Words by Vanessa De Lisio
There are certain things every local expects to see and hear as they walk around Glenelg: the trams, the cars, the seagulls, Mamma Carmela’s…and fairies waving a Fairy Hello. Yes, fairies are as much a part of the Glenelg landscape as the trams or the wildlife thanks to Miss Fairy of Fairy Bay, who on Thursday threw a fairy party just for the adults at Mint 2, celebrating the new online home of Fairy Bay.
Fairy Bay has become one of Glenelg’s favourite attractions since Miss Fairy bought the shop in 2013 and expanded her children’s parties, community involvement and added a sprinkling of fairy dust to captivate her fellow businessowners. If you’re wondering what sort of a difference a fairy can make to the business landscape then you’ve never met Miss Fairy, to whom Fairy Bay is more than a business it’s who she is; coupled with her previous work as a teacher, this is also why she prefers to be known simply as Miss Fairy, although if you do see her dressed as a human with her wings under wraps, you can call her Marie (but you don’t have to).
Miss Fairy and her team of fairies, princesses, superheroes and a mermaid have supported numerous charities, the Tour Down Under, the Fringe and local events such as markets and the Glenelg Christmas Pageant where Fairy Bay has won Best Pageant Float since 2014. Just as Miss Fairy dazzled us with the passion and emotion she has for her business, she delights young and old with her parties and events, which is why Fairy Bay has to move out of the Glenelg shop it has called home since 1990. Where once parents dropped off their children at a birthday party, now they want to stay too, but you couldn’t really expect the four walls of a shop to contain fairies for very long anyway could you?
Although Miss Fairy is moving out of her shop, she will remain involved in supporting the local community, running Fairy Schools around Adelaide and hosting pop-up events in council areas. You’ll still be able to book parties with Miss Fairy and her friends at your home, favourite park or venue, and buy all of your essential fairy, princess and superhero accessories in Fairy Bay’s new online store.
The invitation for Fairy Bay’s relaunch party promised us music, fairy dust and sparkles, and Miss Fairy always delivers a magical party. We were greeted with fairy bread and fairy champagne (champagne with fairy floss on top!) and serenaded by the soundtracks from all of our favourite Disney movies. Sharing the hosting duties were a team of fairies, and one mermaid recently returned home to Adelaide from Sea World with Abbey from She Means Business Events keeping them all grounded.
Overseeing the ribbon cutting to officially launch the new online home of Fairy Bay was Deputy Mayor of the City of Holdfast Bay Amanda Wilson, who shared with us a quote from Peter Pan, ‘It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing known for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.’ After being treated to just a taste of the magic and dedication Miss Fairy and her team have for making children’s dreams come true, it is safe to say that there will be children wherever there is Miss Fairy, as no matter where she takes her business the children are sure to follow.