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Casuarina comes to Colwill Place as Nikkou Store opens its first Brisbane boutique
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Casuarina comes to Colwill Place as Nikkou Store opens its first Brisbane boutique

Emerging retail precinct Colwill Place is starting to come alive, with the first wave of retailers opening their doors for the first time. One of the most anticipated arrivals is Casuarina-born slow-fashion boutique Nikkou Store, which is bringing some of its sun-kissed style north with its first Brisbane location. If your wardrobe needs a summer-appropriate sprucing, then look no further than this newly open repository of covetable wares. more

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The Borrowed Nursery plants a new Brisbane location at Colwill Place
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The Borrowed Nursery plants a new Brisbane location at Colwill Place

While all eyes have been drawn to the work currently being undertaken restoring prominently positioned retail strip Colwill Place in Windsor, the revitalised hub's first tenant has already quietly opened behind it. Beloved Gold Coast-born plant, pot and gift store The Borrowed Nursery has just sprouted a second locale in an old mechanic shed at behind the precinct, establishing a must-visit treasure trove of locally grown plants, bespoke ceramic vessels and artisan-crafted gifts. Oh, and the space doubles as a venue for hire! Here's what you need to know about this charming newcomer ... more

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Add some eco-conscious beauty staples to your self-care routine courtesy of Peggy Sue
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Add some eco-conscious beauty staples to your self-care routine courtesy of Peggy Sue

Self-care has been a major theme this year. Slowing down, taking the time to listen to our needs and indulging in the little things has kept us somewhat sane in the past few months. This also relates to our skincare routine – whether you have a ten-step regimen that you undertake morning and night, or your routine consists of brushing your teeth and a splash of water on your face, taking some me-time is important now more than ever. That's where sustainable-skincare makers Peggy Sue steps in. The Australian owned-and-operated brand sells a luscious range of eco-friendly self-care products, so you can take time to look after you and the world at large. more

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Do good and donate unwanted stuff to Good Stuff Market's virtual op-shop
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Do good and donate unwanted stuff to Good Stuff Market’s virtual op-shop

All of this extra time at home has yielded some unexpected outcomes. For some, it's a newfound interest in baking whilst for others, isolation has meant time to tackle all of those annoying tasks you've been meaning to do – like clearing out the junk cupboard! You know the one – that cupboard where you put all of the things that don't have a place. The only problem is figuring out what to do with it all, especially since the vast majority of op-shops are closed for donations for the foreseeable future. Say hello to Good Stuff Market – it's the virtual op-shop 2020 needs right now.  more

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The round-up: social distancing-suitable gifts for Mother's Day
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The round-up: social distancing-suitable gifts for Mother’s Day

We love our mums. Lord knows we could use a few mum hugs right now, but in the interests of flattening the curve we are abstaining from human interaction. That doesn't mean we can't celebrate Mother's Day, though! In case isolation has made you forget what day it is, Mother's Day is on Sunday May 10 (as of publication that's less than two weeks away), so it's time to start thinking of some out-of-the-box gifts that'll communicate your love from a distance. We've broken our ideas down into some handy categories that you can use to find the perfect gift while staying indoors. more

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Stronger together – local makers converge at Fortitude Valley's Forge Forward
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Stronger together – local makers converge at Fortitude Valley’s Forge Forward

There's a movement brewing in the heart of The Valley, one that is championing local endeavour and uniting makers under a banner of mutual support and empowerment. This wellspring of energy can be found on Ann Street, where more and more shop spaces are becoming occupied by co-working studios, multidisciplinary hubs and boutique retail. Forge Forward is the newest name in the game – a forward-thinking incubator of upcoming, emerging and established retail and art that is all about growth, guidance and creativity. more

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Shop for a good cause – a list of labels that are donating to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal
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Shop for a good cause – a list of labels that are donating to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal

The ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires have left us all feeling helpless, but the overwhelming number of generous individuals and businesses stepping up to support the victims and our firefighters – whether it be by donating funds, spreading awareness, volunteer efforts or fundraising – is nothing short of an amazing feat. Through tough times such as these, our Aussie spirit of kindness and generosity never ceases to prevail. Here is a list of homegrown brands and labels that are donating part (or all) of their sales profits to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal and related charities. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Dr. Chris Gillies
There are lots of examples of how society can change behaviours and improve livelihoods, so the tools already exist for how we minimise the impact of these issues and improve ocean health ... ~ Dr. Chris Gillies more
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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People
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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People

Plant murder – it's a crime that many of us have unwittingly committed with either too much love or not nearly enough. But, in our defence, household varieties can be notoriously tricky creatures. Whilst some thrive on neglect, others are needier than your overly obsessed ex and even the slightest deviation can result in imminent death. It's a tough gig this plant parent thing but lucky for you, The Plant People are here to help. more

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Five meaningful (and eco-friendly) gifts for the toddlers in your life
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Five meaningful (and eco-friendly) gifts for the toddlers in your life

For tiny humans, toddlers sure take up a lot of room in your heart and home. As they grow, so too does the stuff. It multiplies with every holiday or occasion that passes and before long, the room that was once your living room resembles a kindergarten with a sea of brightly coloured plastic all vying for your little one's attention. If you're keen to cap the tyranny of toys and would prefer to invest in quality pieces that will help them grow, play and learn (and won't end up in landfill), we've round up five meaningful and eco-friendly gifts for the little people in your life. more

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Lose the gift card – let hampers help you out this Christmas
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Lose the gift card – let hampers help you out this Christmas

Christmas – a season of merriment and joy for some, sheer panic for others. The primary cause of this panic? Gifting. Specifically, gifting for those hard-to-buy-for types. What do you buy for the dad who has everything? How do you please the mother-in-law with impossibly high standards and an unhealthy attachment to her shih tzu? Some people are near impossible to shop for and, unlike crop circles and bigfoot, there aren’t any Reddit threads devoted to solving these mysteries. Here’s where The Hamper Emporium steps in. more

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The only item you'll need to wear this summer is the new edition Ugly Xmas Rashie
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The only item you’ll need to wear this summer is the new edition Ugly Xmas Rashie

Queenslanders are familiar with a few strategic provisions when the weather warms up and the festive season rolls around. A fridge stocked with cold beverages, fresh seafood and backyard cricket coincide with regular trips to the beach, an activity that demands vital sun safety measures in our corner of the stratosphere. Luckily, the Cancer Council Queensland have all your Ultra Violet woes covered this summer, bringing back a new edition of the Ugly Xmas Rashie. more

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Creativity under one roof – Open House unites fashion, art and social enterprise in West End
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Creativity under one roof – Open House unites fashion, art and social enterprise in West End

The long-vacant space at 73 Vulture Street isn’t empty anymore! A brand-new creative collective has taken over the tenancy, bringing sustainable fashion from local makers, Aboriginal art and engaging workshops together for one multipurpose venue. Open House is providing an opportunity for artisans and artists alike to connect with a discerning consumer base, and share their wares with a wider audience. more

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Exit through the gift shop – The Calile unveils its Museum of Small Things
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Exit through the gift shop – The Calile unveils its Museum of Small Things

Every good hotel has a lobby shop – but as is custom with most of its practises, The Calile isn’t content with being just like ‘every good hotel’. Instead of the standard souvenirs, the urban resort has unveiled Museum of Small Things (affectionately dubbed M.O.S.T for short) – an impeccably curated collection of local pieces that go above and beyond your typical gifting fare. more

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Get up close with Jess Blak’s covetable jewellery at new Winn Lane boutique
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Get up close with Jess Blak’s covetable jewellery at new Winn Lane boutique

The wares crafted by local artisan Jess Blak have enamoured many thanks to each piece’s irregular charm and stark beauty. After building up steam online, the talented jeweller has unveiled a brand-new shop in Winn Lane – displaying her minimalist pieces amidst a cosy, mood-lit nook. Fans of Jess Blak’s unique collection or those looking to update their style with something eye catching would do well to step inside. more

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The Weekend Series: avoid the festive frenzy with these last-minute Christmas gift ideas
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The Weekend Series: avoid the festive frenzy with these last-minute Christmas gift ideas

At this time of publication, there is less than two weeks until Christmas. We don’t want to set off any alarms, but if you haven’t sorted out your festive season gifts yet then time is running out. Don’t panic – we wouldn’t drop this time bomb on you without a way to disarm it before it blows up in your face. To help you out at this stressful time of the year, we’ve put together a handy little list of gifts you can get right now for him, for her, for the little ones, for your furry pals and for small-scale gifting. more

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Celebrate movers, shakers and indie makers with A Very Laneway Christmas gift guide
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Celebrate movers, shakers and indie makers with A Very Laneway Christmas gift guide

It might have earned a rep as the most wonderful time of the year, but the lead-up to Christmas can feel like an absolute mission – especially the shopping part. If you’ve been putting off your annual gifting pilgrimage for fear of scrambling crowds, trolley rage and spruikers, fear not! Fortitude Valley’s dreamy trio of laneways – California Lane, Bakery Lane and Winn Lane – are all loaded with local businesses that can provide a unique gifting experience. From your hard-to-buy-for mates to the most fashionable in your flock, our A Very Laneway Christmas gift guide has something for everyone. more