Pittwater Life April 2018 Issue


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Local Call

A 'couple

of ideas'

to help you

get creative

Meet Chris Barlow and Ivina Khoo – a

self-confessed ‘kooky’ couple with a

solid advertising and creative pedigree

who like to think outside the square to

deliver results for their clients.

Local Call

Pittwater Life recruited the affable

Avalon-based husband-and-wife team

to design, develop and deliver our

new website, which launched to great acclaim

last month.

“We help businesses look the best they

can with thoughtful design and identity

branding,” said Ivina. “That’s always the

starting point and from there we can develop

effective marketing and communication

strategies – this includes web presence

and direct marketing approaches.”

Chris explained their careers in advertising

often intersected, so it made sense

with their skills sets that they would complement

each other working on projects

together – which led to them forming

‘Kookie Mix Creative’.

“We have the big agency experience (40

years combined) distilled into a dedicated

talented team,” he said. “Clients are getting

inspiring ideas and design – without

the big agency overheads.”

But why ‘Kookie Mix’?

“Creative problem solving requires thinking

outside the obvious,” said Ivina. “And

sometimes the answers are pretty straight

forward but you need to explore many options

to ensure you have the best solution.

“Kooky is a bit out of the ordinary, curious

and eccentric… and why not?

“We apply this thinking to creative

problem solving, with the result being a

range of creative solutions. That, and we

like baking cookies!”

The couple’s connection to the area began

with their marriage on a boat floating

in Pittwater back in 2002.

Time is ripe for Peaches

Independent Avalon boutique Peaches has

closed its doors after nearly 40 years of

outfitting locals with “smart, casual clothes

aimed at the Northern Beaches way of

life” – with owner Susie Fitzgerald and her

sister Gail Cameron saying they are looking

forward to spending more time traveling.

Susie explained Peaches was opened in

1980 by a Canadian, Bonnie Consiglio.

“Bonnie had six daughters and thought

a clothing shop would be a good idea,” she

said. “I started working at Peaches in 1986

and in 1992 Bonnie decided to return to

Canada; however she kept the shop until

1994 which is when I bought it, along with

a friend who unfortunately had to return to

her native Melbourne after just one year.

“I took over her share and have been

the sole owner since, with Gail joining me

shortly after.”

Peaches has always been in the same

location near the pedestrian crossing on

Avalon Parade, and originally included the

shop next door which was called Peaches

Pour Homme, with an opening between the

two premises.

Susie (left, with Gail) said Peaches had

enjoyed a successful final Summer trade.

“Peaches has provided a fabulous lifestyle

for Gail and me… we have met and

made friends with so many lovely people,

who have been so supportive, as have a

lot of people who visit the peninsula every

year,” she said.

“Over the years we have enjoyed visits

from many well-known identities and celebrities

– some of whom held off buying until

they got to Avalon.

“But things are changing in Avalon,” noted

Susie, who has lived in the suburb since

1985. “It is still a lovely, friendly village and

I feel a similar business can do very well by

displaying a little individuality.

“I just hope the locals will continue to

support all our local small businesses.

“We would love to thank all the people

“Living in the inner city at the time, we

were always inspired by the natural surrounds

of the Pittwater area,” said Chris.

“We had always had an affinity with the

green spaces and fresh air.

“Eight years ago, when the time came

to consider where we wanted to raise our

young family, we chose Avalon.”

Ivina said some of their most creative

work has been for some of their smallest


“And it has been great working with the

Pittwater Life team to get their new website

off the ground,” she said. “The clean

design of the site reflects the Pittwater

area and lets the beautiful imagery of the

area speak for itself.”

Check out their work at kookiemix.com

– Nigel Wall

who over the years have been such loyal

customers, such wonderful friends,” she

said, adding thanks to all the previous staff

who worked in Peaches over the years.

“We are now going to retire, enjoy this

beautiful area and travel at home and overseas!”

– NW

42 APRIL 2018

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