Next chapter for business
IT ALL began six-and-a-half years ago on February 10, 2005.
Shirl and Sandy Wallace took over the little shop next to the Killarney school with hopes of building it up into a thriving coffee shop and one-stop convenience store.
And that they did. There’s great food, fuel and DVD hire, raffles, lollies and even a cafe.
But after six-and-a-half years of hard work and dedication, Shirl and Sandy have decided it’s time to take a bit of a break.
Long-time employee Michelle Galloway has offered to take on a one-year lease of Shirl and Sandy’s.
“I’ve just always loved my job,” Mrs Galloway said.
“I’ve been working here for four years now and decided it would be great for me to take on a new role.”
Mrs Galloway already has some plans to help make the store her own.
“In the next couple of days or so we will be opening up an internet cafe,” she said.
“It will be at the front of the cafe for anyone to use.
“I hope when school starts again children will come here and use the facilities to complete assignments.
“The service will be offered for free for the school children and there will also be a printer available,” she said.
Mrs Wallace believes the internet cafe will be another drawcard for tourists and even Killarney residents.
“We are the only shop in town with a seven-day week fuel service and now we’ll have the internet cafe,” she said.
“Michelle is looking at making it a community-based thing, operating maybe from 3pm till 6pm each night.”
Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Wallace have also moved from the house at the back of the shop to the other house they own across town.
Employee Karen Kay has moved in at the back of the shop.
“We were ready to move out from the shop and Karen was ready to move out of home,” she said.
“We needed someone to be here on site, just to keep an eye on the place.
“Karen is now taking up a management role and the experience will be good for her,” Mrs Wallace said.
Five-year employee Tania Lamb and three-year employee Caitlyn Flint will also be staying on board.
In 2010 Caitlyn began a school-based traineeship with Shirl and Sandy’s and is completing a Certificate III in retail.
Mrs Galloway is happy for Caitlyn to continue doing this under the new arrangement.
Shirl and Sandy’s will continue to be open from 6am until 7.30pm weeknights and open from 7am until 7.30pm on weekends during winter.
So pop in and congratulate Michelle on her new venture and while you’re there why not pick up one of the best coffees or a bite to eat in Killarney.