1. Vistara Primary School | 2. ACE Community Colleges | 3. Toy Kingdom | 4. Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics | 5. Get A Healthy Life | 6. Fundies Organic Wholefood Market | 7. The Stockpot Kitchen | 8. Northern Rivers Stained Glass | 9. Southern Cross University Health Clinic | 10. Lismore Regional Gallery | 11. Book Warehouse
1. 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 develop and broaden their intellectual and emotional connections between their personal worlds (of home, school, community and locality) to 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 “child-centred” approach can be seen everywhere; from students learning through nature-based play, to their beautiful and stimulating learning environments.
41 Richmond Hill Rd, Richmond Hill
2. Fee Free Fresh Starts
2021 is the fresh start we’ve all been looking forward to. If you’re thinking it’s time to consolidate your career, formalise qualifications or fast track your job readiness, explore your fee free and low fee course options.
Gaining your nationally recognised full qualification will make a massive difference to your employment prospects.
ACE Community Colleges is thrilled to offer four in-demand qualifications as part of Fresh Start 2021. These courses are delivered online with student success supported by individual mentoring and practical workshops at the College. They are fee free or low fee for eligible students:
• HLT23215 Certificate II in Health Support Services – NSW
• CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support – NSW & Qld
• CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – NSW & Qld
• BSB30115 Certificate III in Business – NSW
Get back in the game. Train smart with your Community College.
59 Magellan St, Lismore
3. Toy Kingdom
When visiting Lismore you can’t go past Toy Kingdom’s flagship store located in the CBD opposite Flock. With an emphasis on play based learning and educational toys, the ethos of this locally owned and operated store is one that has stood the test of time in a world where toy fads come and go. Operators, Carey and Carmel, have enjoyed a strong local following for over 26 years and customers of their Byron and Ballina locations regularly travel to Lismore to shop the larger range and big-ticket items not carried in their smaller coastal stores.
Boasting the largest range of toys, games and puzzles on the north coast including hard to find brands for kids and collectors, this is a store where kids are king and parents enjoy friendly expert advice. Generous layby terms are available and items will be shipped to your store of choice for pickup within 24 hours!
02 6621 3473
64 Woodlark St, Lismore
4. Tiles, Mosaics & More!
Established in 2019, the locally-owned family-operated Northern Rivers Tiles & Mosaics shop is Lismore’s only mosaic, wall, floor and pool tile shop. Their huge range includes Italian, Spanish, Moroccan-style, and Australian tiles, quality adhesives, Laticrete and Ardex grouts, and tiling trims and tools. The tile range includes contemporary and traditional plain, patterned and textured styles in all sizes perfect for indoor and outdoor use. The mosaicing range includes glass, ceramic and mirror shapes, as well as the popular Van Gogh glass. Mosaic workshops and group bookings are available, and mosaics are now available online. All labels and packaging are fully compostable.
177 Keen St, Lismore
5. Tired, Stressed or In Pain?
Fatigue, aches and pains getting you down?
Stressed or anxious and can’t sleep?
Physiotherapist, acupuncturist and nutritionist, Verona Chadwick, helps clients untangle the knot of their sometimes obscure symptoms like brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, chronic pain, digestive issues, and weight gain – so they can get back their mental clarity, focus, energy, and be pain free and fit.
40+ years of experience merging functional and integrative medicine testing with practical and impactful lifestyle changes has given Verona unique insight into the root causes of many chronic health issues, allowing her to finally stop the revolving door of practitioners most of her clients have experienced.
With one-on-one health coaching, she can heal your leaky gut, find the best non-diet approach to weight loss, help you understand the connection between your environment and your health issues, optimise your sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and get you back to your old self.
02 6625 2925
8 Warrick Pl, Lismore Heights
6. 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
7. The Stockpot Kitchen
Get in your 1989 vintage Merc, slap on some good vibes and take a drive through the hills to Lismore.
The Stockpot Kitchen – smokehouse Barbecue and fried chicken mecca serves up good times for everyone. Ever changing specials from the smoker and charcoal grill, burgers to write home about, and fried chicken that is finger licking delicious! All this plus a full bar with Young Henrys on tap, cocktail specials, really funny waitstaff, and gorgeous chefs.
The Stockpot is housed in a sexy old art gallery with courtyard and views of the rose garden overlooking the mighty Wilson river. Its relaxed, old school hospitality is less about trends and more about having a good time. They love to see people having fun! Every day $10 margaritas and $5 Young Henry’s schooners from 3–5pm (all day Tuesday), and their smokehouse Barbecue and fried chicken is always available. Open Tues–Sat from 11.30am.
02 6621 6684
133 Molesworth St, Lismore
8. Northern Rivers Stained Glass
Join the creative team at Northern Rivers Stained Glass for a workshop and learn how to create your own piece of glass magic. Their two-day workshops are fun and relaxed for beginners, intermediate or those wanting to brush up on an old skill set.
Their centrally located shop offers a wide range of glass equipment, including a beautiful glass sheet range with great prices. The shop is also filled with locally made gifts and art.
In addition, they offer a stained-glass/lead-light repair service and custom made stained glass commissions. Check the website for more info.
Cnr of Molesworth & Magellan Streets
9. Southern Cross University Health Clinic
Community members looking for affordable osteopathy treatments can now book appointments at Southern Cross University’s Health Clinic in Lismore. The Health Clinic offers quality assessments by student practitioners completing their Master of Osteopathy under the supervision of accredited practitioners.
Most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sport injuries, stiffness or pain at some time. Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage pain – so people can make the most of their active lives. The Health Clinic is offering a free initial osteopathy assessment by one of their talented Master students if you mention this Echo ad.
To make an appointment, phone Southern Cross University Health Clinic at Lismore Campus on 02 6626 9131.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
Rifle Range Rd, Lismore
10. Lismore Regional Gallery
A place for everybody, Lismore Regional Gallery is one of the region’s most vibrant art spaces and presents a wide range of cultural events. Showing local, national and international artists, the gallery always has something unique to experience with regular talks, children’s activities, and exhibitions. The Gallery is also home to Geoffrey Hannah’s incredible Hannah Cabinet which has weekly viewing session times to see the intricate craftsmanship inside. Outside the Gallery is lovely green space, the Lismore Quadrangle, an ideal place to kick back and relax.
11 Rural St, Lismore
11. Book Warehouse
Book Warehouse is an independently owned bookstore in Lismore, 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.
109 Keen St, Lismore
This feature appeared in the printed Byron Echo Issue 35.39