Name Mark Eymes
AKA Eymesy
Business Manly Markets
Location Manly

What’s your favourite place on the Northern Beaches?
Manly. The Beach and The Ocean.

Is there something about you that would surprise people?
My travel experiences.

What’s something everyone should do at least once?
Go off the beaten track. Explore the unknown.

It’s Sunday afternoon, where do we find you?
At the moment, packing up the Manly Markets.

If you were down to your last $50 what would you spend it on?
Tank of fuel in my motorbike and head off.


How did Manly Markets happen?  How long have you been operating?
Manly Markets was going to be discontinued. I took it over in 2012. Recommended through the chamber of commerce being an ex-retailer here in Manly.

Best business experience?
1 st day of trading in my 1 st store. There was a line out the door all day!

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Traveling the globe.

Best part of your job or most enjoyable part of your job?
Being in Manly Interacting with shops and shop operators.

Most stressful part of your job?
Trying to please everyone.

Weirdest thing that has ever happened at work?
When I owned the Billabong Shop I had to look after Metallica for 3 days.

What’s the best part of working on the Northern Beaches? Why’d you chose to work here?
7 miles from the city. 1000 miles from care.


What would you rate 10/10?

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Always have a go

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
Sold my apartment in Manly

Greatest strength?

Greatest weakness?
Trying to help everyone

Does anything scare you?

What’s your most treasured possession?
My future catamaran

What’s your idea of absolute happiness?
Laughing with friends

Which two famous people would you choose to be stuck in a lift with?
Kevin Hart & George Clooney

What travel experiences is on your bucket list?
Mediterranean in a catamaran for 6 months

How do you switch off?

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate Biscuits

Who’s your personal hero?
Anybody who is happy

If you were an animal, what would you be?

How would you like to be remembered?
Good bloke who was fair

What’s it like running the markets in Manly?
I had a surf shop in Manly for 25 years so when I sold to Billabong, I missed being in the Manly CBD with all the retailers. The markets mean I can not only deal with all the amazingly talented stall holders but also still interact with all the retailers and make sure everyone is happy and benefiting from them. The markets are there to create atmosphere and add to the business in Manly, not compete with it.