Rainbow Bread and Happy Days in the Borough
Amanda Garrett loves the community spirit of Maryborough and is revelling in the Kent Street Bakery business she and husband Steve started three months ago.
“Everyone has been so supportive. We are getting lots of positive feedback,” she said. A couple of loaves of rainbow bread sit on the shelf behind her – it’s one of the specialities that her children insisted she should stock.
“It’s quite a hit with all the kids,” she smiled.
Steve and Amanda grew up in Hervey Bay but moved to Maryborough 12 years ago and have no intention of going back. “We love Maryborough. It is completely different to the Bay,” she said. “Here everyone knows you in the shops and you feel as if you belong. They Bay is a lot more impersonal.”
Nevertheless, the tourism and population growth of Hervey Bay brings welcome customers to Amanda’s door. Some are day trippers – more Bay people are exploring the nooks, crannies, cafes, museums and quirky charms of the heritage city – but many are tourists passing through.
“We get quite a good spin-off from Hervey Bay tourism. We have a lot of people call in when they come to see the whales, especially if they go back down the Cooloola Road,” says Amanda.
“I can’t wait for the roadworks to finish. It’s going to be great with the street party in October and the markets moving back.”
Baking at the Kent Street premises starts at midnight. With Bonnie Linwood helping behind the counter, the doors are open from 6am to 5pm, 6am to 1pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
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