ONE ROOF, TWO SHOPS: Tracey Robertson and Shane Kendrick have opened their own shops while sharing the one location.
ONE ROOF, TWO SHOPS: Tracey Robertson and Shane Kendrick have opened their own shops while sharing the one location. PAUL BRAVEN

Tasty cakes and shiny gems feature in new shop

TAKING a leap into the world of commercial business can be daunting but there's a small group of Gladstone entrepreneurs moving forward and making waves.

Several new businesses that have opened recently have developed from humble beginnings as market stalls, and over at Tank St a partnership sharings costs has opened.

Shane Kendrick's House Gem Jewels and Tracey Robertson's Cake'n'Candy has a fun mix of fudge, biscuits, coffee, crystals, gemstones and more.

The owners have not only paired up to share overhead costs, but also offered space to a range of their fellow "handmade" businesses on commission.

Mr Kendrick, who sells custom-made jewellery, learned how to cut stones from his dad in the gem fields.

"It was more of a hobby back then," he said.

"Then the urge was to make it more of a business and an adventure than just hoarding it."

Mr Kendrick's experience as a manager in retail spurred him to take the next step, and merging businesses meant lower overheads.

"It's all about location, trying to get something I could make work," he said.

Cake'n'Candy is the brainchild of Mrs Robertson and her mum Lynette Smith, who built a name for themselves over the past decade making and decorating cakes from home.

"People know the brand already, and a lot of people have been asking when we will open a shop," Mrs Robertson said.

"We've been thinking about it for years. I'm a scribble person so I've got books upon books of ideas."

She said anyone thinking of going into business should keep chipping away.

TIPS FOR NEW BUSINESSES:

  • Make a business case
  • Test the market
  • Know your product
  • Find reasonable rental
  • Find out more at business.gov.au


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