Does the thought of an afternoon braving the crowds and mind-bending labyrinth of shopping centre car parks give you heart palpitations? We hear ya!
Over here at Metropolist, we particularly love hanging out for a local fix, like Sunday mornings at GC’s insanely fabulous The Village Markets. But sometimes, you need that fix more than a couple of times a month and, if the weather dampens the party, well heading online can only fill the void for so long.
Champions for small start-up businesses, husband and wife team Jake and Lei-Ahna Newell have recently opened a bricks and mortar store in Burleigh where they can sell their own fashion label, as well as provide a permanent and beautifully merchandised outlet for other creatives to showcase their wares. Effectively filling that gap between weekend designer markets, should you be hunting for a perfectly-local gift or piece for the home.
Open a few short weeks, this darling boutique on Tallebudgera Creek Road is already selling over 15 home-grown Gold Coast and SE QLD brands, with capacity for around 30. Not surprisingly, interest is flooding in from both customers and creatives eager to access a fulltime marketplace that embraces the #shoplocal philosophy.
You might already recognise the name Good Time Trader if you’ve fallen in love with Good Time Trunk Co.‘s adora-bubble matching father and son boardshorts that’ve been retailing both online and at The Village Markets for the past 18 months. Not just for families, but for any guy craving a fun-loving pair of trunks, their “wear your heart on your bum” type designs celebrate the good times we all remember from our childhoods.
Add to this a smattering of products from some of the Gold Coast’s craftiest entrepreneurs; cute kid’s threads by Global Bambino and LV Kid are on offer, as well as wooden developmental toys by Catch a Falling Star. For the home there are linens, cushions, and pottery by Olive + Joy; floor cushions by Weave and Willow; intriguing stone prints by Imogen Stone; and one-of-kind candle fragrances by the aptly-named label, Not Another Candle. Made of lightweight micro-fibre with a 70s Mexican theme, Abiichi’s beach towels include a handy heat and waterproof pocket for your keys and phone, and have been flying out the boutique door. You can also pick up an uber cool custom deck from Banshee Skateboards or gorgeous furniture pieces from Burleigh’s Vintage Timber. And, in another GC success story, Pink Punk’s vibrant leggings and active wear have been going gangbusters online, but at Good Time Trader you can touch, feel, and try on to find the perfect fit.
Co-owner Lei-Ahna is currently on the hunt for suitable leather goods, shoes, and women’s handbags to add to the mix and, given the small runs and high turnover, every visit will ensure plenty of new treasures to lust over.
In addition to the locally-designed goodies, Good Time Trader has a small selection of women’s and men’s fashion sourced from small businesses a little further afield, all handsomely priced under $100 and selling out, and thus also rotating regularly.
You might also like to know that, come August, Good Time Trader’s own label Good Time Trunk Co. will be adding four new prints to the trunks range, all with a South American flavour. So, keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for updates and new additions or, better yet, get down there and visit IRL, ‘cause this sunny wing of Burleigh sure has a lot happening these days.
Saturday morning with brekkie at Parlour followed by a spot of #shoppinglocal sounds like a bit of alright to us!
Open: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 2pm Saturday (Sundays on occasion)
Where: 2/37 Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh
Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist