MIND YOUR BUSINESS: Venues preparing to serve up Valentines feeds

THE annual day for couples will be celebrated on Wednesday and the Union Bank Wine Bar will not miss the occasion.

By Wild Peony’s Miranda Boyde will hold a pop-up in the stables, taking flower orders now and having them ready for pick-up on Valentines Day. 

Unioin Bank owner Nick Bacon was happy to be part of Ms Boyde’s launch. 

“It’s great to see Miranda taking the step to launch her own business,” he said. 

Ms Boyde said her business was centred around collaborations and pop-up events. 

“I’ve had such a wonderful time working in the floristry and styling industries for years, and I always wanted to start something that would allow me to work more flexibly with my daughter,” she said. 

The Union Bank will also offer a three-course dinner menu from 6pm, with every booking receiving a bouquet of flowers. 


Also offering something special for couples on Valentines Day will be Byng Street Local Store, which has partnered with Nashdale Lane Wines for a Spanish tapas night. 

Christine Ciarella said bookings were available from 6pm, including the first drink and entry to win a night of glamping at Nashdale Lane Wines.

“It’s got a romantic feel because you share the meal together,” she said. 


RYAN Piper’s new enterprise isn’t your average activity. 

Running around shooting friends and foes alike with foam marshmallow-tipped arrows in a game close to dodgeball doesn’t fit too many people’s description of average. 

Mr Piper had the archery gear imported from America about six months ago for about $10,000 and has since set up a business called Squad Up, which he said perfectly fit his lifestyle as a university student.

He had his friend Charlie Jones, who was also thinking of buying the gear, jump on board to help out. 

“The approach wasn’t to make heaps and heaps and money, I wanted to see how organically it could build,” he said. 

He said most of the growth in events came from either from word-of-mouth or people driving past taking a closer look.


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