Tiff’s entry into music began with making mix tapes for friends, the obsession with bands like Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Sleater Kinney and The Melniks grew until Tiff launched her own fanzine Candy Flipper in '97, she was a regular contributor to other local fan-zines & music publications, interviewing the likes of many of her idols including Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill to name a few. Whilst a true devotee to the early 90’s grunge scene, fashion was never a dream during her teenage years, the opportunity to take a short term lease on a small shopfront of a sleepy Darby St came up when her previous job at a Hamilton independent record store closed it’s doors.
Having spent the previous 2 years either managing or buying for other local record stores, music was always going to be part of this new venture, but it was the decision to include a rail or two of hard to find clothing at the store back in 2000 that really set Abicus on it’s way. From the start Tiff has been both a music & fashion buyer for Abicus, whilst also looking after all of the back-end.
All the while her husband Tim has been there assisting with all things Abicus. Whether it be designing & building the interior of the new stores, taking care of the men’s apparel, accessories and music buying, or producing the stores marketing material. Tim also keeps himself busy with various other creative projects Firekites & The Instant, as well as producing music for film and TV.
All in all Tiff and Tim feel extremely lucky to be able to provide jobs for the team of 10 working between Abicus and their recently re-launched women’s store Scout. The fact that customers walk through the stores doors every single day is still a thing of wonder for them, something they don’t take for granted.