Once upon a time, family businesses were simply called businesses. As brands have gone international and individual stores have become shopping centres, the idea of a family business is now something of a novelty – but they’re still certainly worth celebrating.

Here are just five of the countless homegrown, family businesses you can support right here on the Gold Coast. 

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Trader Trove
Originally the brainchild of Avalon Beban, Trader Trove was adopted by Gold Coast couple Lisa and Jayd. Determined to continue the community-minded focus of Avalon’s vision for Trader Trove, Lisa and Jayd do more than sell sustainable homewares through their bricks and mortar store – they also continue to support local and international artisans, working closely with craftspeople around the world to turn their designs and ideas into the real thing.

Granddad Jacks
It took three generations of Goulding men to create the Gold Coast’s first craft whiskey distillery – grandson David Ridden, great-grandson Luke Ridden, and ‘Granddad Jack’ himself, the late David Goulding. Take a tour or simply sit down for a glass and you’ll see just how much Granddad Jack inspired David and Luke, from the sentimental stories behind each bottle of whiskey, to the business’s driving motto: “a glass of fine whiskey a day keeps the doctor at bay.”

These bespoke, handcrafted cubby houses and pet spaces are designed and handmade by craftsman, builder, artist, father and husband Sam Imhoff, with the help of his wife – educator, new mother and nature play specialist, Anya Imhoff. Passionate about creating beautiful, timeless and durable pieces, the new parents are conscious of their footprint. Therefore each item – be it their caravan cubby houses, chicken coops or dog kennels – is unique, custom designed and made to order, using only the most durable and quality materials to ensure they stand the test of time.

The Halliday
The brainchild of Yvonne and Warwick Pretti, The Halliday – a collection of holiday homes in Burleigh, Mermaid and Byron Bay – provides guests with an escape from the everyday and the opportunity to immerse themselves in local communities and enjoy culinary, cultural and authentic local experiences. With more than two decades in the construction industry, the couple’s keen eye for design coupled with their passion for travelling the world with their four children in tow inspired them to create The Halliday.

Baskk Italian, Cafe DBar and Arche
The Archdeacon family name is inextricably linked with the suburbs of Coolangatta and Kirra. Owning and operating three booming businesses between them – the iconic Cafe DBar and Gallery, beloved Baskk Italian at Kirra and Arche Company, the brainchild of the baby of the Archdeacon family, Ali – the Archdeacon’s are ones to watch when it comes to the latest and greatest businesses the southern Gold Coast has to offer. Find out more about the Archdeacon family right here.



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