Three new shops
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.”