Monthly artisan markets coming to Stockland

Sharon Grimsey and Anita Cooney get ready for the Stockland Bundaberg Artisan pop up markets.
Sharon Grimsey and Anita Cooney get ready for the Stockland Bundaberg Artisan Pop-Up Markets.

Local businesses have an opportunity to demonstrate their talent and skills at Stockland Bundaberg’s new monthly artisan pop-up markets.

The markets, to be located in the centre next to Gloria Jeans, are designed to help local artisans share their handmade goods and work on growing their small businesses.

Sharon Grimsey, owner of Aromatica Bargara, has coordinated the Stockland Bundaberg pop-up markets and will be selling her soy wax candles at the first event next week.

She said the markets were an exciting opportunity for local creatives to have a prominent space where they can showcase and sell their works.

“There is so much local talent here in Bundaberg and these monthly pop-up markets at Stockland Bundaberg give us a chance to reach customers that we otherwise might not be able to,” Sharon said.

“The vendors love the markets too because it’s a chance to connect with current and prospective customers and receive valuable feedback on how to improve their businesses.”

Health and well being market continues at pop-up event

On the alternate weeks of the artisan pop-up market, a health and well being focus will continue to be featured in Stockland Bundaberg.

Coordinator of the health and well being market Anita Cooney said the pop-up stalls had been running since April and were very well supported by the community.

“It’s been a huge success for both the businesses involved and customers,” she said.

“The Health and Well Being Market is held in the alternate fortnight and the next one is on the 7 to 9 of November.

“We will be showcasing Bad Day Good with Essential Oils, BareByBauer, Wild Hearted Well-being, I Hate Cooking Bundaberg, Shape your Future Hypnotherapy, Candle Shop & Co plus have more to confirm- it will be our biggest market yet!”

Stockland supports local talent through markets

Centre manager at Stockland Bundaberg, Paul Davis, said the initiative was a wonderful opportunity to support local talent in the community.

“We want to create spaces that bring people together in a new and positive way,” he said.

“Our team recognised that there was an appetite in the community for more locally handmade products, so we brought the marketplace concept in-centre, which has offered ease and convenience to our customers, and of course, provided a reliable place out of which businesses can operate.

“The markets give customers and small-business owners alike a chance to connect over some of Bundaberg’s most loved artisan brands, as well as provide customers with access to items that are unique, handmade and hard to come by elsewhere.”

The next markets will be held on Thursday, 24 October from 9am to 7.30pm; Friday, 25 October from 9am to 5.30pm, and Saturday, 26 October from 9am to 4pm.

The vendors rotate each month, so customers will have a new experience each time they visit.

The October markets will offer products from vendors such as Aromatica Bargara, Total Pet Treats and Welcome Creek Design.