About Us

Brown’s General Store was created as the next adventure in the lives of Cate and Nick Gilpin. Cate is a creative soul with a background in retail, galleries, curation and project management. Nick is a technology whiz who runs a successful IT consultancy and his creative side is explored through photography.                    
Cate has long held the dream of owning and running a beautiful, unique retail and gallery space. Cate and Nick have had many gorgeous adventures in their life together – travelling Australia in a van, living in New York, travelling through Europe, making and raising a child, and Brown’s is the next step in their journey. Brown is also Cate’s maiden name.
From 2017 to 2020 Cate and Nick ran a beautiful brick and mortar space in Paddington, Brisbane as well a lovely online shop. Due to the impact of coronavirus and the shop lease coming to an end they decided to close the brick and mortar space. Now the new iteration of Brown's is coming!
Through our online store and regular pop ups we will continue to support local creatives, sell ethically made products, and encourage conscious consumption. We choose every item we stock very carefully and each one has a wonderful story. 
Thank you for your interest in and support of Brown’s, we are so proud of our little family business, and creating a business that is about creativity, ethics, and community.