New Partnership formed to keep ‘Freshing It Up’

T'N'T Fresh it up Owners Selina Cossins and Tameaka Parker of George Town Tasmania
T'N'T Fresh it up Owners Selina Cossins and Tameaka Parker of George Town Tasmania
Business Partners Selina Cossins and Tameaka Parker of T’N’T Fresh it Up in George Town (PHOTO: Zac Lockhart)

For many of us, owning our own business is simply a dream, but for Tameaka Parker, owner of T’N’T Fresh It Up in George Town, it’s been a reality for the last 4 years.

“I was out for Breakfast with a friend, and we were just talking, and I said I wouldn’t mind opening up a little café type business.”

After walking up the road and finding an empty shop, Tameaka decided it was time to inquire about it, and it all went from there.

“6 weeks later I was in here” She said.

While Tameaka said the past 4 years has had its ups and downs, it was the last 6 months she found most difficult to balance her family and business.

“The last couple of years have been a lot harder for me because I have kids at home, especially the last 6 months I really struggled to balance both.”

“I was going to close altogether”

Posting to Facebook on the 11th of October, Tameaka wrote:

“This is not exciting news for any of us. I have really enjoyed the last 4 years running my small homestyle food business, T’n’t Fresh it Up, but sadly the time has come for me to start winding down and saying goodbye to all our customers.”

“I have not made this decision lightly. However, I have 2 small boys at home and I’m struggling to attend to their needs and all their appointments, whilst running a small business as well.”

Customers of the business flocked to their Facebook post, commenting their best wishes and expressing their grief for the loss of a popular local small business.

“Will miss the great food and excellent service every time I came in, always polite and great people…” Commented one Facebook User.

“Thank you for your fantastic service. You will be missed.” added another.

“You were a lifesaver to a lot of people in George Town especially us older folk” added a third.

Fortunately, through posting to Facebook, Tameaka caught the interest of Selina Cossins, a George Town local who has 20 years of experience in the food industry.

“I thought no, you can’t close it, you just can’t.” Said Selina.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like this, I’ve always worked for somebody else, so I just jumped at the chance. I should have done this 20 years ago!”

The new business partnership has temporarily closed the store, with a number of exciting changes underway, including a new menu and expanded trading hours.

“In the past we’ve mainly concentrated on hot meals.” Said Tameaka, “We’ll still have our hot meals, the elderly really depend on us, so we’re not going to get rid of those, but we’re also going to be having more on our breakfast menu and be able to cater more as a café.”

As always, the focus will be on fresh, healthier food options that cater to everyone, and part of that is expanding the trading hours to allow for people who finish work late to have some healthy food options late at night.

The new opening hours will be Monday – Wednesday from 9am until 7pm, Thursday – Saturday from 9am until 10pm, and Sundays from 10am until 4pm.

Tameaka said that where they can, their ingredients and products will be sourced locally, including purchasing their bread and pastry items from the local Tamar Cakes Bakery.

“We just really want to do the best we can, and we just hope that the community gets behind.”

T’N’T Fresh It Up is set to reopen on the 15th of November 2021, located at 99 Macquarie Street George Town.

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