Byron Markets: June Stallholder

Our featured Byron Markets stallholder for June 2022 is SAVVY Beverage. Meet founder and CEO Mark Curry.

Tell us about your business/product.

SAVVY BEVERAGES makes products that give your brain a boost. We use nootropics to help people to improve their mental wellbeing, energy and mood.

People love our products as there is nothing else like them in Australia. Our products are made by Aussie health professionals to boost people’s brain power.

We make drinks, coffee powder, and biodegradable and compostable coffee pods! We are making snacks, balls and bites too!

What are nootropics?

Nootropics are often called “cognitive enhancers” or “smart drugs”. They are supplements that improve the way the brain works. They can improve memory, increase mental alertness and concentration, improve mood, and even reduce stress and anxiety.

Why did you start?

I used to work as a lawyer and hated it, so I studied nutrition, worked up the courage to leave a career and start a brand new business.

We wanted to make the best products to help people get the most out of their brain. SAVVY uses nootropics and adaptogens to help people to feel better and have lasting energy every day.

What do you love about the markets?

The markets is a fantastic opportunity to talk to people directly about the benefits of our products.

People are interested in improving the way their brains work, often might be using a supplement like a nootropic or herbal extract currently. So they are so happy to see that’s what we do!

What is it like to be part of the markets community?

It’s great! I recommend it to anyone – there’s no better way to refine your pitch and see what the customer really wants.

What makes you passionate about your business/product?

SAVVY started in 2016, and it is the Australia’s first nutrition business that improves the way the brain works.

Savvy is backed by experts in health and nutrition. It’s like a “superfood green juice” for your brain, using 13 ingredients based on over 500 scientific studies showing the benefits of the beverage making it the epitome of intelligent nutrition.

How have the markets supported you?

The Byron markets are where we started and sold our first product! And we are now in over 400 stores in a few months!

The markets have helped so much with this.

Markets paused

Dear valued stall holders,

Thank you for your feedback and support with this constantly changing situation. 

This morning the Government announced that all indoor gatherings of over 100 people are banned. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the pausing of all Byron Bay Markets until further notice – this includes Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market. 

We have not made this decision lightly and have agonised over it for the past 2 days. We have made the decision to pause our markets none the less, for multiple reasons. We are acutely aware of the impact this will have on our stall holders. This is why it has been so difficult and why we will be working on ways to help support you through this as best we can.

But a limit of 100 people indoors doesn’t mean markets…

That is correct for now. However, in this rapidly changing environment and based on trends in other countries who are further along in the development of this virus, it is likely that the Government will be putting further restrictions on gatherings in the coming weeks. 

As the Community Centre, we have a social responsibility to limit the chances of the spread of the virus and we are not confident that we would have the resources to manage this at our markets. One of the crucial factors in limiting the virus spreading rapidly is social distancing and hygiene. We do not have facilities to provide access to hand washing and sanitiser for our patrons, nor can we mitigate the social distancing in these areas. 

We also have no way of controlling the numbers of people who attend our markets. We would be risking fines of over $11,000 should the events exceed these numbers. 

I hope you can understand what a precarious situation we are in and that we did not make this decision without research and advise from the Government. 

What now?!

It’s a complex and complicated situation and is a moving feast. Decisions we make today may have to be readdressed shortly as the directives and information changes. 

Management will be brainstorming and getting advice on ways to support stallholders during this time. Kate Hardman, Markets Manager, has been discussing innovative ideas and ways for stallholders to continue doing business in these challenging times and will be putting together more information as soon as resources have been gathered.  

Please keep an eye on your emails for further communications about ways in which we can support our stall holders in these tough times. 

Feel free to ask more questions, it is our priority to keep you as informed as we can.

Help & Support

Centrelink: has resources available for small businesses and those in need. 

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/centrelink

NSW Gov: click here for information about cash flow assistance for small businesses.

For updated information about the Byron Community Centre services please head to our website:

We recommend keeping yourself updated with the latest COVID19 information from reliable sources.

ABC Podcast – CoronaCast:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/coronacast/

Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus or COVID19. They break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.

For more information about social distancing: 

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing

Some Government websites that are helpful:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au
 
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
 
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/covid-19-public-events-order-20200315.pdf
 
https://www.pm.gov.au/media

We wish you all health and safety in these turbulent times.

Your Byron Markets Team 

All the best,  

Your Markets Team

Client Story: Hope

After a  crippling car accident Teresa, age 26,  was left  what she described as “a living nightmare.”

Like so many clients of the Byron Community Centre’s vital Community service, Teresa had no support – She found herself isolated, in sever relentless pain, poverty stricken and in the full-time care of her 10-year-old son;

“I couldn’t walk, wash or feed myself. I couldn’t brush my teeth or hair… My son left school and would walk the six kilometres each way to town, so we could use his bus fare for food. We lived on bread, 2-minute noodles, baked beans and tinned spaghetti, it was all we could afford and all he could prepare. We often went without food”

Teresa was at a loss.

“Throughout this ten years of living hell, if it was not for the holistic support of the Community Centre and in particular the guidance of Cat, I would not be here alive today.

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We are still struggling, but that would be futile without the assistance that the Community Centre has provided. We have been provided with support and guidance through the system. I was previously unaware of Centrelink options, respite and community support programs for both myself and my son as a young carer.

The emergency food vouchers have provided us with food and essentials when we had none. The electricity vouchers and advocacy have kept the lights on. The free counselling service provided me with support for my personal benefit and throughout the legal ordeal including a support person during the hearing and has given me options and tools for moving forward by adjusting to my limitations. The Christmas hampers and birthday gifts have allowed my son to have some elements of a normal childhood and brought light and love into our life when we had none.

The assistance the Community Centre obtained to provide my son with soccer boots has allowed him to keep playing and given him a stress outlet and source for social interaction which as a full-time carer has been severely restricted and full of pressure. The petrol vouchers have allowed me to get to vital and sometimes life changing medical appointments that would have otherwise been lost. The free frozen meals have saved us on so many occasions and are more than just food, they are gifts in our home that reminds us that someone cares and remembers us.
Cat’s belief in me that I have strength and resourcefulness has often lifted me from the darkest moments. The non judgemental and accessible service has obvious physical benefits and advocacy, but in addition to this life support, the compassion and insight of the staff like Cat and Celeste generates hope, which is priceless.

I will never be able to thank them enough.

You can help us provide a Safety Net to our community during times of need. Donate to our Safety Net Appeal 

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Byron Community Showers

In early 2015 The Byron Cottage Drop In Centre closed down due to lack of funding. This centre was the only place a local person experiencing homelessness could go for a hot shower and a few moments of privacy in Byron Bay.

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Since its closure local community service workers from the Byron Community Centre, FSG, The Family Centre and Connecting Home have all been working collaboratively to find a new way to help our most vulnerable community members meet their basic human needs – showers and sanitation.

Together, we’ve performed community consultation with local residents, local people who are experiencing homelessness, and local businesses and community service organisations. We’ve even reached out to organisations in other cities that have addressed this issue, to learn from their experiences.

We have now found a solution, and it has been met with profound gratitude and relief from our first few visitors:

“The first man I told was so relieved. He was living on the streets with all his possessions tucked away in his raggedy old backpack. He told me he was about to get on a bus and travel to Sydney to visit family, but was worried he would bother the other travellers as he hadn’t been able to shower or shave for a couple of weeks. Now he can climb aboard feeling confident and comfortable for the 12 hours bus ride” Bruce Heid, Volunteer Community Services Worker at the Byron Community Centre.

Headed by the Byron Community Centre, The Community Showers project is a simple one: For two hours two days a week the disused Girl Guide Hall in Carlyle St is open for appointment-based showers and haircuts.

“Our visitors are often feeling unclean and self-conscious. They can be feeling a bit rattled and vulnerable. We needed to find a space that reflected the value of the people we were supporting. We wanted our visitors to feel welcomed and worthy of care.” Celeste Harris, Community Services Coordinator at the Byron Community Centre.

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Community showers won’t solve homelessness, but it does fill a massive gap in available support for those without a home in our community, and its impact has a flow-on effect many of us may not have considered

“People can’t access jobs and accommodation, or maintain health if they can’t get clean. It’s as simple as that.” Explains Bruce Heid.

Our wider network of frontline community organisations have all chipped in to make this happen. We’ve got outreach workers onsite at the showers and we use the Liberation Larder and BCC homeless breakfasts to make appointments.

This project is testament to the collaborative and inclusive nature of community services in Byron Bay, we have worked together to continue creating meaningful solution-based change in our community.

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Images by local community services worker Drew Rogers.