New local business showcases Tamar Valley Makers 

Toby Strochnetter and James Gray of The Makers Depot Launceston
Toby Strochnetter and James Gray of The Makers Depot Launceston
Shop owners Toby Strochnetter (Left) and James Gray (Right) at The Makers Depot in Launceston. (PHOTO: Zac Lockhart)

Both locals to the Tamar Valley Region, friends and business partners James Gray and Toby Strochnetter have teamed up to open The Makers Depot – a shop dedicated to selling and promoting locally made arts and crafts, plus so much more.  

With everything from timber coffee tables to fragrances, candles to soap, and even handmade timber money boxes, there really is something for everyone, and it’s all made locally. Naturally their range isn’t just limited to these items alone, and what’s even better is that as items are sold, new ones are brought in, constantly expanding the range and rotating through hundreds of locally made products from the Tamar Valley and across Tasmania.  

The Tamar Valley Region is bubbling with local makers, with James and Toby saying their driving force to open The Makers Depot was to support local makers, helping them to showcase and sell their products in a dedicated shopfront.  

Having a shop dedicated to local makers is a huge boost to the local economy, allowing local makers to increase their sales and exposure and compete with larger chains who are often owned by national or international companies.  

“When you support [The Makers Depot] you’re not just supporting us, all the makers are business owners who have an ABN, so this is their income and you’re supporting them and their families too.” Said Toby.  

In addition to supporting locals to sell their products, The Makers Depot also hire locals for the shop, boosting local employment.  

With the store opening just before Christmas, the Makers Depot was already proving itself as Launceston’s premier handmade gift destination for those wanting to buy a unique and heartfelt gift.  

“We’ve had lots of great comments about the shop, and the products.” Said Toby.  

“People have been saying it’s great to see Tassie Made products.” Added James.  

When asked what their favourite products were, James didn’t need time to think before mentioning the locally made timber tables.  

“I love the way the resin really enhances the timber. They’re one of the most unique products we have.”  

For Toby, the choice was overwhelming.  

“I keep selling all my favourite products because I lead every customer to them. Right now it’s the money boxes, I think they’re super cool because they’re Tasmanian made, but importantly they reuse old post boxes to make them which promotes reusing and recycling which I think is also super important.”  

Situated in a cosy shop at 109 George Street in Launceston, they are already looking at expanding their display at the rear of the shop, adding more products from local makers. 

You can find out more by finding them on Facebook or dropping by the shop. Local Makers who are interested in having their products added for sale in The Makers Depot are also encouraged to bring some of their products in to show the team, or to get in touch through their Facebook page.  

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