Popular local business Exeter lollies and gifts has closed its doors for the last time after 4 years of successful trade. Owner/Operator Sam said the decision to close was purely for family reasons.
‘We are closing for family reasons to see my kids more often,’ said Sam.
‘It’s been great, you don’t get bad customers when you’re selling lollies!’
Sam, a local living just up the road in Glengarry, made the announcement on social media recently and was flooded with positive comments and support. ‘I’ve met some really nice people and made some lifelong friends.’
Famous for their old-fashioned lollies such as spearmint leaves, lemon sherbets and green frogs, ice-creams, specialised drinks, and famous milkshakes in a large variety of flavours, the business has become something of a community hub, especially in the busy time when school closes for the day. Furthermore Sam allowed smaller, hobby-style businesses to exhibit their jewellery products and gifts in the shop as well as artwork from local school children.
‘It’s a great community’. Said Sam. ‘You get lots of people that just want to come in and have a chat.’
The shop has a new tenant lined up and locals can expect an exciting new business to open soon though Sam remained tight lipped as to exactly what business will move in.
Sam also wanted to express her gratitude to those that supported Exeter lollies and gifts.
‘A big thankyou to all the community, because it’s the community that’s supported us right from the get-go. There’s not a lot of tourist traffic it’s mostly the community, the locals are what’s kept us going.’
While it’s always sad to see a local business close down, the timing seems right for Sam to begin a new chapter in her life…and she can hold her head up high, knowing she brought a real dash of colour and joy to many young peoples lives in the town, memories that will no doubt last for many years to come.