A fire destroyed the Coloured Sands cafe and neighbouring business last month Image Barb Rees
After a fire destroyed the livelihood of two businesses and many staff on the night of October 18, business owners are dealing with the aftermath.
Ruth Modin from Foodworks and Rainbow Beach Newsagency is operating next door in Bitchy Chix. You can still purchase limited supplies, and a pop-up shop is planned.
Andy and Alison Stiefler from the Coloured Sands Café say they are not walking away, but are devastated.
Alison explained, “Because the building is uninhabitable, the lease is null and void. It’s going to be rebuilt and we are not part of the plan. There’s nowhere else to go in town – where we could even try to open again.”
“That’s what we get after 20 years hard slog – you can imagine how we are feeling.”
Alison said, “We have wonderful, loyal staff – we’re glad they all been offered good jobs. I’m really happy about that.”