We’re currently focusing on New Kids on the Block – those businesses recently opened up on Margaret River’s main street!
Q: Who are you and what’s your one line elevator pitch
A: My name’s Melissa Rose and my elevator pitch is making products out of waste products to give them a second life…and making it easy for the public to access those items.
Q: What’s your personal favourite thing you sell in your store and why?
A: Probably the hemp loafers that I’m wearing at the moment. They’re made from hemp, plastic water bottles and tyres – they’re really durable and comfortable. I probably haven’t taken them off for about 8 months.
Q: Even to sleep?
A: I have slept in them!
Q: Why did you decide to open a shop in Margs?
A: I originally moved here in 2006 and really enjoyed the vibrancy of it. Actually this is my fourth shop I’ve opened on the Main Street! I opened my first shop in 2012, and I still have the second shop I opened as well as this one. I love Margaret River and I love being part of the community and bringing new exciting products and services here.
Q: What’s something interesting about you that people may not know?
A: I’m actually a social worker! When I moved here there were no social work jobs, and like a lot of people that move here you have to reinvent yourself. So a lot of people end up becoming business owners, which is good – it keeps Margaret River interesting.
Q: People in Margaret River often have to wear a lot of hats to get by. So…what hats do you have in the store?
A: For sale? I didn’t just want to open a shoe shop cos it’s actually quite a hard thing to make a good income from, even though one of the main products I produce myself is shoes. So the idea of an eco store is to share the space with lots of other people doing similar things to me – making products from upcycling/recycling. All of them are Australian companies. So the hats are made from old truck canvas in Darwin.