LOCAL PRODUCE SHOWCASED IN STORE
CLOSE to 200 people, most of whom found it on Facebook, discovered The Pip Stop when the fruit and vegetable shop opened its doors in Apple Tree Creek last month.
Owner Kelly Ross asked her friends to help with ideas to name the shop and The Pip Stop was a perfect fit.
The focus is on fresh produce straight from local farms.
The Pip Stop also aims to showcase the best of Childers and Apple Tree Creek with other locally made products.
Handmade planter boxes stand at the entrance to the shop and plants and garden ornaments are still to come.
The shelves are stocked with olive oils and jams from small producers in the Isis District.
Kelly makes timber trays for hampers by hand and there are plans for pre-packed boxes with a selection of fruit and vegetables.
“We are wasting so much,” Kelly said, referring to Westerners’ habit of throwing out slightly blemished products.
The Pip Stop is run like a sensible household where waste is minimised and the birds across the road at Flying High Bird Sanctuary are happy to take care of the scraps.
Festivities centreing around a grand opening are in the pipeline.
The Pip Stop is located next to the pub in Apple Tree Creek.
FOCUS ON FRESH: Staff member Melissa How and Pip Stop owner Kelly Ross.