Tiff + Tim + Abicus

Tiff, Tim, Daisy & Leo, live in Newcastle. Tiff & Tim have been novocastrians their whole lives.

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 stores, taking care of the men’s apparel, accessories and music buying, or producing the Abicus Website & marketing material. Tim also keeps himself busy with various other musically-inclined creative projects.

All in all Tiff and Tim feel extremely lucky to be able to provide jobs for the team of 8 working at Abicus. The fact that customers walk through the bricks'n'mortar stores doors every single day [when not in Covid lockdown] whilst the online store continues to grow, truly is a thing of wonder for them, something they don’t take for granted.