The Village Markets

The Village Markets

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

Category: Local Love

Foolproof indoor gardening with Lauren Lance, from The Borrowed Nursery

So we’ve been stuck at home for close to seven weeks now and never has there been a better time to become a become a crazy plant person. Not many…

So we’ve been stuck at home for close to seven weeks now and never has there been a better time to become a become a crazy plant person.

Not many may know, that Lauren Lance started her first venture Signs of Wear many years ago at TVM, which evolved to The Borrowed Nursery - the Gold Coast's much-loved plant haven and rad venue (which is available for hire).

Lauren is also the brains behind The Bontanica Box and The Hangar AirBnB at Bilinga Beach and unintentionally created an influencer hangout when she painted the doors of her beloved nursery peach many years ago.

The doors have recently had a violet makeover and we chat to Lauren as she dishes the dirt on how to create a foolproof indoor iso victory garden at home.

What are your recommendations for the easiest houseplants?

Zanzibar gem is the most hardy of them all! They genuinely thrive on neglect, only needing watering once a month- yep that's once a month and tolerant to low levels of light too!

There's talk lately about houseplants acting as air purifiers. Any truth to this? And if so what should we get?

They have definitely been proven to this - true story, NASA have done experiments to prove it. Ones to look out for in particular are the snake plant - fancy name is the Sansevieria..now there's heaps of varieties of these but the ones we have in the shop include the dwarf variety perfect for the bedside or as an office plant. We also love the bigger varieties for floor plants in the living areas, these include Laurentii, Trifasciata and the pastel varieties of moonshine and silversword are my personal favourites.

The Fiddle leaf has had its day, tell us, what’s big in plant trends at the moment?

I do love the umbrella tree and the happy plant varieties. We often get them in established sizes which given a great impact to a space and they are very low maintenance which is a bonus.

And tell us, how do you revive a sad fiddle leaf? 😉

Main tips are to ensure the leaves are kept clean free of dust- just a wipe with a damp cloth with do. Keep them in a position with a bright but diffuse light and water just when the leaves get droopy, that's when they're thirsty.

What the most underrated indoor plant?

I love the Monstera Deliciosa! It has a lush tropical foliage and is easy to take care of and fast growing too.

The Borrowed Nursery is open 7 days a week 10-3. Follow @theborrowednursery on IG.
They're also working hard on an online sore with click and collect and delivery options. In the mean time they'll continue to offer delivery for those larger items or for those purchases that might be a little bigger that you intended to be .

Thanks Lauren!

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Local Love: Pepe Italia Deli

We’re celebrating small business and kicking off a new series of features starring businesses who are shaking things up and evolving whilst we’re in isolation. First up is Pepe Italia…

We're celebrating small business and kicking off a new series of features starring businesses who are shaking things up and evolving whilst we're in isolation.

First up is Pepe Italia Deli, one of our favourite family restaurants located in Palm Beach (our kids love their bunny pizzas) and they also have a restaurant in Burleigh Heads. During this time Alexa and Andrea have had to change their business quickly, adapting to new government guidelines, which included offering takeaway only.

We chat to Alexa about the evolution of Pepe Italia Deli. Enjoy!

Tell us the back story of Pepe Italia Deli? How did it come about?

We are a young couple who have both always loved working in the hospitality industry. With our first restaurant we had a lot of demand to buy our fresh pasta and sauces so that’s when we decided to open Pepe Italia Deli. We want people to feel like they are in Italy when they walk into our shop. We want to provide fresh and authentic food.

What’s changed for you in the last 3 weeks?

A lot. We have had to change to just takeaway food only. We have also had to become creative with ideas to keep people entertained at home as many people are getting bored. We have also had to make more products available in our deli as now the demand is even higher for a wide range of products.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed your at home pizza packs and can’t wait for our Easter pack. What else is in the pipeline for Pepe’s?

Grazie! We are creating more hands on activities to do at home during this time. I can’t give away to much but everyone will have to stay tuned on our social media platforms for updates!

What’s your favourite Italian dish? And drink?

Our favourite drink is the classic Aperol Spritz! Yummmmm! Our favourite dish is the traditional Carbonara made with eggs and no cream!

Lastly, how can people order your take home packs?

They can jump onto our shop online at www.pepeitalia.com.au/shop-online and order through there.

Follow Pepe Italia Deli here @pepeitaliadeli

Order your takeaway packs here

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Art Show: Tesse Terrell’s Hep Kitten Corral

The weekend is rolling around quicker than we know it and if you haven’t made plans, we’ve got a an epic art show for you to check out. Northern NSW…

The weekend is rolling around quicker than we know it and if you haven't made plans, we've got a an epic art show for you to check out.

Northern NSW artist, Tesse Terrell presents her second exhibition Hep Kitten Corral, at Maverick Hair & Art Space on Saturday 9thJune 2018.

Terrell, a true vintage aficionado and fashion lover, draws inspiration from her own personal wardrobe for the 50’s themed collection that stars ideal housewives and rockabilly dancers.

The 20 pieces, created over the past 6 months, sees Terrell expand on her signature mixed-media style, all completed with painstaking detail, as found in her previous collection.

Each work is cut and set by hand, with the exhibition seeing Terrell experiment with additional textures such as jewellery and fabric from her wardrobe archives to bring her works to life.

The Hep Kitten Corral - a tribute to vintage fashion, will be right at home during Coolangatta’s iconic Cooly Rocks On event and comes on the back of her first sell-out solo exhibition, Death Collection.

Hep Kitten Corral runs Saturday 9th– 18thJune 2018 at Maverick Hair & Art Space, Griffith Street Coolangatta.

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