A new chapter in store for popular scrapbooking outlet
CREATIVITY is a much-needed outlet in the Gladstone community, as Scrapbook Fantasies owner Alicia Redshaw continues to recognise each day.
Her business, which has continued to serve the region for more than nine years, relocated to new premises on Toolooa St yesterday.
Mrs Redshaw is delighted with the opportunity to move after being in the same building since she first opened her doors in March 2003.
"It will be a great moment to open in our new store," she said.
The business has supplied Gladstone with scrapbooking, cardmaking, paper craft, handmade gifts and art supplies for years.
"We also have classes for adults and kids," she said.
While the business also has an online store, Mrs Redshaw said there was a real need to have the physical store in the community.
"We have a good rapport in the region," she said.
"People need a creative outlet.
"When girls come in making wedding invites, they come in thinking they can't do a good enough job but end up being able to create the most beautiful invitations well beyond what they expected."
The staff at Scrapbook Fantasies are clearly passionate about what they do, and Mrs Redshaw said her husband and children, one whom was on staff, helped out where they could.
"I have three staff," she said.
"And also a handicap volunteer from Community Linking Agency.
"We also have a place for handicapped adults and their carers to come and do craft on a needed basis."
The store atmosphere is a top priority for Scrapbook Fantasies and Mrs Redshaw said there was always something to keep you busy.
"You never get bored. Trust me," she said.
But the business is not without its challenges.
The biggest challenge Mrs Redshaw faced was the cost of living in Gladstone.
"It's really hard for all retailers and we are included in that.
"The disposable income in Gladstone is very low due to the cost of living."
But the good news is Mrs Redshaw says it is not expensive to be creative.
"We are competitive and people can get their creative fix without spending a fortune."
Driven by creative passion, Mrs Redshaw said her business was the best kind of retail she had worked in, and the benefits were always there.
"There is a return," she said.
"It's people's achievements that are the return."
Scrapbook Fantasies has now relocated to Shop 1, 101 Toolooa St, Gladstone.