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Maker Port Douglas Takes Home the Best Emerging Business Award

Maker Port Douglas, a locally-owned art and homewares store, has recently been announced as the winner of the Best Emerging Business award. This award recognises recently established businesses that have shown a commitment to supporting the Australian economy by engaging local support services, choosing local suppliers, and sourcing local ingredients/materials. Nominees should have a clear strategy for increasing their use of Australian products and services and have demonstrated a proactive approach to supporting the Australian economy.

Raine Ward, the owner of Maker Port Douglas, is a 19-year-old entrepreneur who has dedicated herself to showcasing the talents of local and Australian artisans and designers. Since opening in July 2020, Maker has supported over 130 small businesses and only stocks products that are primarily made in Australia or by Australian-owned businesses with a commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.

In the midst of the pandemic, Raine and her mother Donna Ward, felt compelled to design a space to showcase the talents of their local makers after their local artisan markets had closed down. They opened a beautifully curated bricks and mortar store in the heart of tropical Port Douglas, providing a platform for local artisans to showcase their work.

“It’s fundamental to us that Maker only stock products that are primarily made in Australia or at least by Australian owned businesses who are working consciously to keep their environmental footprint small and who are working closely with their artisans, in an ethical and sustainable manner. By collaborating with local and Australian suppliers, we are proud to be putting our money back into our region and country,” Raine explains.

Maker Port Douglas has become more than just a store, it has organically grown into a community of like-minded people who love to promote the power of creativity & collaboration. The ‘Meet the Maker’ blog on their website features stories from all of their brands, providing another level of transparency to their customer’s shopping experience.

Maker Port Douglas is not only supporting the Australian economy, but they are also providing a space for local creatives to come together and foster new friendships. They now offer ‘Make, Paint & Pour’ classes outside of store hours to encourage creatives to come together in a relaxed environment.

“We are thrilled to receive this award and grateful for the recognition of our commitment to supporting local and Australian businesses. Our goal has always been to provide a platform for our local makers to showcase their talents, and we are excited to continue to grow and support our community,” Raine said.

Congratulations to Maker Port Douglas for their dedication to supporting the Australian economy and for creating a space where creativity and collaboration can thrive. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this emerging business.