Presenting a balanced representation of Newcastle has always been really important to us at Mirage. We don’t always hit the mark, but in 2018 we want to make sure that there is an added focus on local women doing incredible stuff. We are hunting down some of the biggest ‘influence-hers’ in our city – women crushing goals in whatever field they’re in. To kick the year off, I asked a few Boss Babes about what they’re doing.
Name: Tabbatha Gallen
Role/Business: Owner of Stoned Saint Moon Vintage.
Why do you do it?
I’ve always loved small businesses and how they can contribute to the personality of a place. So to now have one now with my fiancé Tyler is a life goal complete. I thrive on finding old pieces and giving them a new life. I cringe at this throwaway society we live in, so to have a business that is based around recycling is a really rewarding feeling. Life is one big treasure hunt.
What drives you?
A 1999 Honda named TJ.
The best advice you’ve ever been given?
‘Get out of your own way’. A psychic told me that once and it really changed a lot for me. It’s amazing what you can actually accomplish when you stop doubting yourself and start believing in yourself.
Favourite place/space in Newcastle?
Islington of course! So many other great independently owned stores surround us. There are vintage and antique shops, amazing coffee places, cool hairdressers and I’ve even heard whispers of a vegetarian café about to open. It’s a sweet little pocket of the world and I love seeing it grow.
What do you wish you learned earlier?
Nothing, really. All my hardest experiences have always taught me something new and important in the long run, especially in business. Life is a constant battle of trial and error – you really don’t know if something will work until you try it.
Who inspires you?
My big beautifully blended family. They have always been so supportive and proud. They have always encouraged me and believed in me in anything I did, no matter how big or small, which has definitely inspired me to give anything I’ve been interested in a go.
When you aren’t working, what do you most love to do?
Travel. It is a never-ending joy in my life. There is so much to see and do. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is the best, as well as all the vintage goodies you get to find along the way.
If you know an empowered woman doing something special, shoot us an email with their contact info and a bit of a blurb about what they're doing: firstname.lastname@example.org.