Mira has the look
WHEN Mira Koopman planned the opening of her shop, Mira Mira, she couldn't have foreseen the damage to the shipping container holding her 15,000 pieces of stock.
"We should have opened the shop months earlier than September 29 but our container full of fashion got rainwater damage when it was on the docks in Brisbane and the contents were ruined.
"We needed to earn a living, so I sent out a plea on Bargara Facebookers and Bundaberg Classifieds on September 26 for local artisans who work from home who might like to have their work displayed in our shop.
"I was so thrilled with the response. Not everything fitted the theme and style we needed, but so many were wonderful and such good quality, and within a few days I had goods arriving and we were able to open."
Mira's love of Bundaberg started when she arrived here from Holland in 2007. In 2012 she returned home for family reasons, but realised she really missed Australia.
"I found my new love, Bart, in Holland and when we came to Bargara for a visit in July 2014, I realised I'd rather live here than in Holland so he said, let's pack up and go, and we've been here since mid-December."
Bart was in women's fashion in Holland and Mira in the hospitality industry, but with a daughter at school and a new baby boy felt she wanted to work day-time hours.
"I wasn't sure what to call the shop, but a friend said I should use my name, only twice, and as Mira means 'Look' in Spanish it seemed like a good idea."
"The Dutch brand clothing we will sell had been ruined in the container, but a friend in Holland designs tunics and sent some of them over. The Kitsch Kitchen bags I have are also a Dutch brand and unique to Australia because we are the only retailers for them here."
And thanks to the response from the community, Mira Mira is also exclusive stockist for a lot of the local products they now sell.
Mira has a passion for giving back to the community, and believes in inner as well as outer health and beauty. "When I wrote my Mission Statement I knew I couldn't just sell clothes, it wouldn't make my heart sing, so what does make my heart sing is to inspire people.
"I believe inner health starts with water, and so I sell zazen water filters as they not only filter out the bad things but add back the good properties so the water is pure like nature intended.
"For every five filters sold, we donate one to a primary school classroom. Children are our future and they need proper hydration."
The company that supplies the water filters, zazen, have sold many water filter systems and don't have enough schools nominating to have them, so any primary school who would like them to be put in their classrooms should contact Mira at her shop Mira Mira (just up from Target).
The zazen company also maintains the systems, including filters, for free for life.
Mira also plans to hold health seminars to share her passion for inner and outer health and beauty, and she said more exciting new fashion stock was expected to be in store at the end of this month.
The first inner beauty workshop, called Spring Clean Your Body, will be held on Thursday, October 29, from 6.30pm at the shop. Ticket cost $15 and include a gift, drinks and nibbles.
For more information, phone Mira Koopman on 0421087124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.