Putting on ritz for pre-nuptial brides
By ROXANNE MILLAR
HAVING undergone a major renovation, an old Murwillumbah rectory has retained its early roots through an innovative business idea. The former Wollumbin Street rectory has been restored to 'keep the faith' as a bridal preparation venue, giving frazzled brides a place to relax before the big day. Now known as Avalon House, it is the brainchild of Terrance Cox and friend John Tilden, and offers accommodation and luxury services to help bridal parties get ready for their big day. Mr Cox said it was a lucky coincidence that the church was still a part of Avalon House, although in a different respect now. "Murwillumbah is such a nice area that complements the hands-on feel and warmth we wanted this business to have. That is why we picked it as the place to set up," he said. "It is going to grow a lot in the next few years, but I imagine will keep its country town feel." Avalon House offers boutique accommodation with luxury treats including massage, pampering and meditation. Its show pony is a bridal treat that aims to take the stress out of getting married, by including accommodation, massage, make-up and gown hanging for the bridal party. It also offers designyourself packages that feature any services a client wants. Mr Cox said the idea behind Avalon House took shape when they saw a niche gap in the local market. "There is nothing like it around here. The idea is that you always remember when you are spoilt and that is what we try to do take the stress out of life," he said. "We had a lot of married friends and could see the stress they were going through, and decided to work with that. "It was a bit of a punt, with nine months of renovations, but everything always is in my life." Mr Cox said the potential of Murwillumbah as an area specialising in boutique services was enormous. "Murwillumbah is a fantastic place for it because there are a number of really good people who work here - be it in massage or make-up. "The potential is starting to open up. Its small town feel is why people like it down here."