Sam the emu is my artwork and has become the store’s mascot. He has been put onto fabric, made into an apron and now has been sent to 15 countries.
I began filling the shop with crafts such as woodwork, jewellery, knitwear and then onto gourmet foods. The interest in the store has been amazing. Many people looking for an outlet for their talent. Many people pleased to have a choice to buy Australian and not have to wait for a weekend market to find it.
The store also has a classroom which has been set up to teach craft to our young and for many to maintain their skills. The gallery space in store allows local artwork to be exhibited . As you meander around the store and listen to music , you can’t help but enjoy the creativity and a sense of relaxation that browsing gives you. “Gifts created by Australians “ is the motto.
The Australian map in our logo says Australian made. If I opened a store in London, then the map would be changed to England. For all those frustrated travelers, how great would it be to go to the made locally store of the country you’re visiting and know that the gifts were all.