Rock on: That Shop employee Charne Louise lives the Wintersun lifestyle all-year-round.
Rock on: That Shop employee Charne Louise lives the Wintersun lifestyle all-year-round. Felicia Kosegi

Wintersun to pull in $25 million

BUSINESS is picking up in Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.

The first of the 80,000 rock ’n’ roll enthusiasts expected to descend upon the twin towns for Wintersun have started to arrive, and they have an estimated $25 million to spend.

That Shop Coolangatta manager Donna Fleming said Wintersun was the best time of year for them.

“We were jammed with customers on Saturday. It’s looking like it’s going to be a really good couple of weeks for us,” Ms Fleming said. “Last year was our first year in Wintersun and it was just beyond our wildest dreams how well we were received.

“Before then, our closest shop was in Burleigh but we still had a lot of the Wintersun crowd coming up to shop with us.”

Ms Fleming said That Shop, which stocks vintage clothing including 1940s and 1950s style dresses, fitted right in with the Wintersun crowd.

“We feel like we’re good for Wintersun as well,” she said.

Despite the announcement last month that this year’s Wintersun would be the last for the foreseeable future, Ms Fleming said That Shop was already counting down the days to a replacement festival.

“It will have such a fresh feel to it, I think everyone will embrace it,” she said.

Tweed Tourism general manager Phil Villiers said Wintersun was good for the business precinct. “It’s especially good for the accommodation sector as well as the local cafes, restaurants and clubs.”



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