2018 Retail Business Award finalists


Amanda Keller – Wild Woodland Toys

Wild Woodland Toys is a vibrant children’s based business set in the regional area of the mid north of South Australia, founded by a mum of 2 children and operated out of a farmhouse. Primarily selling wooden toys online along with attending Expo’s and Market’s to showcase the glorious wooden and educational toys not found in the mainstream shopping centres.

A passion for wooden toys and a yearning to beat the crippling effects of Post Natal Depression following the birth of her first child, led Amanda to trial a couple of Party Plan Businesses first but a desire to actually run her own business, making her own decisions and personally selecting her own products and pricing led her to taking the plunge and start up her own business.



Beverley Dyer – Chasing Sundays

Beverley is a mother of three young boys living in a small coastal village on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Following the birth of Bevs third and final son, she was overcome with thoughts about what she was going to do for work now her family was complete. With the support and encouragement from her husband Bev went on a journey to find versatile, high quality products that absolutely anyone could enjoy without compromising on the style. Bev draws inspiration from her own simplistic yet busy family lifestyle to produce and bring together products that are designed to be practical & affordable to represent and support the quintessential laid back Aussie coastal lifestyle. Opening with a collection of Turkish Cotton Towels, Bags and Caps Chasing Sundays is constantly expanding and introducing new and exciting lifestyle products.



Daniela Norton – Lil Puppet

Lil Puppet is a small business  with the focus on adorable, affordable high quality Baby and Kids clothing, starting from newborns to 6 years. Lil Puppet is located in Central Queensland in a beautiful little coastal town and pride themselves in exceptional customer Service.



Donna Cucel – Destined Feather

Donna’s business Destined Feather creates unique photography gifts of the Pilbara region. Products include tote bags, cushion covers, zip purses, travel mugs, magnets, journals, postcards and clocks.  She also creates custom handmade greeting cards.

She has become a leader in tourism products for the Pilbara region – a place where tourism has been bypassed.  Donna saw a niche in the marketplace and a lack of tourism products.  She transforms her passion of photography into creating products that showcase the beauty of the region. Donna collaborates with the Cheeditha Art Group to produce Indigenous art greeting cards that directly support the artists.



Kylie Skelly – Belle and Grace Boutique

Belle and Grace Boutique is a boutique keepsake business ran by 32-year-old Mother of one Kylie. Belle and Grace Boutique has just one goal in mind: to offer the most elegant, yet practical keepsakes for parents, parents-to-be, and anyone who has these people in their lives.

Kylie started Belle and Grace Boutique after her daughter Annabelle (who the brand is named after) was born and being someone who loves to record those special moments in life, she was unable to find a journal that wouldn’t date or that was able to capture a lot of “firsts” along with family information. It was something that Kylie wanted her daughter to be able to look back on in years to come. When Kylie discovered nothing like that was on the market- she created her own and Belle and Grace Boutique was born.



Simone Denny – Nourishing Hub

Simone Denny is the owner and founder of the Nourishing Hub, an online health store and wellness hub serving Australia. The Nourishing Hub not only offers a range of hand selected natural and organic products, it also helps people understand how and why they should use certain wellness products. Through her blogs, videos and recipes Simone holds people’s hand through the wellness journey (both mental and physical). As the name states, the site is a Nourishing Hub and it is Simone’s intention to serve every customer with a personal and memorable experience.



Laura Klein – snottynoses.com.au

Snottynoses.com.au is an online store (based in Brisbane) selling gadgets for good health and good sleep for babies and children. The business began in 2013 as a part-time venture while Laura was on maternity leave from teaching.

After using a brilliant product called the Snotty Nasal Aspirator to clear her sick baby’s nose, she decided every family in Australia needed one of these clever devices. She got in contact with the Gold Coast distributor to become a work from home rep, and her business was born with that 1 product.



Lisa Lilleboe – Seabreeze Servo & Takeaway

Lisa began her life in the entrepreneurial capital of the world, the USA. She overcame learning disabilities and poverty to survive and thrive. Her love of design saw her open Divine Design (design and artwork) while working for corporates.  Marriage (1984) put her into an innovative upstart construction business in Colorado that Lisa still is Partner’s in today. With the desire to start a family (medical insurance, required) Lisa applied her business skills in banking and investments – surviving the 1987 stock market crash at a brokerage firm.  Lisa’s focus on family was strong. She’d mastered a plan to replace her income with rental property income so that she may stay home with her children while they were toddlers.  The search to raise children in an environment that Lisa grew up in, landed the family in Yeppoon, Australia in 1991. Immigrating without ever having visited Australia, becoming Australians’ in 1994. Lisa was an integral part of Dynamic Satellite Surveys, an innovative remote area land survey company that developed the first control networked GPS surveys. Lisa progressed from Receptionist to General Manager.  Throughout her career, many business adventures had been investigated and considered. Finally the mixture of opportunity and capital investment presented itself.



Maxine Windram & Lin Windram – Brava Lingerie

Brava lingerie offers lingerie and swimwear D – K cup. Fitters are trained in the Brava way, which is a holistic approach to bra fitting. No tape measures because women are more than a number. With five stores and online, the offering consists of lingerie, swimwear, sport, maternity and bridal in only D cup & up sizes, from size 6 to 22. Sport was particularly crucial after watching fuller busted women being active but looking uncomfortable and adolescent girls not playing sport at all due to breast size. Sports bras are a highly advanced piece of technical equipment, not unlike sports shoes. 17 different sports bra brands were tested, and treadmills were installed into two Brava stores where women run in their chosen bras to test for support, comfort and level of bounce. A world first.



Rebecca O’Brien – BRIE Corporate

Rebecca is a 36 year old mother of 2 girls, Emerson 5 & Isla 7 and a wife to Brendan, who is also self employed as a carpenter. Rebecca has a love of fashion and branding and enjoys keeping fit. She loves to educate organisations how to best represent their brand through their Corporate Wardrobes. Rebecca is a specialist consultant who designs and creates Corporate Wardrobes for medium to large companies all over Australia. She designs, manufactures and maintain the wardrobes from start to finish so the client doesn’t have to lift a finger.