Lisa Faalafi (left), Leah Shelton (right) and S.T. Roof performed at the opening of new shops in the Ipswich CBD.
Lisa Faalafi (left), Leah Shelton (right) and S.T. Roof performed at the opening of new shops in the Ipswich CBD. David Nielsen

Making song, dance of fresh start

THEY have had a pretty extraordinary time trying to open for business in our city, so it was only fitting that two new Ipswich businesses had an extraordinary official opening this week.

Performance artists and a whip-cracking comedy duo were on hand on Tuesday to herald the arrival of Sound and Safe Roller Shutters, AusFresco, and charity Xsport into the CBD.

Owners and Ipswich residents Tala and Todd Schultz had moved the two businesses from Brisbane to Turley St in Ipswich in early January – opening the day before the floods.

Their buildings suffered extensive damage in the floods, but determined to keep their businesses going, quickly cleaned up, recovered and found a new home in the mall.

Tuesday’s opening – which included the CrackUp Sisters whip duo and performers from Polytoxic dance ensemble – was also a thank you to the volunteers who helped them clean up.

While some CBD businesses still having not re-opened or trading at other locations, Mr Schultz said they were optimistic about their future in the mall.

“We’re moving forward. It’s a new beginning for us and I think we’re stronger for it,” he said.

For flood-affected businesses previously established in the CBD, an Ipswich City Council business survey has found 27 have re-opened.

Another four are operating in other locations while another 10 – including Big Dad’s Pies, Goodyear Autocare and the Ipswich Day and Night Pharmacy – are listed as unknown.

The popular Hog’s Breath Cafe restaurant is hoping to reopen at the end of the month, depending on building works, according to co-owner Manuel Dimou.

Not only was the restaurant extensively damaged, but 500kg of prime rib in their refrigerators also had to be thrown out.

Ipswich City councillor Andrew Antoniolli said he hoped the Shop Ipswich campaign would help businesses in the CBD bounce back from January’s floods.



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