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Rachel and Boston, Owners, Lilac Green Florist

Rachel and Boston, Owners, Lilac Green Florist

Lilac Green was born out of Covid-19 in June 2020 – after both Boston and Rachel lost their jobs working in the floristry industry during the height of the pandemic. With a lot of time on their hands, and a wealth of creative experience and passion but nowhere to use it, they decided to launch Lilac Green and see what would happen! A few months l...
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Luke, Owner, Dracula’s Cabaret

Dracula’s Cabaret has been scaring the locals of Broadbeach all the way since 1960, helmed by owner, Luke. Dracula’s original location was just around the corner from where they are currently, and the original owners converted a series of shops into a theatre space. As the business went from strength-to-strength they outgrew their original loca...
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Shaun, Founder, The Marble Man

The Marble Man origins lie all the way back in 1991, after sixteen-year-old Shaun began working in his father’s stone manufacture and installation business. Shaun played a small role at the beginning, repairing small chips and cracks in newly installed benchtops, but his services were quickly requested by other manufacturers, and so he quickly no...
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Danny, Owner, Mons Thai

Danny, Owner, Mons Thai

Meet Danny, the owner of Mons Thai up in sunny Queensland. The restaurant started out back in 2003 when Danny’s Dad decided to sell his delicious homemade curry pastes at farmers markets around Brisbane. 17 years on, they’ve ditched the farmers markets, and they’re now a family-run business with a restaurant. When COVID hit, like so many othe...
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Mary, Founder, Merivale Cakes and Crafts

Mary, Founder, Merivale Cakes and Crafts

Meet Mary, who established Merivale Cakes and Crafts (originally in Brisbane 1997) before relocating to Highfields (2009) where she retired at the end of 2018. Mary spent all of 2019 writing her book which detailed her journey from a 6-year-old girl with a dream, to retiring at 70 years old as an internationally acclaimed cake creator, teacher and ...
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Joslyn and Matt, Owners, Hop On Brewery Tours

Joslyn and Matt, Owners, Hop On Brewery Tours

Josyln and Matt started Hop On Brewery Tours in 2015 as a way to share the Gold Coast’s fantastic local breweries the with the rest of the world. ‘Hop On’ was the Gold Coast’s first full-time brewery tour operator and is proud to support local Australian businesses – 90% of their breweries are Australian owned and operated. As with many s...
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Renee, Founder, Loanezi

Renee, Founder, Loanezi

Meet Renee, the founder of Loanezi, the Gold Coast’s go-to provider for small business finance. After identifying a gap in the market while working her previous job, Renee decided to use her years of finance experience to start Loanezi. Renee backed the idea so much that she used her own money to fund the business, and her determination allowed L...
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Jim and Amanda, Owners, NewsXpress Sandgate

Jim and Amanda, Owners, NewsXpress Sandgate

Jim and Amanda own Sandgate’s one-stop-shop and news agency. The store has been the go-to place for locals since 1995, but the couple have owned it for the past 11 years. Jim and Amanda have always had a strong connection to their local community. Since the store’s early days, they have sought to get to know as many of their local community...
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Kieran, Owner, Quarterdeck Kitchen

Kieran has been the proud owner of Quarterback Kitchen for the last three years. When he and his wife took over the restaurant it had fallen on hard times, but they fell in love with the view of the marina and persevered. Even though the restaurant business is tough, Kieran says they never lost hope in their dream, and chose to invest in their empl...
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