Move aside for a moment new cafes and restaurants, ‘cause the Gold Coast is about to gain a fab new indoor plant store and bespoke event space, and we’re freakin’ stoked!
Everyone’s fave green thumb, The Borrowed Nursery, has just relocated to a spacious warehouse in Mermaid Beach and is brimming with those lush house plants we’re all lusting over right now. Yesterday, we caught up with Lauren Lance in her new Mermaid Beach digs and was given the royal tour of a gritty yet characterful warehouse that’s simply bursting with potential.
Lauren has been searching up and down the Coast for the past 12 months to find the perfect space that her blossoming business can grow in (cheesy pun intended). Having missed out on no less than 10 different leases, when this industrial property came online she snapped it up, and is beyond excited to bring dreams to life that’ve been years in the making.
What was previously a grungy mechanic and, in bygone days, part of a commercial fish market precinct, the raw and perfectly-imperfect warehouse is currently being transformed into Gold Coast’s coolest potting shed!
Outside, The Borrowed Nursery has a crisp white exterior, with colourful punches thanks to a peach roller gate and turquoise doors. There’s a shared alleyway out back which oozes potential; inside, a long white brick wall lines one edge, while paint-chipped nooks, rustic ladders, rusty lockers, and trestle horses create interesting backdrops for other uses. Plus, come sundown, western-facing windows throw a dappled light across the rear wall—yep, Instagrammers eat your heart out.
The real clincher however, on Lauren’s list of prerequisites, was the saw-tooth roof that braces a corrugated ceiling; vintage details which are a rare find in our young city.
Located two doors down from stalwart 19 Karen Contemporary Art Gallery and with a cool bean roastery and barista bar, KOKO that’s just popped up next door, The Borrowed Nursery is helping to bring a real edge to this industrial pocket of Mermaid Beach. A posi that’s super central too, while also managing to be off the beaten track; and is conveniently only a few blocks south of Pacific Fair, should you wish to pair your greenery purchases with a side of new jeans or pumps.
Lauren is also collaborating with talented Gold Coast homewares identity, Andrea of Dos Ombre, who’ll be working out of an internal office space with some of her luxe linens and wares on display for sale.
There’s truly so much versatility in the space, which Lauren will use as a significantly larger retail base to sell The Borrowed Nursery’s “I’ll-have-one-of-everything-please” indoor plants, and as HQ for her greenery event hire and plant styling arm of the business. Though, what we’re most excited about are plans to turn the veritable blank canvas into a cool event space for photo shoots, workshops (like her popular terrarium and flower crown classes), private events and dinners, and, come autumn, even wedding ceremonies and receptions!
Given all her fave local suppliers are already on speed dial, such as The Events Lounge and Elyssium Lighting, we can’t wait to see the rustic warehouse decked out in whimsical twinkle lights and bespoke event styling. Better yet, the beauty of hosting an event inside a plant store, is the greenery already on hand, that can be reconfigured and moved about for the most verdant of backdrops. Are you visualising the possibilities now? Dreamy, right?!
But, back to right now; starting this Saturday (9am – 2pm), The Borrowed Nursery will be open for business for all your indoor plant and pot needs, with regular hours being Tuesdays to Saturdays. So head down and load up on Fiddle-leaf figs, Bird Of Paradise palms, Devil’s Ivy, Dracaeans, rubber plants, succulents, hanging ferns, and so much more.
We’ve got five healthy plants at home previously purchased from The Borrowed Nursery, and if we can keep ‘em alive, anyone can!
Where: 42 – 44 Cronulla Avenue, Mermaid Beach
Open: Tuesdays to Saturdays, check the website for hours
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Photo Credit: Brooke Darling for Metropolist