Cot­ton Tree lo­cal busi­ness:

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

BUY fresh and lo­cal has been the mantra of the food in­dus­try for years, but it ap­plies equally to Cot­ton Tree flower shop owner Joy Machray.

Cot­ton Tree House of Flow­ers has been in the area for 13 years, build­ing up a solid rep­u­ta­tion and base of steady, loyal cus­tomers.

Mrs Machray says her store’s foun­da­tion is sim­ple – she loves what she does.

It has earned in­dus­try plau­dits, win­ning an In­ter­flora Pur­suit of Ex­cel­lence award for Queens­land and Aus­tralia this year.

The shop was as­sessed for the qual­ity of its prod­ucts and cus­tomer ser­vice.

Mrs Machray said she prided her­self on ser­vice with a smile and go­ing that ex­tra mile for her cus­tomers.

She said one of the cor­ner­stones of her suc­cess was to pro­vide her pa­trons with the fresh­est flow­ers pos­si­ble, from lo­cal grow­ers.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise the qual­ity of the producers on the Coast,” she said.

“You don’t have to go any­where else.

“We source as much stock as we can lo­cally. That’s re­ally im­por­tant.

“We like to keep the lo­cal econ­omy go­ing as much as we can.

“We’ve got about five or six ex­cel­lent lo­cal flower grow­ers that we deal with, so we can top up our stock quickly and you know that they’re fresh.”

Mrs Machray has had a sto­ried ca­reer. She took up floristry when she left high school and trained in her na­tive New Zealand.

Af­ter work­ing in Switzer­land, she re­turned to work in Auck­land.

She also took time off to raise a fam­ily and also to serve as a cad­die for her hus­band Doug, who was a pro­fes­sional golfer on the Euro­pean tour.“I just have a pas­sion for what I do,” she said. “I have a feel for it. “I’ve lots of friendly, loyal cus­tomers.

“It’s just a mat­ter of look­ing af­ter them.”

FRESH AND LO­CAL: Joy Machray from House of Flow­ers at Cot­ton T

PHOTO: BRETT WORTMAN

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