Support crucial to Bryson's Place success
WHETHER it be for a coffee, gift shopping or a bunch of flowers Bryson's Place is a popular destination for tourists and Southern Downs residents.
The Daily News caught up with Lynn Bryson, the woman behind the business, to find out how it all began.
Question: What was your first job?
Answer: It was in a haberdashery store in Warwick. I was 16 years old.
Q: How did you come to own this business?
A: I'm a florist. It started as a hobby and I had a floristry at home but it sort of took over the home and my husband said: "I think it is time you get a shop". I think he was sick of finding flowers all over the kitchen table.
Q: How did you expand from a florist to a cafe and gift store?
A: This used to be two shops; there was a wall that ran down the middle. I had the flower shop on this (northern) side and there was a gift shop on the other side. The other lady decided to sell and I bought it about 10-12 ago. We knocked the walls and it a florist and a gift shop. People started coming in and asking if there was a good place to get coffee. I mentioned it to my sister and she said she would be happy to manage it for me.
Q: Where does your love of flowers come from?
A: It is a family thing. My mother was a florist. I enjoy arranging something beautiful that helps people express their feelings.
Q: Is it difficult to manage your business and family life?
A: It is difficult. I would not be able to do what I do without the support of my husband and family. It does take an awful lot of time but I have an understanding family. I also have excellent and wonderful staff and I would not manage without them.
Q: What advice do you have for other women in the community looking to start up a business?
A: Have a go. Be prepared for a lot of work and have a good back-up team.