Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid, Kardashians Boost US Sales of Bowen Hills Fashion Shop Amidst Pandemic

An affordable and trendy clothing store in Bowen Hills is experiencing massive growth in sales and staff despite the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a major boost from celebrities like Ariana Grande and Gigi Hadid.

Verge Girl is fast becoming a favourite label of young women, particularly in the U.S., after big names like Ariana, the Hadid sisters, Kendall Jenner, and Kourtney Kardashian were caught wearing the brand.

Grande, for instance, posted a photo of herself wearing one of Verge Girls’ creations on her Instagram account. The outfit, Holidaying In Italy Knit Set ($119), immediately sold out.  

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Verge Girl founders Natalia and Daniella Dionyssiou said that orders continue to come in when other retailers are struggling in this pandemic crisis. More than 60 percent of their sales come from online U.S. customers and whilst shipping may cost more, the demand for their items is greater. 

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Part of the appeal of their brand is affordability and style, with new designs coming out every week. The sisters also believe that they click with consumers because of trade directly to their target market. Their designs are not meant for selling someone else’s products. Apart from these reasons, their social media strategy is unshakeable. 

Natalia and Daniella credit celebrity stylists for lending credibility and exposure to their brand. It’s these stylists who have reach out to the sisters for the clothes and the duo sends anything they like. 

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Verge Girl opened its first store in Brisbane in 2007. Natalia and Daniella were 17 and 19 at that time but their small fashion house in the city was always “crazy busy.” They transitioned to a fully operational online business in 2013 and maintained the warehouse in Bowen Hills.

Natalia and Daniella recently expanded this warehouse as the demand grew. Whilst there might be a chance of setting up in the U.S., the sisters said that they will still remain a Brisbane-based team. 

“We are definitely here to stay. Brisbane is home.”

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Everything Plant or Natural-Based Under One Roof at Brisbane Vegan Expo in Bowen Hills

Are you part of the vegan community in Brisbane? Then don’t miss this special two-day event featuring everything plant and natural-based in Bowen Hills from the 19th to 20th of Oct 2019.

Happening at the Exhibition Building in the corner of Gregory Terrace and Costin Street near the Brisbane Showgrounds, the inaugural Brisbane Vegan Expo will open at 10:00 a.m.  

The event will not just showcase vegan food and drinks but also vegan skincare and healthcare products, plant-based clothing, household goods and heaps of other interesting items free of animals and animal by-products.

Expect more than 100 exhibitors at the visitors at the Brisbane Vegan Expo, including some fo these businesses below:

Wholesomeness Health Food

Have little time to shop and prepare healthy food? This store conveniently cooks, packs, chills or freezes healthy, nutrient-dense, low-allergy meals for delivery to your home or workplace. 

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Vegan Perfection 

Featuring a pantry full of vegan biscuits, sauces, spreads, snacks, confectionery, ready-roasted meals, oven and grill dishes, dairy-free cheese, sausages, jerky and a variety of other food, this is the store to visit if you need to start a healthy animal-free diet.

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Indira Organics

This shop makes small batches of handcrafted, 100 percent chemical-free, Australian-made skin care products for your healthy skin care and maintenance. If you’ve got sensitive skin or develop skin allergies from other brands, check out this healthier option.

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Kohki Therapy

Discover the wonders of a Japanese style treatment therapy to refresh and strengthen your body and mind. Consultants and therapists will be at the stalls to impart tips and advice, as well as to conduct a 15-minute or 30-minute session. 

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For the full list of exhibitors, visit the official site’s listing.

Meanwhile, Australian animal rights activist James Aspey will be one of the special resource person of the Brisbane Vegan Expo. Known for his advocacy against cruelty to animals, Aspey did not speak for a full year in 2014 as part of his protest. 

Since then, however, he has helped raise awareness on his advocacy by conducting various speaking engagements about the significance and impact of going vegan. 

“The Brisbane Vegan Expo is intended to demonstrate the simplicity of transitioning towards a vegan lifestyle and support those who want to continue along this journey. The journey for some can take time and we recognise the value of providing assistance along the way. We endeavour to inspire and motivate people to consider and/or continue to increase consuming plant-based options,” the organisers said. 

Tickets to the Brisbane Vegan Expo cost $12.64 including the fee. Children under 12 years old may enter for free whilst $2 for every ticket sold will go to a vegan charity. 

Gearheads Unite At The Autofest 2018 In Bowen Hills

Oktoberfest 2018 is almost here and as part of the German celebration, there will be an Autofest on 14 October 2018 at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills.

Showcasing vehicles that feature German automotive engineering, innovation, and luxury and filling your system with good German beer will be a good chance to enjoy two of the greatest Bavarian contributions to the world. There will be vintage cars on display as well as rare and popular vehicles at the event.

Aside from cars, there will also be bikes and trucks at the event. To make it even better, other car enthusiasts will be there that share the same interest as you!

If you want to show off your vehicle, you can do so by registering here. Approved vehicles are free and will also include four free festival passes for 14 October. Registrations will close on 9 October.

This year’s Oktoberfest will happen on two weekends starting on 5-7 and ending on 12-14 October.

Whilst you’re looking at vehicles at the Autofest 2018 event, you can hear the Bavarian entertainment not too far from you. You can also bring a brezel with you along with a cup of beer from the food and drink stalls at the event.

Your kids will definitely have fun looking at the beautiful cars that will be showcased at this event. And also, they’re definitely Instagram worthy!

For more details about the Autofest, click here.

Prost At Oktoberfest 2018 in Bowen Hills!

Get ready, beerheads because this year’s Oktoberfest 2018 is almost here in Bowen Hills! On 5-7 October and 12-14 October, be part of this year’s popular Bavarian celebration at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

Expect a bierzelt (Oktoberfest’s iconic beer tent) at the event where you can enjoy great German beers. Traditional stalls will be present as well and of course, an amazing line-up of live entertainment will keep the adrenaline pumping.

Delicious Chows, Perfect For Your German Beer

Don’t miss out on yummy schnitzels and brezel (pretzel), because what is Oktoberfest without these popular German food staples? Kick off the first weekend of this free-flowing beer festival by having an authentic Bavarian breakfast of delicious sausages paired with a Brezn and sweet mustard. Then, go through the entire weekend feeling like a true local German in the city!

For those with a sweet tooth, grab yourself a Kaffee and Kuchen (coffee and cake), Germany’s version of “afternoon tea.” There will be a wide range of sweet cakes to choose from such as Black Forest, Sarcher Torter, Apple Strudel and many more.

Kinder Fun!

Your children will not feel out of place here as there is also entertainment and activities for them to enjoy at the KinderZone. Traditional Kasperltheater Puppet Show will keep your kids entertained whilst on the two Sundays of the event, your kids are entitled to FREE RIDES ALL DAY!

There will also be baby animals to care for along with various activities such as face painting.

Bavarian Entertainment

For that authentic Oktoberfest experience, the line-up of live entertainment involves the Bavarian Oompah band, the Münchner Baum, Heide the Yodeller and Alpenrosen Dance Group.

Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane

Choose your Fraulein and see if you can pick the winner from amongst the line-up of beautiful ladies out to showcase not only their beauty but also their strength and most importantly their German knowledge.

Other Competitions

If you’re feeling competitive, you can participate in the Beardmeister and the Bavarian Strongmen to earn instant street creds. If you’re not joining any of these competitions, make sure to watch them. Aside from the fun factor, they’re a great way to learn more about German culture.

Drinks Line-Up

As if delicious handcrafted beers that strictly follow the guidelines set forth in the German Purity Law of 1516 are not enough, there are also German and Australian Wines, champagne to try and enjoy. Soda, water, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available at the festival.

For over ten years, the city has been celebrating Oktoberfest. In fact, it has become the country’s biggest German Festival with thousands of people attending the festival each year. The festival is from German-Australian festival directors Kim and Boris Zoulek.

Get your tickets here.


Discover Unique Crafts and Designs at Finders Keepers in Bowen Hills This Weekend

Known for unique finds, Finders Keepers will be at The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills for the first time.

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Finders Keepers will be a three-day design market that will feature the best from independent craft makers and designers from all over Australia. It combines design, art, delectable food and live music under one roof.

The Brisbane event will be from Friday 10 November to Sunday 12 November 2017. Anyone can come straight from work on Friday and head over to Finders Keepers when the doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Finders Keepers offers community fun and a unique weekend market experience for people who are mindful of conscious consumerism and anyone who wish to support small local businesses.

Event Details

What: Finders Keepers
When: Friday 10 November 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday 11 November 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 12 November 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds,
Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Cost: Adults: $2
Children under 12 years: FREE

Best of Design Market

Finders Keepers is a must-do event as it highlights the best that the design market can offer. It is a well-curated market, with new stalls and fresh talents each year. Find one-of-a-kind fashion and accessories, items for kids, arts and crafts.

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Since 2008, Finders Keepers has been holding events in Sydney and Melbourne. Throughout those years, the design market has supported and promoted more than 1,200 sellers every year.

There will be something for everyone as the market will have food and beverage stalls, a bar and food trucks.

Over 200 independent art and design stalls will be at the event.

Learn more about the Brisbane Finders Keepers event.

See the list of designers coming to the Brisbane event.

Rescued Animals Look for Forever Homes at Big Adopt Out at Brisbane Showgrounds

More than 250 animals will have a chance to find their forever homes at this year’s Big Adopt Out.

The event, which will be on Saturday 16 September 2017 at The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, will be a grand gathering of all the top animal rescue groups and welfare organisations.

The annual event is free of charge and is focused on finding homes for displaced and rescued animals from more than 30 shelters. Most of the rescue groups will be showcasing the dogs and cats for adoption. However, some groups will provide the best information on the animals available for adoption.

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Event Details

What: Big Adopt Out
When: Saturday 16 September 2017
Where: The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Cost: FREE

Aside from the adoption pavilions, there will be heaps of food stalls at the venue. Attendees can also take advantage of professional veterinary advice and browse through various pet products to help them start right with their new family member.

Extending Lifeline

The Big Adopt Out event intends to provide a lifeline to a wide variety of cats and dogs looking to find a loving home. In return, new owners can get the love and joy that these animals can offer.

Organisers will set up a Dog Pavilion and a Cat Pavilion where prospective owners can find the perfect match for them. Attendees can find different types of breeds, from small to large breeds.

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People looking to adopt can bring their own dog from home to introduce to the new dog. The organisers can do a meet-and-greet with the dog they want to adopt. Dogs from home are not allowed to enter the event area, but they can stay at the Paws and Relax area located at the entrance.

Cats are not allowed in the event area. However, the adoption team can provide advice on how to introduce the newly adopted pet to the home cat.

Adoption prices range from $150 to $1,200. The price includes the amount spent for updated vaccination, flea and worm treatments, desexing and microchipping.

Interested in adopting? Pre-register to save time and adopt on the day.

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Plan to Restore Brisbane’s Old Museum Unveiled

The Queensland Government has unveiled plans to fully restore the Old Museum in Bowen Hills.

The state government announced that it will be setting aside $3 million for the maintenance of the heritage-listed building. But to completely restore the museum, at least $60 million is needed.

To generate the needed funds, the government will create a fundraising body, which will be chaired by Chris Freeman AM. Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey has agreed to be the patron of the fundraising body.

Mr Freeman chairs the Queensland Performing Arts Trust and is a director of Sunland Group Ltd. He is also a member of Brisbane City Council Urban Futures Board.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the task will be a challenge worthy of the talents of the governor and Mr Freeman. She also stated that the restoration is an important bridge to connect Queensland’s history and its future.

“The Old Museum will continue to be owned by Queenslanders but will form part of the precinct, for use by the RNA, during the EKKA each year,” she said.

Significance of the Museum

The Old Museum was built in 1891 for the Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association. It was formerly called the Exhibition Building and Concert Hall. The state government took over the building in 1897.

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The building’s concert hall became the main venue for concerts in Brisbane.  The concert hall was later transformed into the Queensland Art Gallery before the museum collection was moved to South Bank.

In 1992, the Old Museum was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. It is one of the most important works of G H M Addison and is considered as one of the most substantial works of the building boom in the late 19th century in Brisbane.

Today, the Old Museum is a venue for many performances and is also the home of the Queensland Youth Orchestras and other various musical groups, including the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.