Beating business blues
BUSINESSES at Murwillumbah's “Paris end of town” have banded together to show people they are still open, despite the roadworks.
The first Wharf Street Market Day is being held this Sunday to help businesses at the eastern end of main street who are struggling.
From 10am to 2pm, and possibly later into the night, there will be live music, dancing, balloon artistry, face painting, beauty therapy sessions and some fantastic deals all around.
Bea Stars from The Thin Green Line is sure to be a favourite among the kids with her face-painting skills, while mum and dad can enjoy “mini moments” from their massage and beauty therapists.
“We're really happy to be able to offer massage again, even if it is only for one day,” Miss Stars said.
“The vibration from the roadworks has made it impossible for us to run our massage business.
“Business has dropped, so this market day will help give us a needed boost.”
Miss Stars uses only non-toxic, environmentally friendly face paints and will have a sale on their certified organic skin care.
“It (the market day) has been helpful for all the business owners along here to establish a better relationship,” Miss Stars said.
And Murwillumbah District Business Chamber president Toni Zuschke could not agree more.
“It really has united them,” Mrs Zuschke said.
“I'm still overwhelmed by the way the businesses have banded together on this.
“They've been really enthusiastic.”
Now all they need, Mrs Zuschke said, is the community to get behind them as well.
“I urge people to get down there and support the businesses that have been struggling due to the road works,” she said.
“Come down, grab a coffee and stay into the night.
“Make a day of it.”
Mrs Zuschke said although everyone is praying for sunny weather, it will not matter as it is all under cover.
“Hopefully it'll be a great atmosphere,” she said.
“All the shopkeepers are really enthusiastic and see it as something that could happen on a regular basis if it goes well for them.”
Also at the Wharf Street Market Day will be a demonstration of flamingo dancing and the band James T and the Tomahawks.