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, a new collection 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 Jes, 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.

You can visit the Habitat store, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Sign up to their newsletter on www.nicemartin.com or follow them 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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Victoria Beattie and Emma Henderson. Image credit: Andy Macpherson Studio

 

We are so very lucky to have the flagship store of one of Byron Bay’s most notable brands, The Beach People, right in the heart of Habitat. We had a quick chat to owners and 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

 

Just the perfect fit - so does this mean 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 exclusive Aveda salon Zanzi - Holistic Hairdressing joining Aesthetica in C5 Building to transform the block into a wellness space 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 as the 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 (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 i

Habitat People: Andrew, Compost Central

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Habitat is a proud supporter of Compost Central and the pilot site for the new Subpod community system (read: worm farms). We took some time to meet with the 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.

HABITAT PEOPLE: TRACEY WOODS, RETAIL MANAGER

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To celebrate the opening of our brand new concept store, Habitat Collective, we caught up with retail manager, Tracey Woods.

Thanks for your time today Tracey - a simple question to start. Where are you based in Byron Bay? 

We live just near the Roadhouse [in Lilly Pilly] on the way to Suffolk Park.  

Lovely! How long have you been living and working in Byron Bay? 

I’d say three years now. I lived here for about three years over seven years ago, and lived in Tassie in between. I grew up in Tassie and prior to that we lived in Sydney. 

When you did start working for Habitat? 

I was hired to manage the retail spaces at the Habitat Home and Habitat Woman pop-ups - the management team had already chosen the brands. The brands had been curated when I took it on, and [both stores were] an empty shell and I had to put it together which was the fun part.  

What was the attraction of working in a place like Habitat? 

Well for me the attraction was A) Byron based. Everybody wants to live and work, and be able to survive in Byron. I mean, I just love living here! And B) it was a new project. I’ve been involved in quite a few new projects in my career, and I love something new that you can be involved in from the very beginning and help build. For me it’s just the neighbourhood that’s been created out here - it’s just great. The people are all lovely, it’s a real little community and I love that. 

How does the new Habitat Collective support the ethos of Habitat? The live, work, play concept? 

I think originally the brands that were chosen were Byron Bay based brands that whole idea of having local, community, a space for them to exhibit their work was the main thing, so that brought in the makers to the retail front. And for me, I believe that contributes back to the concept of live, work and play. I wouldn’t say we provide stuff that everybody needs within the complex, but I do think that we try to get people to buy local and we try to keep it fresh and change things up. And I think most of the people who visit here have a conscious and they want to buy locally. 

What sort of visitors do you see in store? 

We have a lot of repeat customers – locals who come regularly to check out what’s new and to say hello, and a lot of regulars because of F45 and Bende. The people that use the community basically, who come out here and have their weekly or daily coffee they come in and say hello. So we get repeat locals but we also get tourists and repeat tourists. We’ve found we get people coming in who were here when we opened and they’re already coming back.

And why wouldn’t you! What brands can we expect to find in store? 

East Coast General is one that is really popular at the moment – she does handmade leather goods herself, she lives locally, but she also imports some clothing from the States and Europe. We have The Bare Road which is extremely popular as they don’t have their own space in Byron, we always have people asking for them. St Helena which is amazing – Shannon has done an beautiful job with her new summer range. My General Store which is a fantastic small run of beautifully tailored clothing - the fit in her clothes is just amazing. Las Ninas, the lady who brings in individual Mexican and South American pieces. And that’s just a few! We have 40 plus brands at the moment [which have been a merge from the brands at Habitat Home and Habitat Woman]. 

Do you have a favourite product within the store? 

There are so many beautiful things. I’m always excited about the new brands coming in! 

Do you have an insider tip for visitors (or locals) to Byron? 

Shop out here! Avoid the traffic – it’s just become so intense. I just think you can get everything out here, You can have a beautiful dinner or lunch. Get on the train and come out here!  

Habitat Collective is open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturdays 10am - 3pm.