Rad Dads Takeover :: Fathers Day at TVM

Aug 15, 2019 | Locals we Love

With Fathers Day fast approaching on Sunday 1 September, we wanted to give you plenty of time to prep for the big occasion to ensure that a) your main man is well dressed with all of his fave local brands from TVM and b) you know the best way to spoil him with a Sunday well spent at TVM on the big day.

Introducing two of our favourite local ‘rad dads’ Nick Atkins and Darran Franks, founders of our local co-working space Hotel Miami amongst many other titles, best mates and most importantly dads to two pretty cute little people.

They’ll be taking over TVM’s Instagram this Sunday 18 August to give you a taste of a Fathers Day well spent at TVM, through a [rad] dads eyes – trust us, this will be FUN!

We sat down with the guys (not true, this was all done via email) so that you can get to know the men behind the lens this Sunday 18 August at Burleigh Heads at TVM. Be sure you're following along @thevillagemarkets

For those who don’t know you both, who are you and what do you do?

I’m Nicka, I’m a Pisces, photographer and I once travelled to Colombia with Shakira on a private jet. I also part own Hotel Miami our Agency and co-working space.

I'm Darran. I'm a creative Director working across a few businesses and projects including Hotel Miami our Agency and co-working space.

Who are your offspring?

Nick: I have 1 x offspring and his name is ABE. His nickname is Abey baby, he’s only 10 months old and doesn’t speak yet so I’m not sure if he’s cool or not.

Darran: I have 1 x offspring and her name is Ester. Her friends call her Essy. And, you definitely want to be her friend.

What kind of dad are you?

Nick: So far so good. I get upset when he cries all the time though.

Darran: I try my best to engage with Essy through art, being in nature, taking time to explain what I can and letting her make choices. I also occasionally use the ipad for bribery.

When you’re not being rad dads, where do you like to hang of a weekend?

Nick: Darran and I spend most of our time together and so ultimately our kids hang all the time too. I tell Essy all the time that her and Abe are cousins but she has figured out that I’m lying.

I spend a lot of time at The Burleigh Co Op along with being at Hotel Miami and sitting on the beach in Burleigh.

Darran: I try to make surfing a priority, but this is often stifled by places like Cambus Wallace, Rosellas, and The Scottish Prince. Most daytime action consists of hanging around Burleigh and hitting Tallebudgera creek on the high tide.

What do you love about coming to TVM with your fam?

Nick: TVM is part of the fabric of the community here in Burleigh Heads and an absolute necessity for the area. I believe its one of the reasons our little part of the Gold Coast has become the eclectic, creative hub that it is.

Without people like Marissa And Sarah having the foresight to create things like this for the GC we would still be the sleepy retirement town of yesteryear. You guys have given so many opportunities to the GC community to expand their ideas/brands and feel worthy as creatives in this region. The Gold Coast is a better place for your courage and persistence in keeping a fucking great thing going for these 10 years.

I LOVE TVM because you guys have made an environment that I love being in. Daz and I both support the continued growth of this city in the cultural realm and have only the utmost respect for people who love this place and see the future potential like we do. 

Darran: It's a great place to run into friends. I enjoy grabbing a coffee and watching the music - it's great to just sprawl out on a blanket and stop for a while. I've also got huge respect for the stallholders. These are the people who stopped talking and started doing something about their idea and I like to try and support people like that. I think it's inspiring, and I love exposing Essy to our creative community.

What should the kids get you this Sunday at TVM, if they needed a hint?

Nick: I need a new Hawaiian shirt.

Darran: I'm into outrageous socks so a little four pack from Funky Sock Co would be sweet! I'm also a sucker for a little Lobster Shanty number.

Number one pick for eats this Sunday at TVM - are you a hotdog and coffee kinda dad, or a bowl and kombucha kinda dad?

Nick: Little Wahaca is my go-to favourite.

Darran: All of those sound delicious and I'll take them in that order please.

You can read more content from these witty and intelligent fella’s over at the brand new Hotel Miami blog ‘Fake News’, check it out:


Nick Atkins and Darran Franks, Hotel Miami.