Mid Western Living

LIVING women in this region LIFE & STYLE IN THE MID-WESTERN REGION MUDGEE | GULGONG | RYLSTONE | KANDOS | LUE | GOOLMA | HARGRAVES | ILFORD | HILL END | CAPERTEE VALLEY COMMUNITY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES MID-WESTERN ISSUE 1 COMPLIMENTARY Celebrating women in business across the mid-western region

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March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 3 EDITOR Rebecca Saunders ADVERTISING Rebecca Saunders ARTWORK Rebecca Saunders PRODUCED The Champagne Lounge EDITOR’S Letter INSIDE FIND REBECCA SAUNDERS EDITOR 04/ RE-INVENTING COMMUNITY WITH REBECCA SAUNDERS 06/ WOMEN IN THE REGION 22/ WHAT’S ON LOCALLY 24/ SHOP SPOTLIGHT: CEDAR CICADA 26/ FASHION 29/ BEAUTY 30/ SHOP LOCAL 32/ ENTERTAIN IN STYLE 33/ WORDS ON WINE 34/ DRINK & DINE LOCAL 35/ BAR CHAT: THREE TAILS BREWERY 37/ IN THE KITCHEN WITH THE LITTLE COOKING SCHOOL 38/ COMMUNITY NEWS 42/ ASK SALLY SUBSCRIBE midwesternliving.com.au FOLLOW @midwesternlivingmagazine GET IN TOUCH info@midwesternliving.com.au The Mid-Western Living Magazine has taken all reasonable precautions and effort to ensure the accuracy of material contained in this magazine is correct at the time of publishing. The views expressed in our articles do not necessarily reflect those of the Editor or Publisher. All adverts and editorial features are published in good faith. Mid-Western Living Magazine cannot guarantee and accept no liability for loss or damage of any kind, errors or inaccuracy of claims made by the advertisers and contributors. The Mid-Western Living Magazine acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the Traditional Custodians of the Country upon which we live, learn and work. We honour their Ancestors and pay our deepest respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. Dear readers, Having been part of this amazing community since moving to Mudgee in late 2022, I’m honoured that the baton of the Mid-Western Mail, has been passed on to me by Fiona, Naomi and Business Mudgee, with the blessing of a refresh. So, it is with great pleasure and excitment that I introduce you to the region’s brand new community magazine, Mid-Western Living. With International Women’s Day and NSW Women’s Week kickstarting March, it felt fitting to showcase some of the incredible female founded, owned and operated businesses across this region. You’ll undoubtedly see some familiar faces and discover new ones as you flick through the many pages of our “Women In The Region” feature that kicks off on page 6. Ignite your inner home-maker on page 24 with our new Shop Spotlight that shines on Church Street’s Cedar Cicada, get your wardrobe ready for a season change on page 26 with Krystie’s Boutique and prepare your skin for Autumn with Marg Ottley from Ultimate Care on page 29. Amongst the new you’ll find the familiar penmanship of winemaker Robert Black on page 33, delicious recipes from The Little Cooking School on page 37 and your commonly asked legal questions answered in Ask Sally on page 42. A huge thank you goes out to Fiona, Naomi and the MWM Team for doing such an incredible job over the past few years, and a big thank you to you for being part of this incredible journey and continuing to support locally within the mid-western region. I hope you enjoy the issue. I absolutely loved... “Taking in the view and enjoying the craft beers at Small Batch Brewery” Janine Sydney “Our relaxed wine tasting and charcuterie board at Robert Stein Winery” Susan & Michael Canberra SHARE YOUR ADVENTURES WITH US. Tag us on Instagram @midwesternlivingmagazine to be in with a chance of featuring here next issue.

4 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 Re-defining community A focus on conversation and celebration takes support for regional business women to a whole new level OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE: For every business woman across regional Australia to never feel lonely in business again. We sat down with Mid-Western Living’s new editor. Rebecca is the founder of The Champagne Lounge, the number one online community for regional business owners, which has just celebrated it’s first birthday. Rebecca is a master networker and the powerhouse behind what has become the must-join membership for regional business women across the country. She’s a champagne drinking, post-it note loving, hair-free alopecian who helps female business owners turn their uniqueness into a super power, celebrate their successes and create dream lives and businesses by design. Towards the end of 2022, she had a deep knowing that she wanted to do something different, create something with impact and bring more celebration into the lives of ambitious women. So, after a decade building her multi-national video production company; she did what all go-getting entrepreneurs do - she followed her intution and created it. In February 2023, The Champagne Lounge launched as the Running a business is hard, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. It’s time for real conversations, genuine onnection and a whole heap of celebration.

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 5 SCAN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEMBERSHIP TO THE CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE The entrepreneurial rollercoaster is a challenging one - and that staying on the ride requires a cheer squad of women around you cheering you on from the sidelines, pepping you up when things get hard and celebrating loudly when you smash your goals and make things happen - especially when you live regionally! “ online community for Australia’s ambitious regional business women who want to find their people, grow their network and celebrate themselves, their achievements and their milestones with other’s who would celebrate them too. She’s re-defining community building through The Champagne Lounge membership. “Many online communities, masterminds and programs ask their members to commit a big chunk of time every week. As a busy business owner myself, I know that’s pretty much impossible (and kinda boring); so we encourage our members to think of The Champagne Lounge like the business BFF they have on speed dial” A sense of structured flexibility flows through this community of regional business women. Throughout each month, Rebecca hosts a variety of virtual meet-ups, and encourages members to join when they can, how they can and for as long or as little as they can. “It’s all about sharing when you can, asking for help when you need and knowing that you’ve got a cheer squad always” Rebecca’s mission is to connect 1000 + female business owners and entrepreneurs from all around the country, who want to find their people, build their network and celebrate life’s wins BIG and small. To create a community of support where it’s normal to build each other up, refer one another, support one another and help to shine. “Tall poppy syndrome is a toxic part of Australian culture, and is a massive issue in regional areas. We want to break that culture and normalise celebrating success. “We’re all about ensuring regional business women feel connected, supported, inspired and celebrated on their journey creating the business and life of their dreams, while having fun and making some business besties along the way. In a world where so many business conversations are transactional, it’s refreshing to see a new appoach to community that’s full to the brim of genuine care, unrivalled support and absolutely no judgement. ___ Connect with Rebecca: @therebeccasaunders @thechampagnelounge_ thechampagnelounge.com YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL ALONE And why would you want to anyway?

6 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 AMELIA KEEN Amelia is the owner and founder of Indra Beauty & Lashes, a multi-location salon offering a friendly and welcome environment which encourages wellbeing and relaxation. Tell us about Indra Beauty I opened the original salon in May 2017 and since then, we have relocated three times due to the rapid growth of demand and expanding the team and treatments. We are a team of six beauty therapists, and all together there are 10 treatment rooms between our two locations, including a couples’ room in the spa side. We pride ourselves on creating a personalised experience where clients never feel like just a number. We deliver a holistic approach to wellbeing offering treatment modalities like our infrared sauna, Vibro acoustic therapy and Lomi lomi massage. We’re open three late nights every week, to ensure our fulltime working clients are able to enjoy their regular beauty appointments without having to squeeze it into their lunch break. What do you love about running your own business? I love being able to expand my education in treatments but also the knowledge and skill set of my team, which gives us the ability to introduce new treatments and techniques from the ever-evolving beauty industry. I still adore performing services myself and I enjoy the creative outlet that running your own beauty salon offers. What do you enjoy about doing business in Mudgee? I think the Mudgee community is extremely supportive and as a business owner, I have the opportunity to make an impact on more than just our clients in the region. Through charity donations and sporting sponsorships it’s really nice to give back to the community that supports my business. What has been your most memorable experience as a business owner? At the start, I had hoped to have enough work to keep myself busy and keep a hand in doing what I love. To then have it expand so much, to the point of needing staff and bigger premises was a real ‘pinch yourself’ moment. Signing the lease for the third premises and taking over two shop spaces was definitely a memorable moment. Partly because it was absolutely terrifying, but mainly because I was so excited to create a unique and special space that allowed for amazing spa rituals to be performed in such a beautifully calm atmosphere. What’s on the horizon for 2024? Myself and my team will continue to expand our education in all areas so that we can continue to deliver the most up-todate treatments to our clients. Indra will continue to have a focus on luxury inclusions and making clients feel valued and comfortable. ___ @indra.beauty.lashes indrabeauty.com.au

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 7 MEGAN GREIG TAYLAH O’BRIEN Taylah was born and bred in Mudgee and spends her days making cookies and spreading a bit of home-made magic. Tell us about DOUGHH Company Our mission is to bring you a little bit of home made magic - in every bite! I love making people happy, gift giving is my love language and I’m so happy to be doing that on a larger scale. We love supporting other small businesses, local fundraisers and charities and I mean, can you really ever go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie? What inspired you to start your own business? I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart and I’m definitely an anticipation junkie! I love the creative experience and walking to the beat of my own drum - so to speak. I’m also always striving to be time rich , more so than ever when I was getting ready to bring my daughter Bobbie into the world. I just winged it for a while and did what made me happy, which is ultimately making others happy. I’m a huge believer that the little things really are the big things and you can absolutely turn a day around, even change lives, with a loaded chocolate cookie. ___ @doughh.company doughhcompany.com.au From outback roots and the glamour of a PR & marketing career, Megan has come full circle and is now the proud owner of Be-spoke Boutique. What inspired you to take on Be-spoke Boutique? I’m from the tiny outback town of Tottenham NSW. I went off to school and uni and pursued a career in PR & Marketing for around 20 years, before moving to Mudgee. After a stint working remotely, I felt my social media skills waning, and I craved a new project. That’s when I reignited my passion for fashion PR and purchased the boutique. What makes your store unique? Be-spoke gets it uniqueness from the depth of fashion experience that we have, the cool brands that you won’t see everywhere and the excellent customer service we offer. Each item of clothing, accessory or gift you see has been handselected for its brilliance. What’s your most memorable business moment? The faces of women who come in stressed or panicked about finding an outfit and then end up leaving happy and content with a great outfit. ___ @bespokeboutiqueaus be-spokeboutique.com

8 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 EMMA SPILLETT Emma is the found of Real Public Relations, a full-service marketing agency, based in the gorgeous Mudgee region. What makes Real Public Relations unique? We bring a refreshingly real approach to our PR services - we are clear, we are creative, and we don’t do BS. We are full-service - we don’t just deal in pretty social content; we look at every aspect of our clients’ PR offering to ensure all the elements work holistically to deliver the best result. We are real with our advice, and what we can deliver - we’ll always tell you exactly what we think! What do you love about running your business? Being your own boss! No annual leave requests, no accuring time in lieu, you run your own show. I love the diversity of our offering, the incredible clients we work with and the flexibility to be a working mum. What’s your personal definition of sucess? Recognition. I love hearing from clients about how our work has helped their business. I still do a little happy dance every time we get a positive testimonial from a client. ___ @realpublicrelations_ realpublicrelations.com.au TRINE GAY For Trine, pure joy is seeing happy faces and lots of fun happening at her family winery Burnbrae Wines. Tell us about Burnbrae Wines My husband, Andy, & I have carried my family legacy which spans over 20 years with our Burnbrae Wines. The goal of our business is to make wine to enjoy with friends at a long lunch outdoors, private event, just sipping and chatting the time away making memories. Our little business has grown over the years into the charming vineyard, historical cellar door, event location and boutique accommodation it is today. You can come and enjoy a yummy pizza with a glass of wine, do a full wine tasting or sit back and enjoy our very own 548 Lager. What do you love about doing business in Mudgee? It’s such a beautiful setting, from the townships to the landscape and the community. My favourite thing is the friends that I have made within Mudgee who have become family. They say it takes a village to raise a family and run your own business - well Mudgee is truly that village! ___ @burnbraewines burnbraewines.com.au

November/December 2023 Mid-Western Mail | 9 SIMONE PEPPITT What makes your business unique? Being the only lingerie boutique in the Mudgee region, we are proud to have a world-class fitting service and size inclusive brands up to a K cup. We also offer a specialised post-breast cancer care service. My clinical background is assisting women in breast cancer surgery recovery and fitting breast prostheses and bras. This experience, combined with an in-depth understanding of the emotional and physical trauma associated with breast cancer treatment, delivers an empathic and knowledgeable service for all customers. What do you love about running your business? I truly love opening the door to my boutique each day and seeing who will wander into our beautiful store and emerge transformed through the simple process of wearing a bra fitted perfectly for her. It continues to amaze me that so many women put up with ill-fitting, uncomfortable and unflattering bras and lingerie as they feel there is no alternative. I enjoy educating women on how a bra should fit, and to help her find the right bra style for her shape and lifestyle. What would you say is your personal definition of success? After one year in business, I have paused to reflect on the previous 12 months. Opening a retail store in a country town during an economic crisis was not part of the game plan, but we have managed to ride the waves and weather the storm. Staying true to my original vision for the business, seeing it come to life and steering it through the ups and downs is my personal definition of success this past year. Whats does 2024 hold for Florence May Intimates? We are (finally) launching our online store which will enhance and complement the in-store experience. It will be unique in that each bra will feature sizing tips specific to that style, fit videos and instant feedback on size queries to ensure the online bra shopping experience is pain free and easy. There is more to come this year for Florence May Intimates, so all we can say is watch this space! ___ @florencemayintimates florencemayintimates.com.au Simone is the woman behind Florence May Intimates, Mudgee’s only speciality lingerie store.

10 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 TRUDY BATES Trudy is the woman behind Gas Strut Australia - she’s a lover of shafts, balls and everything to do with strutting her stuff (and not in the way you think!) Tell us about Gas Strut Australia. We sell gas struts. It’s extremely niche, absolutely essential and most people don’t know what they are until something falls on their head like a boot or bonnet! We are an online company that also has a human element that knows struts - you can call us, talk to us and order over the phone. It makes our customer feel confident that they are getting the right gas strut for the job especially if they are a bit unsure. What makes your business unique? Gas struts can be tricky, especially when it comes to new projects and it’s why we offer our new project solution service. We work out what gas struts, what force and exactly where to position them so you get the perfect lift every time. We work with the building industry, manufacturers and in particular, window manufactuers, including our very own Stoddard Windows here in Mudgee. If you’ve ever tried to fit gas struts into a new project, you will know that it can be a game of guesswork requiring multiple sets, with multiple force, a lot of drilled holes and no doubt a lot of ‘bad words’ - we take that guess work away! What inspired you to start your business? Well I definitely didn’t wake up one morning and say “I think I’m going to sell gas struts!” To be honest, when I started in 2013, I knew nothing about gas struts and thought I’d never get it...it was like trying to read another language - trying to understand thread, lengths, forces and don’t even get me started about the terminology... seriously - trying to have a serious conversation talking shafts, male and female threads and size of your balls! In 2014, I purchased the website name from an associate after working in the business for 12 months. Fast forward to 2024 and I’m a lover of shafts, balls and everything to do with strutting my stuff. What do you love about doing business in Mudgee? What’s not to love?! The wine, the coffee, the ease of life and community. Mudgee makes me feel welcome everywhere I go. I love the people and every time I travel out of Mudgee I come back and marvel at the beauty of the area. It’s also allowed me to work hard but also be there for my family. ___ @gasstrutaustralia gasstrutaustralia.com.au

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 11 SALLY CALLANDER What inspired you to start Sally Callander Law? I was inspired to start SCL by my experience as both a mother and a solicitor. Balancing the responsibilities of raising three boys while practicing law, I recognised the need for a business that could offer me the flexibility to fulfil my dual roles effectively. Favourite thing about running your business? Through SCL, I am able to make a positive difference in the lives of my clients by providing them with trusted legal guidance and support during challenging times. This sense of fulfillment drives my passion for running my own business and serving my community. What is it about doing business in Mudgee? The vibrant sense of community that permeates every aspect of life here. It’s a place where people genuinely care about one another, where neighbours lend a helping hand, and where local businesses support each other. This close-knit community creates a unique environment for entrepreneurship, where relationships are valued, and trust is built over time. ___ @sallycallanderlaw sallycallanderlaw.com.au MARG OTTLEY Tell us about Ultimate Care Skin & Body Centre It’s a multi award-winning, multi-service beauty salon, which focuses on skin rejuventation and anti-aging. We have been a leader in the industry in regional NSW for 20 years. Our aim is to provide professional treatments in a warm, friendly environment by highly skilled therapists. What do you love about running Ultimate Care? Our industry is forever changing and choosing our brand partners, new modalities and treatments take many hours of research. This is a very exciting part of my job; however, it can also be overwhelming. Most memorable business moment? Ultimate Care had been named best of the best in numerous business awards both locally and nationally, being named a finalist in the ABIA (Australian Beauty Industry Awards) for the past two years in the best salon in NSW. One of my proudest moments was being a finalist in the NSW Chamber of Commerce business awards in the employer of choice category in 2019. ___ @ultimatecare ultimatecaremudgee.com.au

12 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 TASH DAVIS Tash is the owner & founder of Pebbly Path, a handcrafted extraordinary rocky road for people who hate boring bits! What makes Pebbly Path unique? Out rocky road flavours are very unique, and we are using local ingredients, 100% plastic free packaging, and we are a socially conscious business, which give back a percentage of our profits to LIVIN mental health organisation. Favourite thing about running your business? The community - I’ve gained so many friends and really integrated with the community so much since I started. Most memorable business highlight? Winning ‘excellence in micro business’ at last year’s Western NSW business awards. What advice would you give to another regional business woman who’s just starting out? Don’t be afraid to do things differently - be weird, be loud, be a change maker, and don’t worry about doing the things you *should* do - just do the things that light you up. ___ @pebblypath_rockyroad pebblypath.com.au ANNIE ROBINSON Annie is the woman behind Stitched For Good, a sustainably focussed, slow fashion business creating modern, adaptable and customisable sewing patterns. What inspired you to start Stitched For Good? I have been sewing since I was a kid and always made my own clothes. After school, I started working in the industry, then started a custom dressmaking business and a fashion label. These did not light me up as much as I had hoped, which is when I realised my passion was in helping others create their own fashion. What do you love about running your business? I love being able to share my knowledge of fashion design and garment construction as it seems to be a dying art. Most fashion institutes are in the cities so being able to share my knowledge to the wider community, especially rural areas, make me feel as though I am doing something worthwhile. What’s on the horizon for 2024? I’ll be running more sewing workshops in the region, releasing new sewing patterns and increasing the size range for my current patterns. ___ @stitchedforgood stitchedforgood.com.au

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 13 TERRI & CAITLIN GRICKS A new chapter of Cherry Red was created in January 2016 when the energetic duo,Terri & Caitlin, purchased the boutique, infusing a new special perspective. What inspired you to take on Cherry Red? We started with a love of shopping - we enjoyed personal shopping & styling, & we could envisage bringing this love into the boutique, creating outfits for our lovely customers & clients. We wanted our ladies to enjoy shopping as much as we do & to experience the fun of fashion. Our customers mean everything to us, & we look forward to inspiring each woman who walks through our door. What makes Cherry Red unique? We love bringing our customers fabulous fashion collections, to-die-for accessories & shoes we can’t live without. Our passion for quality & comfort is always at the forefront when picking our clothing ranges. We have always believed that having good quality, stylish designs in your wardrobe is important & we wanted to bring just that to our customers. We work with premium labels that align with our values & create sophisticated designs. Some of our favourite brands at Cherry Red are Outland Denim, Sancia, Esmaee, Leo Lin, Camilla & Sacha Drake - just to name a few! What’s your personal definition of success? A little while ago, we had a lovely lady pop in-store needing an outfit for an event. She had recently been through some personal drama & wasn’t feeling too good about herself. We styled her in a beautiful dress & helped her choose accessories. She left our boutique feeling uplifted & confident. After her event, she visited us in-store to let us know how wonderful she felt & the many compliments she received. Whilst speaking of her experience, her whole face lit up & she was genuinely grateful for all the help we had given her. In this moment, we knew that this was success for us! What’s on the horizon for Cherry Red in 2024? We are looking forward to refreshing our boutique with a little in-store revamp - we can’t wait to announce this as the time gets closer! We are thrilled to be expanding our special in-store services, continuing the growth of our online community, & treating our customers to more in-store events. We will be launching new brands in-store & online, & welcoming some sensational fashion. We are excited to continue growing & expanding all avenues of Cherry Red. ___ @cherryredau cherryred.com.au

14 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 EMMA BAKER Emma’s on a mission to ensure everyone has a Good Day. What inspired you to start Good Day Lifestyle Co? The idea for Good Day had been bubbling away in my head for years; then while I was on maternity leave with my daughter, our beautiful Perry Street storefront became available and I knew it was time to jump in and give it a go! I have always had a desire to create my own space that felt good. That is really the crux of the Good Day mission, that everyone has a Good Day. What do you live about running your business? The people!!! It is what I missed about working as a designer, I adore the day to day chatting to customers! There is no better feeling than helping a customer find their perfect new dress, restyle their living room or buy a gift for a loved one. What’s on the horizon for 2024? We have just launched our newest offering of vintage clothing (which I am SO excited about) and is already proving popular. We also have a fully booked year of new art exhibitions which we cannot wait to share. 2024 is going to be filled with lots of very Good Days. ___ @gooddaylifestyleco gooddaylifestyleco.com ANGELA WINTERS Angela’s business is renowned for its outstanding client care and natural-looking results. Tell us about your business The Beauty Reclaimed Cosmetic Centre is Mudgee’s premier cosmetic, skin and beauty treatment centre. It specialises in cosmetic injectables, laser & skin treatments, pelvic floor strengthening, beauty and make-up services. What inspired you to start your business? I felt there was a need for a permanent injectables clinic in Mudgee, in order for clients to be followed up with appropriate aftercare. Initially I though this would be a nice side hustle to my hospital job, but I soon realised the demand for the services was greater than I had expected. There was a natural progression to introduce medical grade skincare, to expand the injectable results, which ultimately led to lasers, IPL, peels, skin and beauty offerings. Favourite thing about doing business in Mudgee? The local support and community. I love running into clients that have become friends in town, and being able to provide a premium service that people do not need to travel for. ___ @beautyreclaimedmudgee beautyreclaimed.com.au

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 15 MONICA CAMPBELL Monica is the woman behind Alby & Esthers - a little café in the heart of Mudgee, known for it’s vibrant hospitality, delicious coffee and must-try jaffles! What makes Alby & Esthers unique? The ambience; the simple, yet unique menu, focusing on seasonal and local produce where possible. Our house-made items, like our relishes and our amazing cakes, along with our boutique roasted coffee, warm and friendly service, a unique location and a vibrant atmosphere that makes it really special. What inspired you to start your business? After working in hospitality since the age of 14, it felt like the natural thing to do. I had been working on Super Yachts for 12 years, delivering high-end service to all walks of life around the world. When the opportunity to move back to my home town of Mudgee and buy such a unique special business became available - the time and the challenge felt right! What do you love about running your business? I love providing a unique and memorable experience to each and every customer. I also love the flexibility (and sometimes not so much flexibility!) owning your own business can bring. Best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Your staff are your best product! I am so grateful for the amazing team I get to work alongside every day. Treat them with kindness! What do you love about doing business in Mudgee? I am very lucky to count many of my good friends as successful business owners themselves. The Mid-Western Region has some really strong, smart and successful women at the helm of many businesses. It’s inspiring and comforting - and they all like to support and encourage the each other! We work as a team and cheer on and support each other across all industries- - all for the greater good of the Mudgee region! What’s your most memorable business moment? Probably the years 2020-21- what a ride for a new business owner! There were lots of highs and lows during those two COVID years! Lots of lessons learnt, & connections made! What’s on the horizon for 2024? To continue to providing a quality and memorable experience for the customer and my team! Maybe some evening openings!!?? ___ @albyandesthers albyandesthers.com.au

16 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 CHARMAINE HURRELL Charmaine is the mastermind behind Evamor Valley - an eco-glamping accommodation retreat, located on a stunning 34-hectare working farm property. What makes Evamor Valley unique? We are so close to Mudgee’s CBD and wineries, but once you’re on the property it’s like you are nestled away in the middle of nowhere - the only thing surrounding you is nature. Each individual eco-tent is private so it’s fantastic for couples, but also great for groups, and all our tents have been carefully located to ensure privacy. Each tent is lovingly fitted with lush décor: from beautiful bed linen to a gorgeous stone sink and gold tapware, every element is designed with pure relaxation in mind. They have their own private rural hot tub, a private deck, fire pit, BBQ and expansive country views. What inspired you to start your business? We wanted to create a space for people who want to get away and escape their fastpaced lives. This is a place they can come and relax with no pressure, feel comfortable and connect with our beautiful property. We wanted people to stop and breathe and realise how beautiful our country is. It has taken a lot of hard work to get the property to the stage it is at now, it was very run down. There were no gardens, no lawns, but we were blessed with the beautiful gumtrees on the property. Basically, we had a blank canvas to work with. Evamor Valley has been named after our two daughters Eva and Morgan (Eva + Mor) – the name represents a fusion of their namesakes, and the essence of our family’s love for them and our property. What do you love about running your business? As we develop our glamping facility, the environment remains at the heart of Evamor Valley’s story. Our goal is to create an immersive experience that celebrates the beauty of nature while treading lightly upon it. It’s about allowing our guests to experience the same values and appreciate one of nature’s pure gems. What’s been your most memorable experience? Receiving two NSW Tourism Awards within our first two years of operation was amazing. We took home Bronze in New Business in Tourism 2022 and Silver in Unique Accommodation in Tourism 2023 What’s on the horizon for 2024? Build on our brand and allow our guests to have an amazing experience at their own pace, and embracing the nature and beauty which surrounds them. ___ @evamorvalley evamorvalley.com.au

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 17 EVAMOOR VALLEY Photo by Amber Hooper SCAN ME TO LEARN MORE ANd STAy AT EvAMOR vALLEy

18 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 ELISE RAFFERTY Elise runs Bowerbird Cottage, an antique and collectables store located within a quant heritage cottage in Gulgong. Tell us about Bowerbird Cottage We have a wide range of antique and vintage pieces. We believe antiques should be accessible to all and therefore maintain reasonable and affordable prices. To pay homage to the high quality of products grown and produced in the region, we offer premium gourmet food and local artisan products, ranging from from candles to olives and steel garden sculptures. What inspired you to start your business? I have always been a thrift shopper and collector. I’ve loved old kitchenware and furniture for as long as I can remember. To me, each item is like a piece of art, with a life and a story - it’s like magic, it can trigger a memory of a grandparent or event. I often come across quirky or stunningly beautiful things and it’s nice to be able to share them with others. What does 2024 hold for you? Quite a lot, but I’m most excited about holding regular high tea style events to take advantage of my products and the cottage as a venue. ___ @bowerbird.cottage bowerbirdcottage.com.au LISA AUSTIN Lisa is the co-founder of Mudgee Concierge - an all-inclusive travel and event curation business that specialises in creating bespoke experiences for Mudgee visitors. What makes Mudgee Concierge unique? We tie all the best businesses and experiences that Mudgee has to offer and package them for our guests’ wants and needs. We help with any request that guests have - from private dining experiences, babysitters, transport, event coordination - no request is too big or small. Our clients think of us like their Mudgee fairy godmother, making their dream trips come true! What do you love about running your business? I love being able to help people create amazing memories and showing them all that Mudgee has to offer. With all of the stresses we experience in modern life, creating sparks of joy is so important! I also love being able to highlight fellow local businesses to our guests, there are so many talented people in the area, it’s fantastic to see peoples’ reactions to them. What is your personal definition of success? Waking up each day feeling happy, content and eager to show our clients all Mudgee has to offer. ___ @mudgeeconcierge mudgeeconcierge.com.au

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 19 KIRRILY DEAR Kirrily loves solving complex problems and adding value to peoples’ lives in the process. Tell us about Inside A Bold Mind. When the fear of failure is stopping you, Inside A Bold Mind helps you cultivate the courage to make bold moves. Individuals can access resources and workshops online, and organisations incorporate me into their leadership programs to eliminate the fear of failure as a hindrance to success. What makes your business unique? Me! Everything I share is drawn from my own lived experience. Look through my photo albums, and you’ll see three decades of groundbreaking achievements as an adventurer, extreme ultramarathoner, company director, and charity founder. What inspire you to start your business? Lots of phone calls. People were calling me when they had a secret ambition or a bold idea and were hesitating to get started. They’d ask me all sorts of questions about how I achieved things. So, I decided to start blogging about what I know as a “retirement” project and it’s grown from there. Everything that I’m working on ties back to helping people learn to 100% trust themselves, trust their capacity to learn, and find solutions and trust their ability to manage risks. The problem I’m working on in my mind is finding ways to do that at scale and levelling the playing field so that everyone can 100% trust themselves. Best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Work with what you’ve got. This was dished out to me by a CEO during a high pressure moment when I was 27. I was about to have a total meltdown because everything was going wrong and I was about to end up losing face in front of an important crowd. When he said those words, I regained focus and delivered. I’ve reused it countless times since. What is your personal definition of success? The size of the smile on my face, the delicious food in my belly, the rich relationships in my life - and the love of a dog. What’s your most memorable business moment? Probably having the guts to start my first business. That took a lot. My former boss said I would fail within two years. A big part of my mind believed him. That was 25 years ago, it didn’t and I didn’t. What do you love about doing business in Mudgee? The thriving and diverse economy - we are truly lucky to live on a farm neighbouring an incredible wine region, within a stone’s throw of Sydney and with a diversity of thriving businesses on our doorstep. ___ @insideaboldmind insideaboldmind.com

20 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 lovewhereyoulive the property shop What do you love about being a Director? Being a Director allows me to lead and inspire a team, fostering innovation and growth within the business. I love the dynamic nature of the role, where every day presents new challenges and opportunities for learning and improvement. It’s immensely fulfilling to see our efforts translate into tangible results, both for our clients and our team members. What makes The Property Shop unique? The Property Shop’s uniqueness lies in our longstanding legacy of over 50 yearsin business, coupled with our relentless pursuit of innovation. We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the market trends and technologies while maintaining the core values that have defined us since inception. Our client-centric approach, combined with cutting-edge strategies, sets us apart in the real estate industry, enabling us to deliver exceptional service and results. What advice would you give to another regional business woman? To my fellow regional businesswomen, I would emphasize the importance of resilience and resourcefulness. Operating in regional areas often means unique challenges, but it also presents opportunities for creativity and innovation. Stay adaptable, seek collaboration within the community, and never underestimate the power of perseverance in achieving your goals. ALYSE PILLEY / DIRECTOR & SALES AGENT In a traditionally male-dominated industry, The Prope SARA PERRY / SALES AGENT With over 15 years of real estate experience, Sara is known to be approachable and experiences. Her excellent service to clients has earned her the 2019 REB Women in Real Estate Award for Sales Agent of the Year (Regional). GENEVIEVE PALMER / HR & PROJECTS Genevieve operates quietly but effectively, earning her the title of our behind-the-scenes powerhouse, as her dedicated contributions significantly benefit the team’s success. KAREN DENYER / PROPERTY MANAGER Karen’s commitment, attention to detail, fairness, and caring nature are seen in everything she does. We love her exceptional organizational skills and unwavering efficiency. EMILY PARKER / MARKETING MANAGER Emily brings an enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of digital marketing. Her ambition and drive to succeed, combined with her commitment to helping others makes her a great asset to The Property Shop team.

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 21 thepropertyshop.com.au 02 6372 2222 MAKE YOUR MOVE WITH THE PROPERTY SHOP - buying - selling - leasing Let us help you - love where you live rty Shop has a remarkable 74% female workforce! JUNE LEWIS / COMMERCIAL & STRATA June has been the backbone of the business for many years, providing unwavering support and stability. Her extensive knowledge and understanding of the industry make her an invaluable part of the team. WENDY BOX / INVESTOR RELATIONS Wendy transitioned from a nursing and customer service career in 2018. She is regarded highly for her in-depth local market knowledge and keeping her landlords updated on the local investment market. REBECCA MITCHELL / FRONT OFFICE Rebecca is the light of the office, consistently radiating positive energy to both clients and colleagues. Her demeanor enhances the workplace and strengthens connections, making her an invaluable and cherished member of the team. OLIVIA DWYER / CLIENT MANAGER Olivia has extensive customer service and administrative expertise. Olivia is genuine, compassionate, and honest, making her a valuable asset to The Property Shop team.

22 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 MARCH APRIL Saturday 2nd ANNUAL FOOTCRUSH AT ROBERT STEIN WINERY Start your day with some grape stomping fun, set against the backdrop of Robert Stein’s vineyard & regenerative farm. Learn about the Stein family winemaking history in Australia, all while indulging in charcuterie boards & sipping on bubbles & rosé. Sunday 3rd COLOUR RUN GULGONG A day full of colour, fun and a whole lot of laughter. Run, jump and slide through the obstacle course whilst being dunked in the rainbow. Friday 8th INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FABULOUS LONG LUNCH PRESENTED BY THE CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE AT PUTTA BUCCA HOUSE Saturday 9th BRIOCHE FOR BEGINNERS WITH OLIVE.A.TWIST & SOURDOUGH BAGUETTES WITH MUDGEE SOURDOUGH SCHOOL Saturday 16th INTERIOR DESIGN MOOD BOARD MASTERCLASS This hands-on workshop is presented by Cloth & Feather with McRae and Lynch Designs. It’s the perfect opportunity to elevate your design skills and gain insights from leading industry suppliers and from qualified Building & Interior Designers. CAN CRUISE Can Cruise is a one-day car and motor-bike rally, commencing from Mudgee showground from 8.00am, travelling through Mudgee CBD, before continuing on a road cruise through the region. Saturday 23rd CWA KANDOS GARDEN FAIR Ten town and country gardens will be open for visitors over the two days, representing the Kandos and Rylstone regions. They range from iconic pastoral properties to town gardens with amazing views. MUSIC IN THE VINES AT DE BEAUREPAIRE WINES Join us for a musical afternoon with local Rylstone talent - Jono Clarke, Ben Kubowitz together with musical friends from further abroad - performing jazz and easy listening on the beautiful Cellar Lawns. Saturday 6th MUDGEE RUGBY UNION CLUB 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Join the Mudgee Rugby Community in reminiscing and sharing stories from across the decades of the incredible club with a celebratory a formal dinner in the Pavilion at Mudgee Showground (Douro St entry). WHAT’S O

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 23 THE MUDGEE FINE FOODS MAKERS’ MARKETS Robertson Park, Mudgee Sunday 3rd March Sunday 7th April MARKETS Saturday 13th BULL A RAMA RYLSTONE WINE MAKER’S LUNCH ROBERT STEIN WINERY Enjoy the simplicity of good company, Stein Family history & the scenic views of the vineyard. A genuine farm-to-table experience where award-winning wine meets fresh flavours. Held at the picturesque Rylstone Showground, the natural amphitheater transforms into a cauldron of Man v Bull. Saturday 20th HARVEST CELEBRATION LOWE FAMILY WINE CO. ON... This year, Lowe Wines is welcoming all friends, neighbours & visitors into the winery to join them as they celebrate Harvest 2024. David & the vintage team will take you behind the scenes into the winery; letting you experience how the wines change over time, and tasting first-hand the before/after as they pour straight from the vats & barrels into your glass. This will be accompanied by grazing food stations on the cellar terrace. MUSIC Live Music is a regular affair across the pubs, bars and wineries of the region. For a full listing of the upcoming music events visit: whatsonmudgeeregion.com.au THE MUDGEE FINE FOODS FARMERS’ MARKETS Robertson Park, Mudgee Saturday 16th March Saturday 20th April THE RYLSTONE SUNDAY MORNING COMMUNITY MARKETS Louee Street, Rylstone Sunday 17th March, 10am - 2pm Sunday 21st April, 10am - 2pm GULGONG MARKETS AT THE BOWLO 1 Tallawang Rd, Gulgong Sunday 17th March, 9am - 1pm Sunday 21st April, 9am - 1pm LAWSON PARK MARKETS Lawson Park, Mudgee Saturday 9th March, 8.30am Saturday 13th April, 8.30am CHURCH MARKETS Church Street, Mudgee Saturday 2nd March, 9am - 1pm Saturday 6th April, 9am - 1pm RYLSTONE ARTISAN AND PRODUCE MARKETS 73 Louee St, Rylstone Saturday 9th March, 9am - 1pm Saturday 13th April, 9am - 1pm Photo by Amber Hooper GOT AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE US TO FEATURE? Let us know about it: info@midwesternliving.com.au TRIVIA WEDNESDAY TRIVIA NIGHTS Mudgee Brewing Co. Every Wednesday from 6.30pm ROTH’S THURSDAY TRIVIA Roth’s Wine Bar Every Thursday from 7pm HEART OF GULGONG TRIVIA NIGHT Bowling & Sporting Club Saturday 9th March

24 | Mid-Western Living March/April 2024 SPOTLIGHT CEDAR CICADA STORE Welcome to Cedar Cicada, a home living and decor haven, nestled in the heart of Mudgee. Since 2017 the gentle wings of the Cicada have rested at the centre of Church St, and we’re beyond excited for Cedar Cicada’s seventh year of business in the wonderful Mudgee region. From seasonal recipes, glimpses behind the scenes of local creatives, to fun interactive in-store events like ‘the art of floral arranging’, the team at Cedar Cicada are about showcasing local talent and knowledge to fuel your inspiration. Their vision is simple - to ignite a contagious inspiration in you:, their home enthused community that follows you home and transforms your spaces. Owner Hannah Boland said, “We believe an inspired home starts not with the right vase or lampshade, but rather with the simple practices that bring joy and purpose to every-day living.” Showcasing brands such as Carlotta & Gee, Robert Gordon, In The Roundhouse, Papaya Home, The Society Inc, Bondi Wash, Lumira, Tasteology, Bespoke Letterpress, their product range covers kitchen to garden & beyond. So whether you’re hunting for a meaningful gift or that perfect addition to your home, be sure to pop in and say “Hey” to Hannah and her team. ___ Open Monday - Saturday 26 Church Street, Mudgee 2850 cedarcicada.au In The Roundhouse Wave Side Plates 4-Set Charcoal, $95 Cookbook $60 Tasteology Pink Salt $32 SCAN ME TO UNLOCk ExCLUSIvE dEALS ANd BECOME A vIP

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 25 All products available at Cedar Cicada. In The Roundhouse White Scallop Bowl 4-Set, $90 The Society Inc. Lighthouse Rope Mirror $495 Hunter Marble Rose Peony & Lychee Candle $55 In The Roundhouse White & Beige Cutlery 16-Set, $129 Papaya Christoff Pink Stripe Cushion, $69 Bondi Wash Bathroom Pamper Duo $65 Acca Kappa Tilia Cordata EDP $49.95 Salus Calendula & Shea Butter Body Cream, $50 Styleware Biscotti Nesting Bowls 3-Set, $89.95 Round Marble Top Dining Table, $2,399 Whitney Spicer ‘The Weekend’ Linen Tea Towel, $36 Robert Gordon Granite Water Jug $42 Sophie Conran Precision Secateurs $88 Lumira Persian Rose Candle, $80 Willow Rattan Side Table, $599 Tasteology Monochrome Salad Servers $79 Maison NH Paris Avril Tote Bag $329

Krystie Baker, the stylish figure behind KRYSTIES Boutique, has recently taken on a new challenge by transforming the historic Westpac bank building into the new and improved KRYSTIES flagship store. In 2019, Krystie opened her first store, envisioning a space where women of all sizes could find something special. The success of this venture propelled Krystie to take on the grand Westpac building and turn her dream into something more. With a commitment to inclusivity, a keen eye for fashion and a drive to bring quality, affordable clothing to locals, Krystie has become a success story amongst the community. KRYSTIES Boutique is more than just a store; it’s a testament to Krystie’s mission to offer something for everybody. The carefully curated collection caters to diverse tastes, ranging from the latest trends to timeless classics. Krystie’s commitment extends beyond the merchandise, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere where customers feel valued and inspired to express their individuality. Anyone who has visited KRYSTIES knows that Krystie and her team go above and beyond to ensure you walk out with a smile on your face. Krystie’s hands-on approach to business has cultivated a loyal following. Her dedication to exceptional customer service, as well as her involvement in the community and desire to grow, has solidified KRYSTIES as Mudgee’s go-to destination for fashion. As an active community member, Krystie gives back through participation in local events and initiatives, contributing to the town’s growth and vibrancy. KRYSTIES has become a thriving local landmark, reflecting her vision for a store that caters to the many fashion needs of Mudgee’s women. With a commitment to excellence and community engagement, Krystie continues to shape the future of KRYSTIES, ensuring it remains a haven where every woman can discover something that resonates with her unique style.

March/April 2024 Mid-Western Living | 27 As the leaves begin to paint our beautiful town in warm hues of red, orange, and gold, it’s time to re-inspire our wardrobes with the eternal charm of autumn fashion. This season, we look to soft fabrics, enveloping silhouettes and layered looks to infuse our outfits with the chic embrace of timeless styles, as well as looking to trending textures and shapes to bring the looks into the current fashion landscape. This season, I’ve noticed a big shift as people are increasingly prioritising high-quality and long-lasting fabrics such as cashmere, wool and linen and steering away from poly-based materials typically used in fast fashion garments. While these clothes tend to be more expensive, we like to think of them as investment pieces! If you buy well, you only have to buy once (in a while). Just as if you’re going for a hike - light layers add depth and interest to any outift. Don’t forget - accessories can totally be part of that layering! When you’re mixing hues, try to keep it tonal and then for a pop colour, try the opposite to whatever hue you’ve chosen. For example if you’re outift is in the olive green realm, a yellow bag would look so chic! NATURES EMBRACE Arms Of Eve Nova Gold Huggie Earrings, $69 Arms Of Eve Mimi Pearl & Gold Necklace, $140 Staple The Label Cyrpus Relaxed Pants, $129 Verali Filo Chelsea Ankle Boot, $99.95 Stanton Classic Felt Fedora Hat, $130 Roc Eyewear Cool Beans Sunglasses $55 Country Road Organically Grown Linen Stripe Shirt, $139 STYLE TIP Elevate your jeans and shirt ensemble with a vibrant coloured accessory like earrings, a hat, or a bag to add a pop of colour to your ‘fit! "Fashions fade, style is eternal." Yves Saint Laurent STYLE TIP Gold jewellery will instantly elevate a casual look. ALL AVAILABLE AT KRYSTIES BOUTIQUE ‘

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