2017 Retail Business Award finalists

Emilia Cardillo, Royal Rhino 

I’m mum to two young boys (3 years and 14 months) and in addition to my business I also work part time as a lawyer. I was born and raised in Newcastle, NSW and love the relaxed lifestyle and amazing location that Newcastle offers. Royal Rhino is an online retail destination for trendy and street inspired kids clothing. Royal Rhino stocks all Australian brands designed by other hard working small business mums.


 Emma Rayson and Alison Kenna, Alma Custom Designs

We are two extremely hard working sisters – Alison & Emma (Alma). Emma is a primary school teacher who has two little boys – Noah & Finn. Alison also has two little boys, Gus & Jim and is a graphic designer. Emma lives in Geelong and Alison lives in Warrnambool. We create unique and personalised prints for the home. Our flagship product is our ALMA SERIES – we take our customers’ chosen images and collage together to create one beautiful print. Although we specialise in prints, we also stock fun Milestone Cards, Candles, Height Charts and Gift Packs


Kristy Rigby, Babiators Australia

My business journey started in 2010 with an online baby store. I have curved and swerved on my journey with different business reincarnations. It hasn’t always been “pretty” or “successful”, but I’ve always believed that if I stuck at it I would find my business sweet spot.

In the last 12 months my business has Totally Rocked!! I got focused and used my learnings to see the Babiators brand take off in Australia. My business, Boutique Brands, is the exclusive distributor for Babiators in Australia and New Zealand. Babiators is the most awesome brand of Baby and Kids Sunglasses available.


Rachael Street, Love Her Madly Boutique

I’m Rachael Street, 44 years old & a real go getter. We are a blended family & have 4 kids between us – 3 girls & a boy all aged between 12-15, so yes, we have 3 teenagers in the house !! I was born and  bred in Warrnambool (20 mins from port fairy) & Dan grew up in Port Fairy.  We live in the beautiful seaside tourist town called Port Fairy located on the South Coast of Victoria, situated 3.5hrs drive from Melbourne.  Love Her Madly Boutique was established in Dec 2014 & is located in the Main Street of Port Fairy. The shop has a diverse but affordable range of ladies clothing, footwear, accessories, candles, body products leather goods & a small sprinkle of homewares.


Rebecca Lee O’Brien, BRIE Corporate

I am a 35 year old mum of 2 girls, Emerson 4 & Isla 6 and a wife a very supportive husband Brendan, a carpenter. I have a love of fashion and branding (and a sneaky obstacle race or crossfit session when I can!). I love educating organisations how to best represent their brand through their corporate wardrobes. I am a specialist consultant who designs and creates corporate wardrobes for medium to large companies all over Australia. I design, manufacture and maintain the wardrobes from start to finish so the client doesn’t have to lift a finger.


Stevie Angel & Nadia Tucker, Active Truth

We are two Brisbane-based mums who live in our activewear as we run after our tribe of boys and run our business Active Truth.  Active Truth is an activewear label that makes activewear for every body. Our size inclusive range caters for sizes 6 to 26, including maternity, and features high-waisted printed tights designed for both fashion and performance. Since launching in early 2016 Active Truth has amassed a strong community of engaged fans on social media and endorsements from celebrities including Mia Freedman, Zoe Foster-Blake and Sophie Cachia.