Art & Design

9 Local Online Retailers That Are Killing It

By Claire Plush - 10 Jun 2016

There’s a whole lot happening on the Sunshine Coast’s creative front, and the fruits of it aren’t only being showcased in bricks and mortar stores. Nuh-uh!

From homewares and prints to beauty ought-to-haves and ceramics, these are the peeps who’ve taken their wares online, and are totally killing it. Shop from the couch and keep it local? Count us in!

Millie

We’ve long been fans of adventuress Millie Fairhall, in fact, we eat off one of her hand-crafted cheeseboards every other weekend. Based in the Hinterland, but able to be purchased through her website, the hero of the Millie range is her woodwork. Beyond the cheeseboards—which by the way, everyone should have—there’s stunning serving boards and the cutest egg cups we ever did see. They even have a special little nook for sea salt. Seriously! An online store from way back in the day, Millie has got this whole creative-behind-the-screen thing down pat.

Cass Dellar

Anyone who’s seen Cass Dellar’s work will remember it. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. Her hand-lettering and watercolour illustrations reflect coast life perfectly. If you’ve not come across her artworks, chances are you may have unknowingly oohed and ahhed over it as a friend’s wedding—yep, Cass is pretty much the uncrowned queen of wedding stationary and produces stunning thank you cards, menus, seating arrangement posters, and table numbers, too.

Family Threds

Fallen hard for those giant macramé wall hangings you’ve stumbled across on Instagram? They were probably made at the weaving hands of Gab from Family Threds. Garnering a following through her Insta account—which is packed with stunning macramé designs made from 100 per cent unbleached cotton string and hung on driftwood—Family Threds is also renowned for being the hands and mind behind the most insane macramé wedding abours. Coast bohos need to hit up this website, stat!

Soak Society

You know those nights? When all you want to do is jump in a bath, with French music playing in the background, a glass of red by your side, and just… soak. Well this little Sunshine Coast beauty brand is your key to unwinding. Offering a range of wellness soaks, each is totally Vegan and made of 100 per cent natural products. Soak Society also offer free shipping within Australia, which is kind of unheard of in the online shopping world. Good ol’ Sunny Coasters, aye.

Matcha Sol

Because all Sunny Coasters are wellness warriors or at least pretend to be, it’s in your best interests if we tell you about another online retailer that’s totally killing it. Matcha Sol is all about the matcha—but not just any old matcha. Matcha Sol is organic, single-region, and only harvested once a year, meaning this handpicked green tea is wholesome, and rather spesh.

Married To The Sea Ceramics

Free form ceramics that belong in the pages of every and any magazine, Married To The Sea make their incredible goods in Sunshine Beach but send ‘em on out into the world via their website. At Metropolist HQ, we’re big lovers of the Japanese concept Wabi Sabi, and this imperfectly perfect handmade stoneware range—featuring plates, bowls, and platters—is the perfect example of why. Be still my beating heart.

CILK Rose Water

Alright, now this is something completely new to us—rose water. (No, not rosé, we’re very familiar with that.) The only product in the CILK trolley, this detoxifying and anti-aging liquid is made from hand-selected certified organic roses and stored in a super sleek, super black glass bottle. It ain’t cheap, but you’ll only need to pop a few drops into your water (or your champagne), and voila, you’ve got one impressively tasty and harmonising refreshment. Can we just take a moment and salute how cool it is that stuff like this is coming out of the Coast?

Cool Baby Cool

Cool Baby Cool has been around for yonks when talking “online” years, and while there’s no bricks and mortar shop or website (at the moment) you can still thumb through Johsi’s Instagram feed, pick out a beaded necklace or bracelet, and place your order via email. We can personally vouch for the traveller’s amulet.

RAW

Hands down one of the best IRL and online retailers on the Sunshine Coast, what’s not to love about RAW? Custom-made furniture, a carefully-curated collection of homewares from some our fave brands (think: Kip & Co and Blacklist), and, more recently, a beautiful new pop-up showroom in Sunshine Plaza. You can definitely shop in-store, but if you want to take away the temptation of buying things that you probably really love but don’t need, then your best bet is clicking on some buttons from the comfort of your home.

Image Credit: Chef For Kids ft. Married To The Sea Ceramics

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