News

Fashion project highlights benefits of shopping locally

Saltt Clothing’s Lynette Morgan and Kayla Marshall say retailers face a battle in Gladstone.
Saltt Clothing’s Lynette Morgan and Kayla Marshall say retailers face a battle in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

GLADSTONE residents will be dressed to the nines under a new Buy Local project designed to lure locals to stores in town.

In September, Buy Local will launch the Style Me Up project, which is loosely based on the UK TV show Trinny and Susannah.

The project involves fashion gurus teaching Gladstone women how to shop for their body shape.

This comes as Gladstone shoppers voiced their wish lists on Facebook for clothing stores they'd like to see in town.

Myer, Sportsgirl, Ed Harry, Valley Girl and YD were some of the most popular suggestions.

Buy Local campaign manager Crystal McGregor said the project would encourage more shopping in town.

"The biggest problem is knowing what outfit you need before going shopping," she said.

"Unlike Rockhampton or Brisbane, Gladstone shoppers don't have the luxury of walking through a large shopping complex to browse."

In September Gladstone retailers will host the Style Me Up event.

Ms McGregor said one of the main problems with Gladstone shopping stemmed from customer perception.

She said customers believed Rockhampton and Brisbane were the only places they could shop for new clothes.

"We do have a good variety of stores and good brands, but they are scattered," she said.

"If shoppers aren't voicing their concerns about shopping in Gladstone, then they are not creating customer demand."

Ms McGregor said it was this perception that could deter new retailers from coming to town.

"They will only come to town if there is competition," she said. "If local businesses are going to invest here then they need demand."

Retailers hope luxury brands lure shoppers

IT'S a battle of the brands for Gladstone's clothing giants with retailers hoping exclusive labels will lure shoppers into stores.

Saltt Clothing owner Lynette Morgan said while it could be a struggle to secure some of the larger labels, it was always rewarding when they did.

She recently nabbed US label Guess for her Gladstone Central Shopping Centre and Boyne Island stores.

"They had to send pictures of our store to the US for approval. That was surreal," she said.

3Style Clothing owner Emma Stupkin said the Goondoon St store had exclusivity to the Wish label.

"It can be difficult for new businesses starting up (to secure big labels). We are lucky we secured them early," she said.

But retailers admit luxury labels may not be the answer to Gladstone's retail woes.

Both Lynette and Emma agreed retailers had problems with residents shopping out of town and online.

Gladstone shoppers' wish list

Womenswear: Millers, Sportsgirl, Ally, Forever New, Lorna Jane, Portmans.

Menswear: Lowes, YD, Ed Harry.

Unisex: Myer, full size Target, Rivers, City Beach, Cotton On, Dimmeys.

Topics:  buy local fashion gladstone business retail



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

$700K Gladstone project will open next week

The proposed Pump Track at Memorial Park in Gladstone.

Start date for Gladstone pump-track announced.

Elderly men charged over alleged pot bust

SUSPECTS CHARGED: Police allegedly found three men 'tending' to cannabis plants when they raided a rural property at Ambrose.

Two men in their sixties have been charged by police after raid.

Top 10 cheapest houses on the market in the Gladstone region

98 Dalrymple Drive Toolooa

A LIST of Gladstone's best, cheapest houses

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!