Why Jade By Design is closing down
FOR years she has been helping women find their style, now one of Ipswich's most treasured stylists wants to help the community in a completely different way.
This Christmas Eve Jade Stuart will shut her clothing boutique on Brisbane St for the last time, but it's not because she's struggling to make money.
On the contrary, Ms Stuart's business is booming and even though she loves styling women, designing and selling unique accessories and clothing, she wants a new challenge.
"I am going to study nursing full-time," Ms Stuart said.
"I can't run the shop, be a mum, be a military wife and study full time, so I've decided to close."
For more than three years Ms Stuart has been running Jade By Design Boutique after moving to Ipswich when her husband was transferred to the RAAF base at Amberley.
It's with a heavy heart Ms Stuart has announced Christmas Eve will be the last day of trading and as she's marked down her stock for the closing down sale it's never been more clear how much she loves her job.
When asked why she didn't just sell the business, Ms Stuart said she couldn't bear to see someone else take over.
"This shop is like my baby," she said.
"I love it so much, it doesn't even feel like work.
"It's so amazing helping women feel comfortable in their own skin. They walk in all deflated, then leave with their head held high. I love that.
"I've always loved helping people, but I want to help in new way."
Ms Stuart recently watched one of her close friends recover from a serious accident with a tractor.
She said seeing the care he received in hospital was enough to make her decide now was the time for a change, but it's still an emotional end to an era.
"I have completely fallen in love with Ipswich. Everyone here has been so supportive to me," Ms Stuart said.
"Mayor Paul Pisasale has gone above and beyond to help me with my business. He's such an amazing mayor and I'm so grateful for his support."
Jade By Design will still operate online, under the same website and Facebook Page, and continue to offer styling sessions.