BUSY HOLIDAY: Pink Poppies owner Lucille Jensen said she had been busy over the Easter long weekend.
BUSY HOLIDAY: Pink Poppies owner Lucille Jensen said she had been busy over the Easter long weekend. Amy Kadel

Busy time for stores

WHILE accommodation operators recorded lower than usual numbers, retail stores were kept busy over the long weekend.

Gracious Giving and Jas-Sar-Jes owner Debbie Wilmot said her weekend was fairly similar to last year.

"Saturday we were busy, we didn't close until about 3.30, so it was busy all day,” she said.

"(Sunday) there were lots of people around, I think because the markets were on that helped.”

"Overall it was a good weekend.”

Mrs Wilmot said while she was busy, it wasn't the case for everyone around town.

"I'd say it was on par with last year, I did speak to a few of the accommodation places and they weren't fully booked, so obviously there were still some vacancies.”

Pink Poppies owner Lucille Jensen said she also had a busy weekend.

"It's certainly been good, yesterday was great,” she said.

"The weather's beautiful so people are coming out and shopping.”

Mrs Jensen said it was great to have so much open in the main street as that encouraged people to visit other stores.

"Its been good because quite a few of the cafes have been open,” she said.

Spano's Supa IGA Stanthorpe CEO Frank Spano said last week was a normal week for them, but he couldn't compare this Easter to last year.

"(It's) hard to compare because Easter is later than last year,” he said.

Mr Spano said Easter is generally a quiet period for the store, as many people head out of town to enjoy the long weekend.

While some popular produce such as stone fruit wasn't available due to the season, Mr Spano said sales for Easter eggs and fresh seafood were strong.

Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce president and Go Vita Stanthorpe co-owner John Bylicki said while Easter it would have been a great long weekend for the retail stores in town.

"There wouldn't be too many places that didn't have a good easter,” he said.

Mr Bylicki said Easter was generally a gamble, but where his store had missed out on its regular customers who had gone away for the weekend, there were visitors.