CO-OWNER of Bunker Records, Kirsty Lee is pitching new venture the Black Market as a "share house for businesses".

Ms Lee said it was exciting to host Toowoomba's creative minds by giving them a chance to try new ideas, with the safety net of not being locked into high rents and long leases.

"We're trying to build a community around micro-businesses," she said.

Business owners, Dan Graf of Beard Boutique and ceramic designer Peta Berghofer are the first two businesses to join Bunker Records Black Market project.
Business owners, Dan Graf of Beard Boutique and ceramic designer Peta Berghofer are the first two businesses to join Bunker Records Black Market project. Bev Lacey

"People that come in now get to access to four very different spaces and we all benefit."

For Peta Berghofer, 21, who recently completed an arts degree, the shelves for her ceramic works display her first foray into the business world.

"I'm focussing on bringing handmade products back into the home and reviving them in a functional way," she said.

"This is the perfect place to do that and the right vibe for what I'm producing and the people I want to target."

Beard Boutique owner Dan Graf is also setting up shop with a vision to expand to his own premises in the future.

Some of the products including Murphys Beard Balm are made locally while the store also stocks combs, straight razors and more.

Both businesses will operate on a continuing month-long contract aimed to give CBD street frontage to test the market.

To pitch your business, visit the Black Market at Bunker Records at 229 Margaret St.


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