Habitat People: Danielle, Tigmi Trading

 
Danielle McEwan at the Tigmi Trading studio. Photo -  Bridget Wood  Photography

Danielle McEwan at the Tigmi Trading studio. Photo - Bridget Wood Photography

 

As Creative Director (and owner and founder) of Tigmi Trading, Danielle McEwan can be hard to catch! But we’re so thankful she could have a chat with HABITAT ahead of the launch of her latest collection (sign up here to be the first in the know!)

Thanks so much Danielle for sharing your time today.  Tigmi Trading has certainly become one of Byron Bay’s most well-known brands. When did you establish your business? 

The idea and beginnings of a business began in 2014 and then grew organically until September 2015 when we officially launched the website.  

Incredible. Do you have a long-lasting connection to Byron Bay?

I have been coming to the area for over 30 years and more regularly when I met my current partner over 16 years ago. I finally made the move permanently (to Nashua) over 8 years ago and haven’t looked back! 

And why would you! You opened your beautiful Tigmi Trading studio at HABITAT last summer. What was the attraction of the precinct to open your showroom? 

I wanted to create a beautiful studio space that could showcase all our larger items as our existing space at Newrybar Merchants was getting a little full. I loved the concept around Habitat and the ability to have an office and showroom within a burgeoning creative community. The space also has a beautiful light and green outlook which makes it a beautiful place to come to work everyday.

So do you feel you and your team support the community Live/Work/Play ethos of HABITAT?

We are very involved in the Habitat Community – we eat at Barrio and in summer love using the facilities such as the pool. We have also developed great friendships with the other retailers and businesses within the area. It’s definitely a supportive community of likeminded businesses. 

The Tigmi Trading studio showroom at HABITAT. Photo - Alicia Taylor Photography

The Tigmi Trading studio showroom at HABITAT. Photo - Alicia Taylor Photography

Amazing. Let’s focus on your brand Tigmi - what type of person would be interested in your product? 

We have such a diverse range of clients but the underlying commonality is they have a deep interest and appreciation of design and the creative process.

Can you share any upcoming plans with us?

We have so many exciting things on the boil – we are working on our first rug range, a furniture range and lighting collab and lots more! It’s going to be a busy end to the year!

Where can clients find out more info?

We keep our clients updated on our news, new collections and events via our newsletters We share our creative inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram too.

What do you love about the work you do? 

I love unearthing beautiful pieces and sharing the stories of the makers with our customers. I also love constantly evolving the business and being able to use it as a conduit to make my creative dreams come to life! 

Very inspiring! What does a work day look like for you? 

After dropping the kids to school – I grab a bare blends smoothie and head into the office. Check emails and touch base with the team about what’s going on that day. I’ll often have meetings or finance conversations to have. Then it’s sourcing pieces for clients, working on new designs or product ideas, coming up with concepts for photoshoots and generally supporting my amazing team who keep all the cogs rolling every day!

Sounds incredibly busy, but I’m sure is very rewarding! How do you balance this in your personal time? Do you have a ‘go to’ place in Byron Bay?  

Coral at Muscle and bones is the most amazing therapist! She can iron out any kink. I literally recommend her to everyone. 


Tigmi Trading studio showroom at HABITAT is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. Shop in store or online at tigmitrading.com

Sign up to the Tigmi Trading mailing list to be the first to know about their new collection 'Casa D' Arte' - an exclusive curation of one of a kind Berber carpets inspired by the richness of a restored Italian palazzo, where history and modernity are at perfect harmony

 
 

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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Victoria Beattie and Emma Henderson. Image credit: Andy Macpherson Studio

 

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.

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.

HABITAT PEOPLE: JAMES FROM F45

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We got to know James Drake, owner and trainer of F45 Training, ahead of the studio’s next 8-Week Challenge.

Let’s get personal! Can you tell us where you live in Byron Bay, James? 

I live in Suffolk Park. We came down in February 2017 from the Gold Coast.  

How long have you been running F45? 

I was an insurance broker and my wife owned a cafe which she sold. F45 opened up near my office on the Gold Coast and I started going. I just loved it! I’d never felt better. We always loved the idea of moving to Byron – the drawback being we had to have something to do for work down here. So this was the perfect opportunity and we thought we’d try to bring [F45] to Byron. 

What was the attraction of Habitat for F45? 

With the council we were told we couldn’t put a fitness facility anywhere other than a new development. So it just so happened that this was really good timing. They were looking for a fitness facility to come in here. We got talking to Byron Bay Property Sales and found this space and it worked out amazingly well. 

We had the owner of F45 here the other day and said this was the prototypical studio for an F45 space. Lots of natural light, high ceilings, the perfect space. 

How do you and F45 Byron Bay support the ethos of Habitat? The live, work, play concept? 

We all get involved with other co-inhabitants. The biggest part of F45 is a community aspect, so getting involved in the local community in particularly with the tenants of Habitat. We’ve got a great relationship with downstairs [Barrio], they train here and we eat there. We’ve had a few functions where Barrio catered for us. Beau [the barber from Byron Bay Barber Co.] does my hair. We’re stoked about the pool which opened earlier this year – pretty happy about that! 

What type of person would enjoy visiting F45?

It caters for everyone. We work at your own pace in here we have plus 60 year olds in here training alongside 21 year olds. It’s really health conscious, people looking for motivation that the team environment can instil. The community environment is what’s really attractive to a lot of people. It can be daunting at the start! It looks like a boot camp but really you work at your own pace, we encourage progression of exercises, we cater for everyone – if there’s something you can’t do we scale it back to something you can do. There are so many different types of people in here.

What are some current or upcoming projects for F45?  

We regularly host the F45 8-Week Challenge – meal and exercise plan – the training stays the same, so it’s a tailored meal plan. The bloke who won our last challenge lost 14% body fat so absolutely smashed it.  The next 8-Week Challenge starts on October 8 and will be our biggest Challenge yet. It’s the perfect time to fine tune your Byron body for Summer.

For us newbies, what’s your favourite F45 session?  

They rotate all the time but at the moment on Fridays we do Fox Trot which is a big cardio session and a great way to end the working week and pump up the endorphins for the weekend.  

As a local, what’s your favourite thing to do in Byron Bay? 

A good Saturday morning workout at F45 at Habitat and then breakfast at Barrio! Or the Lighthouse Walk obviously.

The 8-Week Challenge kicks off on October 8. For more information or to sign up, visit the F45 Byron Bay website.

HABITAT PEOPLE: DAN, COCKTAIL extraordinaire

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In celebration of their recent alcohol license and extended opening hours (now open for Wednesday dinner too!) we caught up with Barrio Byron Bay's co-owner and international cocktail expert, Dan Wylie...

Where do you live in Byron and how long have you been here?

I live in Bangalow. I first came to Byron Bay in 2006 and fell in love with the area. I lived here for a few years and have been trying to find a way to move back permanently ever since!

How long have you been working at Barrio?

We started working on the concept in June 2017 and opened December 2017.

What was the attraction of Habitat for Barrio, and how do you support the Live, Work, Play ethos?

The sustainability aspect drew us to Habitat - the location and the community. At Barrio we build community through our food. We do this by forming genuine trust in relationships through our farmers and serving food that embraces the seasons.

What can visitors expect to find on the menu?

Barrio takes its influence from the wood-fired oven and charcoal grill, a great culinary tradition that enhances flavour and respects the virtues of the product. [Head chef] Francisco Smoje’s cooking is authentic without clinging to convention – working with traditions, but also bringing a new palate of flavour to the Byron Bay dining scene.

The breakfast and lunch menu is designed for eating-in or taking away and there’s a selection of sandwiches, toasties and platters full of salads, which greet customers as they arrive. It really is for everyone; families, freelance workers with laptops, those fresh out of the surf or post work-out, locals, tourists.

What are the upcoming plans for Barrio?

We have just opened on Wednesday nights with feast dinners and a weekly rotating rotisserie. We're also offering off-site catering and hosting more on-site events.  

What is your favourite item on the menu?

I love the cauliflower dish with chickpeas, almond and sage but the side of iceberg lettuce with a sardine yoghurt rach dressing is still one of my favourites, as is the roast snapper with green olivata.

As a lovely, what is your insider tip for visitors to Byron?

Leave your car at home, walk along the beach and enjoy the beauty of Byron. If you need transport, hire a bike or use the new solar train which will get you from town to North Beach (and Barrio) and back!

Barrio Byron Bay is open Mondays and Tuesdays 7am-3pm and Wednesdays to Saturdays 7am-11pm.

Visit barriobyronbay.com.au or follow @barriobyronbay

HABITAT PEOPLE: EMMA FROM BENDE

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This week, we spoke to Emma Seibold from Bende (pronounced "bend"), on her inspiration and vision for Habitat's exclusive yoga and pilates studio...

How long have you been living and working in Byron Bay, Emma?

I live in Mullumbimby and I love it here. We have a beautiful one acre property that is leafy and gorgeous, right in town. The energy is just amazing. It’s so tranquil, yet I still feel totally plugged in because of the amazing cafes, retail and people who live here.

We've been here now for 2 ½ years. Before that my husband and I were living in Bondi and running our business Barre Body (they have 9 studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane). We decided on a tree change and have never looked back.

How long has Bende been part of your business portfolio?

Bende opened at Habitat on 30th September last year. We were one of the first to open in the precinct so it’s been very exciting watching everyone else move in.

What was the attraction for Bende to be part of Habitat?

I just really loved the idea of creating a community within a community. All of my studios are built around creating a beautiful community to share the experience and what better place to do that in Byron Bay then at Habitat.

Sounds like the perfect fit! What sort of classes can visitors expect to find at Bende?

Bende is a mindful movement studio offering yoga, pilates, barre and reformer classes as well as teacher training and community events such as our New Moon and Full Moon classes, sound bath meditations and goddess groups.

That’s quite a mix! How do you and your business support the Habitat ethos then - the Live, Work, Play mentality?

Bende was specifically created for Byron Bay. I wanted something boutique and beautiful and special and the energy of Habitat really complemented the energy I wanted to create for Bende.

What type of person would enjoy a Bende class?

Someone who wants to tone their body and attend to their wellbeing and piece of mind at the same time - all in a relaxed, beautiful environment.

What are some upcoming plans for the studio?

I am most excited for the Barre Teacher Training this month and Pilates Teacher Training in October. An incredible way to build our community of teachers.

If you had to choose, what is your favourite class?

I love them all and they each have such a different flavour. For toning, I recommend, Pilates, barre and our reformer classes and for connection and flow, I love vinyasa and yin. We have a range of classes to meet all levels and interests.

As a local, what is your insider tip for visitors to Byron Bay?

The Tea Tree Lake and Whites Beach are my two favourite places.

For further information on Bende and to book a class or teacher training, visit bende.com.au

 

BYRON BAY BEACHES

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Byron is known for its stunning beaches, with perfect swell framed by crisp blue skies. Even in the cooler months there are many surfers in the water with barely a wetsuit in sight. And for those who don’t ride a board, simply dive in or picnic along the sand while you enjoy paradise all year-round.

Belongil Beach

Our local stretch of paradise! This un-patrolled beach is one of the few dog-friendly beaches in town. A firm favourite with Byron locals, Belongil makes for the perfect location to get away from it all. The few cafes & restaurants here have a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, including The Belongil (perfect for breakfast, lunch or coffee) and Treehouse on Belongil (for superb pizzas and cocktails). From the town centre, hop on the solar train to North Beach Station. Belongil is situated just moments from Habitat, behind the old whaling station (the remnants of the old jetty are still visible).

Tallow Beach

Tucked beneath the headland and a short walk from Byron town, is Tallow Beach - a popular surfing spot for local short-boarders and kite boarders. A beautiful un-patrolled beach, with a dog-friendly stretch, this is a wonderful spot for a morning walk. Note that the swells are best suited to the more confident surfers, as its strong rips drag out to sea.

Wategos

Located just north west of Cape Byron and the lighthouse, Wategos Beach is one of Byron’s most standout stretches. With crystal clear waters and rolling waves, Wategos is an idyllic spot for picnics, paddles and gentle surfs. Named after the family who settled the area in the 1930’s, its manageable waves create surf conditions suitable for long-boarders and learners alike. Further down the path, at Little Wategos, you’ll find a beautiful sheltered spot, best suited to snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming.

Don’t miss the Byron Cape Walk – a popular 3.7 km loop that’s perfect for exercise with a view, or a leisurely stroll. The track meanders through rainforest and over cliff tops, where you can spot whales along the way (during migration season). Once at the top, take in the impressive and historic Byron Bay Lighthouse, built in 1901.

The Pass

Further west from Wategos is The Pass, an internationally recognised surf break and one of the Top 15 best surf beaches in Australia. These long smooth waves will inspire you to grab a board and take a lesson.

Climb up Fishermans Lookout, a large wooden structure with a viewing platform, and admire fish and dolphins, along with daily snorkelers, diving tour boats and the early morning surfers carving up the waves.

Main Beach

The closest beach to town, and the most popular, Main Beach is where you’ll meet a diverse mix of locals and visitors. A hive of activity, you’ll usually find live music and relaxed entertainment on the grassy foreshore here. The beach is patrolled all year round by local surf lifesavers from The Surf Club. After a dip, head across the road to legendary pub The Beach Hotel, for a great afternoon session.

BYRON'S ARTS AND INDUSTRY ESTATE

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Approximately 1km from the centre of town, the bustling Byron Arts & Industry Estate is home to a diverse community of innovative, creative businesses (HABITAT included!). Here, we’ve put together a shortlist of just some of our favourite neighbours that are worth getting to know.

McTavish Surfboards

There are plenty of surf shops around these parts, but the McTavish Surfboards showroom and factory is a standout space that’s well worth a visit. The surfers equivalent to an art gallery, this is where professional and amateur surfers come to froth over the beautifully handcrafted surfboards, apparel and accessories. McTavish Surfboards is a unique destination, complete with spacious café and art exhibition area. A place where you can truly immerse yourself in surf culture.

Comma

As the name implies, '“Comma” stands for taking a moment to breathe and begin again – and after a holistic massage experience here, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. More than just a massage studio, this collaborative space is an expression of its locality – quintessentially relaxing, bringing together natural and all-Australian interiors. Designed so you can take a moment for yourself – no phones, no distractions, just you. Trust us, you will walk out of Comma feeling totally realigned and rewired.

Yoli & Otis

Whilst you can shop Byron’s most coveted fashion and homewares brands at Habitat Collective, we can’t not give mention to the uber chic showroom of Yoli & Otis. Here you can find everything from baby carriers, womenswear, kidswear, shoes and accessories, along with designer ranges from the likes of IN BED and PAMPA. PLUS all products are made from recycled materials, organic textiles and plant/herb fabric dyes – protecting the environment, our farmers and your children.

Circus Arts

Circus Arts Byron Bay is the place for the kids and kids at heart.  Whether it’s during the school term or school holidays, a comprehensive timetable of activities is on offer, including: full and half day circus programs; flying trapeze; free balloon twisting workshops; and indoor climbing & kids play space. Give your little ones an outlet to release that extra energy!

Stone & Wood

Possibly Byron’s worst-kept secret is its passion for independent and local brewery, Stone & Wood! And for good reason too. Is there anything better than a hard-earned pacific ale after a long working day or ocean dip? Catch up with friends at the brewery’s brand new state-of-the-art brewing facility and tasting room, hurrah!