Following on from our ‘feature’ series at the end of last year, which put the spotlight on local businesses to support over the festive season, Good Call Live again has you covered if you’re looking for locals that you can throw your support behind in 2021.

I had a chat with a few of my co-ladies who make up the Good Call Live Management and Online Editing Team, and together with Elizabeth Sharpe, Carly Gibbs and Emily Hollitt, I’ve come up with a *comprehensive* list of ’12 Locals To Support In 2021‘ that spans from the Gold Coast, through Brisbane, right up to the Sunshine Coast – so strap in, and get reading!

“I’d been craving an authentic American BBQ experience for ages, then entered Bare Knuckles BBQ – a traditional low n’ slow wood fired BBQ Smokehouse + Coffee & Dessert Shop and exactly what Brisbane needed! Once operated as a ‘pop-up’ food truck, owners (and all-round legends), Jamie and Kirsten Day have moved operations to Salisbury and have a full-fledged smoker and diner set-up, dishing up some of the finest Brisket, Ribs, Wings and Mac n Cheese you’ll come across. Plus, if you’re local, they’re on UberEats too!” – Nat

Photo: The Bare Knuckles BBQ Set-Up (image supplied)

“Since my partner (Lom from The Crypt Daddies) and I first visit to Helios Brewing Co., I haven’t looked back! One of the newer players in the craft beer game, Helios has been specifically designed to be water and power efficient (yay for environmentally friendly beer!), to deliver a range of top-notch, Greek-inspired sustainable (and bloody delicious) craft beer made with local and fresh ingredients. Plus the staff at Helios including Owner Scott and Venue Manager Jaxon are some of the loveliest, most genuine and accommodating people in the beer game right now!” – Nat

“If you haven’t checked this bar out yet, why the hell not? King Lear’s Throne is an incredible ‘hole in the wall’ style venue located on the main drag in Fortitude Valley that offers a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the clubs. Owner Kenny and bar legends Ryan (affectionately known as Red Jesus) and the Matt’s (Day and Muscari – from the Crowbar days!) are some of the nicest, most genuinely caring people you will ever meet. If you’re after a quiet spot for a crafty brew, get into King Lear’s – you won’t regret it tonight (but maybe you will tomorrow…!)” – Nat

“Sometimes Noosa can feel a bit stuffy but never at Mr Drifter‘s in the Junction. Creative cocktails and Asian street food that has been deliciously curated, the menu’s are presented in those Little Golden Books (surely you remember those?!), and nights are always a party vibe. They are one of the only places in the Junction that has regular live music, supporting local musicians. Like, really local. I mean, the Sous Chef Jack Raymond is an absolute talent and when he is not in the kitchen he is out on the floor, winning hearts with his deep, gravelly, bluesy tones. It’s the best spot at the North end of the Coast for a casual drink, lunch or a solid night out.” – Carly

“On the fringe of Fortitude Valley, Plant Vibes is a gorgeous 100% vegan cafe serving delicious plant-based fare for breakfast and lunch alongside speciality coffee. Boasting a tasty menu including; staples like Avo on Toast, Acai Bowls and a variety of Bagels alongside specialities like Black Forest Waffles, Enoki Gnocci, Halloumi Burgers and even a cheeky Tofu Scramble plus extensive grab-and-go offerings, there is sure to be something delicious for everyone.” – Liz

“One of my favourite local spots to go with friends or family or date night since they opened! Amazing steampunk themed décor, live music AND dry ice cocktails? Coolest place ever away from all the hustle and bustle of Cavill Avenue! Just outside the tram stop so SUPER easy to get to and the staff are always so nice and accommodating! Good vegetarian and Gluten Free options too!” – Emily

“If you’re looking something awesome to do with the crew, or maybe that perfect first date or even a top-shelf team building activity, then the legends at Lumber Punks have got you. The qualified Axe Coaches really know their stuff and will take you through a group safety induction and training brief on their SOG Tomahawks and Estwing Camp Axes before letting you strut your stuff and strive for that high score. With locations in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast (and even Perth too!), throwing axes at Lumber Punks might be the most fun a person can have with an axe!” – Nat

Rocksports on Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley, is a local family owned and operated business, and it feels like family when you walk through the doors. If you’re a newbie to climbing, they are more than happy to show you the ropes (pun totally intended!) and if you’re already into climbing, they are ALWAYS changing up their walls ready for a challenge on your next visit. Rocksports also have a brilliant function area and is a fantastic option for your Christmas / Birthday / Work party or team-building day.” – Liz

Dolls & Sailors is the ultimate Hair Salon of your dreams! Tucked away off Moggill Road in Taringa, leading lady Emily Fishburn provides one-on-one creative, quality hair experience to each client. Offering regular parlour services, wedding hair styling and vintage hair lessons, there is something for everyone. So, if tattoos, plants, coffee, art and anything retro / vintage / rockabilly is your vibe, then Emily is definitely your gal for your next chop or colour!” – Nat

Image: Vintage vibes and Plants are the order of the day at Dolls + Sailors Hair Parlour (image supplied)

Paperrokk Hair have been responsible for my hair for the last few years (thank you). Now, they’ve moved to an even BIGGER salon, added a makeup artist to the team AND, most importantly, added the option to grab cocktails, coffees, slices and so much more during your treatment. Providing the BEST head messages, eye masks and the option to ZipPay your pamper session, treat yourself and/or a loved one to a quality pamper sesh with some quality staff!” – Emily

Sonic Sherpa isn’t your everyday record store – its run by a veteran Brisbane music industry duo and it shows; with their stock reading like a personal record collection that’s been hand-picked over several decades. Simon Homer (of Skinny’s Music (RIP)) and Steve Bell (former Editor of The Music) and their staff know their stuff – offering their OG bricks-and-mortar store stocked with LPs, EPs, CDs and books, as well as pop-up festival stalls and live in-store gigs to round out the Sonic Sherpa experience.” – Nat

“What’s better than coffee and vinyl? In my opinion, not a hell of a lot. Wax Buildup offers delicious specialty coffee as well as a large range of new and used vinyl to placate all of your wax obsessed loved ones. Owners Mark and Cara have created a welcoming little space that supports the local music scene and is still inviting and inclusive for those just passing by. They also have plant based and gluten free treats, pottery by Pottery For The Planet and other rad accessories for sale. Something for everyone.” – Carly

It’s been hard task for us ladies to *collectively* cull our list to only 12 – but these businesses are just some of the many wonderful people and places that we support and recommend across our local communities. As we get stuck in 2021, remember to do what you can to shop local, eat and drink local and party local to support small business!

Thanks to Elizabeth Sharpe, Carly Gibbs and Emily Hollitt for their assistance in bringing this article to life!

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