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Published January 8th 2017
Venture down the less beaten path to spoil your dog rotten
6 Dog Friendly Markets in Brisbane You Might Not Have Heard Of
Markets, markets, markets - hidden gems version!
Who wouldn't love discovering the hidden gems of the hidden gems, and explore places and activities that aren't the usual mainstream choices? When you think of dog friendly markets in Brisbane, usually the ones that pop up straight away are Milton Markets, Carseldine Markets, and the multiple Jan Powers Farmers Markets - although these markets are great and are definitely worth visiting, it's also nice exploring smaller, more local markets with a great sense of community that, as a bonus, are usually not packed full of people. You might actually be able to breathe some fresh air at these lesser-known markets!
The difference between the current article and the original article is that this article focuses on local markets that may be smaller in size, but definitely not in quality! They probably do not appear on Google's first (or even second) page when you search for dog friendly markets in Brisbane, and may not be as well-known to Brisbane residents, but not to worry, because Eddy has once again done all the hard work for you - he's researched (and sniffed!) out a whole heap of markets, and has reviewed some of his favourites here in this article for you.
Absolutely love this sign from Woofenwag at Early Bird & Breakfast Markets - dogs are such an important part of our lives, so we might as well take them everywhere we go, markets included!
What better way to start off this article (and your Sunday morning) than a market called Early Bird & Breakfast? Early Bird & Breakfast Markets in Beenleigh is one of the newest markets around, having only been operated since June 2016. They are open rain, hail, or shine every Sunday of the year (except four weekends from Christmas to Early January). With a focus on delicious food, farm-direct produce and unique handmade crafts, Early Bird & Breakfast is the place to be in Beenleigh when it comes to gourmet breakfast stalls, fresh produce at market prices, and a wide selection of flowers, plants, arts, crafts, clothing, handmade gifts, and much more! Here is a small sample of their stalls to tempt you into paying a visit next Sunday:
Jan's Stall sells both homemade dog treats and a mixed selection of prepackaged treats. Jan's homemade dog treats are a real bargain, costing only $3.00 for any 10 dog treats - the dog treats are quite a big size too! There are exactly 10 different flavours, which is perfect as customers can get one of each and try them all for just three dollars. No fat, sugar, salt, or any artificial flavourings are used in these treats, making it a healthy option without letting the taste buds suffer. Similar to Kimberley Kapers, many of the homemade treats at Jan's stall are named after human foods:
Charcoal & Parsley
Liver & Vegemite Crunchies
Peanut Butter & Pumpkin
Carob & Honey Yum Yums
Vegemite & Cheese
Homemade dog treats at Jan's Stall, with list of ingredients.
Jan's Stall also has homemade pupsicles and liver bones for sale, in addition to pre-packaged treats (e.g. Dentastix, Blackdog charcoal biscuits). There are also party box selections with a mixture of prepackaged treats for just $5, in addition to a homemade gluten free party box. If you're looking to purchase healthy treats to spoil your dog without spending huge amounts of money, Jan's Stall is the way to go - you won't be able to find treats cheaper than this!
Prepackaged treats and party boxes at Jan's Stall.
For those of you who are both parents and pawrents at the same time, Kimberley Kapers will become your new favourite market stall ever. Kimberley Kapers caters for all babies, both human babies and furbabies! If that's not convenience, then I'm not sure what is. Owned by Linda, Kimberley Kapers has an impressive range of products, with two packed tables for the furbabies (one for treats and one for clothes), and one packed table for the human babies. Speaking of babies, the reason why the business is named "Kimberley" Kapers rather than "Linda" Kapers is because Linda named her business after her daughter, who is also a massive animal lover!
Eddy getting cuddles at Kimberley Kapers' stall with... no, the owner's name is not Kimberley, but Linda!
Kimberley Kapers has an impressive collection of pet clothing items available for purchase, with heaps of unique choices - these aren't your average run-of-the-mill pet clothes! From cowboy hats to watermelon shirts, there's bound to be an outfit that suits your pet perfectly, to help them stand out from the rest - not that they don't already, of course! Dogs who come to the markets with their owners are more than welcome to try on anything they fancy, to make sure that the items fit before buying.
Some of the items Eddy tried on (he ended up getting the watermelon shirt).
Kimberley Kapers also has heaps of dog treats to choose from. Linda has recently started making her own 100% natural treats, which come in lots of different flavours, many of which are named after actual human foods (e.g. Spaghetti and Meatball). These treats generally come in small packets, but there is also the option of purchasing a family assorted box, which contains a mix of all the treats. In addition to making their own treats, Kimberley Kapers also stocks pet treats from Bow Wow Chow, who caters to both dogs and cats. Bow Wow Chow's dog treats take the form of 'pupcorn' (yes, that's dog popcorn!), with a range of flavours including banana, meatloaf, cheeseburger, coconut ice, and even lasagna! Cats have an assorted range to choose from, including beef bark and marinara bark.
Although Gano Organics is not a stall specifically catered towards pets, it does have Bone-A-Fide Dog Shampoo in stock! According to John and Sandra, owners of Bone-A-Fide Dog Shampoo, "our mission from day one was simple: to make our Bone-A-Fide products the best we can, and bring a product to market that we are truly proud of!"
Four products to choose from - which one would you opt for?
Woofenwag has an impressive range of products available, which far exceeds the capacity of your average market stall - it would not be possible to list all their products here in this article. Run by Martina, Woofenwag specialises in custom made items for assistance and therapy dogs - she will be about to tell you all the do's an don'ts, in addition to guide those interested in or needing an assistance dog in the right direction. Martina also has a belief in natural and healthy dog food and parasite control, and again will be able to provide interested customers with tips on how to get started on an all-natural diet.
Woofenwag's stall at Early Bird & Breakfast Markets.
It's hard to put into words how much there was to see, and how much Martina managed to fit in in Woofenwag's relatively compact market stall. There was also lots of information signs regarding not just assistance dogs, but just dogs in general - for example, there is a sign about the importance of restraining dogs while travelling in cars; not just for their safety, but for their owners' too. Woofenwag also has heaps of free business card sized tips on how to make homemade sprays to combat itchiness in dogs and homemade creams for hot spots in pets, amongst others.
So many different products in just this tiny corner of Woofenwag!
Woofenwag is a fun pit-stop for pawrents, children, and furbabies alike. Pooches are more than welcome to try on anything they fancy, to ensure that it fits well before purchasing. They can also socialise with Shorty, the resident dog of Woofenwag who is an absolute sweetheart and very well-behaved.
Having only recently launched in October 2016, For Laterz is one of the youngest in the world of handmade dog treats. Tamara, owner of For Laterz, uses only natural ingredients with no added sugar, salt, or preservatives, with vegan options available too. To implement quality control, Tamara's dog Toffee (i.e. Cavoodle mascot of For Laterz) personally taste tests each of the treats before officially including them in their line of products.
Treats (both dog and cat) are very reasonably priced at just $3.50 per bag, with the number of treats inside each bag depending, of course, on the size of the treats - for example, you can expect to find 3-4 bone shaped biscuits inside a bag, but much more than that if the treats are bite sized. There are also doggie bags available for $15, which contains multiple packets of dog biscuits, in addition to gift bags, which contains two different types of dog biscuits in addition to a novelty toy or accessory.
Self-described as "social enterprise with an ethos for connecting real and passionate makers to the local community", Mitchie Makers Market recently celebrated it's first birthday in December 2016 - despite being such a young market, it is already becoming increasingly popular and well-known to locals and visitors alike. In fact, it's doubled in size since it first began, now currently with over 150 stalls! With live music provided by local artists and buskers and a wide array of shopping and food stalls to choose from, the markets truly come to life as the sun goes down - can you think of a better way to spend a Friday night after a long week?
True to its name, the large majority of stalls at Mitchie Makers Markets sell products that are handmade and crafted with love and passion. As most handmade products are produced only in small batches at most, Mitchie Makers Market is a great place for buying unique gifts for others (or you could always treat yourself!), as you are bound to find many one-of-a-kind products that cannot be bought at a store in a shop. Support your local businesses today and help these talented craftsmen and craftswomen continue to thrive for generations to come - in a world that is becoming increasingly franchised and saturated with big chain companies, supporting small businesses is becoming increasingly important.
Jojo & Lola's Jerky Chompers
Jojo & Lola's Jerky Chompers started after owner Susan began making her own treats for her pooches (and their friends!) as an alternative to prepackaged treats. These homemade treats were so successful that Susan decided to open up her own business using her poochs' names, in May 2015 - and that's where their story begins. Although only a young business, Jojo & Lola's Jerky Chompers are constantly expanding their range and are adding new products on a regular basis. In regards to quality control, pooches Jojo and Lola are the official taste testers of the doggy treats, whereas Susan's kitties Mitty, Georgie Girl and Lulu assist with the taste testing of the kitty treats - at least when they feel like it!
Jojo & Lola's Jerky Chompers' stall at Mitchie Makers Market - Eddy pictured with Lola.
There is a huge range of flavours to choose from, with ingredients including beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, and mackerel. For the extra lucky pooches, Jojo and Lola's also have gourmet chompers that have an extra special yummy ingredient (or two) added. Each of the products in their line is individually hand made in small batches, cooked in a dehydrator for between 7 and 18 hours. Only human-grade ingredients (locally produced where possible) are used, with no artificial colours or flavours, and no added salt, sugar, or preservatives. Treat your pets without sacrificing health!
With so many flavours to choose from, there's no doubt that there will be a flavour that your pet will absolutely love - but just to make sure you have the right one, feel free to bring your pet along to the markets! Jojo & Lola's attend only pet friendly markets, and there are heaps of free samples (and a communal water bowl) available. Plus, none other than Lola herself will be there for kisses and cuddles!
Held at Old Petrie Town, a restored historic village replicating life dating from before the 1930s, the Old Petrie Town Markets allow you to go back in time and, while you're at it, grab a few bargains along the way too! With antique cars littering the streets, speciality shops (in addition to the markets) housed in historic buildings, and several museums across 50 acres of manicured gardens and bushland, it is unlikely that you will come across another market set in such a location in Brisbane - so grab this opportunity and visit them this Sunday! In addition to weekly Sunday markets, Old Petrie Town also hosts twilight markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas, making it more convenient for shoppers looking for last minute presents for close friends and family.
The Big Dogs Do Matter stall is owned by Shazzy Lee, an avid dog lover of all sizes - be prepared for your pooch to be given lots of love, affection, and cuddles! Big Dogs Do Matter sell a range of products designed to keep your furbabies warm and happy during the night. This includes: outdoor canvas mats (waterproof, mould and sun proof), beds with canvas covers or mats, and cute canvas tepees. Big Dogs Do Matter's products contain no chemicals and the foam insert is 100% human grade Australian foam, meaning that they won't "drive your dog nuts"! Any size and depth can be made to order and ready to go in a week, just simply text measurements to 0408-772-597 - plus, order two or more mats to get a discount!
Big Dogs Do Matter's stall at Old Petrie Town Markets.
Shazzy hates wasting material and as such, uses all the material that she can - here at Big Dogs Do Matter, where "no fur baby is too big or too small", accessories such as bandanas, bowties, and other novelty items can be purchased... or even given for free if you're as lucky as Eddy! There is also a communal water bowl (and even an actual bath during the hotter months) that doggy patrons are most thankful for.
Communal water bowl for all doggy patrons to share.
Location: Dick Westerman Park, 2-14 Enterprise Dr, Beaudesert QLD 4285
Opening Times: 1st Saturday of each month, 7am - 12pm
Admission Fee: Free
The Beaudesert Country Markets are a fantastic monthly market with local arts and crafts, local produce, great food and entertainment. These markets are run by Jenny and Mick Young, who have been doing so for the past 30 years! The Beaudesert Country Markets cater more towards locals, with the majority of businesses without a website or Facebook page, but hold stalls at these markets monthly without fail. You can expect to find a wide variety of stalls, including plants, toys, bric-a-brac, and even live poultry - there are great bargains to be had here, with products being sold at very reasonable prices, so come and grab yourselves a bargain at the next market!
Beaudesert Country Markets, located at Dick Westerman Park adjacent to the Beaudesert Community Arts & Information Centre.
Frank's Stall sells a wide range of products for all household pets, from dogs to fish and everything in between. They even have budgies for sale at the markets! Products for dogs include training treats, long-lasting chews, dog kibble, squeaky chew toys, collar tags, and much more! Frank imports all his products and it's like having a mini pet shop within a market, which is 'frank'ly quite convenient - see what I did there?
Pat from Handmade Pet Accessories is a very talented lady who crafts all her products by hand as part of a one-woman business. They have a wide range of items for all pet animals small to large. All the prices are extremely reasonable, especially given the effort and time that Pat has no doubt put into each piece. They're much cheaper than their pet store counterpart! It's also worth noting for potential customers with guinea pigs or other small animals that Pat also has a different (but similar) business under The Guinea Pig Shop.
Handmade Pet Accessories' stall at Beaudesert Country Markets.
Pat posts pictures of her available material on Handmade Pet Accessories' Facebook page, giving customers the option to choose from her range of fabrics. In addition, if you message her with what you are looking for (e.g. dogs), she can send you photos of any fabrics she has with dogs on them. Pat takes custom orders at no additional charge, and even went the extra mile (literally) for us - she drove to Spotlight to purchase the pug material that I wanted, for just $5 extra (including the purchase of the fabric). I ordered 4 items from Pat through Facebook - a dog bed and 3 squeaky chew toys. To my surprise, Pat messaged me that same night and told me that my order was ready - although Handmade Pet Accessories is efficient in terms of cost and time, Pat definitely does not sacrifice quality! Pat also threw in a free customised bandana for Eddy as a surprise gift - thank you, we absolutely love it.
Eddy's custom made bed and squeaky chew toys - aren't they cute?
Although not a stall that caters specifically towards pets as such, Mark's Stall still deserves a mention in this article because of how funny the novelty mats are - any wild guesses as to which one we took home?
(Answer will be revealed at the end of the section on Beaudesert Country Markets.)
Again, not a stall that caters specifically towards dogs, although they do sell pet soap which smells heavenly! Carole and Tony's handmade soaps are made using all natural oils - their pet soap is made using lavender, eucalyptus, cypress, and citronella.
Of course, we had to take one of these soaps home.
Thoroughbred Fix is an Australian dog and horse skin treatment shampoo and cream - it's economical, easy to apply, and is a treatment for many common skin irritations such as Queensland itch, mange, dermatitis, eczema, rain scald, and greasy heel.
Thoroughbred Fix's stall at Beaudesert Country Markets.
Thoroughbred Fix receive heaps of testimonials from users, including Tanya Hoare, the secretary of the Bull Terrier Club of Queensland - "This is an amazing product. I have spent thousands of dollars in the past buying treatments for each of these problems, many treatments were unsuccessful or took weeks before they worked. This is an amazing product!" Thoroughbred Fix is also currently being supplied to GA Rodgerson Stables and Gillian Heinrich, among other highly successful trainers and stables.
Products for sale, with information on Thoroughbred Fix.
The Strathpine State School Flea Markets, held at the expansive Pine Rivers Showgrounds, is home to an impressive number of over 150 indoor & outdoor stalls - "any gift item needed, we have"! The market is a fundraiser for the Strathpine State School P&C Association, who contribute to purchasing equipment around the school - you'll be doing the students at the school a favour while at the same time scoring yourself some bargains!
Run by Maria and Doug, Bay Pet Treats sell homemade dog treats that are free from preservatives, salt, sugar, emulsifiers, and artificial colours and flavours. Maria and Doug are very friendly and are always up for a chat (and a few pats for the furbabies!), and is well-loved by Eddy for this reason (the freebies Eddy get doesn't hurt either). Treats are priced very reasonably, and are much cheaper than pet shop counterparts - they cost only $4 per pack, or $10 for 3 packs.
Eddy at Bay Pet Treats' stall at Strathpine Flea Markets (shared with Maria's other stall selling crystals/doing tarot readings).
There are a wide range of flavours of baked treats to choose from - even the pickiest of dogs will find something they want to take home, or perhaps even eat on the spot! Flavours include:
Sweet potato & coconut
"Flea Chaser Bones"
Pumpkin & coconut
"Fresh Breath Bones"
In addition to baked treats, Bay Pet Treats also have in stock pilchards (a big hit with Eddy!), chews (e.g. pigs ear) and other dried treats (e.g. lamb puff cubes, chicken breast jerky). They even have goodie bags available with a mixture of treats - with such a wide range to choose from, you'd find it hard walking away with just one pack of treats for your spoilt furbaby!
Some of the goodies Eddy took away, being the lucky boy that he is.
Having serviced the local area since 2005, Dogmen Dog Treats sell a wide range of dog treats, including biscuits and both hard and soft chews. In addition to treats, Dogmen Dog Treats also have in stock a range of shampoos, prevention tablets, and mats to suit dogs of all sizes.
Burpengary Markets is a community market that welcomes all local businesses, artists, food vendors and alike to join them on Saturday mornings, having only been established relatively recently in October 2014. With the markets located under three large mango trees, Burpengary Markets is a picturesque way to spend your last day of the weekend where you can get the shopping done while enjoying a morning coffee and some food to go with. To give you a taste of what the Burpengary Markets are like, here are some of the stalls that you can expect to see:
Mel's Pet Shed, founded by 'Mel'issa and her father Barry, is a newly established business that prides itself on running their service with only love for all animals, big and small. They aim to provide honest and true products to help keep pets healthy (and happier!) and to live longer and more fulfilling lives. By running Mel's Pet Shed, Mel hopes to educate and to help owners understand their pets better, through the provision of a wide variety of products for all pets, including dogs, cats, small animals, birds, horses, and even livestock.
Eddy pictured outside Mel's Pet Shed at Burpengary Markets.
There are so many products to choose from that it'd be impossible to list them all - for example, dogs can choose from training treats, hard chews, soft chews, long chews, and baked goods that look good enough for humans to eat. Prices are very reasonable for all of the products that Mel's Pet Shed stocks, with an added bonus - unlike most other pet shops, Mel's Pet Shed will happily source brands of dog/cat food that are not already in stock, with the philosophy that "if one person wants it heaps more do too" - please feel free to contact Mel directly to ask what can be sourced, and for what price. For vet line products (e.g. worming and flea tablets), there is again the option to ask for a particular product that you are after to be ordered in, and for a cheap price too!
Lots of products to choose from at Mel's Pet Shed - including free samples!
As a final note, Mel also does pet sitting at an affordable cost with "heaps of love" thrown in too - Mel cares for all animals big and small, from fish to larger animals (e.g. sheep, cattle and horses) and everything in between.
Narangba Northside Community Markets are a family orientated group of stall holders that strive for the markets to be a nice and fun experience for both sellers and buyers - run every Sunday morning with both indoor and outdoor stalls, Narangba Markets invites all to come and join in for a wonderful start to the last day of the weekend. Browse from the many different types of stalls they have available, and perhaps cool down with a freshly blended smoothie along with some food to go with? To give you a sneak preview, here are some of the stalls that you can expect at the Narangba Markets:
And of course, for the furbabies, the stall to visit is none other than:
JJ's CAT & DOG Treats
Launched in 2015, JJ's CAT & DOG Treats are founded by owners who have "had enough" of pre-packaged treats from pet stores that are overpriced and perhaps not the healthiest for our beloved pets - to combat both the financial and health issue, JJ's was founded. Selling only homemade treats using only human-grade ingredients, JJ's began as a personal venture which was enjoyed to the point that the owners decided to turn it into a commercial business and sell at markets. And with treats that both look and taste good, why wouldn't they?
JJ's CAT & DOG Treats' stall at Narangba Northside Community Markets.
Treats are very reasonably priced, with prices ranging from 70c to just $3 per item - one of the best bargains to be had are the pupcakes, which cost just $3 for a pack of 6. For the best bargain however, opt for the variety pack - choose any 6 items (excluding jars) for just $12! JJ's also does custom made cakes for special occasions, such as doggy birthdays or adoption anniversaries. And they don't stop there - there are also a range of neckerchiefs for sale for just $2 (with sizes to suit all dogs), in addition to other pet accessories such as leads, bowties, and dog bowls. For your one stop shop to spoiling your dog or cat without breaking the bank, JJ's is the way to go!
JJ's goes beyond just homemade treats - and don't forget to pick up some free samples!
Have you been to any of these markets and/or visited any of these stalls? If yes, which one(s) were your favourite? Have we left out any of your favourite markets or stalls? Please do leave a comment down below to let Eddy and I know your thoughts!