The new gift shop, The Kollective, will feature a wide range of local artisan products when it opens in the CBD next week.
Business owner Emma Haack-Metcalf will open the store’s doors at 37 Woongarra Street next Saturday, offering a one-stop-shop for jewelry, art, candles, health and beauty products and other handcrafted goods and premises.
Emma said The Kollective was an idea born out of a desire to create a space for artisans and makers to sell their wares for shoppers to browse and enjoy.
“Once I had the idea for this store in my head, I knew it was something Bundaberg needed as it is sometimes difficult to access these amazing local artisan products, unless you weren’t going to markets or buying online,” she said.
“By having a one-stop-shop for locally-made treats, it allows these products to be exposed to more people and easily accessible to our community.
“There’s something so nice about knowing that the product you just bought was handmade.”
Emma looks forward to her business and supports a number of other local makers who otherwise might not have the opportunity to have their products in a store.
“I’m really proud of all of our local manufacturers and the professionalism of the products they make,” she said.
“We have such talented people in our community who produce products of such a professional standard that I think it should be celebrated.
“A lot of these businesses are run by busy moms or are a side hustle while people work another job or two, but the products in store are so well made and professionally presented.”
More than just a gift shop, the space also lends itself to the possibility of hosting workshops, with the CBD location being the perfect sport for all of Emma’s needs.
“The Kollective Bundaberg also has a really cool workshop space where I hope to run a range of creative workshops,” she said.
“Having the store and workshop in the CBD is a more accessible area with many different amenities within walking distance such as local cafes.”
Looking forward to opening her store next weekend, Emma said the store design was very unique, with an in-store mural completing the space.
“The store is such a unique space, which is really welcoming, simple and bright, and has such a fun atmosphere,” she said.
“A big shout out to Kate Victoria Creative who did all of our in-store signage and murals – those artworks are what really make the space unique and give the store such a fun atmosphere.
“There really is nothing else like it in Bundaberg, which I think makes it super exciting.”
You can read more about The Kollective here.
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