Jess Barty, Owner, Sunday Social

Slaughtering a few karaoke tunes with friends ...

You may be well acquainted with the infectious smile of vintage-loving gentlewoman Jess Barty of Sunday Social. Having started out selling her ever-growing collection of vintage on eBay, obtaining a market stall at the original Winn Lane weekend markets was a natural progression – back when only Flamingo Cafe and Little Jane St occupied the now bustling laneway. As each new hole in the wall became an actual shop face, Jess grasped the opportunity to turn her retro pastime into a full-time reality. Now Sunday Social has been open for two years, and will host a celebratory birthday party in Winn Lane this Friday April 12 in conjunction with Atavist Books (which is turning one year old). An established cog in the community but always growing, Sunday Social recently launched an online store and has a constant stream of new individual vintage finds for gents and gentleladies through the door. The Weekend Edition caught up with an overall-cloaked Jess to chat weekend essentials.

How do you like to start your weekend?
By having a swim, then poking funnies at Rage while eating breakfast.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
I love hanging out with my cool customers and fellow shopkeepers in Winn Lane.

How do you like to unwind?
Slaughtering a few karaoke tunes with friends.

What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
I live near the beach, so some kind of mix of swimming, banana lounges, records and cocktails.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
Investigate the Yowie situation in the Glasshouse area and teach my dog how to talk. He’s almost there.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
We’re shut on Mondays, so usually I like downing a couple of tinnies by the beach with my loved ones.

What are you looking forward to next weekend?
The DOG SHOW in Winn lane on April 28th!

What are you reading at the moment?
Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs and my grandad’s poetry.

What inspires you?
People with wild style who wear what they want, when they want.

What was your childhood dream?
To be teleported back to the 1960s!

What has been your greatest achievement?
Opening Sunday Social and adopting my dog.

What is success to you?
A potent cocktail of money, power and super yachts! (heh)

What are your words of wisdom?
‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it …’ – Ferris Bueller.

Only a local would know … Brisbane is full of creative and independent pockets. It’s exciting!

Perk up …
Flamingo Cafe, Winn Lane.
Relax …
Point Cartwright, Mooloolaba.
Dine …
 Kuan Yin Tea House, Fortitude Valley.
Indulge …
Blonde Venus, Fortitude Valley.
Shop …
Sunday Social, Winn Lane.
Catch-up …
Winn Lane.
Be inspired …
Atavist Books, Winn Lane.


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