66 BUSINESSES: What's opened and closed in Ipswich

CAFES and fashion boutiques, Costco and nightclubs have set the scene for business change in Ipswich this year.

Some regular customers have watched as the last drinks were served at their favourite bars while a passionate home baker has expanded her cupcake empire.

Take a look a what has opened and what has closed in Ipswich this year.

 

JANUARY

Wild Rose Cottage

TUCKED away in suburbia, neighbouring family homes and sitting conveniently along the daily school run, a common thread is emerging in Ipswich's cafe culture.

Tables and chairs are going out on the footpaths, and vacant buildings are being brought to back to life as small business owners increasingly show a willingness to give Ipswich's suburbs the chance to thrive.

Among them is the freshest cafe on the block, Wild Rose Cottage, which opened on January 8.

NEW BUSINESS: Sharon and Graeme Harland saw great potential for a cafe at Newtown.
NEW BUSINESS: Sharon and Graeme Harland saw great potential for a cafe at Newtown. Emma Clarke

 

Jordan Hewitt

THREE generations of fashion designers and fashion enthusiasts are the passion behind a new dress making venture.

'Nanna', Josephine Garner, is helping granddaughters Sarah, 14, and Alexis, 12, bring their formal wear dreams to life, designing, sewing and creating exclusive pieces from their Bundamba business.

Named Jordan Hewitt, after Mr Garner's grandson, the fashion venture is based on Australian made quality, designed with all body shapes in mind.

The dresses are already stocked in North Ipswich formal wear store Beautiful Moments Formal and Bridal.

Jordan Hewitt designers Marlene Millers, Josephine Garner and Dee Holledge.
Jordan Hewitt designers Marlene Millers, Josephine Garner and Dee Holledge. Rob Williams

 

Giggles Hair Studio and Cafe

IT WILL be all smiles at a local hairdressers tomorrow when the ever-popular Giggles boutique opens the doors to its new venture - a cafe.

Giggles Hair Studio owner Kritsy Midgley and her team are celebrating 10 years of business success and will now serve shakes and coffee at the East Ipswich business.

Ms Midgley first opened Giggles Hair Studio at Bundamba in 2008 before the business quickly outgrew the shop and she moved to East Ipswich.

Giggles Hair, Coffee and Beauty owner Kristy Midgley and Teneale Bartsh enjoying a coffee from the new cafe.
Giggles Hair, Coffee and Beauty owner Kristy Midgley and Teneale Bartsh enjoying a coffee from the new cafe. David Nielsen

 

Ipswich Homebase

A SUBURBAN Ipswich shopping centre has sold for close to $37 million.

Ipswich Homebase at West Ipswich sold for $36.25 million, close to $14 million more than what it sold for five years ago.

The centre is home to Fantastic Furniture, Spotlight, Forty Winks, Chemist Warehouse, T.K. Maxx and IGA supermarket and last sold in February 2013 for $23.5 million.

CENTRE SOLD: Ipswich Homebase at West Ipswich sold for $36.25 million.
CENTRE SOLD: Ipswich Homebase at West Ipswich sold for $36.25 million. Contributed

 

Switch Nightclub

THE glitter has settled and the DJs are silent at Ipswich's most hyped nightclub.

Switch Nightclub has not opened since before Christmas amid fears the venue has suffered the same ill-fate as the multiple failed nightclubs that once called the Brisbane St venue home.

The nightclub did not host a New Years Eve party and has not opened  this year.

 

Steggles

THE closure of the Steggles chicken processing plant at Wulkuraka this month will cost the state's economy up to $150 million.

The gross value of Queensland's poultry production in 2017-18 is expected to decrease by 14 per cent from last financial year as a result of the closure of the Baiada processing plant.

 

Autocare Ipswich

AFTER 35 years servicing Ipswich customers, one of the city's most well-known businesses is about to undergo its first major change.

AutoCare has been a constant fixture on Brisbane St since it opened in 1983, even withstanding devastating flooding and living to tell the tale.

After decades in the same place, owner Richard Peasey is packing up the tools and re-locating to a new, bigger and better serviced workshop in West Ipswich.

Richard Peasey of Autocare Ipswich is in the process of moving his mechanic business to Hooper Street, West Ipswich.
Richard Peasey of Autocare Ipswich is in the process of moving his mechanic business to Hooper Street, West Ipswich. David Nielsen

 

FEBRUARY

Chicken farm

A POULTRY farmer says red tape has halted his plans to expand to more than half a million chickens after an appeal court ruled that foul odours would be too strong for the community.

Poultry farm owner Douglas Phipps downplayed the impact of the potential smell saying his family "was trying to do good things for society but had run into bureaucracy".

He said local jobs were a strong focus of the expansion plans and that the development even had two letters of support from the most immediate neighbours who were happy for the expansion to go ahead.

 

That Yellow Place

THAT Yellow Place has been given a new lease on life.

What was once a run-down, abandoned shop at Peak Crossing has been transformed into a creative hub of eclectic furniture, hand-made arts and crafts and unique and vintage home wares.

A lot has changed at the old shop since business owner Gail Tarrant took over last November but there's one thing that hasn't changed. It's always been yellow. Ms Tarrant said choosing the name That Yellow Place was obvious.

Gail Tarrant from That Yellow Place in Peak Crossing.
Gail Tarrant from That Yellow Place in Peak Crossing. Rob Williams

 

MARCH

World Gym

WORLD Gym at Bundamba debuted in March, with father-and-son team Dominic and Darcy Edwards working around the clock to meet the 'fitness buzz' deadline.

They were prepared for what they expect will be a gym on a scale unlike others in Ipswich with members already lining up to claim their spot.

The purpose-built club, which has already started a 'cult fitness following' around the world, is spread across a massive 1800sqm.

World Gym owners Dominic and Darcy Edwards inside the massive Bundamba location.
World Gym owners Dominic and Darcy Edwards inside the massive Bundamba location. Rob Williams

 

Haiglsea truck stop

DEVELOPERS have taken the next step in a 'mega truck stop' potentially worth tens of millions of dollars and creating hundreds of jobs on the Warrego Hwy.

Plans have been in place for close to 20 years for an empty patch of dirt beside the highway at Haigslea to be transformed into a massive truck stop, service centre and hotel.

This month planners RPS submitted fresh development applications to Ipswich City Council on behalf of land holders and developers EMAAAS.

 

APRIL

JBS

IT TOOK close to 500 people to make it happen but one of the city's most significant employees is running at maximum capacity - and they need all the help they can get.

A major expansion at meat processing plant JBS at Dinmore meant managers had to find hundreds of people to fill extra rolls immediately if the plant was able to process the extra cattle.

That was in February and since then 487 people have got a new job at the plant - but they still need more.

Production is at a two-year high.

 

Five Ways Cafe

ALL is quiet at once bustling lunch hot spot at a major intersection in Ipswich - and it has been all year.

Five Ways Cafe at the iconic five ways at Newtown opened in great fan fare in November but a month later the stoves went cold, the coffee machine ran dry and the lights were turned off.

That was close to nine months ago and despite repeated promises of reopening to hopeful diners earlier this year, the once-popular destination is still deserted.

The Fiveways Cafe is still closed.
The Fiveways Cafe is still closed. Rob Williams

 

The Dam Shed

KNOWN best as an ice-cream and sunscreen pit stop destination, an ionic Somerset Dam business will evolve into an up-market restaurant and tavern.

The Dam Shed, on the bank of picturesque Somerset Dam, has been a fixture at the popular tourist destination since 2015 but the owners have grand plans to turn the family business into something else.

The plans include a restaurant venue and licenced bar that will sell food drinks as well as take-away liquor and entertainment.

 

Springfield Lakes South Neighbourhood Centre

A NEW shopping centre, child care centre, car wash and service station is planned for a huge vacant bush block on a suburban intersection at Springfield Lakes.

A development application was submitted to Ipswich City Council, nominating a corner block on Grande Ave and Springfield Greenbank Arterial as the ideal place for the business hub - Springfield Lakes South Neighbourhood Centre.

 

Australian Wild Camel Corporation

A milking camel at the Australian Wild Camel Corporation and Australia's largest camel dairy farm at Harrisville.
A milking camel at the Australian Wild Camel Corporation and Australia's largest camel dairy farm at Harrisville. David Nielsen

A CAMEL farm near Ipswich has been earmarked for transformation into an up-market tourist destination with a farmstay and bed and breakfast.

The Australian Wild Camel Corporation has applied to the Scenic Rim Regional Council to include a tourist facility, cafe, gift shop, farmstay, bed and breakfast, and farm and camel tours on their existing camel farm at Harrisville.

The potential for camel races to be held at the property is also included in the development application.

 

Vogue News

FOR the first time in decades, Mike Boyland will wake on Monday morning and not have to throw rolled up newspapers onto the front lawns of his many loyal customers.

For close to 40 years, the Vogue News owner has risen at 1.30am to deliver papers and work 12-hour days at his Ipswich business.

Father and son duo Mike and Nathan Boyland will sell the last newspapers at Vogue News on Sunday.
Father and son Mike and Nathan Boyland Emma Clarke

Having enjoyed only two holidays since he and wife Lynn bought the business in 1981, the family is preparing to close the newsagency they have poured unquantifiable hours, blood, sweat and tears into.

 

Keema Automotive

WORK on a planned prestigious new-car showroom in Ipswich could begin within months as Keema Automotive Group moves closer to selecting a builder.

Located near McDonald's on Augusta Parkway, the "ultra-modern" car dealership is brainchild of prominent Brisbane car dealer and CEO of Keema Automotive Group, Ted Van Riel.

Keema Automotive Group.
Keema Automotive Group.

 

Coffee Anda

AN IPSWICH café that last year opened in a historic building has closed.

The owners of Coffee Anda at Woodend, near the Ipswich train station, announced Sunday, April 29 would be their last day of trading.

Popular cafe Coffee Anda has closed.
Popular cafe Coffee Anda has closed. Helen Spelitis

 

MAY

Johnny Ringo's

THE future of one of the city's most anticipated night hot spots is unclear.

Johnny Ringo's on Brisbane St has not opened since at least early May and there is no sign as to if or when country music fans will get their watering hole back.

The 'honky tonk' bar and resident bucking bull Ranga were a popular fixture during the CMC Rocks festival in March and the bar has been a hit with locals on the weekends.

The bull is in the building ready to ride at the proposed launch of Johnny Ringos in the Hotel Metropole building on October 6.
Ranga the bull Rob Williams

 

McConochies Bakery

WHAT used to be a morning and afternoon tea institution in the Ipswich suburbs is now no longer.

McConochies Bakery on Blackstone Rd at Eastern Heights was once a hub for school kids and families who used to pop in for a sausage roll, sandwich, cake of loaf of bread.

After decades in the business, the bakery has closed its doors to retail customers.

McConochies bakery at Eastern Heights is closed to retail.
McConochies bakery at Eastern Heights is closed to retail. Emma Clarke

 

Club Metro

A RE-INVENTED classic Ipswich nightclub is weeks away from making its bold return.

Close to a year after the old Metropole Hotel and Club Metro quietly served their last drinks and closed the doors, the original founder is back in town and ready to give it another crack.

Renovations are almost finished and plans are in place for the grand opening on May 25.

Jason Trembath is excited to open club Metro in Brisbane Street.
WE'RE BACK: Jason Trembath is re-opening club Metro in Brisbane St, a few hundred metres from its original home in the Top of Town. Rob Williams

 

Wood 'n' Shabby

A CRAFTY family behind a new handmade business in Ipswich is so big on recycling they even up-cycled the old shop they've moved into.

Wood n Shabby is a combination of art and craft talent by brother and sister-in-law David Davies and Gail Williams and their family members Jane Davies and Peter Williams.

Together, the family hand makes, crafts, designs, photographs and builds a selection of unique home wares and furniture.

Wood n Shabby has transformed a disused property display centre opposite Coles Silkstone and the next door housing estate.

HAND MADE: David Davies and his family have opened a new art and crafts business on Grange Rd.
HAND MADE: David Davies and his family have opened a new art and crafts business on Grange Rd. Emma Clarke

 

Silkstone Village

DEVELOPERS have plans to expand a suburban shopping centre that was built on the site of the old Bremer High School.

It has been a year since the $85m Silkstone Village shopping centre and housing development rose from the dust on the demolished school site on Grange Rd.

 

Coronation Hotel

ONE of Ipswich's favourite little pubs is lined up for refurbishments the owners hope will widen its appeal.

After closing for a week following the departure of the previous leasee, Coronation Hotel owner David McLean said the pub would reopen for business.

David McLean in the Coronation Hotel.
David McLean in the Coronation Hotel. Rob Williams

 

JUNE

Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct

Quail are destined for plates in the finest restaurants in Asia but back home in Coominya, businessman Duncan Brown has plenty of work to do before the birds set off on their journey. He revealed plans to build a quail export facility.

Brisbane Valley Protein co-director Duncan Brown with a quail.
Brisbane Valley Protein co-director Duncan Brown with a quail. Rob Williams


Dusty's

Popular and long-standing venue Dusty's Bar and BBQ closed at 215 Brisbane St.

Dusty's Bar and BBQ owner Mark Dale.
Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Dusty's Bar and BBQ owner Mark Dale. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams


JULY

Little Mode Cupcakery

Tucked in the back of The Boulevard building on Limestone St, new business Little Mode Cupcakery is the work of husband and wife team Brendon and Irene McCudden.

Irene McCudden is the baking expert behind Little Mode Cupcakery.
Irene McCudden is the baking expert behind Little Mode Cupcakery. Emma Clarke


JBD Fashion

JBD Fashion is a contemporary, sleek and inviting new business that transformed an old medical building on Glebe Rd.

NOW OPEN: K and B Beauty Room owners Kayla Gibbs and Breanna Jostone with Jade Stuart and Jess Norton, of JDB Fashion settle into their new business home.
NOW OPEN: K and B Beauty Room owners Kayla Gibbs and Breanna Jostone with Jade Stuart and Jess Norton, of JDB Fashion settle into their new business home. Emma Clarke


Jamie's Ministry of Food

Budding foodies have until September to learn to cook at Jamie's Ministry of Food before the Ipswich business closes, it was announced.

 

Springfield Masters

Plans were revealed to turn the old Springfield Masters building into a retail warehouse with up to 10 business.

 

Chalrton's Fishing 

Charlton's Fishing first cast off close to 50 years ago but father and son team Brian and Craig Charlton revealed grand plans to expand into bigger waters at Redbank.

Craig and Brian Charlton in their Redbank Charlton's Fishing store.
Craig and Brian Charlton in their Redbank Charlton's Fishing store. Rob Williams

 

UberDoc

UberDoc is leading new health technology that allows patients to get a medical certificate, fill a script or request a doctor to see them at home via an app.

Uber Doc founder Dr Sudeer Mahadeo.
Uber Doc founder Dr Sudeer Mahadeo. Cordell Richardson

 

iPlay

A family amusement parlour, iPlay was planned to move into Riverlink shopping centre.

 

Stafans Balkan Grill

A new restaurant, Stefans Balkan Grill, opened in Ipswich with a distinct European flavour.

Boris and Erin Stefan have started Stefans Balkan Grill at Booval.
Boris and Erin Stefan have started Stefans Balkan Grill at Booval. Cordell Richardson



AUGUST

Carl's Jr Burger

Work is almost finished on a new convenience centre on Brisbane St with the second Carl's Jr burger restaurant expected to open on August 29.

Montana Hanson, trainee manager of Carl's Jr Redbank Plains with an Original Thickburger
Montana Hanson, trainee manager of Carl's Jr Redbank Plains with an Original Thickburger Cordell Richardson

 

Ipswich CBD businessea and Riverlink

The CBD development has stalled as Ipswich City Council prepares for administrators to move in but Riverlink centre management have been working on a new rival offering.

Riverlink centre manager Paul Kelsey.
Riverlink centre manager Paul Kelsey. Rob Williams

 

Kmart

A new Kmart store will be at the centre of a massive suburban shopping centre development in Yamanto.

 

NightOwl

Signs were plastered on the doors of a building at the top of the mall, advertising convenience store NightOwl would be moving in.

 

Polly's Delightful Pasteries

Polly's Delightful Pastries closed after after 20 months of operation in Yamanto.

Polly's Delightful Pastrys owner Lisa Warburton.
Polly's Delightful Pastrys owner Lisa Warburton. Rob Williams

 

New business ventures promised before end of year

THERE are still plenty of promising new business ventures planned in Ipswich before the year is over.

Massive international warehouse Costso is on track to open in November while a series of prominent shop spaces are empty, with the possibility of new business owners snapping them up.

There is promise of a series of other business opening in Ipswich between now and the end of the year.

 

Suburban Eats

On Warwick Rd, an old diner has been re-fitted as a 'Suburban Eats' restaurant. On social media, owners have promised it will be open this month.

 

Anaconda

Adventure store Anaconda will form part of a new lifestyle and food centre, expected to open on August 29 at the old One Mile Hotel site on Brisbane St.

 

Dusk

A NEW business has moved into Riverlink as centre managers continue with their expansion plans.

Shoppers can choose from peach and bubblegum, cotton and violet or sweet pea scented candles at Dusk, a homewares store that specialises in making smells. Dusk Ipswich store manager Tammy Lark said the only other Dusk store in Ipswich was at Springfield.

"It's all about home fragrance and home decorating and making the house smell better," Ms Lark.

The store opening is the next step in a plan to revitalise part of Riverlink as centre managers work on their rival to the Ipswich Mall re-development.

Tammy lark, manager  of Dusk Riverlink.
Tammy lark, manager of Dusk Riverlink. Cordell Richardson

 

Ipswich Coffee Hub

CONFRONTED by tragedy and obstacles that turned their world upside down, Jenny and Beau Huggett have battled the odds to build a new life for themselves, and created a welcoming café for Bundamba residents in the process.

Taking over Ipswich Coffee Hub earlier this year, they have set about transforming the cafe into a buzzing small business with a reputation for warm service and allergen-free treats.

"My dairy-free lamingtons just walk out the door, but my gluten-free scones are probably the next best thing," said Beau, 26, who makes all the cakes, slices and burgers from scratch. 

Jenny and Beau Huggett of Ipswich Coffee Hub.
Jenny and Beau Huggett of Ipswich Coffee Hub. Cordell Richardson

 

SEPTEMBER

Charlie

CHICKEN wings and $3 tacos will be order of the day when new venue Charlie opens its doors in the Ipswich CBD.

The dust has only just settled on last orders at the once popular bar Dusty's in Brisbane St where the new owners will open the prime watering hole.

Charlie's Bar and Kitchen owner Blake Hamlyn has plans to re-open the venue on September 13. 

Event Manager Nate Hillig and Owner of Charlies Bar Kitchen Blake Hamlyn.
Event Manager Nate Hillig and Owner of Charlies Bar Kitchen Blake Hamlyn. Cordell Richardson

 

TAE

AUSTRALIAN Aerospace giant TAE is set to breathe new life into the site of the abandoned Masters warehouse in Bundamba.

TAE Aerospace will increase the footprint of the existing building, investing up to $50 million in a redevelopment that will see the failed hardware store location transformed into what promises to be most advanced military engine maintenance and upgrade facility in the Southern Hemisphere.

The prominent defence contractor spent $12.5 million on the site, with CEO Andrew Sanderson saying that capacity and location were key factors in the acquisition. Local infrastructure links such as the nearby train station sealed the deal. 

TAE Aerospace CEO Andrew Sanderson in the former Masters building that they will be moving into.
TAE Aerospace CEO Andrew Sanderson in the former Masters building that they will be moving into. Rob Williams

 

Rustic Vintage Charm

A STONES throw from her home in North Ipswich, Lainy Whale has turned a disused commercial shop into a hub of creativity and scones.

Rustic Vintage Charm is dedicated to showcasing local artist talent and giving the community the opportunity to decorate their home with something created, designed and made in Ipswich.

Ms Whale has thrown in a selection of tea and coffee, scones and cake to sweeten the deal.

Owner of Rustic Vintage Charm Lainy Whale.
Owner of Rustic Vintage Charm Lainy Whale. Cordell Richardson

 

City Cave Float and Wellness Centre

 A LITTLE sample of the Dead Sea, and its relaxation and health benefits, is now available in Ipswich.

City Cave Float and Wellness Centre has opened a fourth centre in Queensland, the first in Ipswich, and combines holistic and clinical services with a unique float therapy focus. City Cave Ipswich owner Kathy Rees said it was the closest thing to a gravity-free experience on earth.

"Once you relax and you get to a point in your subconscious, you won't know where your body ends and the water begins," she said. 

City Cave Ipswich owner Kathy Rees (middle) and City Cave founders Jeremy Hassell and Tim Butters.
City Cave Ipswich owner Kathy Rees (middle) and City Cave founders Jeremy Hassell and Tim Butters. Rob Williams

 

7-Eleven at West Ipswich

PROVIDING jobs for young Ipswich people was a driving force behind a first-time business owner opening Ipswich's newest service station.

The tanks are fuel-laden and 7-Eleven at West Ipswich is due to open tomorrow as part of a new centre built by Synergy Property Partners on Brisbane St.

It will join US burger giant Carl's Jr, outdoor megastore Anaconda and Bridgestone Tyres at the precinct.

The 7-Eleven is the first business owned by franchisee Brijesh Chaparala.

7-Eleven West Ipswich employee Yezmin Geiger.
7-Eleven West Ipswich employee Yezmin Geiger. Contributed

 

Bakehouse Steakhouse

IPSWICH'S popular Bakehouse Steakhouse is coming back, decades after it closed.

Brothers Alastair, Nick and Chris Stevenson have plans to restore the historic red brick walls, century old bakery ovens, high ceilings and metal tiles of the original Bakehouse Steakhouse.

The family bought the building on Darling St three years ago and always had plans to re-invent the Bakehouse Steakhouse.

The trio now plan to open the restaurant in November.

Brothers Alastair, Nick and Chris Stevenson are bringing back an Ipswich favourite - The Bakehouse Steakhouse.
Brothers Alastair, Nick and Chris Stevenson are bringing back an Ipswich favourite - The Bakehouse Steakhouse. Rob Williams

 

Memories of India

One of Ipswich's most famous pubs is set to relaunch as an Indian restaurant with a difference, with The Ulster building on Brisbane street soon to open as fusion restaurant Memories of India.

It is the first time that the building, which has been in the hands of the same family for over four generations, has ever been open as anything other than a public house.

The restaurant will serve up classic favourites like butter chicken and lamb korma alongside fusion dishes such as basil chicken tikka when it opens in the coming month. 

Promod Kumar at Memories of India on Brisbane Street.
Promod Kumar at Memories of India on Brisbane Street. Cordell Richardson

 

Richy's

A HOMELY cafe in the Woodend suburbs will close this Sunday, with the owners saying now is the right time to pursue other interests.

After four years of trading, Richy's owners Ailsa and Hans Andersen have put the shop and rear dwelling on the property market.

"It is time to take some time out. It is really the end of a season. I have been thinking about it for some time," owner Mrs Andersen said. 

"It is a great spot and the decision has been made to sell the property. We are open to offers from people who would like to buy it as a going concern."

Ailsa Andersen of Richy's.
Ailsa Andersen of Richy's. Cordell Richardson

 

OCTOBER

Yamanto Central

A 'FOODIE paradise' is planned for a new shopping centre in an Ipswich suburb.

Fruit, vegetable, gourmet deli, liquor and newsagency outlets are already promised to make up the the new Yamanto Central when it opens but developers have a taste for more businesses to join the centre.

Plans for a 1,750sqm open-plan market-style shopping centre have been unveiled and retail food operators are needed to join a one-of-a-kind fresh food concept, Market Central. 

Authentic fresh food retail operators are needed to join a one-of-a-kind fresh food concept, Market Central at Yamanto Central.
Authentic fresh food retail operators are needed to join a one-of-a-kind fresh food concept, Market Central at Yamanto Central. Contributed

 

Five Ways Cafe and Johnny Ringo's

BUCKING bull rides and trendy suburban cafe vibes were promised but within a month of opening, two Ipswich business disappeared.

All is quiet at the once-bustling lunch hot spot at a major intersection in Ipswich where the Five Ways Cafe once operated.

Located at the well-know Fiveways at Newtown, the cafe opened to great fanfare last November - a month later the stoves went cold, the coffee machine ran dry and the lights were turned off. 

Meanwhile, in the Top of Town, fans of the "honky-tonk bucking bull" bar Johnny Ringo's have been left disappointed for months after the business closed earlier this year. 

Johnny Ringo's is popular in Brisbane for live country music, "Ranga" the resident mechanical bull, Daisy Dukes Karaoke Hall and barbecue menu meals. 

The building has been empty since May.

LAST DRINKS: Hotel Metropole was part of the reformation of the Ipswich safe night precinct group.
LAST DRINKS: Hotel Metropole was part of the reformation of the Ipswich safe night precinct group. David Nielsen

 

The Hotel Metropole

ONE of Ipswich's most iconic pubs is for sale. The Hotel Metropole in the top of town boasts more than 150 years of history, but for the last six months, it has been deserted.

The heritage-listed hotel on the corner of Waghorn and Brisbane Sts opened in 1906, on the site of the old Harp and Erin Hotel and it has been used as a pub, nightclub or hotel since.

The pub was more recently called Silver Fern, later Club Metro and Johnny Ringo's took over late last year. The building has been deserted since May.

Now the owners, who paid $1.05m for the pub in 2014, are ready to pass it onto some new owners who they hope will be able to keep the historical watering hold open for generations to come.

Morrie Marsden and Warren Ramsey, of Ray White Ipswich at Hotel Metropole.
Morrie Marsden and Warren Ramsey, of Ray White Ipswich at Hotel Metropole. Cordell Richardson

 

Rawlings Shoes and Menswear

IT SURVIVED two world wars, but the modern retail age has proven too tough for a famous Ipswich business.

Rawlings Shoes and Menswear at the top of the mall will soon shut its doors, ending about 120 years of history.

Opening before the turn of the 20th century, it has succumbed to an increasingly difficult retail environment in the modern age.

Owner Andy Rawlings is the third-generation owner of the menswear store.

He said it was a difficult decision, but confirmed the doors would close when the store's final stock sells out.

Rawlings Shoes and Menswear owner Andrew Rawlings.
Rawlings Shoes and Menswear owner Andrew Rawlings. Hayden Johnson

 

Rafter's of Harrisville

THE NEW owner of a quirky little country bric-a-brac shop is so proud of its link with an Aussie tennis great that he has adopted the name and sent out an invite for the former champ to pop in.

Former ADF member Gordon Shellshear and his mother Theresa have purchased two historical Scenic Rim shops in the past year as part of an investment and a lifestyle change.

Mr Shellshear said he had no idea of his Harrisville shop's link to Grand Slam winner Pat Rafter until he uncovered some old newspaper clipping during a large-scale clean-up. 

The shop - Rafter's of Harrisville - on Queen St, Harrisville, was owned by the tennis champ's grandfather, also named Patrick Rafter, during the '40s and '50s. 

Cameron Mitchell and Gordon Shellshear from Rafter's of Harrisville.
Cameron Mitchell and Gordon Shellshear from Rafter's of Harrisville. Rob Williams

 

NOVEMBER

Anytime Fitness

RIPLEY'S first gym will make its grand debut as Anytime Fitness launches at Ripley Town Centre just in time for those New Year's resolutions.

The club is set to kick open its doors early December as the largest 24-hour gym within the greater Ipswich Region.

Owner-operator Mathew Doughty, who has almost a decade of fitness industry experience and owns a number of gyms, said he was thrilled to provide a local fitness centre for the Ripley community.

Matthew Doughty and his Wife, Amy Doughty.
Matthew Doughty and his Wife, Amy Doughty.

 

Costco

NOVEMBER was to be Costco month in Ipswich but would-be bulk shoppers are still in the dark as to when the super-sized grocery warehouse will open.

November 29 was the originally promised opening date for the Bundamba warehouse but last month the company confirmed a delay in roadworks had pushed the opening date back to next year. 

A Costco spokesperson confirmed there was still no official opening date, except it would be 'early next year'. 

Costco at Bundamba on October 1, 2018.
Costco at Bundamba on October 1, 2018. Rob Williams

 

Fairy Shack

IT was after business owner Jill Severinsen was made redundant for the third time in five years she decided to take matters into her own hands.

The former disability support worker is now a full-time fairy god mother and she has based her new career around her passion - fairies and all things enchanted.

Ms Severinsen opened the Fairy Shack at Eastern Heights this month, a place for the young and the young-at-heart to escape the world.

Owner of The Fairy Shack, Jill Severinsen.
Owner of The Fairy Shack, Jill Severinsen. Cordell Richardson

 

Karalee Shopping Centre

FIVE new retailers have been revealed as the new tenants in the $80m Karalee Shopping Village expansion.

Consolidated Properties Group has secured commitments from a group of new retailers to make the move to the second stage of Karalee Shopping Centre, expected to be finished by April.

Diamond Cut Hair and Makeup, Dollar Deals, LeTan Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Karalee Pizza and Ribs and fashion boutique Lucid Doll are among the latest specialty retailers to join Coles in the expanded centre.

Karalee Shopping Centre development.
Karalee Shopping Centre development. Rob Williams

 

 

DECEMBER

Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct

THOUSANDS of miniature birds destined for dinner plates in Asian's most elite restaurants are the first of their kind to be exported from Coominya.

Brisbane Valley Protein Precinct this month exported the first quail to Hong Kong and already international diners have developed an appetite for the delicacy.

More than 1000 quail were frozen and packed into a shipping container on the maiden voyage as part of the company's plan to put region on the international fine dining map. 

Quality assurance manager Robyn Hall from Brisbane Valley Protein.
Quality assurance manager Robyn Hall from Brisbane Valley Protein. Rob Williams

 

The Cake Mobb

BAKER Antoinette Mobbs has brought some sweetness to the Top of Town precinct by opening her first pop-up store.

After running her business on Facebook for the past 18 months, The Cake Mobb owner said she was excited to have a more permanent location in Ipswich.

She has set up her display cabinet inside the Limestone Emporium where she will sell cupcakes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Antoinette Mobbs of The Cake Mobb.
Antoinette Mobbs of The Cake Mobb. Cordell Richardson

 

Coronation Hotel

SELLING the Ipswich pub that his family has proudly owned since 1986 was not an easy decision for David McLean to make.

Led by David's dad, the late Jeff, the McLeans saw the Coronation Hotel through the good times and tough times over the past 32 years.

Reflecting on his years spent running the pub alongside sister Bridget and mum Carmel, David said significant changes in the industry more recently had slowly eaten away at the business.

The Coronation Hotel building went on the market last week, with the family hoping it remains as a pub in one form or another for years to come.

David McLean in the Coronation Hotel.
David McLean in the Coronation Hotel. Rob Williams

 

Birch Carroll and Coyle cinema

BIRCH Carroll and Coyle will close its Ipswich City Square cinema, blaming a tough retail environment and looming mall redevelopment for the shock closure.

The QT can reveal the Ipswich City Square cinema will close mid-2019, with staff informed of the news this afternoon.

A spokesman for Birch Carroll and Coyle confirmed the company had made the "incredibly difficult decision" to permanently close the cinemas.

The national entertainment company will not renew its lease with Ipswich City Properties for the Brisbane St site.

BCC Cinema Ipswich.
BCC Cinema Ipswich. Cordell Richardson

 

Cactus Espresso Bar

FORMER Transport Minister Rachel Nolan has put her Cactus Espresso Bar up for sale.

Ms Nolan took over the Brisbane St cafe after she was defeated in the 2012 state election.

She is "keen to sell it so I can focus on other work next year".

Former Ipswich MP Rachel Nolan.
Former Ipswich MP Rachel Nolan. Inga Williams

 

Tommy Smith

IPSWICH has a new and exciting café destination to add to the getaway list. Tommy Smith is the latest addition to the majestic Woodlands of Marburg.

It is just one of a number of new initiatives planned by new leaseholders David Ritchie and Michael Rowan.

Woodlands of Marburg is owned by well known Ipswich development family, the Coopers.

"The café is named after the man who built the Woodlands mansion," Mr Ritchie said.

Michael Rowan and David Ritchie will now be managing Woodlands of Marburg.
Michael Rowan and David Ritchie will now be managing Woodlands of Marburg. Cordell Richardson

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