22 December 2023

Riverina Made: Laura Doolin reveals the best gift ideas at August & Artisan

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Danielle Calf and Laura Doolin

Laura Doolin and Danielle Calf opened boutique shop August & Artisan within the Sturt Mall Wagga Wagga. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Who are you and what is your business? My name is Laura Doolin, and my business is August & Artisan. I’m a part owner with Danielle Calf. I also have an earring business called Iyana and Jane and Daniell’s business is Calf and Cow. August & Artisan is made up of 35 different makers.

Where did you begin? It began when we were doing pop-ups and markets. We have been doing markets for a while now, and it [August & Artisan] is a place where all market makers come to a permanent space.

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What do you produce? We’ve got earrings, candles and home fragrances, bath and body products, children’s clothing, dried flower arrangements.

What do you sell that makes a great gift? Everything handmade. There is something for everyone. People just need to come in and have a look. We’ve got some hampers and we can help you find a gift for sure.

What would you make if you could do anything? I’d probably make earrings in a larger batch.

Gift hamper

August & Aritsan will always come to the rescue, with a huge variety of gifts. Photo: August and Artisan.

How would you promote the Riverina? There’s so much to do around the Riverina. There are plenty of little towns … we’ve got the chocolate factory, cheese factory and the strawberry farm. There are also lots of little shops.

Where’s your favourite place for a cuppa? If I’m at work, I go into Muffin Break or Oliver Brown. If I’m out and about, I like Uneke or Pot and Kettle.

Who is another local producer you admire? Any of the makers. Everyone is giving it a go. I love that they are small businesses, and every time they finally get a sale, I get excited by that, too.

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Learn more about August and Artisan.

Region Riverina is committed to celebrating our local producers and creatives and encourages everyone to buy local.

If you’re aware of someone who’s making something amazing, let us know!

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