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The Village Markets

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

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Stall Profile :: Friday at Five

Growing up in the same small coastal town on the NSW South Coast, Andy and Eva fell in love 15 years ago and their life since then has included road-tripping…

Growing up in the same small coastal town on the NSW South Coast, Andy and Eva fell in love 15 years ago and their life since then has included road-tripping around Australia, working, buying a home and raising their three young daughters. Four years ago, amidst wrangling a 2 year old with another baby on the way, they decided to start their new side-hustle a men's apparel clothing company, Friday at Five.

What prompted you to start your men's apparel company, Friday at Five?

Andy was a casual employee of a contracting company as an operator for a local coal mine. At the time there was a lot of uncertainty within the coal industry, we decided it was time to think about the future. Also around the same time Andy had an interest in independent clothing brands, following a lot on social media, we fell in love with the idea of creating our own label, something unique that was ours.

With Eva being an artist and able to create our designs, we though this was an achievable small business we could successfully run from home. We didn't tell anyone of our plans, friends and family weren't in the know purely because this was our plan that we believed in, we didn't want to be influenced in anyway, be it positively or negatively, by those closest to us. We had to back ourselves and trust our gut.

Friday At Five was born!

Months of planning, learning on the run, sourcing manufactures, printers, brainstorming design concepts, logo's, building websites, all while Andy was working overtime shifts to cover the costs involved with starting a new business.

We also welcomed the birth of our second daughter, Layla, in this time. To be completely honest we were out of our depth and had no clue what we were doing. But we were having fun, embracing the challenge and enjoying the journey.

Our first tee's went to print in February 2016 and since, thanks to all of our customers who have trusted in us and purchased our products, we now have and continue to sell Australia wide to every state and territory. Tasmania was the last to come on board in 2018.

We now have created over 40 different limited release designs over a range of products! We are continuously learning and evolving.

The journey continues!

What is your creative background/qualifications?

I (Eva) am our artist (self taught).

I have always loved art (drawing/painting) but when it comes to the digital side of art I was completely in the dark, so I learnt on the go how to use Adobe Illustrator, so that our designs could be ready to print, I'm getting better and more confident with the program and have improved dramatically in these last 4 years!

Andy is the ideas man, his mind is constantly ticking and he is always shooting ideas at me and things he wants me to get down on paper because he has a strong feeling that they will go well! So far he has been pretty spot on and all our art inspired gear has been really well received!

Four years on, is this business your sole income or do you still have a full-time gig?

Andy has still got a full-time job in the mines, I'm a stay at home mum to three kids, so I fully run the business from home. Our aim is for this to be our full-time gig! Hopefully in the not too distant future.

Tell us about the name Friday at Five, how did this come about?

The name represents the weekend, yes, but more than that it's the feeling you get when you're no longer working, you're on your own time, free to do what ever it is you love, be with whoever you choose!

Tell us more about the products you are currently offering?

Our apparel is art inspired limited run designs, we never reprint designs keeping them unique!

We have tees, muscles, singlets, hats, long-sleeve tees, hoodies, crews, button up 'flanno' and beanies.

We also sell original artwork, hand painted one of a kind skateboard deck art coated in resin so it can be used as an art-piece or as a functional board.

What inspires you creatively?

I just love art!

It's always been a part of my life and even if we did not have FAF, I would still be drawing or painting!

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

From home. A lot of the time on the floor, on the lounge, kitchen table, occasionally while in bed. Always surrounded by our kids.

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

We use recycled paper bags and we are moving into 100% biodegradable and compostable mailers in place of plastic.

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

Our screen printers are PSI Screen Printers located on the Gold Coast

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

We have family that live in Byron Bay and we have herd really great things about the stalls and overall vibe of the market. We have a really strong customer base in QLD (Gold Coast/Brisbane area especially). We wanted to expand our markets outside of NSW and TVM seemed like a great way to do that!

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Asser House in Scone NSW do one of the best Dirty Chais!

Favourite book?

So hard! I love so many but one of them is - Ivory by Tony Park

Favourite podcasts?

The Joe Rogan Experience and The Basement Yard

Favourite way to unwind?

Outside with my family, music, BBQ and a few drinks.

Thanks Eva and Andy!
You can find Friday at Five at TVM this Sunday 19 January 2020 and online, here.

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Stall Profile :: NatarshAlexandria

Natarsha Whiteway has been been drawing since she can remember. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, she is passionate about art and loves designing things that lift people’s spirits…

Natarsha Whiteway has been been drawing since she can remember. Born and raised on the Gold Coast, she is passionate about art and loves designing things that lift people’s spirits and bring joy.

Do you have any creative qualifications?

I’ve been drawing my whole life. I’m also a qualified graphic designer.

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

I’m a full time teacher but I love drawing when I’m not at school.

Tell us about your business name, where does the Alexandria come in?

My brand name is my first and middle name combined.

What products or services are included within your range?

Currently my drawings are on shirts, prints, cards and journals and I also draw live at markets and do custom art and designing.

What inspires you creatively?

The majority of the art I make to sell are words and images that are a little bit motivational to help share kindness and joy!

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

I work from home!

Favourite book?

Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Favourite way to unwind?

Sit in nature and draw.

Find NatarshAlexandria at TVM and connect online, here:

Website: http://Www.Natarshalexandria.myshopify.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Natarshalexandria

 

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Stall Profile :: Frills Factory

Frills Factory was created by Jess Roche, a digital marketer who wanted to jazz up her sisters hospital work shoes by creating handmade re-purposed footwear accessories. “I started Frills Factory…

Frills Factory was created by Jess Roche, a digital marketer who wanted to jazz up her sisters hospital work shoes by creating handmade re-purposed footwear accessories.

“I started Frills Factory when I was considering what to gift my sister for her birthday. She is a nurse who wears Frankie4 shoes for their orthopaedic benefit over long shifts. Because they're so comfortable and quite a nice looking casual shoe, she wanted to wear them on her days off too. However, they were a bit tainted with the work vibe. So I made her some Frills to accessories her Frankie4's with to fully enjoy wearing them and celebrate her own style, whilst reaping the benefits of their supportive nature.” Jess Roche.

TVM – Do you have a creative background?

FF - I have a double degree in Commerce (majoring in Marketing) and Sports Management and have 15 years digital experience in marketing. As most of it has been in the digital space where there is nothing tangible to show for it, I yearned for something more hands on where I could see and feel the fruits of my labour.

Is Frills Factory a side hustle or a full-time gig?

I have a full-time gig, working from home as a digital marketer for a UK based company.

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

Frills Factory was born out of a play on the word 'Thrills' meaning to suddenly feel excitement (aka a rush) and together with 'Factory', it's the place where rip snorting good times originate. The fun starts here. 'Frills' describe my footwear accessory product to a T and the brand name lends itself quite nicely to an expansion into other product lines.

Tell us more about your products?

My handmade re-purposed leather footwear accessories, Frills, are available in two sizes: Long: 6.5cm wide x 16cm long (best suited to high tops and boots) and Short: 6.5cm wide x 15cm long. There is something for everyone's colour palette from plain bold block colours, to snake-skin-esque designs, leopard-print, chain link and glittery, 'smack you in the face' shimmery numbers.

What inspires you creatively?

I like natural fibres and I love the idea of re-purposing things to give them a new life. I'd love to live in a world where nothing 'new' is created but rather, sourced from something old and innovated. I'm inspired by items that have duel function and a side benefit, whether that be environmental, health, community etc.

I enjoy minimalism so it agrees with me that Frills are quite literally two parts meaning pretty much nothing can go wrong or break.

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

I work from my home office. Thankfully my craft doesn't take up a whole lot of space!

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

I only use leather offcuts to make Frills. This ensures there is no waste - every scrap serves a purpose.

Do you collaborate with any other local businesses?

Not yet but I would love to!

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

I researched many of the different markets on offer and decided TVM best suited my customer. Frill Seekers are sneakily bold. Not necessarily loud personalities but they like to buck tradition and do things a little differently. They are conscious consumers who think twice about just buying more and consider maximising what they already have to create additional looks. They don't conform to the norm. From what I've seen of TVM, Frill Seekers hang out here!

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

The Edge

Favourite book?

The Power of Now

Favourite podcasts?

The Jack Delosa Podcast

Favourite way to unwind?

Cutting Frills whilst playing records.

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

Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine

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

KJH Surf

Connect with Jess and Frills Factory in person at TVM this Sunday 22 December at Stones Corner, or online here:

Website: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/FrillsFactoryStore

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frillsfactory/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrillsFactoryAU/

 

 

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Stall Profile :: MITTSU

British designers Christie and Karoline first met 10 years ago while studying fashion in High School. They have always had a shared passion for design and a dream of owning…

British designers Christie and Karoline first met 10 years ago while studying fashion in High School. They have always had a shared passion for design and a dream of owning their own clothing label. After high school they both went on to study at University, before graduating and deciding to take the plunge into starting their own clothing line in April 2019 - MITTSU.

What is your creative background/qualifications?

Christie grew up in Scotland and has a BA (Hons) in International Business from the University of Edinburgh & also studied for a year in Berlin during her degree. She has always had a strong interest in sustainable fashion and started buying & selling vintage clothing in 2010. Whilst studying at University, Christie started her own second-hand clothing company ‘Christie’s Cupboard’ on an online platform called Depop.

Karoline originally from Norway, moved to Scotland at the age of 10. Having grown up in a country full of rich textile and fashion traditions has strongly influenced her interest in fashion & design. Karoline has a BA (Hons) degree from The Glasgow School of Art and experience working in the industry.

With a shared passion for design and sustainability, they are excited to see what the future holds for Mittsu.

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

We both work part-time at the moment as well as working on Mittsu. We hope in the future for it to be our full-time job.

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

We wanted our brand name to be short, snappy and exotic. We researched different word options and wanted something unusual - choosing MITTSU.

What products or services are included within your range?

Our initial collection consists of seven pieces all made in the UK; three pieces of swimwear, three pieces of clothing and a bag - which launched in April 2019. We will also be selling handpicked vintage pieces to complement our MITTSU collection.

What inspires you creatively?

The inspiration behind MITTSU'S first collection is strongly influenced by our European travels; from the sparkling coastline of the Côte D’Azur to the charming hilltop villages of Italy. Each piece in our collection has been carefully considered so they can be mixed and matched together.

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

We work from a mixture of home and away - we take inspiration from our surroundings, going to different cafes and countries, which also allow us to photograph our collection while on the go in new and exciting places.

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

All of our items have been designed in Glasgow and ethically made in London using locally sourced fabrics in very small limited edition batches to avoid waste. We have a strong focus on sustainability, taking inspiration from vintage photographs and films we make each item focusing on quality and flattering silhouettes seen in the 1950-80s.

Each one of your orders are lovingly packaged in 100% re-usable or recyclable packaging, using no plastic whatsoever. We will always strive to do the best we can and aim to be 100% sustainable, working on our future collections being made from recyclable yarns made from plastic bottles or waste from the sea.

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

We were recommended by friends from Brisbane and then through our own research it looks like the perfect place to showcase our designs and meet other creatives.


Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

King Arthur

Favourite book?

The Pw

Favourite podcasts?

The High Low, How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

Favourite way to unwind?

Reading, yoga, going for a walk

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

Artist, Isabelle Feliu and photographer Slim Aarons

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

Thrown Pottery.

Connect with Karoline, Christie and MITTSU this Sunday 15 December at TVM, or online here:

Website: https://www.mittsu.co.uk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_mittsu_/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mittsuthelabel/

 

 

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Stall Profile :: By Shyanne the Label

A student budget, the gift of her Aunty’s 30-year-old sewing machine and clothes that just never really fit correctly were the catalysts that led Shyanne Mirabelli to start By Shyanne…

A student budget, the gift of her Aunty’s 30-year-old sewing machine and clothes that just never really fit correctly were the catalysts that led Shyanne Mirabelli to start By Shyanne the Label, in 2016.

Teaching herself how to sew, Shyanne made clothes purely for herself and it was through Instagram that she caught the attention of her friends who soon wanted the pieces for themselves.

Get to know Shyanne below and find her at TVM this Sunday 15th December!

Tell us about your creative background?

With no formal training in sewing or fashion it was pure determination that led me down the fashion label path.

Are you working on the business, full-time?

By Shyanne the Label is my full-time job.

What core pieces are included within your product range?

Women's sustainable fashion that channels resort vibes, year round.

What inspires you creatively?

I get most of my inspiration from the fabrics, this is what really drives the collection so I make it my mission to find and fall in love with fabrics that are both sustainable and uniquely stunning.

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

Currently I work from an at home studio.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company?

I always aim to use natural fibres due to their longevity and breathability and linen is definitely my go-to.

I pride myself on being a slow fashion Australian label and my made-to-order business model reflects this. I always design our pattern pieces so that I can get the most out of the fabric for minimal wastage.

On an average week, I fill one large plastic container with scraps, which I think is a pretty damn good effort. From these scraps I uses as much as possible within the label itself on garment details and accessories such as hair scrunchies. Anything left over is recycled.

I also use sustainable and minimal packaging, including organically made labels. All of the By Shyanne the Label courier satchels are certified home compostable and the garments are packaged without plastic.

During the day-to-day running of the business I try to work with natural lighting, my team and I work online only wherever possible and any other office supplies we recycle if we can. We also try to do everything business related locally to minimise our travel as much as possible.

Do you collaborate with any other local businesses?

I love being a small Australian business and I try to support as many local brands as I can with both By Shyanne the Label and personally. I work closely with Envy Lash Beauty and also with Minc Collections.

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

I think the neighbouring market stalls compliment By Shyanne and the vibe is perfect for our brand.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Blacksmith, Mt Gravatt (Brisbane)

Favourite book?

You are a badass by Jen Sincero

Favourite podcasts?

Shameless

You can connect with By Shyanne the Label in person at TVM this Sunday 15 December and online, here.

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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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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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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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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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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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Stall Profile :: Crawford & Co Handmade

After having her second son and becoming extremely sensitive to synthetic fragrance. Shae Turnor decided to ditch the chemicals and reduce her families plastic waste, by making her own natural…

After having her second son and becoming extremely sensitive to synthetic fragrance. Shae Turnor decided to ditch the chemicals and reduce her families plastic waste, by making her own natural products for the home.

This quickly expanded into creating products for family and friends and incidentally, the contract she was filling in for at work was coming to end.

Shae decided to take a leap of faith and hope that others out there would share her vision and love her products too.

Meet Shae Turnor, founder of Crawford & Co Handmade.

Did you have any previous experience in the industry, or business itself?

Creatively, my background is photography and professionally, it was a Travel Agent.

Is this business your sole income or is it a side project?

This is my sole income.

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

Crawford and Co Handmade came from wanting to incorporate my family into my business name. They are my main driver for doing this. To give us the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere. My partner and our sons surname is Crawford. I am the " and Co" as we are not married yet. It’s a little tongue in cheek.

What products or services are included within your range?

We make a range of Aromatherapy Candles. Pure essential oils set in a natural soy wax. However, our main product range consists of Natural Soap bars, these are all plant based, with no nasties. We have Soap Bars and the extra large Kitchen Block; the eco alternative to commercial dish washing liquid.

We are also about to release a new range of both soaps and candles called Little Travellers. Designed for keeping in your campervan or taking on weekends away.

What inspires you creatively?

Nature, the elements, the smells, sounds and colours of being by the beach or in the bush and music also helps to amplify that.

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

I work from home.

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

Yes absolutely. We pride ourselves on our sustainability and commitment to the environment. Our soap bars are completely zero waste. Our candles all come in reusable jars and tins. We strongly encourage our clients to re use their jars.

As they come with an air tight seal, we use ours for food storage ( once cleaned out properly). All of our packaging is recycled or home compostable. Our labels are the only things that are not, and we are aiming to have home compostable labels by the end of the year.

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

Not at this stage, but I would love to.

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

TVM has a great reputation, everyone knows and loves it. I felt like it was a great fit for my products.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Stable Coffee & Kitchen (at Cornerstone Stores).

Favourite book?

Shantaram

Favourite podcasts?

I’m yet to jump on this bandwagon!

Favourite way to unwind? 

Walking on the beach.

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

Lisa Messenger & The Collective Hub 

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

Really needing to get myself a piece of Laikiki Jewellery.

Connect with Crawford & Co. Handmade online, here and find Shae at TVM this Sunday!

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Stall Profile :: Ted & Patrick

We all know that no two pups are exactly the same, so why should their wardrobe be? New to TVM this Sunday is Ted & Patrick, a brand made for…

We all know that no two pups are exactly the same, so why should their wardrobe be? New to TVM this Sunday is Ted & Patrick, a brand made for a humans best friend.

Since 2017, Jennie McKinlay and her furry friend Teddie (Ted) have been specialising in handmade cotton rope and vegetable tanned leather products, designed to be just as unique as your fur ball.

Jennie’s passion started when Teddie joined her family and she just couldn’t find anything that conveyed a bit of her pup’s personality, so she decided to come up with her own hand made creations, designed to celebrate some of Teddie’s favourite things and places to go!

Ted & Patrick pride themselves on doing everything small batch and handcraft all of their branding right down to the anodized logo tags on their leads. Their signature products are designed and made in New Farm QLD under the watchful eyes of Ted.

If you haven't yet met Ted & Patrick then head to TVM this Sunday 7th July.

Jennie welcome to TVM, tell us a bit about your background?

Growing up on property on the Sunshine Coast, animals (especially dogs) and nature have always played a massive role in my life. Creative pathways has always been my thing since a child and although dabbling in graphic design and advertising degrees, travel took me to the other side of the world where I worked on private motor yachts and learnt traditional marine rope skills.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

The business started purely by accident, I had a new pup (Teddie aka Ted) and I couldn't find a lead in the colour or style I wanted, plus I wanted a lead that was unique, like her. I had a bundle of marine rope and decided, if I really wanted something that I could visualise, then I simply had to make it. We got so many comments on "where did you get your lead" that we realised there was more people out there like me looking for something special but didn't know where to get it, and so the business grew.

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

It was six months of development and testing leading up to the launch to ensure our products were strong and suitable and the business started in April 2017 with the launch of our website

What does your brand consist of?

Ted & Patrick specialises in handmade cotton rope and vegetable tanned leather products, we pride ourselves on doing everything small batch and handcraft all of our branding right down to the anodized logo tags on our leads.


Where is the label designed and made?

Our signature products are designed and made in New Farm QLD under the watchful eyes of Ted. We do import a small product range from Japan as a little something fun but the dream as the business grows is to develop a range similar to our imported range but entirely from recycled materials.

What inspires you?

Well of course, I love dogs. I think these days they are very much part of the family and deserve to be spoilt too. As a creative I am inspired by constantly improving and refining my craft, coming up with new designs and evolving the existing lines.

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

I would love to involve a recycled line - more dog products made from recycled plastics and focus proceeds from these lines to cleaning up our oceans and helping out dogs in need in Australia and globally.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge of launching your own brand is overcoming your own fear of failure. Will people like my products, will I succeed - the thing is, they are all questions only answered by taking the leap of faith.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing about having your own business is having a creative outlet you can share with others. I think my happiest moments are when puppies and their humans send in photos or tag us on Instagram, out and about on their adventures.

Connect with Ted & Patrick:
Online,  https://www.tedandpatrick.com.au/
Or find them this Sunday at TVM 7th July 2019

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Stall Profile :: Tres Chic Shave Kit

In 2018 when Liza Michelle, a mother of three, took a trip to the supermarket with her young daughter in search of an appropriate women’s razor, she soon realised there…

In 2018 when Liza Michelle, a mother of three, took a trip to the supermarket with her young daughter in search of an appropriate women’s razor, she soon realised there was no such thing on the market.

As a passionate vegan and environmental advocate, the idea of purchasing a plastic, disposable razor for her young daughter just didn’t cut the mustard. The shaving creams on offer were not much better, filled with chemicals she struggled to pronounce and then there were the cosmetic bags, yet again, more synthetic fabrics.

After a discussion with her daughter about what she may want and need to commence her shaving experience, that would both benefit the environment and also be accessible for all women of any age – Tres Chic Shave Kit was born.

Meet Liza Michelle, mother of three and founder of Tres Chic Shave Kit – who will be joining us for the first time this Sunday 30 June at TVM Stones Corner.

When was it that you took the plunge and started your own business?

I did an online e-commerce course last October (2018) and it was Christmas last year, when I came up with my idea for the business.

I've been sourcing my fabric, designing and manufacturing my product since then.

What does your brand consist of?

My brand consists of, Eco-Audrey! She is our first Shave Kit.

It is a biodegradable, washable, cotton lined metal zipper vegan-friendly Kraft fabric cosmetic bag. It can be used as a shaving kit, makeup kit, clutch bag and pencil case. You name it!

A 3-blade Bamboo razor with a removal head for refills and vegan, homemade, coconut, Shea butter shave cream.

We use Hero Packaging (Australian owned) satchels for mailing, which are biodegradable.

Where is the label designed and made?

I make the shaving cream at home, using Australian natural products (Shea butter, coconut, oils, etc).

I buy my labels and jars in Australia, as I'm trying to use as many Australian businesses' as I can.

The biodegradable Kraft fabric comes from Germany and made in China along with the bamboo razors.

What inspires you?

Animal welfare and our environment. My heart breaks when I see what human beings are doing to such beautiful animals and our planet.

There are so many alternatives around, yet due to the cost of living, the big chain shops cut cost and make it so cheap that it's easy to buy any product these days, without really thinking about what it is that you're buying.

I do believe people want to make ethical choices yet it's not easy to find and they can be expensive.

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

I hope that my brand resonates with women and that they will tell their friends all about it. I'm keeping costs as low as I can, as I would like my product to be in the home of as many women and young women, as possible.

I'd like to launch my product worldwide via my online store - shipping is so expensive, I hope I will be able to use a logistic company overseas to help with that major problem - I'm not there yet.

I'd like it to expand. I wish to work with some local Brisbane artists (I have someone in mind!) to create a new cosmetic kit every couple of months. I love the Kraft Fabric. It feels like leather but of course, it is not.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Money is always the biggest challenge. I can build websites and do graphics, so that was the fun part. The hard part is brand awareness and driving traffic to my site so people are aware I exist and buy the product.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing is being able to be at home and available for my children. I do work hard and sometimes forget to stop and eat.

I also get to walk my poodle after school drop off and not needing to rush to get to work is a blessing. My stress level has been lowered.

Connect with Tres Chic Shave Kit:
At TVM this Sunday 30 June at TVM Stones Corner
Instagram: @treschicshavekit
Facebook: @treschicshavekit
www.treschicshavekit.com

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Stall Profile :: Ohh De Naturale

Ohh De Naturale is the essence of natural beauty and cleaning products without the ‘nasties’, allowing customers to maintain a chemical free lifestyle for themselves and their loved ones. Since…

Ohh De Naturale is the essence of natural beauty and cleaning products without the ‘nasties’, allowing customers to maintain a chemical free lifestyle for themselves and their loved ones.

Since its inception three years ago, Tanya Turro has created an incredible range of perfume balms, essential oil blends, cleaning sprays and much more which use locally sourced ingredients, no chemicals, no parabens, are cruelty free and 100% vegan!

Tanya’s passion to introduce a beautiful natural option can help people lead a much healthier life change by eliminating the chemical overload. She aims to educate and create awareness on how everyday chemicals can lead to an array of issues, and other ways to smell great without chemical saturation.

What's even better is that Tanya makes every single item herself and everything down to the packaging is made in Australian shores. If you haven't yet experienced Ohh De Naturale then head to TVM this Sunday 30 June.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

My journey through 11 years of IVF and fertility struggles has lead me to combine my love for all things natural and the enjoyment of interacting with people and sales. I learnt a lot on my journey to motherhood and most importantly I want to share the importance of Natural choices for everyday living to limit the toxic exposure people have in their lives through day to day commercial body & cleaning products. I am extremely passionate about Ohh De Naturale and how it can offer people a much healthier life change with eliminating the chemical overload and introducing a beautiful natural option that will benefit all people including the family dog.

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

Ohh De Naturale is in its infancy but growing strong. I started out in early 2019 with the live website, social media presence & market stalls. All the research and testing started within the past 3 years. I have only ever tested on cool peeps and their offspring, ha.

What does your brand consist of?

Ohh De Naturale has a range of 11 Solid Perfume Balms, Luxury Clay & Salt Soaks, Luxury Raw Sugar Scrubs, Signature 100% Pure Essential Oil blends, foam wash and cleaning spray which all have amazing benefits.

Where is the label designed and made?

Absolutely every ingredient, packaging, labeling & product creating is done here in Australia, All my suppliers are Australian. I pride myself on keeping all aspects of this business within the family. All essential oils are sourced here in Australia. I physically make every single item myself here in Brisbane. Australia creates and supports amazing businesses and my little business is no different. NO money is sent off shore. I am very proud of this and want to support other local businesses.

What inspires you? 

I am driven by changing people, educating them on other ways to smell great without chemical saturation. Education and awareness on how everyday chemicals can really lead to an array of issues for every person. I am living proof of that. So so many people are completely unaware of how synthetics and harmful chemicals are in our everyday products. Even those products that say plant based are not always free from synthetics. This drives me to show people not just tell them. I am very excited to let the customers touch, feel, smell and try Ohh De Naturale's products. I have complete faith in my range and I know that people love it as much as I do. Being aware of something allows people to make the right choices.

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

My dream and goal is for my products to be on the shelves at great health stores, Naturopaths clinic's, salon's, spa's and be supported by lovely people who can truly appreciate, be confident, benefit and continue to use my products and maintain a chemical free lifestyle for themselves and their loved ones. Being a mum of two little boys I am extremely proud that I am teaching them how to live a non toxic life and therefore they will live a healthier life.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

My biggest challenge has been gaining exposure through Social Media and reaching enough followers and customers to then direct towards the website. As we all know having a lot of followers doesn't necessarily reflect onto the amount of sales you make. Instagram and Facebook merely want to charge absorbent prices for your social media posts to reach more people. I have gone from 800 followers on Instagram to 588 overnight. This crushes me.

Ohh De Naturale seems to be gaining more exposure via our market stalls than on any other platforms.

I have found the social media exposure very difficult and really want to gain more sales through it. It really bugs me how we go from over 800 to 588 overnight. I find that insane. However I am remaining positive that we can change this.

Connect with Ohh De Naturale:
This Sunday 30 June at TVM Stones Corner.
Or online, https://www.ohhdenaturale.com/

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Stall Profile :: Dolce Organico

This one is for the sweet toothed folk amongst us who appreciate organic, ‘no nasties’ ingredients – with cute packaging to boot. If you haven’t yet experienced Dolce Organico then…

This one is for the sweet toothed folk amongst us who appreciate organic, 'no nasties' ingredients - with cute packaging to boot. If you haven't yet experienced Dolce Organico then head to TVM this Sunday 2 June.

Dolce Organico was founded by Nutritionist and food enthusiast, Dianne Doyle in 2017.

Dianne has a passion for creating food that is wholesome and inclusive for all dietary types. She found that finding 'guilt-free' treats that were allergy friendly and not full of 'nasties' was really hard for her clients so she decided to try some recipes out herself.

After trialing many different recipes Dianne perfected her Plant-Based Meringues, her clients loved them. Her organic vegan meringues are free from gluten, lactose, egg, animal products, nuts and fat. Dianne's meringues are designed to be a guilt-free treat and only have 1 teaspoon of raw organic sugar per serve of 3 meringues.

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

As a nutritionist, I wasn't sure about starting another brand but my clients (and family, friends, neighbours and pretty much everyone I knew) kept raving about my meringues. So in November 2017, I finally made the plunge and launched Dolce Organico!

What does your brand consist of?

Dolce Organico has 5 core flavours; vanilla, hazelnut, coffee, bubblegum and raspberry, that come in two sizes (large & small), currently there are 2 'special flavours', Pink Champagne and Bake-A-Wish Unicorn.

All of the ingredients in our meringues are cruelty-free and sourced naturally. Our meringues contain no artificial colours + our colourings are sourced from organic superfoods such as; Blue Spirulina, Pink Pitaya, Black Goji Berry and Cacao.

Where possible our flavourings are naturally derived from their original source.

It's important to us that each ingredient is ethically sourced.

Where is the label designed and made?

Dolce Organico is a Gold Coast business that's worked hard to try and source it's ingredients and packaging locally. All of our products are made and packaged on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from foodies such as Jamie Oliver, Sarah Wilson & Lola Berry. Each of these amazing foodies are trying to change the way we look at eating healthy, real food and make cooking (and eating right) 'sexy' again.

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

I would really love Dolce Organico to become a go-to food for people with and without allergies to make eating and sharing more inclusive for everyone.

I would also like to keep adding new flavours and, down the track, new products to the Dolce Organico line and eventually use the brand as a platform to help educate others on how eating real foods doesn't have to be boring.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

One of the biggest hurdles that I had to overcome is the perception that organic and vegan food is bland or tasteless and not as good as the 'real thing'.

Another challenge has been sourcing and learning more about sustainable packaging. And what the pros and cons (and true impact) of various preparing, shipping and packing methods actually are.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

One of the best things about running Dolce Organico, has been being able to meet and work with some of our favourite brands, such as a recent collab with Edible Beauty and Soulara.

Another amazing opportunity that's come from running a business, has been having the opportunity to make a real impact on things that matter. For example, I have recently teamed up with the Make a Wish foundation for her Bake-a-Wish Unicorn meringues ($1 of each jar sold gets donated), which has been really cool.

But the absolute best thing is having the ability to invent and create new flavours and 'play' in the kitchen!

Connect with Dolce Organico online, here.
Or find them this Sunday at TVM 2 June 2019, Burleigh Heads.

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