By Juliano Oliveira
Rural and remote businesses in Queensland now have their own pop-up shop in New Farm, a suburb on Brisbane’s inner northern riverside.
“Buy from the Bush Queensland”, founded by Kerri Brennan, has been embraced by the city’s community and surroundings.
“We’ve had customers travel from as far as the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay to buy some of our products – everything from pickles, chutneys, soaps and bath salts to jewellery, scarfs, lampshades and duffel bags,” Ms Brennan said.
“We source our products form businesses right across the state – from Goondiwindi in the south to Mission Beach in the north, and Longreach in the west.”
The story behind the pop-up shop involves the struggle of many women whose ability to micro-businesses was vital to supplement their family income during a devastating drought.
“Last year, we had 5000 Facebook followers, and now we have more than 22,000 – but opening our own shop has taken it to a whole new level,” Ms Brennan said.
“New Farm locals Lawrie and Tony Ward offered us the space for free, and I said yes before I thought about how we could make it work.
“It’s a low budget affair; we sleep on swags between the pelts and macadamia nuts at night before opening the shop in the morning.”
“We opened on November 30 and will carry on until December 23 which should give us just enough time to get home for Christmas.”
Minister for Employment, Small Business and Training Di Farmer said Buy from the Bush Queensland needs the support of the Brisbane community.
“This Christmas they’ve gone one better and brought the bush to Brisbane – and I’d encourage everyone to get behind this great Queensland small business success story,” she said.
The Buy from the Bush pop-up shop is located at 866 Brunswick Street New Farm.