Nautical gifts designed and made in the Whitsundays
SHIP wheels, diver’s helmets, brass compasses, driftwood furniture and fashionable clothing are just some of the things making up the treasure trove of Grotty Yachty Nautical Gifts of Airlie store.
The shop is a reflection of life on the water and was created by Sandy Clark and Kelvin Warner who also founded the Whitsundays sailing brand Grotty Yachty Clothing.
In true irreverent Australian humour, they launched their unique clothing label under the name Grotty Yachty, an affectionate term used to describe live-aboard sailors.
The couple have been living on their Roberts 44 Offshore sloop for the past eight years and have been based in Airlie Beach for the past three years.
They first started trading their brand at the Airlie Beach Community Markets and quickly came into contact with many other sailing enthusiasts who specialised in nautical themed items.
Ms Clark said they didn’t have enough individually to open a store but together they could create something brilliant.
“The core of our business is something that is made locally and created locally and we wanted to give locals and tourists a place to shop that reflects something that we love about the ocean and messing around on boats,” she said.
The store officially opened last month and features products from Grotty Yachty Clothing, Southern Cross Nautical Traders, Monte Bello Pearls, driftwood artist Marcus Annett, Whitsunday photographer Michael Bowely and the latest fashion by Kerry Sea Designs.
Painted coconut artworks of Mission Beach artist Jenn Payne will soon be available at the store.
As a part of her motto “as we grow others grow”, Ms Clark welcomes new artists and traders to come on board to showcase their nautical themed stock.
NEW STORE: Co-founder of Grotty Yachty Clothing Sandra Clark stands infront of the new Grotty Yachty Nautical Gifts of Airlie store which is now open seven days a week in the main street of Airlie Beach.