A Berry homewares and furniture business has proven why it is so popular with many Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Nowra residents by winning a global retail award.
It is seen as a remarkable accomplishment for Tara and Danny Solberg after a summer and spring when first fires and then COVID-19 kept visitors away during traditionally busy times.
But through sheer determination they have shown how catastrophes can be overcome. And they feel it has made them and their business stronger.
Few and Far was one of six retail businesses worldwide to win the Global Honouree Award at the Global Innovator Awards in Chicago.
Ms Solberg said she was extremely proud Few and Far was recognised internationally for retail excellence.
Especially after the crippling impact of bushfires in the peak tourist season followed by the coronavirus crisis.
She said despite those challenges Few and Far has surged ahead and maintained a loyal following.
"We absolutely love what we do and to be rewarded for our passion, hard work and dedication is so exhilarating and definitely an event to be celebrated," she said.
"We are so excited to think that what started out as a little store in Huskisson will now be recognised on a global scale".
Ms Solberg said the idea for the business was born when they were traveling the world every year as designers and dreamed about bringing what they saw home.
"We had big dreams of creating a magical space full of wonder and curiosity and set out to search the globe for unique and interesting pieces," she said.
"We are passionate about interiors and products with soul and strive to present a product range that is both aspirational and affordable".
Few and Far is known for it's curated collection of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, unique products.
"Our collection is a mix of old and new and includes our own imported antiques from India, China, Indonesia and Turkey," Mrs Solberg said.
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