Habitat People: Nicole from Annukka

 
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Annukka is all about a healthy and holistic lifestyle - which makes it a perfect fit for our Habitat community. The Byron-born, eco-friendly label, which uses certified organic cotton to make their everyday classics, was listed as one of the 11 Best Organic Brands in Australia by Marie Claire earlier this year. In this interview, Annuka’s founder & owner, Nicole shares her experience on starting and running the ethical and sustainable business.

Nicole, how long have you been living and working in the area? 

We live in town and have been here for 16 years.

When did you establish Annukka? 

I first started Annukka about 6 years ago out of our spare room, back when my children were small. I started with zero budget. I designed & made a really small collection, took it to a market and it sold out within hours. I spent that money on more fabric, sold it, and so it went and grew from there.

It certainly did! What helped you decide to move your business to Habitat?

We love the vibe out here at Habitat. it has a great community of likeminded, supportive creatives. It’s a fantastic destination for locals and tourists to come and chill, have a nice meal or coffee, shop and relax - without the busyness of town. Of course, the eco-concept is very strong for our brand, so it felt like a perfect fit. We are loving it here!

 

“Habitat has a great community of likeminded, supportivE creatives. It’s a fantastic destination for locals and tourists to comE AND chill, have a nice meal or coffee, shop AND relax - without the busyness of town.”

 
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How do you and your team support the community ethos of Habitat?

It is such a great, friendly supportive community. At one of my first meetings with the community, it was said ’As you grow, I grow and we all succeed together with the support of each other’. I loved it, so positive! 

How lovely - like one big family. What type of customers would be interested in Annukka’s range?

We have a really broad range of customers, from people who really resonate with our ethical values & organic slow fashion mantra. Then there are people who just love stripes! We are a basics label, simplistic, timeless.

Love it! Can you share any upcoming plans or projects for your label?

We have just released our gorgeous new Winter Collection and also some exciting new projects and fabrics are about to be launched - you can view it all on our website.

 
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What do you love about the work you do? 

I love that I have flexibility in my day to day work/family life.  I love that women contact me to tell me they feel empowered, confident, comfortable by wearing Annukka pieces. I love that I am making my little bit of difference in the slow fashion industry and that people are becoming more aware of the ethical issues surrounding the fashion industry, that we really can make a difference.

Annukka is located in C4 Building at Habitat and open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-3pm. For the latest news and collections, follow Annukka on Facebook or Instagram @annukkabyronbay.

 

Habitat People: Jody from Nice Martin

 
 
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This month we caught up with Jody Feldhofer of Nice Martin on moving her business to Habitat Byron Bay, a new collection launch and an upcoming charity luncheon with Sarah Glover.

Thanks for your time with us Jody. You've just moved to Byron - how long have you been working in the area?

We’ve just been here the last 8 months since making the move personally from Sydney after having a baby. My business partner and I decided to relocate the business too, and what a great move it has been! I’m loving it.

Sounds like it was the ideal time on both personal and business fronts. When exactly did you establish Nice Martin? 

In August 2015 after only knowing my business partner for a few weeks. We launched our very first collection [just four months later] on December 18.

So soon! What was the attraction of Habitat for Nice Martin? 

The people, the vibe, it’s a really positive and fun environment and of course it’s a fab precinct. It also felt really similar to our first office we had in Sydney which we loved. 

How do you and your team support the community ethos of Habitat?

We hire people from the community and treat them like family. We encourage the mums to bring their kids to work if they need to, and make sure we spend time outside of the shop with each of them so we get to know them on another level.

What type of person would be interested in your collection? 

Women of all ages, and men too if they are feeling fancy.

Are you able to share some upcoming plans for Nice Martin?

Plans are to grow bigger and better and to expand overseas but to also become a more sustainable business with as little wastage as possible.  We have just dropped our winter collection which is the second collection of the new year and the ‘New Nice Martin’ direction.

 
 
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What do you love about the work you do? 

Ummm…absolutely everything! My business partner Jess, our team, the location, the travel, the fact that I get to bring my son to work everyday. You can’t beat it.


Nice Martin is holding a charity luncheon to support Breast Cancer on Sunday 23 June 2019. Book your tickets here.

Visit the Habitat store, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Sign up to their newsletter at www.nicemartin.com or follow on Facebook & Instagram @nice_martin, or Pinterest for all the latest updates.

 
 
 

Queen's Birthday Opening Hours

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Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday (in NSW) at Habitat! Here is a list of our store opening hours so you can eat, exercise and shop on your public holiday.

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday - Monday, 10th June

Annukka - normal trading, 9am-4pm

Barrio - normal trading, 7am-9pm

Bende - normal timetable. Check website for details.

Department of Simple Things - normal trading, 9.30am-5.30pm

F45 - sessions at 6.30am and 7.30am

Habitat Collective - normal trading, 10am-4pm

Nice Martin - open 10am-2pm

OneTeaspoon - normal trading, 10am-4pm

Prae Store - normal trading, 9am-4pm

Shackpalace Rituals - open 10am-2pm

Tigmi Trading - open 10am-2pm

Closed: Aestheticà, Children of the Tribe, The Beach People, Zanzi Hairdressing, O’Meara Dental

Note: Times are correct at date of publish. For any changes to store opening hours follow @habitat_byronbay and individual brands.

Habitat People: Samara, Shackpalace Rituals

 
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We are surrounded by creative minds here at Habitat and love the opportunity to delve into conversation with our neighbours. This month we talk to Samara Macchia of the beautfiul Shackpalace Rituals, on her move to the village and her love of creating slow, mindful rituals for the everyday.

How long have you been working in the area, Samara?

I’ve been in Byron for almost 3 years, and have been working in the industrial estate for a couple of years now. We established Shackpalace Rituals here in November 2017.  

What was the attraction of Habitat to move Shackpalace Rituals here? 

We loved the idea of being a part of a community of wonderful likeminded businesses, and the space was the perfect size for us to expand into. 

 
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Sounds like the perfect fit! How do you and your team support the community ethos of Habitat?

We love the live, work, play concept as it very much aligns with our Shackpalace philosophy of rethinking the way we live, so that we can live better. We love that this concept attracts a wonderful community of like minded people who live and work at Habitat, making it a very special place to be.  

Who might be interested in your products and visiting your unique space here?  

Anyone who resonates with our philosophy of slow, mindful living, and creating rituals in our homes and our daily lives. Also, anyone who has an appreciation for beautiful, ethically handmade products and high quality, natural ingredients. 

 
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What are the plans and upcoming projects for Shackpalace?

We have lots of exciting ideas brewing… stay tuned for more events and recipes and we are hoping to launch a series of podcasts and videos shortly too. We are also continually collaborating with talented artisans and designers to bring beautiful new products to our customers. 

What do you love about the work you do?

So many things! I am continually inspired by the talented artisans that we work with, and I love meeting and connecting with all of our wonderful customers both locally in the store and via Instagram and emails from our online store. I feel very grateful to have met so many wonderful, talented people through Shackpalace. 

I also love that Shackpalace encourages me to continually self experiment with my own rituals and the products and ingredients I use, so that I am more mindful in my everyday practice. I have grown so much through having this business! 

Shackpalace Rituals is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Follow @shackpalacerituals on Instagram or Facebook or regularly check out www.shackpalacerituals.com for new products and www.shackpalace.com for everything else!

Easter & Anzac Day Opening Hours

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To help you enjoy the upcoming Easter holidays at Habitat, we’ve listed our store opening hours below so you know when to eat, shop and indulge, and when to head to the beach instead.

Good Friday, 19th April

Barrio - normal trading, 7am-9pm

Shackpalace Rituals - normal trading, 10am-5pm

OneTeaspoon - normal trading, 10am-4pm

Nice Martin - open 9am-1pm

Bende - reduced timetable. Check website for details.

LOVINLIFECO - open, 10am-4pm

Closed: Habitat Collective, F45, Aestheticà, Prae, Children of the Tribe, The Beach People, Tigmi Trading

Saturday, 20th April

All stores open as per normal trading.

Easter Sunday, 21st April

Bende - reduced timetable. Check website for details.

All other retailers closed (as per normal trading).

Easter Monday, 22nd April

Barrio - normal trading, 7am-9pm

F45 - sessions at 6.30am and 7.30am

Bende - reduced timetable. Check website for details.

Shackpalace Rituals - open 10am-5pm

Habitat Collective - open 10am-3pm

Tigmi Trading - open 10am-2pm.

Prae - normal trading, 9am-4pm

OneTeaspoon - normal trading, 10am-4pm

LOVINLIFECO - open, 10am-4pm

Closed: The Beach People, Aestheticà, Nice Martin

Anzac Day, Thursday 25th April

Barrio - normal trading, 7am-9pm

F45 - sessions at 6.30am and 7.30am

Bende - reduced timetable. Check website for details.

Habitat Collective - open 10am-3pm

Tigmi Trading - open 10am-2pm

Closed: The Beach People, Prae, Children of the Tribe, Nice Martin, OneTeaspoon, Shackpalace Rituals

Note: Times are correct at date of publish. For any changes to store opening hours follow @habitat_byronbay and individual brands.

Habitat People: Emma & Victoria, The Beach People

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We feel so very lucky to have the flagship store of one of Byron’s most notable brands, The Beach People, right here in the heart of Habitat. We had a quick chat with co-founders Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie ahead of their Petite Gathering event this Thursday, 4th April.

Thank you both so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to chat with us! A simple question to begin – Where can we find you and your label?

Emma: We both live in Kingscliff. We have a warehouse and office space in South Tweed and our flagship store at Habitat in Byron Bay. 

So how long have you been working in the region? When did you establish your business?

Victoria: We started The Beach People in the summer of 2013 in my tiny beachside shack in Kingscliff. We had a back shed that our husbands used to shape surf boards and drink beer in, but we kicked them out as soon as The Beach People took off and converted it to an office and shipping station. That only lasted a year though, and we quickly moved into our space in South Tweed.

Sounds like a great time! Your business really took off so quickly. What was the attraction of Habitat to open your flagship store?

E: When Vic and I drove into Habitat for the first time we thought to ourselves what a great space. It has a calm tranquil feel about it. As soon as one of the Habitat team showed me the space they wanted us to take, I knew we had to move in. I could see the potential in the area. I could see myself working in and designing from the shop daily and it felt like it was the right thing for us at the right time. 

 
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Image credit: Andy Macpherson Studio

 
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Image credit: Andy Macpherson Studio

 

Sounds like the perfect fit! So how do you and your team support the community ethos of Habitat? 

V: The Beach People is a Lifestyle brand. We design beautiful yet functional products that enhance everyday life. We share the same purpose as Habitat and that is a lifestyle space that enhances everyday life through heath & wellbeing, shopping experiences and exceptional food all in a stunning architecturally designed space. 

E: That is actually what I have personally loved about being at Habitat over the past 6 months. Meeting our customers face to face. Seeing what they love about or collections and hearing their feedback. For the past 5 years we have only been online so it’s great to meet our people in the flesh. We are for all ages and all people. We stock product from a sweet little beach cart to take your little ones to the beach in, linen & eucalyptus bedding, of course Beach towels of all kinds and so much more. The Original Roundie being our most known and loved product. 

 
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Image credit: Andy Macpherson Studio

 

Do you have any upcoming plans you can share with us? 

V: SO much happing this year. This month we launch a new collection made from 100% upcycled Denim – We are doing all we can to move The Beach People in a more sustainable direction.  This year we have collaborated with some talented artists and designers for this Summer so stay tuned!! 

Lastly ladies, what do you love about the work you do?

E: So many ups, downs and pinch me moments all in one day! Ha! My favourite is seeing everyday people all over the globe enjoying the products we create. Vic and I see every post, every comment and we are so grateful for our community - it’s the best!

The Beach People Petite Gathering event takes place this Thursday 4th April, 9am-12pm.

The Beach People are open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm. Follow their journey on Instagram @thebeachpeople, Facebook and thebeachpeople.com.au.

Habitat People: Kerri, Zanzi Hairdressing

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We are thrilled to welcome luxe Aveda salon Zanzi Holistic Hairdressing to Habitat. Joining Aesthetica in our C5 Building, Zanzi are a welcomed new addition to our growing health & wellness quarters, along with other new businesses coming soon!

We caught up with owner Kerri Brydon on her decision to expand at Habitat.

Thanks for taking the time during your busy fit-out to meet with us Kerri! How long have you been working in the area?

Zanzi is the new kid on the Habitat C5 block, so only recently have I started working here.

This is your second salon - When did you establish Zanzi Hairdressing? 

We opened our first salon in early 2018 at Cornerstone Stores in Tugun, QLD.

Wow, that’s quite a quick expansion! What was the attraction of Habitat for your second Zanzi salon? 

What matters to us most is community vibe, a sustainable eco-friendly environment and being close to nature… we found the perfect match with Habitat! 

How do you and your team support the community ethos of Habitat?

We take a holistic approach to hairdressing and this extends to our team. We believe in order to perform at your best it is important to enjoy where you work and establish a healthy work-life balance. The Live, Work and Play concept has attracted like-minded creatives making it an inspiring place to come to daily. 

Who would be interested in your services? 

Our Zanzi tribe consists mainly of beautiful (inside and out) women who were tired of visiting large, loud, chemical-fueled salon spaces and after leaving (with a hefty bill!) weren’t even happy with their hair.

We give back to the community through charity and our sustainability program, we only use and recommend brands who support our no-harm approach (no harm to the planet, animals and ourselves) so anyone visiting our salon can feel good about making an eco-conscious choice. There’s a movement happening with more and more toxic-free beauty options which we proudly support and prove you no longer need to sacrifice your health for beauty. 

What are the plans and upcoming projects for Zanzi? Where can your clients find out more info? 

We are always up to something! You can follow our journey @zanzihairdressing and @kerri.zanzi

What do you love about the work you do? 

The ability to make people feel and look great!

Zanzi has a New Client Offer available for March 2019 bookings. Receive a free hair cut with any colour service. Book online or call the Habitat salon on 0433 881 339.

The Habitat salon is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday, 9am-3pm (closed Sunday). Visit www.zanzihairdressing.com.au for more info

Habitat People: Andrew, Compost Central

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Habitat is proud to be the pilot site for Compost Central’s amazing new Subpod community system. We took some time to meet with passionate founder/director/inventor, Andrew Hayim De Vries, to find out what he loves most about his work and what keeps him motivated.

Thank you for taking the time to meet us Andrew! A simple question to start: Where do you live in Byron Bay?

I live in the heart of the Arts and Industrial Estate Byron Bay - just down the road from Habitat! 

How long have you been living or working here?

I’ve lived in Byron Bay for over four years now and love it here.

When did you establish Compost Central?

I started Compost Central in Melbourne 5 years ago and then moved up to Byron in December 2014.  Prior to that I was running ‘Compost Install’ in Fremantle, WA.  

My background is art and green design with over 40 years as a practicing composter!

Since moving to Byron Bay I’ve been focussed on developing my Subpod composting technology that makes mess and smell free composting fun and easy for everyone, from a single household to entire communities. As a bonus our systems grow bumper crops of nutrient dense veggies.

What was the attraction of Habitat as the pilot site for the Subpod community system?

The community vision and the commitment to process organic waste onsite at Habitat just fitted so well with our goal of making composting and growing food a part of everyday life. 

To be able to collaborate closely with a world class live-work community that is just around the corner from Compost Central has made it much easier for our team to develop our Subpod community organic waste system that is now getting interest from around the world.   

Definitely a perfect fit! How do you and your team support the community ethos of Habitat?

We design organic systems that fit with the architectural & cultural ethos of Habitat, but more importantly we are helping to grow community and connect people to nature via the collaborative management of the Subpod systems.

Community values and a connection to our natural environment is a huge drawcard for people moving to the Byron Shire and I’m proud to be a part of helping Habitat support this ethos.

What type of people would be interested in the Subpod? 

Anyone interested in reducing their environmental impact or eating nutrient dense food!

When composted properly organic waste is food for the soil and vital for growing healthy food. But in Australia organics is up to 50% of household waste that ends up in landfill, creating harmful greenhouse gasses and leachates. We need to change this urgently.

Subpod takes the hard and smelly work out of composting and acts as a growth hub within a veggie garden with worms and microbes feeding the soil as they compost your waste.

Subpod fits anywhere people want to convert the resource of food waste into accessible, nutritious food through healthy soil. 

We hope to see it used in backyards, communities, schools, and developments around the world.

What are the plans (upcoming projects) for Compost Central?

Subpod has been developed on the smell of an oily rag by a dedicated team with a lot of heart and a huge vision. 

We will be crowdfunding Subpod on the 12th of March and really need people to get on board and support us by pre-ordering and sharing our campaign with sharing it with their friends for us to take it to the world. 

To find out more and please visit subpod.com.au and sign up to our email list to stay in the loop. 

We will honour some great deals for early supporters!

What do you love about the work you do?

Being a part a community that is focussed on creating solutions for sustainable living systems. 

Creating different environments where people can see and experience how Subpod can be implemented into different environments focussing on composting on location.  

Working with other like-minded businesses and people creating social awareness around converting food waste into a valuable resource.  

If we feed the soil we can feed the world!

 

Please visit the website for further details on the Subpod and how you can get involved.