We asked them some questions and this is what they said:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR STORE + WHERE ARE YOU SITUATED.
The Hub Home Trader is a homewares, furniture & giftware shop located on the Sapphire Coast in Bega, NSW - Yes where the cheese is made. Owned by cousins Jess & Amanda. The Hub provides the Bega Valley with beautiful wares - we aim to stock our store with quality products that you can't purchase anywhere else in the area. We have just opened our online store as well, so all of OZ can shop with us.
WHY DID YOU NAME YOUR STORE WHAT YOU DID?
We purchased The Hub approximately 6 months ago - so the name came with it. We did toss up the idea of changing it, but the reason we bought this shop is because we loved everything about it, the name, the products, the feeling when you walk in....we didn't want to buy an existing shop and drastically change it.
YOU'RE FAVOURITE PLACES AND TIPS FOR LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE?
The Sapphire Coast is a hidden gem - we both left Bega for many years to explore, but have now settled back here, its such a beautiful place to live. As locals we have our favourite haunts - swimming and relaxing at Pambula River Mouth, enjoying a burger at Dulcies Cottage in Merimbula, driving through the rolling green hills of the Bega Valley, having fish & chips by the ocean in Bermagui.
LIST ALL THE THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR STORE?
We loved the shop even before we purchased it. We loved what it delivered to the Bega Valley. Now that we have been here 6 months there are so many things to love. We have met so many lovely customers from all over the country/world. We love that people come into the shop to relax - it sounds funny, but we have many regulars just pop in during their lunch break to browse...it’s a very calming shop. We have been asked to install either a coffee machine or champagne station - we like the idea of both!
WHY DO YOU BUY WHAT YOU BUY TO SELL IN YOUR STORE?
We spend a lot of time sourcing products that give us the point of difference in the area - we love being that place people go to buy gifts or homewares.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE BUYING AND LOVING IN YOUR STORE RIGHT NOW?
Over the Christmas period we couldn't keep up the demand of our Larlu Designs key rings, our SALT by Hendrix body range has been in high demand, young girls and woman love our range of Pebble & Fred earrings, but our biggest sellers is our range of BeEnlightened candles.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR DAY?
Firstly that moment when you open the shop of a morning, and the beautiful smell of the shop hits you - its reminds us of when we first bought it and why we bought it.
Secondly, our customers. We really enjoy helping our customers pull together a gift, or selecting a range of cushions for their lounge, or custom ordering them a dining setting. We love making things beautiful - and this shop provides so much inspiration.
The Hub Home Trader