Charleville locals are proving that despite the tough economic climate, it’s still possible to open a shop…or two!
On Saturday morning both the “Made in Murweh” and “Vintique 81” shops opened, giving life back to some empty buildings.
Made In Murweh Shop Grand Opening
The idea for this shop first came about following the inaugural ‘Think Fest’ where it was found we lacked a place that could display locally made products.
This issue has now been resolved when the “Made in Murweh” shop came to fruition on Saturday.
The hard working ladies who stood behind the counter and talked to all those who wandered in and out of the shop throughout the morning were Allison Edwards, Maree Phillott, Gail Duff and Angie Bowden.
“It’s been fantastic, the first day of being open was absolutely overwhelming with all the locals and tourists all coming in and lots of interest in the shop.
“We have lots of arts and craft people but there’s never actually been anywhere for them to sell their stuff,” says Gail.
And that’s the most important thing about this shop, the showcasing of local art and craft that’s putting our locals on the map.
“The tourists are what makes our town go around and when they come into town they love buying locally made stuff and particularly if it’s of good quality,” says Gail.
The ‘Made in Murweh’ shop is filled with everything from books, decorative skulls which have a story attached, paintings, hats, bags and jewellery – just to name a few!
The shop. which is located in the Town Hall building, is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm and is going to rely on locals coming in, having a look and then spreading the word.
A big congratulations goes to everyone who was involved in making this possible, it’s a brilliant display of our talent.
Vintique 81 in Hotel Corones
The second shop, Vintique 81, brings something a little bit different to the town.
Run by Matt Woznikiewicz, of Hotel Corones, who has previously studied archaeology, the shop is a collection of all things vintage and antique.
“I’ve been collecting for about three years. I’ve always been interested in history.
“It’s always been an interest of mine to open up a shop and this is just a great opportunity,” says Matt.
The vintage shop, located along the front of Hotel Corones, is a great talking point.
“I buy and sell a lot of vintage antiques, anything industrial, different, bizarre and unique.
” With a lot of the tourists and the locals coming in, it gives them something different to look at,” says Matt.
The shop is definitely different! When you walk in, you are instantly overcome with a sense of nostalgia, and Matt says that’s one of the best things about having the shop.
“It brings a bit of history back to town.
“Something triggers in peoples memories and they say ‘I used to have that as a child’,” he says.
The shop is going to be open on Saturday and Sundays from 9am – 1pm, and Matt is always looking for more pieces to buy so if you have anything he might be interested in give him a call on 0407 220 743 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org