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Local artisans showcased at new Burleigh space

The Damn Good Store (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the Gold Coast is fast becoming an absolute mecca for world-class creatives and we could not be more thrilled. If you feel the same (and we’re pretty sure you do), we’ve got something very exciting to tell you and if there was tiny thing our city was lacking, this is it.

It’s called The Damn Good Store. The store can be found tucked away down a little side alley-type situation where Greenfolk once lived and it is your new favourite spot to spend those hard earned dollars.

Why? Because this sweet space stocks wares by artists and makers from Brisbane to Byron Bay and it’s a carefully curated collection of the most stunning homewares, art, food, apparel and gifts and honestly, we want to buy at least five of everything.

The Damn Good Store (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

The Damn Good Store is the work of Burleigh folks Sarah and Jarrad Miller who are quite the talented creatives themselves. They met at design school and went on to build impressive careers and a slew of creative contacts and eventually decided they wanted to support and showcase the local community by building a store where everything could come together so we, the lucky locals, could take it all home with us.

No doubt you’ll be familiar with some of the brands within the space but Sarah and Jarrad have also spent quite a lot of time researching to find the perfect mix of goodies. Everything within the store is made by small, local artists and there really are some incredibly talented people around here.

The Damn Good Store (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

From artwork by local lads Kiel Tillman, Erin Larmor, Matt English, Rhys John Kaye, Michael Stiegler and Ben Whitemore and ladies Constanza Goeppinger, Hayley O’Connor and Susy Boyer to ceramics by Caroline C and candles that double as whisky glasses by LX Collection, there’s no way you’re not going home with armloads of goodies.

If you’re in the market for some local edible treats, there’s a range of epic sauces by JR’s Smokehouse Barbecue, lifechanging chocolate covered pecans by Barefoot Farm and plenty of locally made teas.

For the surfers, there’s Slick Daddy Zinc out of Byron Bay, natural surf wax made from beeswax by Good Wax and of course, some stunning wooden boards by Maywood Surfboards (who are also set to launch a sweet beach cricket set pretty soon too).

The Damn Good Store (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Skincare-wise you can stock up on organic goodies from Cannabella, some beautiful treats from Being Skincare and botanical soaps by l’essence. You’ll find handmade dolls houses, leather goods, notebooks, you name it, it’s there.

Plus, if all of that sounds like you’ll absolutely never be able to decide what you want (for yourself or someone else), no worries. Jarrad and Sarah have created the very best thing ever in the form of customised gift packs.

Name your receiver, the amount you’d like to spend and they’ll put something beautiful together for you, send you a photo to make sure you’re happy (you will be) and all you have to do is go pick it up. Within those boxes there can be bottle of Brookies Gin, beers from Lost Palms and local wines too.

The Damn Good Store (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s perfection and we have already been in several times to admire it all. Christmas is around the corner, so pop in for all your gifts while supporting local and look, it’s 2020, you deserve something special too.

Damn good indeed.

LOCATION: Sunbeau Court, 2A Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: Daily from 9am until 4pm

The Undercurrent

The Gold Coast’s newest label The Undercurrent is a brand with a mission, a Gold Coast one. Created to showcase our amazing city through art on something accessible to everyone, t-shirts.

The brand’s name is both a nod to the Coast’s thriving surf culture and the side of the city locals keep hidden.

Through her extensive travels proud Gold Coaster and brand creator, Carly Snodgrass, often came across t-shirts locally designed and capturing the essence of each particular city.

She quickly realised that although the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing visitors from across the world due to its beautiful golden beaches, thriving nightlife and of course, abundant theme parks, it is also a culturally diverse city with a whole lot more to offer.

And this is the side that should be shown to the world.

Enter the artists. Carly commissioned five local artists – Claudio Kirac, Kiel Tillman, Sarah Beetson, Eric Koo and Byron Coathup – to illustrate their interpretation of the Gold Coast suburb in which they live.

Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach are the suburbs currently represented with more to be added at a later date.

The Undercurrent’s purpose is to work with those who share their passion for the city’s unique culture and offer them the opportunity to create projects on their home turf.

$2 from every purchase will be donated to Surf Lifesaving Queensland who were specifically chosen by The Undercurrent due to the huge part they play in both assisting tourists and the vital role in shaping our city’s culture.

Since 1930 Surf Life Saving Queensland’s mission has been to protect the lives of the millions of people visiting our beaches every year and The Undercurrent wishes to support them in continuing their fantastic work.

The Undercurrent will officially launch online April 1st and you can catch them at The Village Markets this Sunday the 2nd of April from 8.30am to 1pm.

Words by Kirra Smith.


10 local brands for Christmas present inspo

Mr Consistent (image supplied)
Mr Consistent (image supplied)

It goes without saying that we live and breathe all things Gold Coast, and we know you do too.

So, in the spirit of local love and that of the festive season, we’ve decided to purchase all our Christmas presents from some talented and creative Gold Coast brands — and we hope you’ll do the same.

Here are a few of our favourites to get you started.

Mr Consistent
If there is a Christmas present more exciting (and universally loved) than cocktail pre-mix that’s as good as anything you’d sip in a bar, we have not heard of it. Mr Consistent gives you bar-quality Margaritas, Sours, Espresso Martini, Bloody Mary’s – just add alcohol – and you’ll have one very stoked loved one on your hands. Plus, its a great way to crack out those shaker skills on the big day!

Greenfolk Botany Shop
One of the Coast’s most iconic and well-stocked plants and gifts stores that has so many options for greenery it’s not even funny. Located in the bustling Burleigh, you can grab anything from the smallest succulent right up to a full-blown cactus. Plant goals amirite?
Where: 5/2 West Street, Burleigh Heads

Greenfolk Botany Shop (image supplied)
Greenfolk Botany Shop (image supplied)

The Undercurrent
Since we all love the Gold Coast, why not wear a little piece of it on your chest. The Undercurrent has a range of suburb-inspired tees designed by local artists, and they are as cool as can be. Nab one of these for anyone who loves their local suburb (or someone you’d like to coerce into moving Coast-side).
Use Inside Gold Coast’s exclusive redeem code: XMASIGC for 15% OFF here (valid till 24th December 2021).

Capricorn Distilling Co.
After relocating from Rockhampton to Burleigh Heads earlier this year, (and creating a great place to drop by and have a drink) these guys have wasted no time in pumping out some incredible spirits. This year they have created a Christmas style Pudding & Spice rum as well as a few special gift packs and their own bons bons full of mini bottles of gin or rum. SIGN.US.UP!
Where: 21 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

The Ceramic Mill
There’s been a resurgence of ceramics lately, and we’re certainly not complaining. Think sleek, modern designs and beautiful reusable coffee cups in the brightest of colours and patterns. You can even get yours customised with your name, so there’s no arguments as to who gets to use it! Stock up for your mum, sister or bestie and sneak an extra little something in for yourself!

The Undercurrent - Broadbeach range (image supplied)
The Undercurrent - Broadbeach range (image supplied)

Granddad Jacks
When it comes down to some tasty gins and nifty tasting vodkas, Granddad Jacks is a fine option for filling someone’s stocking with something a little stronger this year. Always ones to keep up with special times of the year, if you get in quick, you might be able to snag a bottle of their limited release Pavlova Gin! Tell us something that screams Christmas more! We’ll wait! There’s also several gift packs available, so they’ve done all the hard work for you.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami

If there’s one gift every lady in your life will love, it’s a beautifully scented candle, and ducky.’s soy candles are as good as they get. Infused with absolutely magical scents — like Black Raspberry — and hand-poured in Currumbin, there are SO MANY beautiful options that are a total treat for your nose. There’s even a candle named after local haunt The Henchman, but if you’re into the Christmas spirit already, the Mrs Claus or Nan’s Pudding featuring top notes of orange and clove will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree early.

A Bit Hippy
Skincare in the prettiest packaging is the perfect pressie for the lady in your life. Much more than this, though, is Burleigh-based skincare brand, A Bit Hippy, whose entire ethos is about simplifying things with their entire plant-based range. From sunscreens to balms to shampoos, they’re so proud and sure of what they make and do there’s even an irritation-free guarantee or your money back. You can’t go wrong!

A bit Hippy products (image supplied)
A bit Hippy products (image supplied)

OBfive Skateboards
Always wanted to give skateboarding a try but not so keen on getting up close and personal with the pavement? Take a look at the selection of boards available from OBfive: there is literally a skateboard for every ability and taste. And if you’re stuck on which one to choose, get hold of their gift cards instead and let that special person choose their own. Either way they’ll (or you) will be hitting the street soon to take part in a Gold Coast rolling crawl. And if you need the pressie in a hurry, you can pick-up direct from their head office in Burleigh!

Everyone loves comfortable, stylish togs and clothing, and the team at Rhythym have it in spades. Everything is designed right here in Burleigh, and it’s all so beautiful and ethically produced. From tees, shorts, dresses and now lifestyle products such as towels and beach umbrellas, there’s the perfect pressie for summer. What more could you, we mean bestie, boyfriend or sis want? The perfect Christmas gifts if ever we saw one. With two brick and mortar locations in James Street or Pacific Fair too.
Where: 2/12 James Street, Burleigh Heads and R10, L1, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Get shopping! Time’s a-wastin’, folks.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Rhythm (image supplied)
Rhythm (image supplied)

Hayley O

Local fashion illustrator and graphic designer Hayley O’Connor has worked with a slew of impressive international brands including Billabong and Collective Hub. Her style echoes urban lifestyles and surf culture with a distinctly feminine quality and is the perfect representation of the Gold Coast’s growing arts scene.

We sat down for a chat with Hayley about her recent tee shirt design for local brand The Undercurrent and how our beautiful beaches influence her work.   

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I moved to the Gold Coast from Melbourne almost three years ago now. I got a job with Billabong as a graphic designer and made the move! I wasn’t sure how long I would be here but fell in love with the place and its beach lifestyle.

What do you love most about our city?
The beaches and all the new cafes and restaurants popping up! I think leaving Melbourne, I was worried about finding good coffee and food but Gold Coast food is really impressive and I’m definitely not missing out. I also love that there’s a real sense of community here. You always bump into someone you know and there’s a fun, friendly vibe.

How is the art you create influenced by the world around you?
I have a lot of references to the tropics and the ocean in my work, which I definitely think is influenced by living here. These things have kind of merged with my love of fashion from growing up in Melbourne.

You illustrated a Broadbeach tee shirt design for local brand The Undercurrent, why did you include the elements you did?
I guess when I think of Broadbeach I think of the nightlife. I wanted to create a retro pin up kind of girl in bathers to represent the beach and sunshine and I included the cocktail glass and playing cards to represent The Star casino. The seal is a reference to one of Broadbeachs’ first hotels on the Coast, Lennons Broadbeach Hotel. The famous seal statue from the Lennons pool now sits outside the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in a nod to the past.

How would you describe your artistic style?
I would say it’s feminine with an edge. I love drawing beautiful girls surrounded by nature, patterns and tattoos.

You’ve worked with some impressive brands, is there a commercial piece you’ve created that you particularly love?
I think the piece I created for Surfing World Magazine. They have a section of the mag called “The Octopus” and the brief was pretty much do what ever I wanted but just don’t draw an octopus! I liked how weird and fun the brief was and it started me drawing a series of mermaids that are some of my favourite pieces still.

Do you have a style of art you most enjoy creating?
I have two styles of illustration. One is really detailed with pencils and watercolour and the other is a simpler style I create with pens and markers while mixing in typography. I like jumping between the two as my detailed is more serious and my simpler is fun and quirky.

What’s been the journey you’ve taken to get where you are today?
I guess a lot of time drawing for the love of it and hard work over the years had led me to where I am today.

What’s the best piece of life advice you’ve ever been given?
Life’s too short to do something you don’t love.

Being a Gold Coast local, we have to ask your favourites…
Beach: Miami and Greenmount
Café: Bam Bam Bakery
Restaurant: Rick Shores / Etsu
How does your weekend usually look? Pretty much drawing and hanging at the beach!

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