Christmas gifts with purpose

MONTVILLE’S newest shopfront, Montville Marketplace, located next to Poet’s Café, is a curated space where local artisans’ wares are sold by Bloomhill Cancer Care staff and volunteers under commission agreements.

Bloomhill Cancer Care CEO Christopher John said the service was thrilled with the shop.

“It’s been a huge few weeks since we found this gem of a site and decided to open the shop in time for the Christmas rush,” Christopher said.

With the concept store blitzing its first weekend after opening on Saturday, November 27, Bloomhill is seeking more suppliers while Christmas gifts are at the forefront of the community’s mind.

“We have many ideal gifts and upcycled items here and people are snapping them up, with every dollar helping support those touched by cancer,” Christopher said.

Bloomhill retail network lead Russell Lindsay said he had been really trepidatious about the opening of this social enterprise but needn’t have been.

“Almost immediately when we opened we had people say that they wanted to be part of it – as volunteers and as suppliers – which is great because we have room for more,” Russell said.

“Please everyone spread the word!”

Bloomhill needs to increase funds to support the growing need of those touched by cancer across the Sunshine Coast.

Fine artist and former policeman Gordon Cramer of Buderim, who will have his work featured in the gallery, said he enjoyed the idea that his work would help Bloomhill to provide personalised support to those touched by cancer, having had several friends and family members affected.

“It means a great deal to think that being part of Montville Marketplace will in some way assist people with a cancer journey, because I know firsthand from my loved ones how difficult a journey that can be,” Gordon said.

To inquire about becoming a supplier contact To become a volunteer visit

You will find Montville Marketplace at 169 Main Street, Montville. It is open seven days 9am-5pm. You can also find them on Facebook @montvillemarketplace and Instagram #montvillemarketplace