Like all good stories there’s always a catalyst or defining moment from where it all began. The same is true for Andrea, owner and drive behind Stone and Grain. Having lived and worked in Melbourne her entire life and reaching the 40 milestone she began to question what lay ahead of her. Working as an Occupational therapist and studying a postgraduate course in business, she felt it was time for a change.
While preparing her home in Melbourne to sell, she realised she delighted in the preparations required to sell, and already with a keen sense of style, pondered if a contemporary homewares store could be her next venture. The stars aligned. Ocean Grove was her natural choice as she had holidayed there in recent years and loved the relaxed coastal feel and varied mix of people. This was the place for her homewares store and so Stone and Grain was born. The flag ship store opened in the Ocean Grove plaza, a single store space, in June 2010. The store was warmly welcomed and it was not long until Andrea took over the next shop space, doubling the size of Stone and Grain.
And continue to grow it has! A second store at the Hive, situated in the Industrial estate in Ocean Grove was needed to house the big pieces, including furniture and prints, while the main store is complete with clothing, gifts and smaller homeware items. The Hive has had some renovations to include a coffee bar and artists space for our monthly workshops. The Workshops, titled the Create series, are working well to combine Andrea’s love of sharing creative experiences and talents with the community. It is here customers, staff and locals come together to learn a particular skill, from painting, to flower arranging, from a local expert in a relaxed, fun and non judgmental environment. There’s plenty of wine and nibblies on hand to lubricate the process! And the feedback has been wonderful as people just enjoy coming together and having a night off.
Pivotal to her success Andrea has an amazing team of like minded, fun and wonderful women that work with her to share her vision of not only being a store but a community or hub for the locals, where everyone is welcome.