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Pop-up shop ... well ... pops up in Mur'bah

Helle Jorgensen, Ari Messina, Julia Barron and Belinda Smith enjoyed the latest pop-up shop in Murwillumbah. Photo: Emma Galliott / Daily News
Helle Jorgensen, Ari Messina, Julia Barron and Belinda Smith enjoyed the latest pop-up shop in Murwillumbah. Photo: Emma Galliott / Daily News John Gass

THEY have done it. Murwillumbah creative group Hey Maker! has managed to open up their first pop-up workshop in the heart of town.

Today was the grand opening of the Commercial Rd pop-up shop.

Stacks of locals came to have a sticky beak at the arts and crafts store/workshop area.

A free workshop was held by crochet instructor Helle Jorgensen to teach the visitors how to master the intricate craft.

Hey Maker! member Kathy Egan said she was thankful for the community's support for their project.

"It would not have been possible without the support and our fundraiser," she said.

The creative group managed to raise $11,700 through an online fundraising website.

"It wasn't just locals who donated," she said.

"People we haven't even met in the wider creative community of Australia donated.

"We were very fortunate to have a lot of online support."

The pop-up shop will be open for 10 weeks and 10 weeks only.

Ms Egan said she would love the unique store to be a permanent fixture in the town but at the moment it was financially not a possibility.

Fellow Hey Maker! member Jo Olive said the women of Hey Maker! (Belinda Smith, Jo Olive, Ellie Beck, Christy McLeod and Kathy Egan) decided to get together to highlight shops were closing too much in the area.

"We wanted to enlighten our CBD with a creative twist," she said.

"We wanted a vibrant store.

"Murwillumbah is such a beautiful place and we want people go to the regional art gallery, come back here and then visit the cafes.

"We offer such good hospitality and it really is a beautiful town for visitors and locals."

Hey Maker's! latest pop-up shop has beautiful, affordable and unique gifts for sale in the lead up to Christmas.

They also offer amazing workshops for all ages.

To check out what you can learn head to heymakercreative.blogspot.com.au or facebook.com/heymaker.



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