Cleaning and hospitality business marks eight years
WHEN Lynsey and Nathan Colyer opened a cleaning supplies business eight years ago, they never anticipated they would be selling home brew products.
Granite Belt Cleaning and Hospitality Supplies started out in a tiny store space on Maryland St in 2010 selling a basic range of cleaning and packaging products.
The duo now operate in a much larger space on HighSt, selling everything from cleaning equipment to party supplies, where they've most recently taken over the store next door to hold their home brew range.
"There were particular (home brew) items that people wanted to be able to get local. A lot of people were buying online and had no experience with home brew,” Mr Colyer said.
"I looked into it, found some suppliers and the customers told us what they'd been buying, so we just built that selection of home brew products to suit the needs of the area.
"Now we get to introduce new people to home brew.”
The couple have been surprised by some of the customers they've seen come through their doors through the years.
"Farming has become a big part of the business,” MrColyer said.
"We didn't really look into that scope when we came out here, we didn't take farms into consideration.
"What surprises me is we've got tourists who come back to Stanthorpe and because they've been in our store before, they make sure they come here on a Saturday before they do anything else,” Mrs Colyer added.
Operating the store hasn't always been a smooth process. Mr Colyer said the first five years were challenging for the couple.
"The first few years of any business is financially challenging,” he said.
"It took us a good five or six years before we got stock levels at a good rate. Then we got to the stage where we could employ people and take a bit of time off.”
Overall, the couple are proud of keeping their business running for eight years.
"We still enjoy being at work and running the business,” Mrs Colyer said.
"We took a risk and it's paid off.”