NEW QUIRKY STORE IN CHILDERS

Mrs Rain­bow re­alises her dream of retro re­tail­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By ASH­LEY CLARK

A NEW shop has opened in the heart of Childers that is sure to bring some ex­tra piz­zazz to the area.

That Quirky Place of­fi­cially opened its doors last Wed­nes­day in the build­ing that pre­vi­ously housed the Viet­namese Res­tau­rant.

It is part of the State Her­itage-listed “Coro­na­tion Build­ing”, built for Jo­hann Wilhelm Al­bert Kulick, then owner of the Grand Ho­tel next door, back in the early 1900s.

New owner Su­san Rain­bow spent sev­eral years in Cooktown be­fore re­turn­ing to the Childers area run­ning the Cordalba Gen­eral Store.

Su­san’s late hus­band Wil­liam Rain­bow was born in Childers and Su­san said she has had ties to the town for more than 35 years.

“Our dream was to al­ways have a busi­ness here,” Mrs Rain­bow said.

“I’m very lucky this build­ing be­came avail­able at the right time.”

Mrs Rain­bow said That Quirky Place was a gift shop with a twist, and sup­pli­ers have been se­lected care­fully.

“The items are avail­able in lim­ited num­bers, which means that the shop will keep chang­ing,” she said.

That Quirky Place owner Su­san Rain­bow I wanted to cre­ate a place where peo­ple feel re­laxed and wel­comed. A place where peo­ple can have a look around with­out feel­ing pres­sured...

“There are kids’ toys, stuffed toys and colour­ful fab­ric hand­bags that are hand­made lo­cally.

“We also stock men’s gifts, home­wares and much more.”

Fol­low­ing on from the retro look, cus­tomers can en­joy a 1950s-style milk bar that in­vites peo­ple to have a break, try some hand­made lol­lies or a waf­fle cone.

Mrs Rain­bow called this “the nook” that comes with a comfy couch to re­lax and en­joy an old fash­ioned spi­der or sun­dae.

“I wanted to cre­ate a place where peo­ple feel re­laxed and wel­comed,” she said.

“A place where peo­ple can have a look around with­out feel­ing pres­sured to buy any­thing.”

That Quirky Place is open from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from 9.30am-4pm.

PHOTO: ASH­LEY CLARK

LEFT: Su­san Rain­bow has just opened That Quirky Place.

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