A flash of silver in Coolangatta
PASSING her dream shopfront for years, silversmith Sarah Roth always dreamed she'd create a space for herself in the jewellery world.
Saltwater Silver recently opened its new shop at the Strand Shopping Centre, Coolangatta, and offers a collection of unique designs created on-site.
We chat to Sarah about Saltwater Silver:
What inspired you to open your own business?
Sterling silver jewellery was my passion. When we moved here I went into child care but really missed jewellery design and making, so I decided to go back into silver jewellery. I started out part-time on the beach markets and built my business up.
The Strand, Coolangatta, offered me a casual shop for eight weeks last year - 12months later I'm still here and now in my first permanent shop. Where we live is the inspiration and my love of silversmithing is the drive behind it.
What do you most enjoy about operating your own business?
The independence, not having to answer to anyone but myself. Knowing that it is my creation and it is something to be proud of.
What's the biggest challenge in operating a business in Tweed?
Being a small business is hard enough in a mass-produced, imported and big-brand world. In the Tweed, being a small area, the challenge is getting my business out there and further afield.
What's the biggest advantage in operating a business in Tweed?
The Tweed is a great community and word of mouth is powerful here. We also have a great tourist industry, which is extremely beneficial.
What are your future plans for the business?
Future plans include a website. I'm looking into a ladies' Saltwater Silver watch design, and I'm always on the lookout for Australian handmade items to complement my wares.