Two South East Queensland business owners were selected to be featured in an artwork dedicated to celebrating small business as part of Shop Small month by American Express. Daniel Campbell from Daniel Stuart Fine Foods, Southport, and Michael Andronis from Zest Bistro, Ascot, were selected from thousands of small businesses across the country to be featured alongside 38 other small business owners in a painting displaying the diversity of small business in Australia.
The Shop Small initiative is about re-connecting shoppers to the small businesses that operate in their local communities. Lover of coffee and owner of Zest Bistro in Hamilton, Michael Andronis is one of the 40 small business owners painted in “Face of Shop Small”. Mr Andronis is excited to be involved and has said, “Small businesses bring flare to local communities and can offer customers personalised services that big corporations cannot.”
Daniel Campbell, owner of Daniel Campbell Fine Foods, is also excited to be celebrating small business.“Our staff and customers are treated as part of the family and it is our mission to bring them quality locally produced food in a relaxed and friendly environment.”
The artwork, entitled “Faces of Shop Small” was undertaken by Australia’s most awarded street artist, Jenny McCracken. Jenny painted the 40 small business owners holding a tool of their trade by using a combination of chalk and paint on canvas to create a 3D masterpiece. It took her 300 hours of hard work to complete the artwork.
“I’m proud to be creating this tribute to the hardworking men and women behind each small business who work so hard to bring their passion to life. I hope it stands as a reminder of the diversity, resilience and other great benefits small businesses bring to our communities,” she said.
The artwork was revealed to honour the start of the Shop Small movement aimed to reconnect consumers with small businesses.
Shop Small spokesperson, Katrina Konstas from American Express said, “The owners personify what’s great about small business in Australia and we’re delighted to be able to shine a spotlight on him through Shop Small.”
“Faces of Shop Small” will be displayed in the Parliament House, Canberra, as a tribute to the nation’s hard working small business owners.
Images by Jenny McCracken, Zest Bistro and Daniel Stuart Fine Foods.
Words by Jocelyn Garcia