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GATHER (verb): COME TO­GETHER; ASSEM­BLE OR AC­CU­MU­LATE; BRING TO­GETHER AND TAKE IN FROM SCAT­TERED PLACES OR SOURCES; COL­LECT; DRAW TO­GETHER OR TO­WARD ONE­SELF; UN­DER­STAND.

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Gather is a bricks-and-mor­tar store on Cur­rumbin Creek Road with a par­al­lel on­line pres­ence that launched last year with thanks to creative sis­ters in law, Jan and Sandy Hogg. It’s a de­light­ful blend of raw, crafted and botan­i­cal trea­sures, many of which are made by hand by lo­cal Gold Coast and By­ron Bay ar­ti­sans.

“Chan­nel­ing ‘slow-made, lo­cal-made’ where pos­si­ble, we are al­ways cel­e­brat­ing the im­per­fect beauty of hand­made ob­jects,” Sandy says.

The store fea­tures an eclec­tic mix of ce­ram­ics, plants, home­wares, fur­ni­ture, cloth­ing, books, or­ganic skin­care prod­ucts and jew­ellery. “We love the orig­i­nal­ity and one­off as­pect of the prod­ucts we stock,” Jan says. “What stands out to us is that cre­ativ­ity is alive and well here in the south­east with many crafts­men and craftswomen sup­ply­ing their wares through us. This helps to cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing mix of prod­ucts through­out our store.”

In a lit­eral sense, Gather is phys­i­cally sit­u­ated among a gath­er­ing of like­minded cre­atives at Dust Tem­ple. This creative hub is well worth a visit - if not just for a browse through the de­light­ful shelves in­side Gather, then to im­merse your­self in the com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence of this shop­ping precinct.

“We feel very for­tu­nate that Gather is a part of this whole space,” Sandy says. “We get the coolest re­ac­tions from peo­ple as they dis­cover this creative hub and our shop for the first time. We re­cently re­ceived a hand­writ­ten poem com­posed on a chair in our shop by a cus­tomer who stopped by and was so in­spired by the space.”

Plants are also a big fea­ture of the Gather space, adding to the store’s beauty. Most are for sale apart from the mas­sive fern hang­ing in the al­ley­way that has been the tar­get of much ad­mi­ra­tion and the fo­cus of many In­sta­gram shots! “Our aim is to pro­vide a range of easy-to-look-af­ter in­door and bal­cony plants that en­sures ev­ery­one, even those lack­ing in the green thumb de­part­ment, can have green­ery in their space,” Sandy says. “Plants bring good en­ergy, help to fil­ter the air and soften the hard in­or­ganic edges preva­lent in ev­ery­one’s homes.”

Asked why the pair de­cided to take the leap into small busi­ness own­er­ship, they are adamant in their re­sponse.

“Of course we are mo­ti­vated to keep the lights on at home and make a fair wage at the end of the day but, for us, we wanted to achieve that in a way that could also con­trib­ute in some way. We pro­vide a ve­hi­cle for many im­merg­ing new artists and we get to en­joy the creative out­let as well.”

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