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