Baker’s dozen an­niver­sary

Shop on the mar­ket as it be­gins its 13th year of op­er­a­tion

The Gympie Times - - BETTER BUSINESS - DONNA JONES RE­PORTER [email protected]­etimes.com

WE WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE RAT-RACE, FIND SOME­THING MORE RE­LAXED. SHARON PARKER

ROD and Sharon Parker weren’t just after a sea change when they bought Ed’s Beach Bak­ery in Rain­bow Beach in 2006; they wanted a com­plete change.

And they got it.

The cou­ple used to own and op­er­ate an earth­mov­ing busi­ness on the south side of Bris­bane, but the fast lane was some­thing they were long­ing to es­cape.

“We got into a cash busi­ness be­cause we wanted to get out of the rat-race, find some­thing more re­laxed,” Mrs Parker said.

And so, without any prior ex­pe­ri­ence, Mr Parker be­came a baker and pas­try cook.

“He’s got an un­cle and cousins who are bak­ers, but he’d never done any­thing like that be­fore,” Mrs Parker said.

How­ever, hav­ing served his ap­pren­tice­ship, he is now trade qual­i­fied and judg­ing by the amount of re­peat busi­ness the bak­ery gets and by the num­ber of peo­ple who are reg­u­larly gath­ered out the front, he’s got it down pat.

“We’re a pop­u­lar spot with lots of peo­ple. We get the flow through from Fraser Is­land and when peo­ple fuel up the car, they fuel up their bod­ies too. Peo­ple come back and say they want six loaves to take home and put in the freezer be­cause they can’t get bread as tasty as ours back home,” Mrs Parker said.

While Mr Parker en­joys the pos­i­tive feed­back, Mrs Parker en­joys her role too.

“You meet a wide va­ri­ety of peo­ple and get to know the res­i­dents of Fraser Is­land and the lo­cals in town, be­ing face-to­face with the pub­lic,” she said.

Now the busi­ness is in its 13th year, the cou­ple are get­ting itchy feet again and have put the bak­ery on the mar­ket.

“We’re look­ing to re­tire. At the mo­ment Rod works all night and I do the day shift, so we’re like two ships that pass in the night,” Mrs Parker said.

It’s been up for sale for a lit­tle while so in the mean­time the Park­ers are happy to keep go­ing un­til they sell the busi­ness but Mrs Parker had the fol­low­ing ad­vice for any­one want­ing to take it on.

“It’s a fab­u­lous lo­ca­tion but you’ve got to be ded­i­cated to make it,” she said.

“You can’t just say ‘I won’t go in to­day’.

“Peo­ple rely on you.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

MILE­STONE: Em­ployee Michelle Mc­Grath hides out be­hind mas­cot "Lit­tle Ed­die" at Ed's Beach Bak­ery at Rain­bow Beach which this year is en­ter­ing into its 13th year.

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