Businesses reopen in Ipswich Mall
AN Ipswich couple will officially reopen their two businesses and charity next month after their former premises were devastated by last month’s floods.
Tala and Todd Schultz had only just moved Sound and Safe Roller Shutters, AusFresco, and charity Xsport from Brisbane to Turley Street on January 10 – the day before the floods hit.
Despite suffering from significant damage, they have refused to let that setback stop them from finding three new sites in the Ipswich Mall and opening once again.
Mrs Schultz said they were keen to start working in Ipswich and were ready to work hard to recover from their flood losses.
“There’s no regrets – even after the flood, people have said to us ‘I bet you’re mad you moved here’, but we have no regrets,” she said.
“We still think it’s the right move and were excited about being here in Ipswich.
“We need to trade, we need to trade out of it. We believe we can trade out of it.”
Mr Schultz is the director of Sound and Safe Roller Shutters and AusFresco, a specialist outdoor blinds company.
Both businesses have helped their charity Xsport start up. Xsport identifies athletes who have fallen through the cracks of representative and professional sports teams and helps them get back on track.
They have been doing this for seven years now, starting in America.
To celebrate the opening of the businesses, they will hold a launch on March 1 as a thank-you to those who helped them after the floods.
“We’ve just collaborated and said let’s just have one launch to let people know we’re here and to thank people,” Mrs Schultz said.
“So many people popped in out of the blue, people who have never met us before, to help clean up.”
Entertainment is by The CrackUp Sisters, a stockwhip duo and Polytoxic dance ensemble, at their stores in the Ipswich City Square building outside the Harvey Norman entrance.