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BABY AND BEYOND EXPO
Muddle Puddle leads to an expo splash
Mumpreneur Veronika Cox and her one-year-old daughter Madelyn.
Photo: Mark Sawa
Canberra mumpreneur Veronica Cox
is harnessing the baby business boom
to unearth a blossoming cottage
industry in the capital.
After deciding on a more family-
friendly career she encountered
several mothers starting their own
That prompted the Muddle Puddle
Market. That was less than a year ago
and the response from industrious
mothers was eye opening.
They were working on handmade
baby clothes, toys and accessories and
needed a bit more exposure. With a
background in media, Ms Cox gave
them that chance.
"I just really wanted to give them a
place to reach their audiences,'' she
said. "I didn't know where to find
handmade clothes and a lot of those
little businesses don't have retail shop
"I did one [Muddle Puddle Market]
last year and it just went so well that
it has run every month since then. I
was very lucky in that I just found the
most amazing group of women.''
Each month the market attracts
about 70 stallholders, which is as
many as the venues for the roving
market can sustain.
With legions of small business
women flocking to the market and
stalls booking out, people asked Ms
Cox whether she could do something
bigger. This has led to the creation of
the first Canberra Baby and Beyond
Expo slated for September.
It has already attracted more than
100 exhibitors, including large
corporate interest from around the
She said the expo was different to
the market in that it would have a mix
of small Canberra businesses from the
market as well as national and
international labels that didn't have a
store presence in the ACT. Ms Cox,
who has been nominated for this year's
AusMumpreneur Awards, along with a
number of her stallholders, said there
was so much talent out there that just
didn't have an outlet to get to people.
The Canberra Baby and Beyond
Expo takes place on September 27
and 28 at EPIC. For more
Meanwhile, the next Muddle
Puddle Market takes place on
August 30 at Weston Creek
10 months to
The National Capital Authority has
given Gaby's Takeaway, next to York
Park, Barton, a reprieve to allow the
business to continue trading until
June 30, 2015.
In March it was reported that the
NCA had told the 27-year-old
business it had to pack its bags by
October this year. That deadline has
moved back eight months.
The takeaway operates under a
Temporary Trader Permit, allocated
on an annual basis.
"In May 2014, the NCA advised
the owners of Gaby's Takeaway that
the permit would not be renewed
after its expiry on October 12, 2014,''
NCA chief executive Malcolm Snow
said. "The permit has now been
extended to the end of the financial
year. The owners of the takeaway
requested more time to make other
arrangements for their business.''
On June 30, 2015, the takeaway
will cease operation at the current
site. The site will be cleared in early
July. Mr Snow said Gaby's Takeaway
was advised five years ago that a
Temporary Traders Permit would be
allocated on an annual basis, and that
future works were planned for the
CANCER HITS BROTHER
OF FORMER WALLABY
A fund-raiser is being held for the
brother of former Wallaby Joe Roff.
Jake Roff, 41, is battling an
aggressive brain tumour. The fund-
raiser takes place on September 26 at
the Tuggeranong Vikings Rugby
Club in Erindale. Jake Roff was
diagnosed three months ago.
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