Flagstone markets a chance for local businesses to shine

ART ON SHOW: Flagstone artisan Karen Scott will feature at the suburb's upcoming markets. Photo: Supplied

ART ON SHOW: Flagstone artisan Karen Scott will feature at the suburb's upcoming markets. Photo: Supplied

ARTISANS Karen Scott and Kirsty Strano have never met yet they have a lot in common – both women live at Flagstone and are turning to their creative talents to add extra dollars to the family budget.

MARKET READY: Candlemaker Kirsty Strano is heading to the Flagstone mini-markets this Sunday, May 21. Photo: Supplied

MARKET READY: Candlemaker Kirsty Strano is heading to the Flagstone mini-markets this Sunday, May 21. Photo: Supplied

The pair are expecting to meet for the first time on Sunday, May 21 as they set up shop at the new Flagstone mini-markets.

Sunday’s event will feature 20 stalls, with everything from local art and craft to fresh produce and tasty food.

There will be free face painting and a jumping castle for the children as well as the laid back vocal strains of singer-songwriter Michael Sciha and his guitar.

The markets are a great opportunity for Flagstone’s many creatives to show off their wares.

Karen is an accomplished painter whose love of animal portraits was the initial inspiration for her work. She turned her hand to bold geometrics and colourful designs for children’s décor and giftware when the first of her four sons was born.

Now, 24 years later, her paintings feature in online galleries while her growing range of pop-up cards, bookmarks, magnets and children’s art sets will be among the original treasures available at her market stall.

“I don’t really think of it as a business although, being a single-income family, every little bit helps. I really do this because I love it,” she said.

Kirsty works full-time in the superannuation industry but her hobby - producing fragrant soy wax candles in glamorous black and white jars - has fast developed into an online business.

“I started for fun eight years ago making candles for friends and families and recently decided to earn some extra money from something I enjoy.”

Flagstone will be Kirsty’s second market appearance and she is hoping to attract new customers for her beautiful candles which are also available at the local IGA.

Flagstone mini-market, Sunday May 21, 8am to 1pm in the grounds of the new Peet land sales centre, at the end of Homestead Drive, Jimboomba.

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