Cambrelle’s has evolved over many years:~
In 1994 I started searching for some learning aids which I needed for my second son, Cameron, as he was having difficulty recognising the Victorian Cursive writing style at school, unable to access any Victorian Cursive Writing style aids (at that time), I created my own.. After a lengthy process I started up “Learning with Magnatts”, manufacturing a large range of Educational Magnets. This range has grown and changed considerably since then. We manufacture these magnets ourselves which enables us the flexibility of being able to create one offs and personalised items, such as our Personalised Name magnets which are suitable for all ages.
The next stage of my business followed my love of machine embroidery. I purchased a Commercial embroidery machine without much experience in this field, (I tend to jump in first and figure things out later).
The Commercial Embroidery took off very well, Learning with Magnatts taking a back seat. Hopefully Cambrelle’s will give our “Learning with Magnatts” range the credit they deserve. I am hoping to expand the wholesale and fundraising options of our magnets.
In 2012 an opportunity came for me to relocate my business from my wonderful new shed (which my husband had just built me, up until this time I had been working from the Pool Room), to a store which become vacant in the main street of our small town of Nhill.
With small rural towns struggling to maintain retails stores I thought I had something to offer, so we opened Cambrelle’s. Cambrelle is the name of our mascot (bug) in our Learning with Magnatts logo. Cambrelle’s is a combination of our three childrens names. Cameron gets first billing as he is the reason Learning with Magnatts was created, (something he is proud of), Brenton and Danielle also have contributed to the name. My daughter Danielle works for Cambrelle’s, which adds a whole new interests levels to the store, including Kaisercraft stockists etc. etc. The other unique difference with Cambrelle’s is that we sell other small home based businesses products, (we do this for a small rental and or commission depending on the spaced required.) This is a wonderful way to show case the talents of locals, (but it doesn't need to be confined to locals.)
Cambrelle’s is a little different to your average store. Apart from having our own range of retail products, plus other small businesses products, we also offer embroidery, plus sublimation printing on site on many different products. Often these services can be completed within the hour if need be.
The next exciting phase of our store was the creation of Cubbies Australia. We are the Australian and New Zealand distributors for these beautiful soft embroiderable animals, we sell them embroidered, but mainly we distribute them wholesale to other embroiders
So that is the journey of how Cambrelle’s became what it is today. It has been a challenge to combine all the different aspects of our businesses into a website, but here it is. A lady told me many years ago not to make your range too big, (she made fishing lures), clearly I didn’t listen to her, I may become bored if I made things simple.
To all of you, from all of us at Cambrelle's - Thanks for taking the time to read a bit about us and Happy shopping!
Vicki and Danielle Natt