Posted on April 08, 2014 by Kate Garvey
Today, a dream of ours has come to fruition. Our retail shop at 21 Albion Street, Waverley is now open for business. And what a ride it's been. We have already been overcome with best wishes and lovely feedback from local business owners, local residents and our followers and friends on Instagram and Facebook. And are really looking forward to meeting new people in the shop who share a like minded appreciation for our taste in beautiful homewares.
When we first viewed the existing run-down premises of the former paint store, we could see the amazing potential for the shop as well as for the shopping precinct itself. Charing Cross shopping strip is becoming a local hub for new and interesting design shops, each with their own individual edge. We were so excited to have found the site and then we started in on the renos. The place needed a new floor, new ceiling, a new shop front, a paint job, new carpet, electrical work and specialised shelving. It was big. But as always our cherished team of family and friends came together to bring our ideas to reality. They helped us with every aspect of setting up, from emptying the contents of the new container to transporting the load to our shelves, from laying down flooring to building a new counter. They painted, installed IT equipment and constructed our lighting fixtures. A big thank you to them. Our ever-professional photographer and great friend Lee Mariano managed to stay sane and completed the photo shoot for the full range of new products over two days. The man is a genius.
We are both delusional with tiredness but happy, satisfied and grateful that we were able to get the shop ready in the time we had. We think it's pretty special. Now, it's over to you. We look forward to meeting you in the shop some day soon.
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Milly And Eugene was dreamt up by two young creative sisters with a passion for all things beautiful.
The decision to call their new venture, Milly and Eugene, evolved from the nicknames they were called as young girls. Hailey, was often referred to as Milly by Mum, Jude, as she named her after the famous 60's actress, Hayley Mills. Kate, was given the nickname Eugene, by her older brother, Martin, who thought it was funny to call her an "uncool name" (at the time) and enjoyed the torment and reaction he received whilst using it.
It was after an inspiring family holiday and both having recently completed home renovations, Hailey and Kate's desire to start a homewares company was in the making. Owning a chain of restaurants and retail businesses between them, the sisters are no strangers to hard work and the success that comes with it, so combining their passion and talent, it's no doubt, Milly and Eugene had captured the hearts of their fans. Milly and Eugene has evolved over the years, starting out as a small online business run from the garage of their homes, into their very own retail store and now into wholesaling, their beautiful wares to some of the best retailers around Australia.
It's Hailey and Kate's aspiration to bring you unique and desirable pieces, that have been hand selected from around the world, into your home.
Enjoy and shop often xx