Heidi and her family recently moved back to Gympie and have been overwhelmed with support from the community. Picture: Shane Zahner
Heidi and her family recently moved back to Gympie and have been overwhelmed with support from the community. Picture: Shane Zahner

Gympie mum’s quirky online business goes gangbusters

GYMPIE mum Heidi Radecker said she had been blown away by the community welcoming her home and supporting her business, Isobel Lane.

Mrs Radecker creates vintage-inspired women's sleepwear for all sizes, from 100 per cent cotton fabric and featuring lace, florals and custom designs.

Mrs Radecker said the inspiration for Isobel Lane came out of necessity.

"I had just had a baby and couldn't find comfortable sleepwear that didn't compromise on being pretty and feminine," she said.

"I decided to make myself some, and then my family and friends wanted some and it grew from there."

Heidi designs vintage-inspired sleepwear from her home in Gympie, and her store is stocked ready for Mother’s Day. Picture: Shane Zahner
Heidi designs vintage-inspired sleepwear from her home in Gympie, and her store is stocked ready for Mother’s Day. Picture: Shane Zahner

Originally from Gympie, Mrs Radecker was living in Launceston when she launched the store in 2016, reaching customers across Australia and even America.

Now the family has moved back, Isobel Lane is continuing to grow and her customers are mostly based in Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

"Gympie has been amazing, everyone supports me and remembers me," she said

Mrs Radecker said coronavirus restrictions had affected business lately, but in a surprisingly good way.

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"I thought this would be the end and people wouldn't spend money, but because everyone is inside more people are shopping online," she said.

"This has been my biggest two months ever, I'm flat out.

"I'm appreciative that people have been so generous and are keeping me busy."

Heidi wearing one of her popular designs. Picture: Shane Zahner
Heidi wearing one of her popular designs. Picture: Shane Zahner

Mrs Radecker hopes to keep growing her business and said she would love to be a brand people could find in stores.

"Would love in maybe five years to be a brand of sleepwear."

"I want it to stay 100 per cent Australian made, made locally and supporting local people."

Mrs Radecker's sleepwear can currently be ordered on Facebook, Instagram or Isobel Lane's Etsy store, which has items ready to be shipped for Mother's Day.

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