Three new shops

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THREE dif­fer­ent re­tail busi­nesses have all moved into the Salt­wa­ter Build­ing on Macrossan St just in time to feel the ben­e­fits of the busy school hol­i­day pe­riod.

The most re­cent shop to open its doors is Shimma, a gift shop and first busi­ness ven­ture for owner Gail Hughes

“It’s a gift shop with a bit of ev­ery­thing to see what works,” she said.

“This is my very first busi­ness and I’ve al­ways wanted to have a shop, it’s scary but very good - most of my sales have been to lo­cals so I’m wrapped.”

Shed 6 is a men’s and women’s de­signer cloth­ing store, which owner Jim Bard­s­ley said has been trad­ing in Port Dou­glas for 15 years in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

“We’ve been here since Easter but have been in Port Dou­glas for 15 years at the ma­rina and at an­other premise down the road - we moved here for a change,” he said.

“All our reg­u­lar cus­tomers found us and for those who haven’t, this is where we have re­lo­cated and hope­fully we’ll stay here.

“Busi­ness has been good, it’s started to pick up a bit and you can no­tice the dif­fer­ence once the school hol­i­days started.”

Josephine Matthews has opened a sec­ond shop in Port Dou­glas - dif­fer­ent to her busi­ness Josephine’s swimwear that has fash­ion­able swimwear and cloth­ing, St Tropez stocks sport swimwear.

“St Tropez opened about a month ago and is half func­tional sporty swimwear and half re­duced swimwear,” she said.

“There was a need for sporty swimwear, no one does anything for pad­dle board­ing or swimming laps and trad­ing has been very good.”

The Bou­tique Col­lec­tion will be re­lo­cat­ing to the new hotspot on Macrossan St in De­cem­ber and real es­tate li­cencee Chris Buse for Cold­well Banker said there are only two spots left in the down­stairs area.

“Land­lords that aren’t flex­i­ble will have prop­er­ties be­come avail­able and we will take them on, we are meet­ing the mar­ket,” he said.

“We will sit down with a busi­ness and find out what makes sense with the busi­ness model be­cause we want to make it work.”

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