Elly Walton is looking forward to spending time with friends and family after shutting shop but she is still passionate about Mary Street.
Elly Walton is looking forward to spending time with friends and family after shutting shop but she is still passionate about Mary Street. Renee Pilcher

Elly hangs up her shoes

IT’S time for Elly Walton to take some time out for herself.

The Shoenique store owner has announced she will be closing her doors in a month after six years of selling shoes and accessories in Mary Street.

“In life happiness is essential and time waits for no man,” she said yesterday.

Mrs Walton explained the reasons behind her closure saying it wasn’t directly related to the global financial crisis, but she did say “times had changed”.

“I thought about it (closing down) for a long time, it was a hard decision. I thought about Gympie and Mary Street and my clientele – which comes from Melbourne and out west.”

But for Mrs Walton the time was right to end her successful and memorable journey.

She had tried to sell some of her accounts to other businesses in town but “understands times are difficult”.

“For all the years I have lived in Gympie I recognised Mary Street as an amazing asset.”

Mrs Walton, who has attended every Mary Street Traders meeting held to discuss what business owners and council could do to attract more customers to Mary Street, said the street needed some more attention.

There were only a handful of businesses represented at the last meeting, held on November 9.

“Mayor Ron Dyne promised us new Christmas decorations would be up on November 1.”

At the most recent traders meeting, Mrs Walton said, he couldn’t answer why the decorations hadn’t gone up yet.

“I suggested it would be lovely and appropriate to have Mary Street included in Christmas light tours.

“But the shops need to get involved.”

Mrs Walton said if council took on the role of leader by putting up the decorations, solar lights in the trees and garlands and bells across the street, then business owners might get a bit more enthusiastic.

She said a lot of businesses started to decorate on November 1, in light of what the mayor had said.

“Mary Street has always been a passion for me; it’s the jewel in the crown for Gympie.”

She said it could be really capitalised on.

Gympie Times


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