BUSINESS BONANZA: Cafes, clothes and kids' stores open

MORE than 15 businesses have opened in the Gladstone region this month and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

From children's entertainment to clothing stores and cafes, there has been a recent welcome spike in small business activity.

Tigger's Bounce House is in its second week and owner Rikki Tea said the support so far was "fantastic".

Her goal was to tap into a niche market by providing a family-friendly space for children between the ages of 0 - 12 years to play.

This is not her first business venture. The Gladstone woman also has a personal training business.

"This is completely different though," she said.


Rivers opened in Gladstone earlier this month.
Rivers opened in Gladstone earlier this month. Sarah Steger

"Setting up a business is a challenge in itself, the most challenging part (with Tigger's Bounce House) was sourcing the suppliers and finding things that were cost effective."

Ms Tea opened the business with the help of Rio Tinto's Here for Business initiative, which offers business tutoring and support to entrepreneurs.

"I was a little bit concerned about opening a business in Gladstone considering what it's been like lately, but I knew I was hitting a niche market and filling a gap," she said.

"It helped having the right mentors around, that was the key to setting this business up."

The list of new businesses in Gladstone is set to grow larger in coming weeks too, with Meze Kebabs and Brad's Bargain Box both expanding beyond Rockhampton and into the region.

Gladstone Regional Councillor, Cindi Bush has compiled the list of new and changing businesses in the past three weeks and said it was fantastic to see.

New businesses

Recently opened:

  1. Toyworld
  2. Rivers
  3. Bakin' BITS Boyne Island cafe
  4. Tiggers' Bounce House
  5. Mini Golf Tannum Fitness Centre
  6. Willy Ed's Music Shop
  7. Flooring Xtra
  8. Sparkles Car Wash
  9. Dominos Boyne Island
  10. Boxed Up Pizza
  11. Salty Pizza Bar Yacht Club
  12. Style and Co Hairdressers

New management:

  1. Red Prawn new management
  2. Pet Resort new management
  3. Opening soon:
  4. Brad's Bargain Box
  5. Meze Kebabs

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