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Of the 40+ businesses based at The Mill Castlemaine, many of them are owned, co-owned or managed by women. This International Women’s Day we shine a spotlight on these women and celebrate their creativity, conviction, spirit and success.

We’ve loosely ordered the list in order of longest to newest on site, although this doesn’t necessarily reflect how long they have been in business.

Pictured: Christiana – Mimosa Botanicals, Hannah – Wonderpants, Ali – Handpicked Ethical Floristry, Freya – Cabosse & Feve Chocolates


Linda Newton – Studio MA56 and DSAS
Brenna Jensen – Woollykins
Chistiana Jackson – Mimosa Botanicals
Ali Troup – Handpicked Ethical Floristry
Kirsten Asche-Woodger – KIKA Design Studio
Hannah Jeffcoat – Wonderpants
Angela McLean – Lifehouse Design
Kaitlyn Hough – Frankie Espresso
Michelle Smith – Curated with Conscience
Wendy Cole – Abstract Painter in acrylics who has sold works in USA , UK and Australia.


Elna Schaerf-Trauner – Das Kaffeehaus / Coffee Basics
Patricia Cridge – Sprout Bakery
Jacqueline Brodie-Hans – Shedshaker Brewing Company
Raksi – Oakwood Smallgoods Co.
Gina Carlon-Tozer – MindFit at Work
Jo Huff – Harvest Fruit and Veg
Freya Schellhorn – Cabosse & Feve Chocolates
Cath Ryan – Know Your Product
Alison Lansley – Long Paddock Cheese
Kir Larwill & Melissa Proposch – Artpuff


Jane Goodrich – Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar
Barb  – Icecream Republic scoopery
Alex Coutts – Long Paddock Cheese retail

As well as those listed there are a further nine women in studios dotted around the site undertaking various pursuits.

‘You’ll never do a whole lot unless you are brave enough to try.’  Dolly Parton