It’s a step in right business direction for boutique shoes
YEPPOON'S Sharon Arnold is positive the Capricorn Coast economy is taking steps in the right direction.
The shoe store owner said though business had been better in previous years, her shop was still getting good foot traffic through the door.
Interestingly, she said some customers were coming from as far afield as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to check out the latest footwear at her Yeppoon store, Marcella Shoes and Florence Boutique.
Sharon said she was pinning her hopes on the Yeppoon foreshore and GKI development to take local businesses to the next level.
"It's like anything, you have your good days and your bad days," she said.
"Business was fairly slow after the cyclone but it picked up in Beef Week and the caravan parks are starting to fill up with tourists which is a positive thing.
"I think the Yeppoon foreshore is a great idea and is going to bring a lot to the community and we need GKI to go ahead.
"I just think once the foreshore is done it will bring more people down this way on the weekends."
Sharon said she had a lot of regular customers from around the area.
"I have a lot of regular customers from Rocky, rural parts of CQ and a lot from the capital cities who holiday in Yeppoon," she said.
"I've had a number of women visit from Sydney who tell me they wait to come here to buy their shoes because they can't find anything similar in their shopping centres. They do all their shoe shopping and clothes shopping here and I think that's because you don't get the same sort of fashion that you get in one-off boutiques as opposed to big chain stores.
"I think once people find something they love, it's good quality and they are willing to pay money for it, they'll keep coming back. It's a really nice feeling knowing you've got something that people think is worth waiting for."