This About Us starts with “WE at Drift” because Drift isn’t just the “I” that owns this lovely little grass floored, relaxed and comforting beach store.
It’s the team we have working here to make everyone that comes in the door feel like a friend, and it’s the Drifters that ease on in to make Drift what it is today. The happy chatter between friends that run into each other or the uplifting compliments or comments that are thrown around by total strangers to each other.
There are funny stories, personal challenges, milestones and just general chatter that carries on all through the day. This brings laughter and sometimes tears. The empathy that strangers show each other here daily blows us away.
This along with our OLD FASHIONED CUSTOMER SERVICE make us very unique in this day and age. Whether you see my children who will and are totally capable of assisting you, my Mum, who is the most adorable and loved person in the whole community, one of our tight knit team or myself, we can guarantee you if you step into Drift, you will remember us.
OUR mission here is to make everyone feel special and totally at home.
No matter if your 5 years old and looking for a special gift for your friend, a dude looking for that something unique for your significant other, a teen looking for that perfect swimsuit, a lady looking for yourself, or a Grandma looking for something that makes you feel great and look like you feel, not how old you are, DRIFT is where you should be.
I, Sharyn, started this business in 2013, to have a sea change from Brissy and show my very young children then that there is more to life than the bump n grind of a 9-5 job and that you can follow a dream and if you work hard, it can become a reality.
Then in early 2020, after much deliberation and customer requests on extending my gift range I decided to open Drift Gifts with home wares and gift lines suitable for everyone.
It’s very true that no matter how old you are, you will never go a day without learning something.
I must admit there are days that I say, “I’m ok if I don’t I learn something today,” BUT that usually isn’t the case, there’s always more to learn.
I feel if I am in control of every facet of Drift and keep my finger on the pulse, then I will forever keep that fun family feel WE have here.
Drift’s number 1, is Gaga. My Mum. For those that have visited us here, you will be sure to know her. She works here more than she doesn’t because she loves it so much. It keeps her in touch with people, the community and keeps her busy.
There are people and children alike that visit here just to see Mum. They come in for a chat or a cuddle or a sharing of something that has happened to them, good or bad, sometimes they even come in for her honest feedback when looking for that special something. She is the hand sewing queen and Gaga handknits ALL of Drifts beanies, scarves and most shawls and wraps for Drift. GARKNITS is her little label and she starts knitting in September for the following Winter.
Then there is Amanda. Amanda is the perfect fit between Mum and I. Amanda is the cool and calm one. Amanda has been a business person herself for many years with cafes and her own beauty hub also. Whilst she still does beauty work around Drifting in and out of here, her knowledge, expertise and great customer relations has added a great deal to Drift .
My daughter Shae is part of the weekend team, however Shae is involved a great deal in the purchasing, the website, promotion ideas and making the gift side of things looking awesome. Share is our resident photographer also. I don’t know what I would do without her.
My little cherub, Jasper. Jas is the behind the scenes man. Doing rubbish runs, getting refreshments, filling in at the registers if we have to pop out quickly, Jas throws a lot of thought into our promotions and keeps things light and always is there to make us laugh. Without him life would be no fun at all.
We have Chloe and Ginger – these two amazing chicks are part of our weekend and holiday time team. They are insanely great at steaming and love talking to customers. It is a joy to see these guys each time they come in and it’s great to have the younger generation adding their thoughts and ideas.
Last but not least there is my amazingly talented and wonderful husband, Don who without I don’t think I’d even be here, but the place certainly would look a lot different, he is my carpenter, my IT man, may donkey on sales trips and my ROCK. Don is a Tunnel Engineer 9-5 who loves the variation of retail on his days off 😊 I’m sure. He doesn’t say that, but we all know he does.
Then of course there is ME, Sharyn. I put my heart and soul into my two little places of mine and there isn’t much I wouldn’t do to keep it fresh, fun and a great place to visit.
It’s taken me 4 ½ years to get on the online wagon, but I’m there now and I sincerely hope I can keep the feel and flow of my shop into my website and make it as simple as I can for you to get around and shop at home in your jarmies.
Being the small business that we are, it’s all about making things easy for everyone, that’s my customers, team and myself. So, when you’re looking around the website, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email and I’ll get back to you asap with a response.
Lastly, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me your time to visit us at Drift Clothing and Gifts online, and I hope we will see you again and again.
But, remember, when in town, please drop in and see us.