Who doesn’t love going to the markets on a weekend? Wandering through the stalls coffee in hand, seeking out vintage finds, perhaps snapping up a bargain. But what about getting a manicure? Or perhaps taking a shopping break to relax with a glass of champagne? These aren’t activities you necessarily associate with your typical market visit.
All that is about to change with the arrival of a new market to Canberra, Canberra Style Market, which will uniquely bring together fashion, beauty, health, fitness, wellness and luxurious VIP experiences all in the same place. Ahead of the first market on Saturday 7 October, we caught up with founder and avid market shopper, Lynette Thompson to find out what sparked the idea for Canberra Style Market as well as get all the hot goss on what will go down.
Leiden: What sparked the idea for the Canberra style Market? What did you feel Canberra was missing?
Lynette: It was actually at a small market on the South coast that the idea for this market was born. I had my eyebrows threaded there, by a local beautician, and I was impressed with the ease and efficiency of the whole process. I thought it was a great way for her to promote her business and gain some new clients and it was also really convenient for her customers.
I started to think about other services that could be offered at a market – manicures, makeup, hair braiding, even workshops and classes. I thought a personal styling workshop would be a perfect fit for a fashion market – you learn about what colours and silhouettes suit you etc, then, with this information fresh in your mind, go shopping and make better choices about what to buy so that you actually wear your purchases and look great in them.
I also really want to establish a fashion market that includes ‘quality’, sought after labels, including boutiques, designers and pre-loved labels. So more of an ‘up-market’ market.
Leiden: The market brings takes a more holistic view of women’s interests, bringing together fashion, beauty, health and fitness. Why is this important to you?
Lynette: I do want to create a more holistic shopping experience, especially for those who have an upcoming event. I think now, more than ever, people are looking for more than just an outfit when they go out. They want beauty services such as makeup, manicures, tans, brows, lashes, etc. I hope to make this process easier by providing as many of these things as possible under one roof. We have beauticians located all across Canberra, with some working from home, this market is a way for them to connect with customers and become more visible. Some services can be provided on the day, other services can be booked in advance.
In relation to wellbeing, I spent most of my life as a sugar addict, oblivious to how much hidden sugar I was consuming and the effects on my skin, energy and general wellbeing. A few years ago I gave it up-for the most part, and haven’t looked back. I want to offer healthy, low sugar foods at the market, that can sometimes be hard to find, and also show how delicious these things can be.
I’m also passionate about things like positive body image, especially for young women, living your best life and all aspects of wellbeing. I hope to promote these things via workshops at the market.
Leiden: What are your favourite shopping haunts?
Lynette: Markets are my favourite place to shop! I love the thrill of searching for that one amazing find. Stall holders are always friendly and happy to chat about their products and you feel good buying from local small businesses, makers and recycled fashion. Wherever I go I always track down the local markets. I also love to op-shop and have been known to spend some time in Material Pleasures. I also love the shops and cafes in Braddon.
Leiden: What is your approach to fashion and beauty?
Lynette: I buy a lot of my clothes pre-loved and splurge on quality pieces like a great jacket, shoes or something I know will last the test of time. In relation to beauty, I believe if you feel good, you look good, so I try to eat well and drink lots of water. I haven’t quite mastered the 8hrs of sleep thing, so makeup tends to help with that! I’m loving all the products available now that give you a natural glow, highlighters, bronzers as well as eyeshadows and lipsticks in golden, earthy colours.
Leiden: Can you give us a little insight into what we can expect from the Style Market? Any insider tips for stall or experiences we won’t want to miss?
Lynette: It will be a fun-filled day, with so many beautiful stalls. There will be music and a chill-out area to indulge in some of the healthy food options, coffee or even a champagne – provided by the Pop-Inn Champagne Bar. At the first market, the CMA Training Group will be kicking things off by providing free mini-makeovers and manicures. Stalls not to be missed include pop ups by Rebel Muse and Just My Style Designer Dress Hire, milliners such as Edwina Woods and Sovata, designers such as Pure Pod, Dissonance and We Are Found Active, stunning swimwear and intimates from Lil & Emm, plenty of jewellery stalls such as Lovebuds by Amy, amazing food stalls such as Gift of our Earth and so many more.
There will also be ample, private change rooms with mirrors – no tents! And every hour one lucky shopper will win a voucher to spend at the market.
Make sure you grab a ticket for the Style Workshop, hosted by Kimberley Sara, from The Style Side. One lucky attendee will WIN a free personal styling session with Kimberley! Other workshops to be announced very soon.
Stall holder applications are still open. Prices start from just $50 for one rack of pre-loved clothing and $125 for business stalls. Apply online now.
Canberra Style Market
Saturday October 7
Former Transport Depot, Kingston Canberra
$2 entry fee which will be donated to the Tara Costigan Foundation who do an amazing job of supporting survivors of domestic violence. Local group ‘We Aint Boring’ will also be donating profits from the sales of water and tote bags.