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Candice Olivier

She’s the multi-passionate Gold Coast gal who gave us Karma Collab Hub, a warehouse turned co-working and event space that not only serves as an office space to lots of Gold Coast creatives but also hosts regular workshops and art shows.

We sat down for a chat with Candice about collaboration, community and connection and the advice she has for anyone looking to start their own business. 

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been on the Gold Coast for 2.5 years now however once upon a time I lived in Brisbane and used to visit every weekend. I must admit it’s so different living here full time! Steve, the co-founder of Karma Collab Hub has been here for over 25 years so he knows all the short cuts.

What do you love most about our sparkly city?
The people and the sense of “calm” that fills your heart every day! There is such an amazing community here that doesn’t discriminate on gender, religion etc. I haven’t felt at home like this anywhere else I’ve lived.

Talk to us about your co-working space Karma Collab Hub…
Well the idea of converting a warehouse originally started off only to be my corporate business office but then a client wanted to rent it off me on the weekends, which suited me perfectly – he is actually now the other co-founder of Karma Collab Hub! We house 14 different small businesses full time, numerous drop in freelancers, not to mention the over 100 events we have hosted in a year that have educated the community on topics like sustainability, how to run a more successful start up and holistic awareness / activities such as meditation. We don’t do private offices and our open plan space puts more emphasis on collaboration and connection. Karma Collab Hub displays local artists work that rotates monthly, two boardrooms, a podcast room and our very own community herb garden! We have a huge drive to become a more sustainable space so we compost food waste and even our bin liners are compostable!

Why did you think the Coast needed something like you have created in Miami?
We just wanted a space down the southern end and came across this space which was WAY too big but once we saw, it we fell in love! The idea to open it up as a co-working space was only decided once we had signed the lease actually! We didn’t even know that there was another co working space right next door (Hotel Miami), which is a super funky space too (if you haven’t checked it out!)

You own another business too, what does a “normal” day look like for you?
No two days are ever the same and we are not the same people anymore! We are busier and happier funnily enough! We absolutely love this place as a home and the members as family.

Any advice for someone who might like to start their own business?
Take the bloody risk (just don’t sell your first born to do it). You have to be willing to lose what you put in because then you don’t worry so much about achieving and can spend more time actioning your plan, offering your creation from a space of love and desire to share rather than a mindset of “if I sell this to you I will make money and that’s great because I want to live in a big house”.

What’s on for the rest of 2019 for you?
We turn one on October 30th, so hopefully a couple of beers at our birthday party! Also just enjoying the summer and continuing to connect with the community. We are putting together a couple more collaborations and encouraging the members to participate in more volunteering opportunities. We might even start a podcast too!

Tell us about your favourites on the Coast…
Coffee spot: Morena Espresso / Dust Temple
Cafe for breakfast: Burleigh Co Op / Bam Bam Bakehouse
Restaurant for dinner: Spice Temple! It’s an Indian Restaurant that does delish vegan dishes!
How does your weekend usually look? Covered in clay (we have a ceramics studio in the hub!), hosting an event or reading at the beach!

Burleigh Co-Op

Burleigh Heads has absolutely come alive in the last couple of years with epic eateries and beachside bars popping up all over the place.

The locals are loving it, everybody else is talking about it and we are 100% on board the Burleigh’s the best train.

If there was one thing missing in a suburb filled with good vibes and even better people though, it was an eatery centred around a sense of community and here we are discussing the team of locals who have now taken up that space.

Burleigh Co-op opened their doors today (Monday March 4th) and the sweet little venue already has a huge following, which doesn’t surprise anyone in the least.

The newbie is the work of a gang of folks whose names you no doubt know, including the Hotel Miami crew, the legends at Granddad Jacks, the guys at Lost Boys Barbers, food extraordinaires Fingers and Bones Catering and Elki Blue Jewellery.

They’ve taken over the spot where much-loved Burleigh Social once lived after quickly seeing the hole it’s absence left for the hungry locals.

The bones of the building remain the same but the fitout is all sparkly and new with a whitewashed slash industrial vibe perfectly at home amongst the potted greenery, tangled trellises and a little bench style situation covered in vines.

Inside, glossy white tiles line the back wall, which is where you’ll see the chefs working their magic and you may sit inside to watch them do just that or outside in the prettiest of courtyards.

It’s relaxing, easy on the eye and, well, perfectly Burleigh.

The menu is also one of the best around with plenty of breakfast slash lunch dishes you’ve never laid eyes (or tastebuds) on before.

The Zucchini Waffles are a taste sensation with a sunny side egg (best name for a food-related thing), mixed shoots, chilli sour cream and Parmesan snow (also epic). It’s a big old dish that’ll satisfy you for a very long while.

The Brick Lane Bombay is spice-fried potatoes, flashed spinach, fried egg, coriander, spring onion and lime. You want to eat it just after reading that don’t you. One of the best brunch dishes in the world. Big call, no lie.

Zucchini Waffles

There’s also an array of bowls filled with fresh, nourishing goodness and while we’ll certainly be sampling all of them, first up we’d recommend the Green Papaya Salad because fresh hot smoked tofu, rice noodles, loads of herbs, peanuts, crispy shallots and Chili and lime dressing. All of the flavours.

Oh let’s also discuss the Falafel Fritters with pickled red cabbage and caraway seeds, turmeric cauliflower hummus, barley tabouli and a seeded cracker. Yep.

Every dish deserves a mention but we can’t give away all their secrets.

Green Papaya Salad

The coffee is by local faves Social Espresso so you know a sweet, smooth brew is on the cards and all the produce on offer is local because showcasing our stunning city is what Burleigh Co-op is all about.

From the owners to the eats, everything about the place is part of the community, co-operative vibe Burleigh knows and loves.

So, after all that, obviously the only thing left to do is get down to Hibiscus Haven and get involved in the goodness.

Happiest days.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

LOCATION: 2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: 6am until 3pm daily

Morena Espresso

Oh hey Mermaid, long time no see, missed you. Seriously though, it’s been awhile since we discussed the happenings of the suburb with the prettiest name in the world (biased) but here we go.

Morena Espresso quietly opened their colourful doors last week adding to the rapidly growing creative scene Mermaid has going on.

The space, on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Cronulla Ave (where Hula Girl Espresso once lived) is stunning, filled with locally made goodies you may purchase while patiently (haha) waiting for your cup of caffeine.

Made of two levels, there’s plenty of spots for relaxing, including a bright pink couch, a communal table set up down the centre of the space and some little tables set amongst said purchasable goodies. Brands on offer include Drift Trading Co. candles, Ecua Andino Hats, Rustic Peppermint and Kippy Skateboards to name a few local legends.

Outside, an eye-catching mural has been painted by local artists Fa Bio and Barbara Farias Lama and it’s all Spanish animals and palm trees and a pretty brunette drinking a tasty cuppa. It’s one of the prettiest on the Coast.

Morena Espresso is the kind of place you can pop in for a quick takeaway coffee or pull up a spot and spend all day working (slash making a list of all the pretty things you want to buy).

Obviously, takeaway coffee is the name of the game and the beans on offer are Byron Bay’s Marvell St.

At the moment, eats are limited to a few raw treats but in the next week there’ll be an array of tasty toasties on offer as well as smoothies, acai bowls and more raw treats. All perfect for feeding your hungry self on the go.

Not only eats and espresso, Morena will soon play host to creative workshops including song writing and salsa dancing. There’ll also be art exhibitions by local artists and all of those sounds like a very good time to us.

Pop down and say hello to the people bringing a little bit more colour, and a little bit more caffeine to your day.

What would we do without them.

LOCATION: 2550 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: 6am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 2pm Saturday

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Burleigh Co-Op launches garden party-style supper club

If there is a time that is more delightful than dining under the stars in a garden overflowing with greenery and your very best friends by your side, we are not aware of it.

Throw in a five-star feast and a BYO sips situation, call it a Supper Club and you’ve earned our undying love. Which is exactly what you always wanted at Burleigh Co-Op is it not?

As you may have guessed, the crew at everyone’s fave community café in Burleigh has created something new and we’re pretty sure you’re going to love it as much as we do.

So what is this new Supper Club we gush about? Well, it’s an intimate evening consisting of exceptional eats fresh from the farm, live music and a whole lot of good vibes.

A ticket will get you a five course feast, set by Burleigh Co-ops chef with the highest quality cuts of meat and fresh produce to accompany.

If you’ve had the pleasure of sampling the menu at Burleigh Co-op before, you’ll know it’s some of the best around and you’re in for a treat.

Supper Club will run every month and the menu will be kept secret until the night (or nights), which makes it even more fun.

It’s the work of the team behind Fingers and Bones Catering who create flavour-filled dishes that are both refined and some of the tastiest on the Gold Coast in the humble opinion of people who eat A LOT.

The BYO part is really great because you know what goes exceptionally well with a five-star feast of Fingers and Bones quality? Gin.

And you know where you can get five-star gin, made by local legends and just a short walk away from Burleigh Co-Op? Granddad Jack’s that’s where. Home of a few varieties of gin that we (of course) have tasted on several occasions and are very big fans of.

Excitingly, once you’ve finished up at the Supper Club, you can stroll on back to Granddad Jack’s for a few delightful cocktails to finish up the night.

So you see where the undying love for Supper Club comes from now right?

Oh and we forgot to say it’s on this weekend and there are still tickets for Saturday night.

You’re welcome, bye.

LOCATION: 2/2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
WHEN: Saturday October 19th from 6pm sharp.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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