Jazz festival helps boost trade
IT was a big welcome to the business for Karen Trotman who, in her second week as owner of DL Coffee, took on Jumpers and Jazz.
“There is nothing like diving into the deep end,” she laughed.
The business normally does not open on a Sunday but they thought they would try their luck with the Jumpers and Jazz fever in the air and it certainly paid off for many Warwick businesses.
“Everyone was in good spirits; the street looked like a week day – you could just sense there was an atmosphere in town,” she said.
The business used 3kg of coffee to meet the demand of the customers in town from as far as Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Staff member Sara Skinner said the Sunday was just as busy as the Saturday and their last-minute decision to open had paid off.
“I think everyone was a bit surprised about how busy it was,” she said.
Just down Fitzroy Street Chris Ziebell from Spiritual Awareness made the decision to open on Sunday and could not believe the business she had.
“I wasn’t sure and I thought I would come in and I could always go home and I am so glad I did – it paid off,” Ms Ziebell said.
“It’s just so lovely, really good for the town.”
Ms Ziebell said the atmosphere was amazing and she even had customers who already planned to return for the 2011 Jumpers and Jazz Festival.
It was not unusual for Lorraine’s to be serving on a Sunday, however, the streets were certainly a lot more alive this week.
“The atmosphere has been good since they put the jumpers on the trees,” Mrs Dent said.
Mrs Dent was prepared for a crowd and had entertainment to keep the guests amused while and said it was great the amount of attention it brought to the town.
“I couldn’t believe how many people came from everywhere, it’s so good for the town,” Mrs Dent said.
It wasn’t only the hospitality businesses booming with Gazebo Fashions owner Michelle Olsen opening for the first time on a Sunday.
“It was extremely busy – it has been since Thursday,” Mrs Olsen said.
“I think everyone was enjoying the music; it was just really busy everyone was really enjoying it – there was hundreds on Sunday, it was insane.”
Mrs Olsen said the weather was perfect for the first weekend of Jumpers and Jazz with a lot of visitors from calling into her shop.
She is not a strong supporter for Sunday trading and said it was just a one-off thing which she thought she might do again for the last weekend of the festival.