The Village Markets

The Village Markets

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

Author: Marissa

INSTA MARKET THIS WEEKEND!

We’ve been supporting local creative small businesses for the past 12 years but there’s never been a more important time than now to get behind these guys! That’s why we’re…

We’ve been supporting local creative small businesses for the past 12 years but there’s never been a more important time than now to get behind these guys!

That’s why we’re so excited to announce we’ll be taking The Village Markets online to our global community, celebrating with a TVM Insta Market next weekend running Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March!

Join us via our Instagram stories at @thevillagemarkets where will be celebrating our community of designers, artists and curators with an exclusive first ever TVM Market!

Isolated, quarantined, want to show some love to local creatives - you will be able to shop exclusive special offers, discounts and unique products by the most talented bunch of creative small businesses in all of the lands, at the tap of your finger and from the comfort of your own home.

From fashion brands in women’s, men’s and childrenswear, to jewellery, accessories, lifestyle products, art and homewares, locate your favourite food trucks to find out more about their services and we’ll also throw in tunes from some of our favourite local musicians.

Let’s come together and support each other during this time. See you there!

Friday 27th March
Saturday 28th March
Sunday 29th March

Creative brands from all over the globe that meet our TVM criteria, can now apply via our stall application form: here.

 

 

 

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How To :: Boost Your Immune System

With the current global health pandemic sending everyone into frenzy, we wanted to stop and take five to ask our good friend and world renowned Natural Health Specialist Katrina Ellis…

With the current global health pandemic sending everyone into frenzy, we wanted to stop and take five to ask our good friend and world renowned Natural Health Specialist Katrina Ellis for her top tips to boost our immune systems. Here she shares her tips and also an incredible immune boosting shake recipe!

"The greatest protection against any unknown virus lies in boosting and adapting your body’s own immune system. Some of the best natural immune boosting supplements that can reduce the severity of a viral infection include high dose Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iodine, Zinc, Lactoferrin, AHCC and beta glucans, Berberine, Artemisinin, Medicinal Mushrooms, Andrographis and anti-viral herbs like Baikal Skullcap, Rhodiola, Cat’s Claw, Andrographis, Licorice, Kudzu, Goldenseal and others." says Ellis.

Some of Katrina's favourite anti-viral agents that have the potential to stop many viruses in their tracks and have the potential to boost immunity to reduce severity of symptoms include:

  1. Vitamin D – best combined with Vitamin K
  2. Vitamin C – always in a liposomal form
  3. Zinc
  4. Iodine
  5. Beta Glucans like 1.3/1.6 glucan
  6. Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) – fermented mushroom extract
  7. Lactoferrin and Colostrum

 

IMMUNE BOOSTING SHAKE RECIPE

1 tablespoon of a organic, vegan protein powder
1 teaspoon of colostrum
1 teaspoon of medicinal mushroom mix (reishi, shitake, maitake etc)
1 scoop of collagen – there are vegan options too
1 teaspoon of immune probiotic powder
A handful of blueberries
A small knob of ginger
1 cup of nut, coconut or hemp milk

Katrina Ellis N.D, by Natalie McComas

 

Stay safe, eat well, look after yourselves and each other!

Much love,

Marissa and Sarah

 

 

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A note to our community

Hello wonderful friends of TVM, There is so much uncertainty in the air at the moment, so we wanted to take this time to let you know about some decisions…

Hello wonderful friends of TVM,

There is so much uncertainty in the air at the moment, so we wanted to take this time to let you know about some decisions we have made around the current global health crisis and what it means for The Village Markets and our wonderful creative community in the immediate future.

For the safety of our stallholders and community, we have made the decision to close our next event on Sunday 29 March at Stones Corner in Brisbane.

All stallholders have received further communication via email regarding their booking.

We will be in touch with further information regarding our events in April onwards, by 27th March.

In the meantime, stay safe, look after yourself, perhaps look at your business and your processes in a different light, maybe even use this time to reinvent how you do what you do - and remember we are all in this together.

If you’re looking to switch off from the {bad} news and invest in expanding your mind, we have some really great positive reads over on our website, including How To’s for small businesses and inspiring interviews with our stallholders and musicians.

We are currently working on some exciting new opportunities for our stallholders and our wider community and we’ll be sharing this with you all as soon as we can.

If you have a question for us personally, or would like us to do some live chats so we can answer any other questions you may have, let us know in the comments below.

Also, if you have a GOOD news stories you’d like to share with us – please let us know via the comments. We all need some good news in our life at the moment.

Much love,

Marissa and Sarah
TVM co-founders

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Stall Profile :: Paper Pickle

Meet Amanda Owen-Evans, the founder of Paper Pickle, a qualified artist creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted artworks on fashion accessories including leather, faux leather or denim jackets. Originally from London and also…

Meet Amanda Owen-Evans, the founder of Paper Pickle, a qualified artist creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted artworks on fashion accessories including leather, faux leather or denim jackets.

Originally from London and also raised in Jakarta and Hong Kong, Amanda moved to Australia over 10 years ago with her husband (a Kiwi) and is also the proud mum of two kids and a Labrador named Ziggy Stardust.

What is your creative background/qualifications?

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art Painting , from Wimbledon School of Art, London. I’ve exhibited my artworks in a number of London galleries and public exhibitions. I’ve also worked on a number of different artistic mediums including painting, photography, collage, sculpture and printmaking. I’m a photographer and painter with over nine years experience teaching and lecturing in photography and graphic design.

I have a thirst for knowledge and recently completed a Diploma in Art Therapy- as my other passion is teaching and working with young children.

Art is not only my passion, but my therapy!

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

For the moment Paper Pickle is not my current sole income, although I plan for it to be in the not so distant future.

Tell us about Paper Pickle, how did this come about?

I started Paper Pickle back in 2014, initially creating bespoke paintings and collages. That was until a friend who owns a bridal store requested a custom artwork on a jacket for her store. I soon realised I loved working with this new medium and what beautiful results can be created on leather, faux leather and denim jackets or accessories.

From there, I started creating bespoke artworks on jackets and accessories for brides and special occasions, and realised I just love it.

What products are included within your range?

I hand paint custom designs/paintings on jackets & accessories (such as sneakers, shoes, purses, wallets, compendiums, laptop bags, bags, etc). They can be anything from botanicals to deadly serpents - as long as it’s in keeping with my style and aesthetic.

I will have hand painted jackets and accessories available for purchase at TVM and accept items to custom paint and return to you.

You can choose to provide a leather, faux leather or denim jacket that is special to you, or one that matches your theme and occasion.

I recommend new or preloved jackets and accessories that are leather, faux leather, vegan leather, PU leather, pleather or denim.

To ensure your jacket is suitable for my artwork, I test the paint on a small patch on the inside of your jacket or in an inconspicuous area before I begin painting.

I use my own design process to get to know you and what you’d like to create. We start with you sharing your inspiration, followed by a 30-minute design consultation. From this, I’ll deliver two to three sketches for your approval, and only then do I start painting. This ensures you receive a beautiful bespoke piece, created just for you.

What inspires you creatively?

I am inspired by nature, culture, travel, Asian tattoos & other artists and designers.

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

I have a small studio at my home where I can shut the door from the rest of the world and create alongside my side kick Ziggy. As I paint I listen to podcasts and lots of different music genres.

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

If I can at all I try to be as sustainable as possible. I love painting on pre-loved jackets and accessories where I can bring items back to life.

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

I have collaborated with quite a few local businesses here on the Gold Coast, in Byron and Brisbane within the Wedding Industry. I am always looking to collaborate with other industries in and outside of the creative arts.

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

I've been coming to The Village Markets for quite a few years and have always wanted to showcase my work here. I'm always impressed with the talent and variety of new ideas, designs and trends. I can't wait to see what people make of my work/products.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, but am partial to the Acai bowls and ah-mazing breakfasts at Le Vintage Cafe near my home in Worongary.

Favourite book?

Most recent read is: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Favourite podcasts?

It's a bit of a mix: Offline with Alison Rice, Lets talk about sects and RA.

Favourite way to unwind?

Going for a run clears my head, helps me unwind and prepares me for my day ahead.

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

Business chicks, Justina Blakeney,

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

It’s hard to say, I love all of them. I can't enough of my overalls from Olas Supply Co, they've travelled the world with me!

Thanks Amanda!
You can connect with Paper Pickle online, here.

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Stall Preview :: TVM Sunday 15 March ’20

The sun will be shining, the coffee brewing, the tunes soothing, the makers smiling – welcome to your Sunday morning spent at TVM! We’re getting ready for an incredible market…

The sun will be shining, the coffee brewing, the tunes soothing, the makers smiling - welcome to your Sunday morning spent at TVM!

We're getting ready for an incredible market morning this Sunday 15 March at Burleigh Heads State School, with the best boutique market stalls, street eats, live tunes and pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales on the Coast.

Stalls include Sweet Child of Mine, A Colourful Life, Australiana the label, Bandikoot Kids, Billy Vintage, Crawford & Co Handmade, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Frankly my dear, Greg The Giant, HARVEST CLAY, Huckleberry Flowers, Ina Swim, Irla Bikini, Krystella Australia, Lavender Grae, Little Leas, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, manning made, nicotte, Nudes, P.S. Phone Straps, Paper Pickle, Petals & Cream, Rustic Peppermint, Santography by danny santangelo, Sea & Sarong, Shantele Ianna art, Sonny & Evie Nursery and Bed Linen, Ted & Patrick, The Lobster Shanty, thrown, VC PRINTS, Wild Craft Co, Wolf and Clay, zeffa and fosse, ZELLA SWIM, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Street eats include Baby It’s Cold Outside, Hungarian Food Factory, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Mio Wraps, Monkey Magic, MySEN, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus, Wildflower Pattiserie and more.

Check out live tunes by Zaynab Wilson and Buttered Band and a KILLER pre-loved Rack Sale lineup, with some of the best fashion brands at ridiculously cheap prices.

See you on Sunday and be sure to tag us in your photos so we can share them @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

TVM Sunday 15 March 2020 from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School

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Live Tunes this Sunday :: Buttered Band + Zaynab Wilson

You’re in for a treat this Sunday at TVM, with two unique musical acts for your listening pleasure. Two of our longtime faves, Jackson James Smith and Scott Dalton have…

You're in for a treat this Sunday at TVM, with two unique musical acts for your listening pleasure.

Two of our longtime faves, Jackson James Smith and Scott Dalton have recently paired up, forming Buttered Band.

Zaynab Wilson will join us for the first time at TVM, with her soul-folk musicial vibe.

8:30am - 10:30am Zaynab Wilson
11am - 1pm Buttered Band

Come and hang with us and enjoy free live music in the sunshine, from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

Tag your photos @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Zaynab Wilson

Buttered Band

 

 

 

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Musician Profile :: Zaynab Wilson

Heya Zaynab! We’re so excited to have you play some tunes at TVM this Sunday in Burleigh Heads and then also Sunday 29th in Stones Corner (yay!). We’d love to…

Heya Zaynab! We're so excited to have you play some tunes at TVM this Sunday in Burleigh Heads and then also Sunday 29th in Stones Corner (yay!). We’d love to know more about your journey with music, can you tell us about how and why you chose this path?

It is becoming clearer that music- creating, sharing and facilitating it, is a predetermined path for me; a path I trust I’m meant to be on. I tried to resist it, growing up in a full-on family Steelpan band, wanting to be an actor, a journalist, a teacher, a professional/Olympic diver or volleyball player, never a musician.

The resistance was futile as it is (a) present in almost every thread of my being. It feels like a return of sorts (of Saturn, maybe...) and it feels so good for my heart and soul. It offers me therapy, self-care, love and I carry it with me wherever I go. I’m flowing with the unfolding of the journey and constantly opening up my pathway of expression.

Why did you choose TVM as a venue for your music?

An inviting website and call to musicians- a good shot in the dark, I’d say. I’m not from here so I’m relying on my resourcefulness and creativity while trying to lock in venues and performance opportunities and network with new audiences. Markets are usually a good time with the range of creative artisans, the browsing pace and people- watching, of course. The music I’ll be performing is so much about connecting and sharing with people and I see the alignment with TVM. Thanks for having me!

How do you describe your performance style?

Soul-folk musical styling with storytelling, banter, charm and... there’s always something else that comes in out of my control. I show up with my tunes and the universe assists with the rest.

When you’re not performing music, what else do you get up to?

Planning a trip or looking up cheap flights to wherever. I’m quite the daydreamer. Journaling has become a regular pass time and a great way to keep track of my dreams and really manifest them. I’ve even started binding my own journals! I’ve also been getting into reading and audiobooks lately. I think I’ve got a few (too many) books on the go.

Favourite artists?

Sooooo many! Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong definitely play a role in my approach to embodying the sweetness of music and connecting through it. Billie Holiday, Norah Jones... It's a big jar of favourites.

How do you get your creative juices flowing and what inspires you?

Starting the day, as often as possible, early, reading a Daily Om newsletter followed by intentional journaling, with some body/mind/soul warm-ups (yoga, meditation, prayer) are some of the rituals that get me on an "I've got this day" page. From there, I take from either the reading, writing or listening to my surroundings and flow with it. Creation comes not only through music but in finding my joy with the offering of the day itself.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

"Once a year go someplace you've never been before" - Dalai Lama
Travel. See and enjoy the world.

When can we next expect you to play at TVM?

15 March - Burleigh Heads
29 March Stones Corner
Super excited and grateful for the welcoming, TVM team!

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Women of TVM

In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th, we’ve chatted to a handful of talented women from our very own TVM community. We hope you enjoy…

In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th, we’ve chatted to a handful of talented women from our very own TVM community. We hope you enjoy reading!

‘Here’s to strong women may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them’. Unknown.

Name: Brittiny Worth
Brand: Lakiki Jewellery
When and why did you start your business? I started my business in 2015, inspired by my love of design and stones. I still work in Real Estate while juggling my growing business.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Keeping the quality up to standard, with manufacturers being based around the globe. The pieces are designed by me on the Gold Coast and manufactured in Bali, with stones sourced from the Dominican Republic and India. Supply chain consistency is definitely the biggest challenge.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Put any fears you may have aside and just have a go. It may seem like a really big jump but start small and have confidence in yourself. If I think back to when I started, I would have loved someone to tell me to just follow my gut and just do what resonates with me!

 

Name: Carla Aplin
Brand: Desert Wanderer
When and why did you start your business?
I became a mother to my little girl in 2014 and felt so inspired to create around that period in my life and the desire to create something that would inspire her. I had previously worked in retail as the manager of Dissh (boutique) for years.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far? Social media and the growth that it has seen in the last six years – the change in algorithms, keeping up with trends, it’s harder to be seen. Reeducating yourself and trying to keep up with marketing is difficult too. Also, being the only person working in the business from start to finish (aside from husband Simon who helps with market day setup!)
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Just go for it, follow your heart. If it feels right and you want to do it, be inspired by the people around you, create a community of people that support you and just 100 % go for it! It can be amazing!

Name: Keele Pont
Brand: Prickle Free
Why did you start your business?
We have always been interested in reducing plastic and single use waste. We designed a product that looked good and was nice to use, so people had an alternative to single use razors.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Working full-time during the week and keeping my business going on the side and on weekends, it can be hard to keep it all going. I am a nanny full-time.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Be passionate about what you’re doing. Also markets are a great way to connect with people and add a personal element.

Name: Louise Hargreaves.
Brand: Thrown.
When and why did you start your business? In 2019. I love being creative and wanted to step away from just doing graphic design (Louise had previously worked in design for some of the largest print magazines in Australia). I lived in Sydney originally and did a pottery course and then more recently here on the Gold Coast my husband Rhys bought me a wheel. Friends started telling me I should sell the things I was making. I absolutely love doing it and since coming to the markets it just inspires me to get back onto the wheel. Mondays following market day I am always so inspired! I love seeing people buy my stuff and being a mum, it’s so nice to spend the time at the markets, side by side with other stallholders whom I have come to know well. Rhys has the kids while I am at the markets and then during the week I am creating pieces from my home. It works perfectly around my family life.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Just go for it! I never dreamed I would be selling my products at the markets. As long as you are enjoying what you are doing, then it will come out in your work. I only make products I would want in my own home, that I think are functional and beautiful. That is what I want people to take from my pieces.

Name: Christina Cassaniti
Brand: Only One The Label
When and why did you start your business?
I was living with my male housemate and needed some nice lounge wear to wear when he had his mates over. I couldn’t find anything that was stylish, trendy and high quality, so I started designing pieces for myself.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Mentality, believing this is not just a great concept in my head, that it actually is a great product – imposter syndrome, overcoming self doubt. Cash flow is also a challenge when you’re starting out.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Go for it, don’t sit on the fence about it. For me, the biggest thing was I did not want to be an old woman thinking about what could have been. Put one foot in front of the other and if it’s meant to be, the universe will lead you there.

Name: Nao Yamaguchi (with her daughters Sana and Noa)
Brand: Nicotte
When and why did you start your business?
I started Nicotte in 2013, after I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to have an option to stay at home with my child.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in business so far?
The biggest challenge for me is to make clothing “size adjustable”. I have confidence in the quality of my work and the materials we use. The linens and cottons age so well, so you can wear them as long as you love them. When I was pregnant I gained weight and my clothes size changed - some of my favorite clothes didn’t fit me at all. Also, I found kids clothes are just one season as they grow so fast. So, I made most of Nicotte lines (both adults and kids)  size adjustable. For example kids may wear a dress and as they get older, it can be worn as a top.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
My advise for starting business is to follow your heart.
I learned sewing from my grandma as both of my parents worked full-time. I stayed with her, watching her sew and learning everyday. Since then, sewing is part of my life and my childhood dream was to have my own brand and also spend time with my kids.
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Stall Preview :: TVM Sunday 1 March ’20

It’s market week and we’re pretty damn excited to be bringing you another sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, delicious street eats (hello Mio Wrap!), live music and our Rack…

It's market week and we're pretty damn excited to be bringing you another sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, delicious street eats (hello Mio Wrap!), live music and our Rack Sales.

Come and join us this Sunday 1 March in Burleigh Heads and support your local creative community!

Food by Dolce Organico, Wild flower patisserie, Matsu Shaved Ice, Mio Wrap, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, Hungarian Food Factory, The Weiner Haus, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Smoothjuice, Greens on Grains, Jabbawocky Grind and Little Sprinkles Bakery.

Stalls include Aora Voyage, Forgotten Modern, JBK, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co., The Lobster Shanty, Wolf and Clay, Attic Vintage, CANNABELLA, Drift Trading Co, Lakiki, Little Leas, Lumila, MINARGA, Prickle free, AU FAIT LIVING, Australiana the label, Baby Bird, Blonde Bohemian, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Duke The Label, Huckleberry Flowers, Leather Me Baby, Limbo, Louv, Manning Made, Max and Koda, Nudes, Olas Supply Co., OnlyOne The Label, Petals & Cream, RBYSTUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, STEVIEJEAN, The No Bake Company, thrown., Uncultured, VC Prints Zeffa and Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Plus live music by Wildflower, Alexander William and The Caves x Shu (Japan).

Bring your fam, bring your friends and bring those good vibes!

TVM is on this Sunday 1 March at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm.
Tag us in your pics @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Image by Nat McComas

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Giving Back :: Project Preserve

We were recently approached by Melanie Sweeney and Bryton Al, university students looking to use their skills and creativity for good, by creating Project Preserve. The pair have designed thoughtful…

We were recently approached by Melanie Sweeney and Bryton Al, university students looking to use their skills and creativity for good, by creating Project Preserve. The pair have designed thoughtful tote bags and will be donating 100% of sales proceeds to World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) Bushfire Emergency Fund. This fund will go towards helping injured wildlife, restoring habitats and future proofing Australia.

TVM: Hi guys, we love your project and we're excited you chose TVM as a platform to sell your totes. What lead you to choosing us for Project Preserve?

The Village Markets would be a great avenue for us to promote our cause, because they emphasize creativity and community.

Why do you think it’s important for organisations to give back to their local community?

It is important for local businesses to have a positive impact on their community because they can be instrumental tools in helping people come together.

Which local organisations or individuals are you most inspired by?

Organisations that are inspire us are the local teams behind Livin, Make a Wish Gold Coast, The Girls in Business Movement and many more. We are also inspired by local business Heaven-yah Gelato who recently donated all their profits in support of restoration of damage by the bush fires, similar to what we are doing.

Find out more about Project Preserve and follow along, here.

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THE CAVES X SHU from Japan, this Sunday at TVM

This Sunday 1 March at TVM Burleigh Heads you’re in for a treat, as we have touring Japanese artists Shoma and Shu of THE CAVES X SHU doing a set…

This Sunday 1 March at TVM Burleigh Heads you're in for a treat, as we have touring Japanese artists Shoma and Shu of THE CAVES X SHU doing a set for us, followed by their good friend and talented Gold Coast artist Alexander William.
Find out more about THE CAVES X SHU below and come and show them some love this weekend, along with this lineup of talented artists:
SUNDAY 1 MARCH
Music Tent Lineup:
8:30am - 10:30am Wildflower
11am - 1pm Alexander William + THE CAVES X SHU
Busking:
9-11am Georgie Taylor

11am-1pm - 1pm Saorise Harding

THE CAVES X SHU, we’re so excited to have Alexander William and CAVES x SHU share a set this Sunday at TVM, tell us about how you connected and what brings you here to Burleigh Heads?

We think it's just destiny. We met Alexander William, a great musician in Japan last year and we did four performances together! Following this and with a desire to travel, he invited us over here to his home to perform alongside him again!
Are you touring and how long can we expect to find you in Australia?
We will stay from the 18th Feb to the 5th March. We will be visiting the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Brisbane, and Melbourne during our stay.
Why did you chose TVM as a venue for your music?
Alex told us this was an amazing space to perform and be among a creative crowd!
How do guys describe your performance style?
Someone says our music is like a calm lake - full of peace, feeling happiness and calming their hearts.
When you’re not performing music, what else do you get up to?
Shoma is a great painter and likes to paint and teach painting in his free time. Shu enjoys spending time with his wife and dog. He also likes to go to live shows.
Favourite artists
Judee Sill and Pascal Pinon. Please check their music out!

How do you get your creative juices flowing and what inspires you?
We are inspired by the nature and daily works, our ordinary life. They are all special to us.

How do you find the Gold Coast’s live music scene, as an artist?
We are really interested in it and looking forward to meeting nice artists on the Gold Coast. Of course in the venues and we do street performances!

The Caves x Shu

Alexander William

 

 

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Stall Profile :: Coral + Brass

This week we chat to new stallholders Amber Papenfus and Jenna Hattingh of homewares label, Coral + Brass. You guys are best friends, how and why did you decide to…

This week we chat to new stallholders Amber Papenfus and Jenna Hattingh of homewares label, Coral + Brass.

You guys are best friends, how and why did you decide to go into business together?

We are both teachers and on the first day of our December holidays we decided to holiday in Bali, with the hope of relaxing but also to feed our love of homewares. We hoped to bring home some coastal beauties from the Indonesian workshops.

It was there that we stumbled across a brasserie which made beautiful hooks, drawer pulls and statement pieces that we couldn't resist. We ended up buying a whole heap of goodies for our own home. But, that afternoon we got chatting poolside, and decided that so many other Gold Coast homes would love these too! We went back and are now in the process of designing our own designs as well as bringing back their unique designs.

Do you both have a creative background?

We both met at University in 2009 whilst studying art. Jenna was studying a business degree with electives in Fine Art, while I (Amber) studied a bachelor of Digital Media, majoring in Fine Art.

Since then we have shared a love of being creative. We spent our university days styling wedding shoots, creating art and playing with a bit of photography. We now use teaching as our creative outlet.

Jenna teaches Art in High School and I incorporate art into my lessons as a Primary School teacher, which we both love!

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

We were sitting in a Balinese hotel room brainstorming names while staring at our beautiful brass. We really wanted to incorporate brass into our name as they are our staple pieces, but we wanted to allude to our love of the Coast and seaside interiors. We decided to choose Coral + Brass because a lot of our designs are inspired by the ocean (and my sisters name is Coral haha).

What can we expect to find at your stall this Sunday at TVM 16 February?

We are currently stocking brass hooks and drawer pulls in a range designs such as pineapples, palms and sea shells. We have also just had some beautiful palm door plaques, pineapple door knockers and stunning brass bottle openers arrive! Our items come in an antique brass colour or brushed gold, which is just beautiful!

 

What inspires you creatively?

We go through creative phases. We started being obsessed by wedding decor, floral arrangements and stylised photography. As we moved to being homeowners, we found a new infatuation with homewares, renovations and beautifully designed spaces.

We both have different styles. Jenna loves French and Hamptons inspired living, while I love more coastal, relaxed beach house designs.

One thing we both have in common is our appreciation of a beautiful brass statement piece!

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

Currently we work from both our homes. Jenna does all our marketing and social media and I work on the logistics, stocking and shipping.

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

We are currently sourcing recycled postage packaging and gift bags, as well as recycled business cards.

Do you collaborate with any other local businesses?

We are in the process of talking with some local businesses on the Gold Coast. Stay tuned!

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

I have been a Burleigh/Miami local for over 20 years and have spent many weekends strolling through TVM on the hunt for my next original purchase.

We love that TVM values innovation, and supports local, small business.

We also know that the people of TVM will just love our curated collection as much as we do!

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Barefoot Barista or Canvas

Favourite book?

The Barefoot Investor - so easy to read and so practical!

Favourite podcasts?

Joe Rogan is a goody!

Favourite way to unwind?

Beachside, with a coffee in hand or homewares window shopping.

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

Three Birds Renovations is our ultimate fave!

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

Brother Nature - because he is my brother, ha.

Find the girls from Coral + Brass at TVM this Sunday 16 February and you can also find them online, here.

 

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 16 Feb ’20

The forecast for market day is looking good! We’re excited to be bringing you an epic line-up of boutique market stalls by local creatives, street eats, live tunes, Rack Sales…

The forecast for market day is looking good! We’re excited to be bringing you an epic line-up of boutique market stalls by local creatives, street eats, live tunes, Rack Sales and good vibes again this weekend.

Come and hang with us this Sunday 16 February from 8:30am until 1pm on at Burleigh Heads State School.

Bring your re-useable totes and cups, or you can pick-up some of our good vibes market merch at our TVM tent.

Street food this Sunday includes by Babyitscoldoutside, Hungarian Food Factory, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, MySEN, Pressery Co, Raw Earth Organic, The Weiner Haus, Wildflower and more.

New stalls include foodie Roaming Wild, plus Aora Voyage, CANNABELLA, Coral + Brass, P.S Phone Straps, Sonny & Evie Nursery and Bed Linen, The Boy and I and YAM Mala Beads.

Plus all of your faves including Coastal Coral Co, Danny Santangelo, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, emi, Forgotten Modern, Frankly my dear, Good Intentions Co., Huckleberry Flowers, Irla Bikini, It's Coco and Peach, Jbk, Krystella Australia, Limbo, Little Leas, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Louv, manning made, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co., Pass Around the Smile,, Petals & Cream, RBYSTUDIOS, Sand and Stone, STEVIE JEAN, SUNLOVERS & Co, Ted & Patrick, The Lobster Shanty, The SunLounge, thrown, Wolf and Clay, Zeffa and Fosse, ZELLA SWIM, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Catch live music by Amy Roberts and Lily Budiasa under the trees.

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 16 Feb ’20

Catch live music by Lily Budiasa and Amy Roberts this Sunday 16 February at TVM Burleigh Heads. 8:30am – 10:30am Amy Roberts 11am – 1pm Lily Budiasa Plus busking by…

Catch live music by Lily Budiasa and Amy Roberts this Sunday 16 February at TVM Burleigh Heads.

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

Plus busking by Ella Belfanti and Saorise Harding.

TVM | Sunday 16 February 2020 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

 

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TVM Startup Stall :: OnlyOne The Label

This weeks TVM Startup Stall recipient is Christina Cassaniti and her label, OnlyOne the Label. Christina started OnlyOne The Label out of a pursuit to find the perfect loungewear set….

This weeks TVM Startup Stall recipient is Christina Cassaniti and her label, OnlyOne the Label.

Christina started OnlyOne The Label out of a pursuit to find the perfect loungewear set.

At the time she was living with a male housemate who would often have his mates over without warning. She felt self- conscious about having to greet them in her ‘not so attractive sleepwear’ (cue, an old oversized t-shirt and shorts that were falling apart due to a thousand washes) it was in these moments that she thought to herself ‘there needs to be sleepwear accessible to women that allows them to still feel beautiful and on trend whilst being comfortable enough for lounging’ - Amen to that we say!

Christina set of on a mission to find the perfect loungewear set she could sleep in, lounge in and feel beautiful in for those un-expected visitor's. To her dismay she could not find anything that matched this description. It was then she knew she had to do something - other women would also need a product of this nature.

She began crafting OnlyOne The Label - which Christina says has become a go to product for women around the world, it's become the OnlyOne they want to take to bed.

Do you have a creative background and what were you doing prior to launching your own business?

Before starting my label I was a fashion buyer and designer for 6 + years working for some of Australia's largest fashion houses. I also have a degree in Business.

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

It's actually a funny story, if you believe in destiny and receiving signs from the universe. I was out for a river walk one Sunday something I loved doing, I knew I was going to start my label, I had envisaged the product, the brand personality and the vision I had for creating a brand community however, was still stuck on a name. I was saying to my friend at the time I would love a sign from the universe and at that moment I saw a massive yacht coming down the river and it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, big white, luxurious, oozing lifestyle and class, I immediately could see my customer lying out the front in her loungewear and I caught the name on the side of the yacht it was called - OnlyOne the way it was written in cursive on the yacht I knew that was it, that was my sign and that was the start of my OnlyOne journey. Since that day that name holds so many different meanings for me - I love it!

That is very uncanny! Tell us about the collection we can expect to find at your stall at TVM next Sunday 16 February in Burleigh Heads?

Our SS19/20 collection consists of 8 x styles a mixture of matching sets, nightdresses and a beautiful robe.

What inspires you creatively?

So much, I draw a lot of inspiration from my general surroundings, from art, homewares and architecture. I love getting texture and colour inspiration from homewares and of course I draw inspiration from books - I love reading fashion books, blogs and magazines.

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

I have my own home studio it's a super light and airy space and provides a lot of creative inspiration and flow. When I feel like I need a change of scenery I work from my local cafe.

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

Sustainability is something I'm really passionate about and I definitely try to implement a lot of small practices into my business.

Firstly, the fabrics I choose to work with, I'm really selective about working with the most sustainable fabrics. OnlyOne is a slow fashion label, we don't produce four collections a year we simply produce 2 x collections to reduce consumerism and slowly break the fast fashion cycle.

We also use compostable mailers with all orders as well as using less packaging, whilst still delivering on a beautiful product.

Sustainability for me is about making a choice, I can't claim to be 100% sustainable but OnlyOne is always evolving and taking steps in the right direction in order to have a more ethical and meaningful existence.

Do you collaborate with any other local Gold Coast or Brisbane businesses?

Not at this moment, however, watch this space.

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

I've been a local TVM market goer myself for years now. I love how much creativity and inspiration is prevalent in one place. I also have so much admiration for all of the amazing brands I have watched grow into powerhouses since starting their journey with TVM.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Industry Beans in Newstead - Brisbane

Favourite book?

Ikigai

Favourite podcasts?

Super Soul Conversations, Goop & Offline with Alison Rice.

Favourite way to unwind?

Lounging around my house in a pair of OnlyOne's, diffuser going, a good book in hand or listening to a podcast and journaling.

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

Superwomen we aint with Janine Allis & Maggie Hartley podcast, loveee these two ladies!

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

House of Paloma - what a vibe!! Love their style!

Find Christina and OnlyOne the Label next Sunday 16 February at TVM or online, here.

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Stall Profile :: Lunar Vibrations

A thoughtful gesture by a client prompted former Beauty Therapist Triss Clark’s passion for crystals and she hasn’t looked back. Find Triss and her ethically sourced crystal business Lunar Vibrations,…

A thoughtful gesture by a client prompted former Beauty Therapist Triss Clark's passion for crystals and she hasn't looked back. Find Triss and her ethically sourced crystal business Lunar Vibrations, at TVM this Sunday 2 February in Burleigh Heads and read on to find out more about her journey.

"Just before I started Lunar I was managing a Beauty Salon in North Brisbane. I was going through a really hard time and struggling a lot with anxiety. One of my staff members was really spiritual and would always be wearing crystal jewellery and have crystals in her bra. She would give me little tumbled crystals to keep in my bra throughout the day and I started to notice how they affected my mood in a positive way, I felt like my world and perspective began to completely change. In April 2017 I decided to start Lunar Vibrations as a side hustle. I wanted to be able to offer people these amazing creations from Mother Earth with the hopes they help others as much as they have helped me."

We're looking forward to welcoming you to TVM for the first time this Sunday Triss! Tell us more about what you were doing prior to Lunar Vibrations?

I am a qualified Beauty Therapist and I worked in the industry for 7 years. Which is a completely different path to what I am now on!

Is this business your full-time gig, or a side hustle?

Lunar is my full time job, I took the leap in August 2019 to quit my 9-5 job to follow my dreams!

Is there a particular meaning behind the business name?

It took me a while to decide on a business name. I knew I wanted a reference to the energy and the vibrations that the crystals hold in the name, then one night I had a dream and was told I need to also reference the moon. Then I decided on Lunar Vibrations. I feel very connected to the moon and crystals, so I thought it was a perfect name to represent my business and also me.

What can TVM goers expect to find at your stall on Sunday?

Crystals, crystals and more crystals!

We have pieces ranging from small pocket size to large statement pieces.

I love the idea that you can carry a small piece of magic with you throughout the day or style a bigger piece with a plant, candle and some coffee table books. My crystals look amazing as decor pieces, and you are also bringing that beautiful energy into your home.

What inspires you creatively?

Being out in nature.
When I'm struggling with inspiration I usually grab a crystal, head straight to the waterfall near my house and just reconnect with nature and clear my mind.

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

I work from home, Lunar HQ is a small room filled with my crystals and plants!

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

Our pieces are ethically sourced directly from the mines and wells in India. It is really important to me to know exactly where my crystals are coming from and that I am not supporting child labour or unfair working conditions for the miners, which is unfortunately quite common in the crystal world.

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

I don't, however that is something I would love to do!

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

"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."

Favourite book?

I am currently reading Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein, such a great book and simple and easy practices to help change your mindset!

Favourite podcasts?

I don't actually listen to podcasts, something I wanted to get into in 2020.

Favourite way to unwind?

Sitting outside in the afternoon watching the birds in my yard or hanging out with my cats watching Netflix.

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

Lakiki Jewellery

Connect to Lunar Vibrations online, here and on Instagram, here.

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 2 February ’20

Catch live tunes by this Sunday at TVM under the trees by touring artist James Bennett and local lady legend, Lily Budiasa. 8:30am – 10:30am – Lily Budiasa 11am -…

Catch live tunes by this Sunday at TVM under the trees by touring artist James Bennett and local lady legend, Lily Budiasa.

8:30am - 10:30am - Lily Budiasa
11am - 1pm - James Bennett

TVM is on Sunday 2 February from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

#thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

James Bennett by Emma Jade Photography

Lily Budiasa by Natalie McComas

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Stall Preview :: Sunday 2 February ’20

TVM is hitting Burleigh Heads this Sunday and we’re excited! On Sunday 2 February, shop to the sound of epic live tunes by two very talented musicians, including touring artist…

TVM is hitting Burleigh Heads this Sunday and we're excited!

On Sunday 2 February, shop to the sound of epic live tunes by two very talented musicians, including touring artist James Bennett and local lady legend Lily Budiasa.

Food stalls include Baby It’s Cold Outside, Cuzzie Pies, Greens on Grains, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus, Wildflower and more.

Stalls include S W E E T Child of Mine, A Happy Home, Arvia Active, Billy Vintage, Blonde Bohemian, Bracewell, CRUMPLE Eco, DESERT WANDERER, Dolce Organico, Drift Trading Co, Duke The Label, Forgotten Modern, Golden Sunrise Activewear, House Of Casablanca, Irla Bikini, Krystella Australia, Lavender Grae, Liineage, Limbo, Little Leas, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Lunar Vibrations, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co., Petals & Cream, Queen Justine Vintage, RBYSTUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, SUNLOVERS & Co., Sunstained, The Beige Studio, the no bake company, thepod.me, thrown., VASH, Wolf and Clay, Wolf and Clay, Zeffa and Fosse, ZUZU & CO and more.

Plus don’t miss our famous pre-loved Rack Sales and live music by Lily Budiasa (8:30am – 10:30am) and James Bennett (11am – 1pm).

Pickup your Good Vibes merchandise at our info tent for all of your ‘kind’ market morning essentials.

TVM is on Sunday 2 February from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

Tag your photos, we’d love to see them @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Image - a 'vintage' TVM shot by Nat McComas x

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