Global payments technology company Square has invited Melbourne’s favourite small business heroes to join it for Square Market, a unique pop­up marketplace celebrating small business at Federation Square between 9-11 March.

Shortstop Coffee & DOnuts

Over three days, businesses that you know and love—Market Lane Coffee, Shortstop Coffee & Donuts, Mork Chocolate, That Dapper Chap, Butterbing Cookies, Those Girls, Cobb Lane Bakery, Adriano Zumbo, Sensory Lab, Hunters’ Roots, 5 & Dime Bagel and many more—are joining emerging artists, homewares designers, illustrators, crafters and buskers to sell direct to the public at one of the city’s most iconic destinations.

“Whether you’re looking for great coffee or doughnuts, local art to street art, markets or makers, Melbourne has something to for everyone to enjoy,”​commented Square’s Australian Country manager, Ben Pfisterer. “​Melbourne’s small businesses are as diverse as its neighbourhoods. Since opening our office in Melbourne in May 2015, Square has partnered with and powered the local small business community and we wanted to give back to the heroes who help create this diverse and interesting element of Melbourne’s cultural identity.”

Those Girls 2

Different sellers are invited back on different days, to create a constantly changing and evolving retail space where small businesses can trade to a bustling crowd and compete with bigger businesses right on their home turf. Ben Pfisterer said, “​Square is committed to empowering sellers with the tools to grow their business, and Square Market is all about giving sellers a platform to promote themselves, sell their products or service and offer a memorable customer experience designed to bring customers back to their business again and again in the future.”

Square Market is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from 9–11 March. Enter via The Atrium at Flinders Street, Federation Square. Entry to Square Market is completely free. Stop in and support Melbourne’s finest small businesses.

For full details on Square Market and participating businesses, please visit https://squareup.com/au/townsquare/square­market­federation­square/.​

Square Market is powered by Square and proudly supported by American Express.




The Stitches & Craft show is on between 3-6 March 2016 at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse giving visitors the perfect handmade experience. Heralded as the perfect place to purchase specialty stitching, paper and craft products and to see what’s new in craft, the Stitches & Craft Show is the destination for anyone who wants to Share the Handmade Experience. Leading the handcraft movement across Australia and NZ, this much-anticipated show offers a stunning range of exhibitions, displays, hands-on activities, guest artists, fashion parades, make and take classes, workshops, DIY ideas and more.

Talent showcased at the Stitches & Craft Show include Rainie Williams who is hosting a mini weaving workshop and Rachel Greig, Talented photographer, artist and designer of Darkroom Door rubber stamps will help ink your inspiration. Exhibitors include a textile art exhibition ‘A Matter of Time’ curated by Brenda Gael Smith that features 32 new works by some of the world’s foremost quilters; Vintage exhibitors will be on hand to help with exquisite fashion, textiles and accessories; and a new Medieval display showcases a rich collection of textile art and embroideries.

Also on show is a selection of pieces from HSC students’ Major textile projects. The Technology Educators Association will be conducting student and teacher seminars that cover detailed information to help future students in their Major Textile Project. See the portfolios from last year’s students. All visitors will enjoy the creativity and innovation in their projects displayed at the show.

Retailers at the show have an outstanding range of material to choose from and this event is the ideal place to stock up on hard to find products, learn new techniques from artists and designers, and be inspired to craft and create – all under one roof! The Gift Shop offers an irresistible selection of souvenirs and handy tools that make ideal gifts.

A fixture in the diary for crafting queens, there’s something here for the whole family! Our budding young artists are invited to join the cool kids in the Kids’ Corner and meet event mascot, Crafty Cat for a little colouring-in… so, let’s sti-tch together, and have a great time!

The Stitches & Craft Show, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Sydney

3-6 March 2016, 10am to 4:30pm daily.


For more information on tickets, program and exhibitors visit www.craftevents.com.au


About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: kath@couturing.com Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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