Tempo Supporting Local: A Tale Of Two Shops.

[Community] The Tempo Group family are big believers in supporting communities in need. The Mornington Peninsula building and construction company has stepped up again by donating the use of its Balnarring offices to pop-up ventures rent-free to aid the local economic recovery.

The group’s founder Ben Comelli said, during COVID, the Tempo team and his wife Brigee felt contributing two vacant commercial spaces free of charge for the local community to showcase whatever it is they do through POP UP shops was the right thing to do in such a horrible time for Victoria.

The Tempo Group are excited to have two local businesses, DAMN Gorgeous and Mamasbohemianbazaar, part of the ‘Tempo Supporting Local’ project.

We caught up with Marnie Torrance of Damn Gorgeous and Samantha Malcolm of Mamasbohemianbazaar to find out just how the project helped their businesses in these challenging times?

Marnie explains that Damn Gorgeous is a small business that has been able to survive this last year thanks to Ben and The Tempo Group’s kindness and community spirit presenting this opportunity for which she is extremely grateful.

“My background is varied from nursing, working in the entertainment industry to import and distribution of telco products and, of course, clothing. My love for people, fashion and involvement in our local community is a perfect mix for a retail clothing store, along with my desire to offer a unique style, from our Miss June Paris range to locally made one-off pieces from The Original Ann Trant, natural fibre quality basics.

Reasonable prices, sustainable fashion and great customer service are what Damn gorgeous is all about. We want to get to know our customers and them, us”. Marnie went on to say, “I have made many friends along this journey. My first customer Danielle has been working with me, and Vicki, also a customer and friend of Damn Gorgeous since 2018, works with us in Mornington”. 

Last year was difficult for so many businesses with the lengthy lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. To have this fantastic opportunity from The Tempo Group to open a pop up in one of their stunning builds was a godsend for the local retail shop to broaden its customer base throughout the Mornington Peninsula and showcase its talent in the neighbourhood. 

Marnie said, “I have always wanted to try a store in Balnarring and would never have been able to do so without the generosity of Ben Comelli and The Tempo Group donating this space. Damn Gorgeous is a small business that has survived this last year thanks to Ben and The Tempo Group’s kindness and community spirit presenting this opportunity for which I am extremely grateful. We can keep this fabulous Peninsula ‘community spirit’ alive by, in turn, helping out other small businesses by placing their products and wares in The Tempo Group retail space, such as local artists and designers; Andrea Hughes, Ann Trant, Jenni Winters and Mary Raphael. We stock; Blondie Soy candles made in Mount Martha and a carefully curated selection of preloved designer pieces from Sally Bloomfield. Our latest space offering is a new upcoming ethically minded clothing business, Tidal Times.

I want to make shopping fun, be creative, think about our environment and for Damn Gorgeous to be a place that you can not only come to shop, but you can go and have a laugh, a cry, a cup of coffee, chat and feel good about yourself. We offer brands that create clothing with sustainability and our environment as their focus, like Clé Organic basics and Lulu Organic Essentials, which donate to WWF and plant a tree for every item sold.

We are Damn Gorgeous, and you can be too. Thanks to Ben Comelli and The Tempo Group for supporting local business through these tough times where many people and businesses have suffered and doing your bit to aid the recovery of our local economy.

 YOU ROCK Ben Comelli.

Thanks for taking a risk, believing in us and supporting local small business to benefit the greater community”. Marnie adds.


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Drop in and visit the fabulous Marnie in the stunning Tempo built retail spaces at 3056 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring. You’ll find a veritable treasure trove of delightful products and fashion. The visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting Sammi, the owner of ‘Mamasbohemianbazaar’. Another fabulous local entrepreneur and curator who’s passionate about sustainable fashion.

Sammi loves natural fabrics and women channelling their inner goddess with bohemian patterns and textures. She believes that feeling good about yourself doesn’t have to cost the earth, literally!. For the last six years, she has run a successful online business. Having a ‘bricks and mortar space was something that she’d only dreamt of…until now.

Sammi said, “In mid-2020, I heard through a dear friend that Ben and the Tempo team were pitching in to aid local economic recovery by donating their Balnarring retail spaces. It was a grassroots project and very flexible. I immediately felt like this was something I wanted to be a part of and was incredibly impressed with The Tempo Group’s generosity and support of the local community. I felt very emotional the day Tempo presented this opportunity. I’ve inherited my love for collecting treasures from my late dad, and I was excited to imagine what he would have thought as I’d never imagined this was ever possible”.

Immediately Sammi’s mind started running with ideas. She was aware the local community was filled with incredible talent and wanted to share the unbelievable opportunity that The Tempo Group had presented to her with as many local folk in the community as she could.

“I’m so proud to be the curator of this community-based store showcasing the following local women”, she continues. “Including the lovely Kellie who weaves some amazing crochet pieces and Millie from ‘ilukalife’ specialises in pure essential oil and blends. I’m also introducing the amazing artwork of; Catherine de Boise, Jane Reisinger, Lizzie Alsop and Leyla Bulmer. Bec from ‘Bee Rad Designs’ crafts fun earrings and accessories, and ‘Lou and Lou’ are a mother and daughter duo who create amazing pottery. Also, ‘Drift by Laura’, who makes intricate macrame hangings, and Crystal from ‘Peninsula Bloom Collective’ creates some dreamy dried bloom arrangements. All of these local entrepreneurs have helped me to create not only a beautiful retail space but a place where the community can share each others company and feel a sense of togetherness”.

These local businesses wish to thank The Tempo Group for their generosity in providing them and the wider local community with the opportunity to fulfil their dreams, happiness, and well-being.

Drop into 3056 Frankston-Flinders Road Balnarring.

Just off Balnarring Village and support these beautiful businesses by shopping local. Don’t forget to share your experience on social media with #temposupportinglocal

Whilst you’re out and about, come to say hello at The Tempo Group in Mornington to see the award-winning home designs they’ve been building.

The Tempo Group are here to help.

As Mornington Peninsula builders, The Tempo Group, are a fully licenced luxury home builder with specialist expertise in custom-built homes, multi-residential developments and commercial construction. We offer clients ‘Interiors By Tempo’, our in-house interior designer and selections specialist.

Arrange an obligation-free consultation with Ben and the team to find out more about building your dream home on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond.


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