LIST: 24 businesses bucking the trend to open in Gladstone
FROM takeaway stores to supermarket giant Aldi, Gladstone has had its fair share of new business this year.
The Observer has collated a list of 24 businesses that opened during the past 12 months in the Gladstone region.
Nathan and Suzi Gould took their online lingerie business to the Gladstone CBD in January, opening a store on Toolooa St. Their aim was to offer Gladstone men and women a product range not seen anywhere else in the region.
Beauticious Beauty Bar
A beauty business owned by a mum and her daughter opened a store in Gladstone on Auckland St early this year. It has since moved to a bigger store at the Valley shopping centre.
Melanie Carlyon opened La Moda, a women's fashion store on Goondoon St, in a bid to fill a gap in the market. She sells women's clothing targeted at an age bracket from teens to young adults and for a mature woman.
It was the long-awaited supermarket store that opened with plenty of hype, Aldi. After years of rumours and speculation the supermarket opened a Gladstone store in March on Breslin St.
With a vintage caravan and some trendy props Kim and Chris Jackson entered the wedding business market in a big way. Ruby Hart offers a mobile bar out of a petite vintage caravan for weddings and celebrations. The caravan was built by Mr Jackson, a carpenter by trade.
Rocksalt Tannum Sands
Popular Gladstone restaurant Rocksalt expanded to Tannum Sands this year, opening a casual dining restaurant with a beer garden and alfresco dining.
After 26 years Tania Hempseed made the move to swap her hi vis for fashionable threads. The Gladstone woman who had a long career with Rio Tinto opened women's fashion boutique Hidden Wardrobe on Goondoon St in April.
Inspired by their 10-year-old son's passion for skating, Krystal and Peter Bird opened Freestyle Industries. The retail store specialises in scooters, skateboards and accessories.
Meze Kebabs owner Mehmet Icbudak opened his third branch this year in Gladstone. The store is located at the Night Owl on Dawson Rd.
Sparkles Car Wash
Gladstone shoppers can get their car washed while they browse the stores at Stockland Gladstone after Sparkles Car Wash opened earlier this year outside the centre.
Domino's Tannum Sands
The Tannum Sands Domino's store was the 11th in Queensland for "experienced pizzapreneur" Thomas Walker. The store opened in August at what was formerly the Fruit Spot.
Style and Co Headquarters
Simply Chic Hair Studio and Ess-Jay Makeup and Beauty merged to open Style and Co Headquarters this year. The business offers all things beauty from haircuts and colours, make-up and eyelash and waxing services.
Tiggers Bounce House
Tiggers Bounce House is an inflatable play centre suitable for children aged 0-12. Owner Rikki Tea said she wanted to offer something special for parents and their kids.
Rivers returned to Gladstone on September 1, opening a store at the Night Owl. Customers lined up outside keenly waiting to get the first look at the store on its opening day.
Boxed Up Pizza
Sun Valley's eating options got a little better in September when pizza store Boxed Up opened.
Tannum Sands Fitness Centre expanded to offer mini golf in September. It was offered just in time for the September school holidays.
Willy Ed's Music Shop
Will and Renee Rose returned a Toolooa St store to its former glory as a music shop in September by opening Willy Ed's Music Store. The store is located in the space which was Anthony Breed's music store.
Discount store Silly Solly's was relaunched this year, starting with an exciting announcement for Gladstone. Founder Solly Stanton and Rockhampton businessman Brad Walton opened a store in Gladstone in October. They now have stores at Rockhampton and Yeppoon too.
Another exciting franchise to return to Gladstone this year was Toyworld. Dennis Boyce and his wife Katrina Boyce opened the store at 89 Hanson Rd together after realising a lot of Gladstone people were driving up to Rockhampton to shop for goodies for the kids.
Emmadale Food Store
A Gladstone grocer expanded his business this year opening his second store to help fill a void for New Auckland residents. Saleem Rehman has opened the Emmadale Food Store in November with the same "buy local, service locals" values as his West Gladstone Foodworks.
Taste of Asia at Foodworks
Taste of Asia opened mid-November at Foodworks, on Mellefont St, West Gladstone and is serving up a mix of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. It's open seven days from 11am to 8pm.
Gladstone Flooring Xtra
Inside a black and fluro green shed is everything from carpet to timber, vinyl and rugs. Gladstone Flooring Xtra opened at Gladstone Benaraby Rd in November.
Gladstone Airport arrivals and departures were given another cafe option following the opening of Jet Bar earlier this month. The cafe's menu includes chicken strips, stuffed mushrooms, arancini balls and pizzas.
Scarlett's Secret Fashions
A new women's fashion store for Gladstone promises to offer something for all shapes and sizes. Heath Blake, whose wife Lisa Cowan runs Lane 3 Fashion, is the man behind the new Scarlett's Secret Fashions at the Windmill Centre.
- If you know any that we have missed, please leave a comment with the name of the business.