Today I’d like to share with you some small businesses in my community. Like a lot of country towns Geeveston has done it tough. Orchards and forestry used to be the big employers and when those industries declined people were forced to look elsewhere for work. Around the time that we arrived though people from interstate were starting to discover that Tasmania was not only beautiful but that houses were cheap. We’ve met many older people like ourselves who have come here for a lifestyle change but also lots of enterprising younger ones. Here is just a sampling of what some of them are getting up to.
When I read on Facebook that some local people were building a castle I could not quite believe it but it’s true. ” Castle Phoenix” is the name of their web page and there are photographs of the construction. Francis and Christina are artists and have been working on the project for a couple of years now. I have not seen it myself as yet but hope that in time I will get to do that and learn a bit more about how they came up with the idea.
Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages
Over the past few months I’ve seen a pair of horses and a carriage in various local spots, at the football ground for example and in Church Street, Geeveston’s main street. They belong to Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages who have recently started doing tours of Salamanca Place, Battery Point and the Hobart waterfront. They were on the front page of the Mercury newspaper. Sharon and Steve who run the business are from Queensland I believe. The link will take you to their web page where you can read about their horses and the tours they run.
Nicola Oliver is another escapee from the hot Queensland weather. Nicola makes costumes for gymnasts , skaters, dancers and circus performers which are full of bling. She’s made costumes for the performers at the Moscow Circus. She runs her business out of the Southern Design Centre in Geeveston. Nicola also coaches gymnastics locally and is the state coach for Tasmania in rhythmic gymnastics. Her daughter Kez does rhythmic gymnastics and is competing for New Zealand where she lives at the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in a few weeks. Nicola will be her coach and is fund-raising to get there. Here is one of Nicola’s creations which I pinched from her Facebook page
I know she won’t mind :)When she’s not sewing Nicola is a farm girl at her place near Geeveston where she’s just welcomed an adorable calf named Theodore and a bunch of puppies.
If you are not too sure what rhythmic gymnastics involves here is a link.
Cakes by Chelle
Michelle Ewikowski has a business based at Geeveston’s “Makers on Church Street” and online. She does cake decorating, teaches classes and sell supplies. Her July project with her cake decorating group is making a three-tiered farm scene which will be displayed at “Makers” when it is finished. I’ll certainly be going down to the shop to have a look at that and hopefully take some pictures.
Eating in Geeveston
The Naked Bike Cafe where you can get a coffee and a light meal in an old bank building, the Geeveston Roadhouse where you can get great pies or the Geeveston One Stop Shop, a takeaway that has proper Turkish food as well as the usual items. I’ve never had sushi myself, I’m not sure I’d like it as I don’t care for salty food but people who know tell me that some of the best sushi around is made by Masaaki who has a tiny shop in Geeveston.
I hope you have enjoyed this little taster of what you can see, do or eat around Geeveston. I had intended to also talk about some of the community organisations and projects that are happening locally but will save that for another post.