That Great Market is Coming to Willoughby!February 11, 2020
The locals absolutely love the one in Lindfield, and now That Great Market will be holding its first quarterly market at beautiful Laurelbank in Willoughby.
Willoughby has been crying out for a good local market, and on Sunday 1st March a great market is arriving. That Great Market will be setting up in the grounds of stunning heritage-listed Laurelbank with a mix of artisan and vintage stalls.
It’s all thanks to Lou Braithwaite and Mike Solomons who have always loved markets and were regular stallholders at That Great Market Lindfield. When Jacqui and Peter, the market’s owners, decided to take a step back, the opportunity came up for Lou and Mike to take over and they leapt at the chance.
They’ve certainly been doing something right too. That Great Market Lindfield celebrates its fifth birthday this year, and it’s a firm favourite on the Sydney market scene. Says Lou, “It’s a really lovely local market that showcases and supports local small businesses. What has always and continues to attract stallholders and visitors alike is the amazing, friendly, community vibe. It’s a very welcoming and happy place to be”.
It’s also the extra touches that make That Great Market something special, such as a monthly book swap, and professional acoustic musicians performing live in the gourmet garden. The market is also known for helping to raise awareness for some very important causes. “We feel strongly about being sustainable and responsible in how the market operates and encourage stallholders and visitors alike to join us in being part of the solution,” says Lou.
Everyone loves a good market, but what makes this one a Great market? Lou and Mike believe they know the secret to market success. “It’s wonderful talented stallholders who are knowledgeable about their creations, lots of variety in unique products and produce, activities for the kids, a nice venue, live music, food, drinks, places to sit and loads of lovely locals and visitors,” says Lou.
It was only natural for the pair to start wondering if the formula for success would work elsewhere as well. “We had been thinking for a while about finding a second location for That Great Market,” recalls Lou. “We have both always loved Laurelbank in Willoughby. We’d passed it so many times over the years but had never been and explored the grounds and homestead. When we visited we were smitten. We felt that it was the perfect venue for a lovely artisan market in keeping with the special location.”
Built in the 1800’s, Laurelbank is one of Willoughby’s most well-known buildings. Located on the corner of Penshurst and Laurel Streets, it was originally a home and is now used as a functions venue. The beautiful façade, coachhouse and gardens remain virtually unchanged since it was built giving us a window into yesteryear, and a truly stunning venue for a weekend market.
“We have such a collection of talented makers and artists lined up,” says Lou, “and everything is either handmade or vintage, including women’s clothing, children’s clothing, artwork, photography, jewellery, homewares, soap, candles, beeswax wraps, spices, teas and so much more.”
And as we’ve come to expect from That Great Market, there will be lots of special extras on offer as well “We have a magician, kids play area with their own little marquee, live music, hot food, coffee, ice cream, plenty of tables and chairs and plenty of free parking!” promises Lou. “So come for a visit and find out what makes That Great Market great!”
You can follow That Great Market here:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thatgreatmarket
That Great Market would love to hear from potential new stallholders and are always on the hunt for unique makers and creators. Please get in touch via: [email protected]
Please Support Local Markets – a note:
We would love to see this wonderful initiative succeed, but it will require community support. Why is it so important to support local markets? We asked the expert – Lou.
“It’s very important!” says Lou. “Most stallholders you meet are makers and artisans who create unique pieces using a mix of traditional and modern methods while using sustainable and responsible practices, including upcycling, recycling and avoiding single-use plastics. Markets are a wonderful way to give these amazing, passionate people a vehicle to meet and speak to their customers in person about what they do and how and why they do it.
Supporting your local markets does so much. It keeps our small Aussie businesses going, brings communities together, gets us out of our houses into the fresh air and away from our screens, and helps us to be more sustainable and environmental through awareness, education and our buying choices.”
So please put March 1, 9am-2pm, in your diary and come and show your support for this great new community event. If everyone bought just one thing from our lovely makers (as well as ice creams and coffees) it would make all the difference. See you there!