Bringing country back to small town
Bringing country back to small town

Bringing country back to small town

Tessa Patrick ~ Sunshine Coast Daily

CHAMPAGNE Lou Lou’s move from the hustle and bustle of Coolum life to the quaint streets of Yandina paid homage to owner Maddison O’Leary’s country roots.

Despite living in Yandina for two decades, the boss babe grew up in small town rural Queensland and her heritage is reflected in every element of her brand.

Finding home in the community minded small town, the owner said with weekly markets and emerging businesses, Yandina was really starting to find its feet and was often described by out of town customers as “the new Eumundi”.

“Since being here we’ve noticed a massive difference.” Maddison said.  “We’ve been doing a lot better here than in Coolum – we’ve had people coming from Brisbane and Gympie who have seen us on social media.

“I’ve lived in Yandina 20 years; my dad is a business owner – we’re a little community but doing good things.

“It’s definitely becoming an it-spot for handmade, ethical, sustainable, local shopping.”

Champagne Lou Lou stocks everything from vintage denim through to handmade cowhide handbags, alongside a linen line crafted at home in Yandina.

“I just wanted to make something country meeds the beach, meets minimalism,” she said.

“You won’t find our stuff down at the Plaza – we’re all about being different but remembering where you come from.

“All while being sustainable and ethical at the same time too.”

Maddison worked with Suzy Chey from Collective Haus in her former space in Coolum and said the duo had some great ideas heading into the new year, alongside goals to tick for Champagne Lou Lou.

“I would love to see the business grow,” she said.

“I would ultimately like Champagne Lou Lou to be stocking all our own clothes.

“In a 5-6 year plan we would love to have our stick in places like David Jones.

“We wanna be up there with those more high-end type of brands but stay ethical and sustainable at the same time.

“Not many high-end brands are like that, but we would like to change that over time.

Visit facebook.com/champagneloulou for more details.

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