Anita Glover (right), with employee and friend Karine Barrett, has confidence in the future of business in Gympie.
Anita Glover (right), with employee and friend Karine Barrett, has confidence in the future of business in Gympie. Renee Pilcher

Small business rising to challenge

GYMPIE small business owner Anita Glover's outlook is always positive.

The Mary St retailer expects sales will eventually pick up, but until they do, the savvy business woman will do whatever it takes to keep operating her boutique gift shop.

Staying afloat during these tough economic times is a challenge Mrs Glover has taken on with gusto.

Lotus Emporium is open seven-days a week to benefit from Crazy Clarks opening hours, which attracts people to the main street on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

Mrs Glover has also created a network of loyal customers who are made to feel valued with specials and VIP nights.

These relationships have been established and nurtured through the Lotus Emporium's monthly newsletter that provides positive, helpful advice and networking opportunities for community groups.

“It's something different,” Mrs Glover said. “We had 40% off storewide for our VIP night. While the profit margin is not as high, we had a good turnover and it's great publicity.”

Gympie Times


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