fresh and delicious.
TVM Stalls?
I've got my eye on some pieces from Golden Sunrise Activewear.
Connect with Emma & Vincent online here, Instagram here and shop it this Sunday 3 November at TVM!
Find out more about the TVM Startup Stall initiative, here.
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Stall Profile :: Flow

New to TVM this Sunday is Flow, art works by Abbey Butterfield. I discovered flow art a few years ago and loved it instantly. I bought my first supplies, which…

New to TVM this Sunday is Flow, art works by Abbey Butterfield.

I discovered flow art a few years ago and loved it instantly. I bought my first supplies, which sat, unused for almost two years, there was excuse after excuse as to why I couldn't do it. I have never characterised myself as a creative person, until now and struggled to work up enough courage to take the plunge.

When I finally did, it became my outlet and opportunity to do something I love doing. As a stay-at-home mum to two little boys, painting at night is my favourite 'me time' activity. After selling art to family members, I decided to start my own little business.

Have you always had a creative background?

Since having children, I have discovered I love being creative. I make and decorate cakes for special occasions for friends and family and I have always loved photography since I was a young teen.

Tell us about the name Flow, how did this come about?

Flow reflects the fluid nature of the medium I work with and how it moves on the canvas.

What products are included within your range?

I have ready made pieces of art available as well as being able to create commission pieces to suit the needs of the customer.

What inspires you creatively?

I am inspired by creating colour combinations to suit customers home. I love creating interesting, conversation pieces.

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

Having seen the quality of other local markets, TVM stands out. The customers appreciate handmade, one of a kind items.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt on the GC?

NoEgo Ormeau

Connect with Abbey and Flow, on Instagram and find Abbey at TVM this Sunday 3 November at TVM.

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 3 Nov ’19

We’re back at Burleigh Heads this Sunday 3 November and we can’t wait to showcase another incredible lineup of boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art, homewares and design, as…

We're back at Burleigh Heads this Sunday 3 November and we can't wait to showcase another incredible lineup of boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art, homewares and design, as well as street eats, Rack Sales and live tunes. Come and join us at the Gold Coasts favourite event and creative community!

Stalls include w e e t Child of Mine, a little Greta, AU FAIT LIVING, Baby Bird, Bam Loves Boo, Bamboo Bungalow, Chameleon Ink. Interchangeable Bags, Crawford & Co Handmade, CRUMPLE ECO, Desert Eden, divine creatures jewellery, Dolce Organico, Eco Sisters, Emma & Vincent, Flow, Frankly My Dear, Frocktail Party, Gold Coast Longboads, Golden Sunrise Activewear, Haize the Label, Huckleberry Flowers, Laender Grae Leisure Wear, Little Leas, LITTLE PALMA, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Louv, Mad Plant Ladies, manning made, Maple Organic Wear, Muki, My little glass jar, Nicotte, ohboyctre.com, Olas Supply Co, Peached, Queen Justine Vintage, RBY STUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, Santography By Danny Santangelo, Sissy & Me, Spencer Ceramics, STEVIE JEAN, Ted & Patrick, The Beige Studio, The Lobster Shanty, The Milkmaid's Closet, The Miniature Treasury, VASH, VSolochildren, zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear, Sockielala, Limbo, Desert Wanderer and more.

Food by Alegna Woodfired Pizza, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Greens on Grains, Hungarian Food Factory, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, MySEN Sushi & Japanese Curry, Pressery Co, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Salty Turtle, The Weiner Haus, Wildflower Patisserie.

Enjoy live music by Sunday Lemonade and Katie Milae under the trees and rummage through over 15 stylish pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales!

You can pickup one of our re-useable TVM good vibes market totes (now 2 for 1!) from the TVM Info tent and we now also have Market Picnic Packs available, including re-useable straws, cutlery and chopsticks – perfect for your Sunday morning hangs.

Make sure you share your posts so we can see them @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

TVM | Sunday 3 November 2019 | 8:30am – 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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Live Music :: Sunday 3 Nov ’19

Sunday Lemonade are cruising by TVM as part of their East Coast tour this weekend. The fun, percussive duo hailing from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria will be followed by…

Sunday Lemonade are cruising by TVM as part of their East Coast tour this weekend. The fun, percussive duo hailing from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria will be followed by Sunshine Coast based, solo songstress, Katie Milae. Come and hang with us!

8:30am - 10:30am Sunday Lemonade
11am - 1pm Katie Milae

Find boutique market stalls, street food and Rack Sales this weekend alongside free our live tunes under the trees. Make sure you swing by and grab one of our TVM re-useable tote bags (currently 2 for 1!) or our market picnic packs, from the TVM info tent.

TVM | Sunday 3 November 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

Sunday Lemonade

Katie Milae

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Stall Profile :: Little Knot Studio

Like many small businesses, Little Knot Studio was born when founder Rachael Coonan couldn’t quite find the product she was looking for in the market place. The Toowoomba based Assistant…

Like many small businesses, Little Knot Studio was born when founder Rachael Coonan couldn't quite find the product she was looking for in the market place. The Toowoomba based Assistant Manager in the plumbing industry used creativity passed down from her late mother to try her hand at creating her own macrame wedding arbor and the rest, as they say, is history.

"My love of Macramé started in 2018 when I was planning our wedding and wanted something that would stand out, for our arbor, I started looking into macramé hangings to put on a timber arbor but couldn’t find the exact style I was looking for, so I decided to try my hand at making one. It was a bit of a challenge tackling such a huge piece straight up but I ended up making a Macramé arbor that was almost 3m long and absolutely fell in love with the craft! I have been making macramé since then."


Do you have a creative background?

My mum was always into arts and crafts when I was young so a lot of my memories as a child were doing craft with her. She passed away when I was young, I didn’t have a lot to do with arts and crafts after that, Since picking up macramé I fell as though I’m defiantly channeling that creative flair from Mum again. My dad has also told me he did a stint of making macramé plant hangers when he spent some time in hospital to pass time so maybe I got it from him also.

Is this a side hustle or are you pursuing Little Knot Studio on a full-time basis?

Macramé is my side hustle at the moment, I work a full time job as assistant manager in plumbing supplies.

What products are included within your range?

I make all things macrame - macramé wall hangings, bags, earrings, key rings, arbors, buntings, owls & table runners, just to list a few. My greatest loves are the large wall hangings. I also love making custom orders, as I love making new designs.

What inspires you creatively?

My mother has inspired my step-mother, she is extremely creative, she has also helped me with the sewing side of things when I make linings on my bags.

Also the amazing things which can be done with macramé, I love seeing what new creations everyone comes up with.

What's your creative space like?

I create from home. I have a set up in my lounge room but I also love to set up my station outside when it’s not too windy.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your business, if so tell us about this?

I live on a property so my natural timber dowels are sourced from around the farm.

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

I don’t live on the Coast but I have heard great things about TVM. I wanted to grow my following and experience the coastal markets.

Favourite way to unwind?

Making macramé of course. And spending time with my fur babies.

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

I am inspired by Jamie from JAC Home Heart and her growing business, this is where I get my natural cotton cord. I also love that she encourages other makers and brings everyone together.

Connect with Little Knot Studio at TVM, via Instagram or shop online, here.

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