Say hello to our pick for this month.

1. MAMA Beauty

Where to find them

In person: 7/189 Gorman Drive, Googong NSW


Facebook: /mama.beautyptyltd


Why we love them

Easy to find on the corner of Gorman Drive and Caragh Ave, their huge pink neon sign brings a small touch of Vegas to Googong. A mother of four boys, Simone Carrick is the owner of  MAMA Beauty, offering everything from lip tattooing and skin needling to LED therapy and lashes.

MAMA Beauty owner Simone Carrick.

The salon is so stylish and serene it’s sure to leave you looking and feeling refreshed. They also offer take-home beauty and skin treatments and baby pink MAMA beauty tracksuits that are giving us total Paris Hilton vibes!

2. Dirty Chops Barber

Where to find them

In person: Shop 5, 8 Beltana Road, Pialligo ACT


Facebook: /dirtychopsbarber 

Instagram: @dirtychopsbarber 

Why we love them

Owned by Jerrabomberra resident Dave Edwards (who’s not even close to being as popular as his apprentice, Jye Merchie), Dirty Chops Barber has recently moved to a new home in Pialligo, and isn’t she a beauty. The fit-out combines retro barbershop with quirky complements: think checkerboard flooring and vintage bus seats – with seatbelts! Their services include expert beard and moustache grooming and their sweet tagline “Life is too short for shit cuts!” goes pretty good too. 

A recent instagram ad seeking a new barber for the shop said: “Must have ace, but shit, but ace, banter skills” (where do we apply?!) Not only do they give cool cuts but the boys sell awesome merch too – check out their T-shirts “Jerk to Inflate” and Bay Rum cologne, both sure to be a hit with the Queanbeyan ladies. 

3. Amber’s Dot Painting

Where to find them

Facebook: /Ambers-Dot-Painting 

Why we love them

Aged 13, Amber Russell is a local Aboriginal girl from the Ngunnuwal/Yuin tribe. She spent time over the summer holidays perfecting her dot painting; learning techniques from family members.

Amber sells beautiful homewares including chopping boards, coasters, clocks and more. We think Amber is showing amazing initiative for a young woman who just started high school! We can’t wait to see what she creates in the future. 

4. Colour Me Rust and Rose

Where to find them

In person: 6 Silva Ave, Queanbeyan NSW


Facebook: /colourmerustandrose 

Instagram: @colourmerustrose

Why we love them

Owned by local artist Cathy Anderson, this surprise store is tucked away in the industrial area of Queanbeyan and will inspire you to DIY paint every piece of furniture in your house! Their speciality is chalk paint, which if you haven’t heard is HUGE in the US right now.

The paint and colour section is to die for and will have you questioning whether your TV cabinet would look better in “Prickly Pear” or “Fiery Sky” (or both). They also stock brushes, mineral and silk paints, transfers and clear waxes and top coats to make your pieces last forever. If you’re hesitant, you can book in to one of Cathy’s workshops  and learn from the expert before tackling that huge tall boy someone had placed out the front and you just had to have. WARNING: extremely addictive! 

5. Love and Frosting Cupcakes

Where to find them

Facebook: /LoveFrosting-Cupcakes

Instagram: @loveandfrosting_cupcakes

Why we love them

A relatively new cupcake business, Love and Frosting Cupcakes is owned by local Mum Jesse Settin. She sells the most divine cupcakes, cookies and gift boxes (we’ve tried them and we’re obsessed!) They also do awesome gift packs for Easter, Halloween, Christmas, birthdays and anything you could possibly think of!

We love that Jesse can make literally anything into a cupcake or cookie. She also does super fun cupcake decorating and cookie painting sets for the kids. The NRL cookies are our firm favourite- Raiders obviously! 

6. Q! News

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