The slow movement
Hello! And Welcome, I’m so happy you’re here 😊
This year has seen some huge changes for this amazing little business, including the leap from online store to the gorgeous brick and mortar shop at 218a Skipton Street, Ballarat.
If you’ve already visited you’ll know that Andrea’s passion for retail and love of small business are evident from the moment you step through the door. Her warm smile and inviting nature offer a shopping experience that’s getting harder and harder to find these days.
Exploring her beautiful store is like embarking on a treasure hunt. There’s a joy in letting your eyes wander across the shelves, discovering pockets of handmade goodness, lovingly collected and displayed. But there’s more going on here than meets the eye . . . there’s a revolution brewing. The Slow Movement is gaining traction and we’re inviting you to join!
So, “What is this Slow Movement?” I hear you say. I’m so very glad you asked!
The Slow Movement is about searching for, and finding, connections in our lives. Connections to the food we eat, the people we meet and the products we buy. As life continues to move faster and faster many of us have begun searching for a way to slow it down. A way to find a sense of balance and return to a simpler way of living, a way to live a more connected life.
Some of us have found joy in growing and sharing our own food, becoming connected again to the things we eat. Others are searching for community involvement, welcoming amazing initiatives like the Ballarat Food Is Free Laneway and Boomerang Bags, which offer community connectedness through acts of kindness that also promote sustainability.
At Hattie and the Wolf, Andrea offers us an opportunity to reconnect with the people who make the products we buy. Both through her incredible knowledge of the small businesses she stocks and her regular “meet the maker” events. These events also offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests. She’s also building a community of small businesses, of makers and dreamers, a community of people who put their heart and soul into the products you buy. A community I am incredibly proud, and grateful, to be a part of. Because together, we’re making amazing things happen, and this is just the beginning . . .
Be fearless! Join the revolution! And slow down.
Sarah Lane is the owner of local tea business One Little Leaf where she creates and blends her own gourmet tea recipes. As well as being an all round tea enthusiast she's also a passionate writer, baker, gardener and dreamer. She and her husband, along with their two children are proud to call Ballarat home.
Andrea Hurley has over 20 years experience in the field of retail and Graphic Design. Andrea has a keen eye for unique, quirky design and strives to bring her customer only quality products sourced mostly from independent designers and makers. A keen designer, maker and crafter herself, Andrea is also the creative heart behind hand made business Bird & Blossom. (www.birdandblossom.com.au) and A Hurley Design (www.ahurleydesign.com.au). Yep, life is busy, but she wouldn't have it any other way!