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Loving Lismore – December 2021

1. Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics | 2. NORPA | 3. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market | 4. Lismore Regional Gallery and the Quad | 5. Vistara Primary School | 6. Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens | 7. Get A Life Integrated Health | 8. Northern Rivers Stained Glass | 9. Book Warehouse | 10. The Rainbow Health Centre

Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics

1. Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics

Locally-owned and family-operated, Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics is a treasure trove of beautiful and unusual tiles sourced from around the world. Exclusively stocking a stunning selection of Spanish and Italian tiles, the store also carries a contemporary collection of quality and affordable floor and wall tiles, natural stone tiles and pavers, stone basins, pool tiles, pavers and mosaics, with many items available to purchase directly from the showroom floor. It’s a one stop shop for quality adhesives, a huge selection of Laticrete and Ardex grout colours, tiling trims and the tools to help you get the job done. Their mosaic range is like a lolly shop full of colourful glass, ceramic and mirror mosaics perfect for your next creative project! 

Check out their Instagram accounts to see more of what’s in store:
@nrtiles @nrmosaics
177 Keen Street Lismore
Phone 6621 5232



Experience world-class theatre at NORPA and Lismore City Hall. The 2022 NORPA Season will immerse you in a myriad of stories that unfold in unexpected settings. There’s something for everyone, from sure-fire entertainment to brave new Australian voices. Tickets on sale 10am Thursday 9 December 2021. 

Eat, drink and be merry!
At NORPA the good times start long before the curtain is raised! Meet up with friends at the NORPA bar, share a meal together at the Secret Chef Diner before the show, then step into a different world. 

Give experiences as gifts this Christmas! A gift voucher from NORPA is the perfect gift for loved ones. Gift vouchers can be used for any NORPA show or performance at Lismore City Hall including theatre, comedy, music, dance, cabaret, circus and more.

To see what’s coming up go to norpa.org.au or lismorecityhall.com.au

Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

3. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market

Founded in 1979, Fundies Lismore strives to keep the community well with nutritious food and naturopath recommended supplements – no matter where you are on your wellness journey. Inside you’ll find fresh seasonal certified organic fruit and vegetables, gluten free pasta and bread alternatives, plus organic skincare and a huge vegan food range.

Free naturopathic support is available in store, offering a mainly plant-based vitamin and supplement range. The team can help guide you in this area based on your individual needs or what has been prescribed by your own practitioner.

From alternative products, dietary and intolerance advice, or how to look after your skin – they’ve got you covered. Sourcing food as locally as possible, grown in the earth and touched by the Sun.

(02) 6622 2199
140 Keen St, Lismore

Lismore Regional Gallery

4. Lismore Regional Gallery and the Quad

Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the longest-running cultural organisations in the Northern Rivers. They have an innovative and inclusive artistic program, and present bold exhibitions and unique public programs for everyone. Their vision is to be a place for everybody, and they are committed to bringing the community on a shared journey of making and engaging in contemporary art. Adjacent to the gallery is the Lismore Quadrangle, a dynamic community space with a curated program of cultural events. The Quad is an outdoor green space for new work to be developed, presented, and enjoyed by all, right in the heart of Lismore.


Vistara Primary School

5. Vistara Primary School

Vistara Primary School’s grounding in ecological education is evident everywhere in the beautiful, colourful classrooms and surrounds. This school engages students to further develop and broaden their ability to extend their intellectual and emotional connections between their personal worlds (of home, school, community and locality) with the Earth as a living whole. The school’s compassionate culture is also expressed in their daily yoga, meditation, and relaxation practices, and in their adherence to a vegetarian/vegan diet within the school. The ‘enquiry based learning’ approach could be seen everywhere; from students learning through nature-based play, to their beautiful and stimulating learning environments. 

41 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill via Lismore
02 6624 4127

Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

6. Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens

Unwind this summer in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, on Bundjalung Country. Their cool shaded forest walks and a cubby for the little ones will keep the whole family entertained. Native ground covers, understorey plants and vines are all encouraged in this regenerated rainforest. Book a one-hour Guided Walk with a group of friends or family. Simply email [email protected] to request a time or ring 0450 596 705. Gold coin donation appreciated. Self-guided walk brochures are also available at the Visitor’s Centre. Join the nursery and work groups at the Gardens every Wednesday 8am to 11am, (no workdays from 16 Dec to 4 January). The Gardens will be closed on public holidays, but otherwise open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 3.30pm and on weekends 9am to 4pm.

313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore, 3km from Lismore CBD.
Look out for the hoop pine forest on your right.

Get A Life Integrated Health

7. Get A Life Integrated Health

Beware of insidious mould with damp this summer!

Could mould mycotoxins be making you sick? High humidity and persistent damp are a perfect recipe for mould. The weather bureau has predicted a wet, damp, humid summer in the Northern Rivers. Mould can hide in places you least expect it and be a silent aggressor sitting in the background making you sick. 

Common symptoms of mould illness include:
• A stuffy nose
• Wheeze or dry cough
• Asthma and/or phlegm in the throat or chest
• Night sweats
• Low energy or fatigue
• Brain fog
• Skin rashes
• Itchy or red eyes
• Joint and/or muscle pain
• Headaches

Check for evidence of mould on leather goods or a white dust under shelves. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of mould illness, give Verona Chadwick a call on 02 66252925. Simple investigations get to the root of your symptoms.

02 6625 2925

Northern Rivers Stained Glass

8. Northern Rivers Stained Glass

Shop local and support small business this holiday season by shopping at Northern Rivers Stained Glass Gift Shop. Their gift shop supports 40 amazing artists and producers from around the region. The region is so lucky to have so much creative talent on hand. They are constantly finding new artists to contribute to the shop, so the gift shop stays fresh and interesting. They’re also running monthly Stained Glass classes and offer gift certificates. Giving the gift of an experience is super special for many, as it’s the gift of a memory and a new skill all in one. Plus you get to take home your specially designed and created piece as a forever keepsake. 

Their website gets updated frequently with new class dates and information.
Instagram: northern_rivers_stained_glass
Facebook: @northernriversstainedglass

Book Warehouse

9. Book Warehouse

Book Warehouse is an independently owned bookstore in Lismore and part of a larger north coast locally owned group, with shops in Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Grafton. Their staff are passionate readers – and it shows! Their stores stock the latest in new release books and they have an incredible range of specials, bestsellers, literary prize winners and classics. From the littlest tiny tot to the most well read senior, there is something for everyone. They also stock a large selection of awesome art supplies, jigsaw puzzles, specialty games, beautiful greeting cards (many by local artists) gift wrap and a wide selection of bookish gifts. Quite simply, they are more than you imagine – drop by and see them next time you are in Lismore, and bring your visitors – they have repeat customers from all over Australia who come back again and again on their travels. They’re definitely worth a visit.

6621 4204 | Keen St, Lismore

The Rainbow Health Centre

10. The Rainbow Health Centre 

The Rainbow Health Centre was established in Lismore in 1983 by renowned naturopath Chris Russell. After her well earned retirement at the end of 2018, naturopaths Lee Vassella and Anna Lusty have now taken on the practice, having worked with and been mentored by Chris for almost twenty years. They are joined by naturopath Claire Patterson, and together the three are continuing to help clients achieve and maintain the best of health. Treatments are tailored to the individual and encompass several modalities including homeopathy, herbal medicine and nutrition. The centre continues to offer electrodermal screening, with an upgraded Bioscan system. This tool helps to collect information from the body which may help to identify areas of weakness or overactivity, as well as food or environmental sensitivities.

For an appointment, call the Rainbow Health Centre on 6621 5121
2/76 Woodlark St Lismore
[email protected]

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