Have you visited Under The Oak in Ulverstone?
From a notebook of ideas and many visits to the local Tasmanian markets, Prue Arnot envisaged to create a unique space for local artists to sell their work.
Let me take you on the Under The Oak journey…
In 2011, Prue had been recovering from a chronic fatigue illness and was ready to try something new in her life.
“I had attended some local markets and was so impressed with the quality of handmade items, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if people could buy these items every day, instead of waiting for the next market?…I guess that’s where my rent-a-space idea came from and the rest is history,” Prue said.
The makers who have rented a space with Under The Oak are located all over state, but the majority live on the north-west coast. The business started out hosting 24 makers and is now currently working with 50 artisans across Tasmania.
“We have been grateful that some of our original makers from those early days have stayed for the seven-year journey. In particular, I have two volunteers who have stood by me for the whole seven years and have sold their product along the way which has ranged from jewellery to many other diverse items,” Prue said.
Under The Oak has certainly proved that no matter how big or small your business may be, you can develop strong community roots.
Embracing artisans talent, passion and hard work, Under The Oak has also engaged in and supported a variety of community initiatives such as the “1000 Hearts Project”, Oasis Life Care Ministries, Kym’s Crafts and New Mornings.
Sometimes, all we need is a bit of kind-heartedness when we’re not feeling great or just need a little something to make our day a bit brighter. The 1000 Hearts Project can help put a smile back on someone’s dial. To find out more, visit: https://www.1000hearts.com.au/.
“It’s a beautiful kindness project that people love. Many people come into the store and collect a pocket heart to give to someone who is in need. We also have free templates and instructions so people can take those too,” Prue said.
Handmade jams and relish are sold and all proceeds go toward supporting the Oasis Life Care Ministries.
“The sale of jams raises money for annual Missions trips to Zambia to support vulnerable women and children in whatever their needs may be…and I believe the last fundraiser was for housing needs,” Prue said.
During the last 12 months, Under The Oak has also supported Kym’s Crafts and a not-for-profit mental health organisation in Ulverstone.
“Kym has been selling her perfectly crocheted toys to donate proceeds to New Mornings which she volunteers with. New Mornings provide mentoring for children and adults as well as workshops to the community,” Prue said.
Do you have a creative flame and knack for business? Under The Oak is also looking for its next creative owner! See Under The Oak’s social media pages for more information! To find out more, contact Prue on: (03) 6425 7066.
Address: 2/39 Reibey Street Ulverstone, TAS 7315.