To market, to market and what better place than on the Sunshine Coast? But it’s not only the markets, as colourful as they are in this destination, but a collection of emerging fashion labels, established artists, dedicated precincts and contemporary thinking, blended with old-fashioned service, that makes shopping really sing.
For those looking for the perfect authentic gift, but are running out of time, Maleny’s Clock Shop is the ideal destination. Operating since 1993, owners Phil and Fran Hoffman nod to their German heritage, selling a wide range of clocks including grandfather, cuckoo, traditional wall, mantle and modern.
Nestled within the well-known Eumundi Markets, this precinct supports emerging Sunshine Coast micro businesses. Check out home-grown fashion labels Lily and Jordan, Yumcha Child, Dolly Did It, The Great Little Bag and Brenda’s Aprons. Eumundi Ginger Beer uses fresh Eumundi ginger in its spicy brews.
House of Frock
This flirty fashion store at Caloundra stocks vintage and contemporary locally-made fashion. Purchase frocks that are fancy or smart casual as well as tunics, vests, tops, bottoms, jackets, scarves, coats, hats and brooches. Shoppers can also buy made-to-order pieces or have alterations done here.
Maleny Magic Patchwork & Quilts
Sunshine Coast hinterland friends Barb & Robyn run this quaint quilt store halfway between Maleny and Montville. Stocking more than 1500 fabrics, there’s an amazing array of quilts on sale here and even regular workshops for those who wish to perfect this fine art.
Red Hot Chilli Pepper
As the name suggests, this Caloundra store is one-stop shop for everything pertaining to herbs and spices. Owner Vicki Taylor, an avid traveller, foodie and cook, not only sells spices from around the globe, but holds workshops, classes and even tours for those hot to learn more.
Bookworms adore this creative cavern, situated in the historic Eumundi Trading Post building. Browse new books and imported tomes not available at mainstream stores, as well as more than 100,000 secondhand titles including rare, speciality and out-of-print. Homemade food and great coffee is also served here.
Launching as a one-woman show in 1999, Carmel now boasts two Sunshine Coast stores – at Mooloolaba and Burleigh Heads – and even one on the Gold Coast. Snatching her inspiration form her ocean surrounds, designs reflect clean lines and crisp whites, contrasting blacks, soft greys and natural tones.
Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail
The hinterland is well established as an enclave for eclectic artists and one of the best ways to experience this is by following the dedicated art trail. Starting at Buderim and finishing at Sippy Downs there are 19 different stores and galleries identified on this trail.
Local skincare brand Saya has designed plant-based products devoid of toxins, sulphates and synthetic colours. And best of all, they are affordable. This vegan-friendly brand, selling face, body and travel products, can be found at its flagship Noosaville store and at the Sunday Noosa Farmers Market.
Touted as one of Australia’s first organic skincare brands, this Sunshine Coast hinterland business uses bioactive native Australian extracts in its products. Head to its Maleny showroom or online to view its skin, body and hair care range, among which its age defiance serum is a best seller.