Local businesses team up for support during this tough time


Karlie Brady


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Candace Johnson from Floral Edge with the Mother's Day hamper full of local goodies, Penelope Wiltshire from from Kefir Queen, Lana Van Hulst from Lana Nas Studio, and Tash Bellero from Treasure Inventory. Image: Karlie Brady.

A group of nine local small businesses have teamed up to create handmade Mother’s Day hampers while also importantly supporting one another’s businesses in a time when trade is low.

Floral Edge Port Douglas is one of those businesses, and owner Candace Johnson said many local businesses would usually be selling their goods at the now-closed Sunday Markets or have had their shops closed.

“We wanted to find a way to support local businesses and show people that they can still buy local, all these products are still here and available,” she said.

“So we have put together the hamper for Mother’s Day but we will look to possibly do more in the future so that we can continually support local businesses.

“There is plenty of items out there, you don't need to be going to big websites online, coming from who knows where, when it is all available locally.”

The Mother’s Day hampers are made up of local handmade items, including:

  • Chocolate from Coffee works
  • Cupcakes from Cup Cake Café Port Douglas
  • Soaps from The Soap Shed
  • Natural head scarfs from Lana Nas Studio
  • Handmade cards from Treasure Inventory
  • Candles from Addie and Joy
  • Health food products from Kefir Queen
  • Earrings from Feather and Tusk
  • Fresh flowers from Floral Edge

The Hampers are $220 each with all money going directly back to the local small businesses.

The hampers can be ordered from Floral Edge in-store or over the phone and there is free delivery available from Oak Beach to Wonga Beach and a $10 charge to deliver to Cairns residents.

Tash Bellero from Treasure Inventory said the majority of her trade comes from the Sunday markets and it has been difficult since they were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It's hard converting those customers from the markets to my website online,” she said.

“I think something like this is really important to be able to get together as a community and support other women in business.”

Lana Van Hulst from Lana Nas Studio echoed Tash, saying the Markets were her main window for sales.

“We are online too but Sunday is our big trading day, so we were so happy when Floral Edge asked us to be part of this,” she said.

“And it’s a really nice present for Mother’s Day when so many people can’t see their mums at the moment.”

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