Jill Tedman arrived in Tin Can Bay in 1993 from Maleny with her husband Paul, who she had married in 1974 in Kedron.
They bought the Tin Can Bay Post Office and ran that for seven years until 2000, until a vacant shop came up in the building they were refurbishing, and Jillys was born.
She said: “Maleny got too busy and I love the sense of community here, everyone is so friendly.”
They live in a house that Paul built and they moved into it in 2004 – on Jills 50th Birthday.
“The best thing about TCB beside the sense of community and people, is that there is no litter. If anyone sees any litter you pick it up and everyone does the same.”
Jill remembers the Picnic Races held on the beach. Everyone would take a blanket and you knew not to pump yabbies for the three weeks before the race!
She said: “I would love to see young families involved, to bring fresh ideas and energise the town.”
Jill loves her customers and is known for her commercial embroidery and logos on shirts, towels, caps – even baby bibs for presents.
The most important thing in life for Jill is family. “I have five grandchildren and I love them to bits. I’m so proud of all of them, and I am lucky I get to see them but wish they lived closer.
“People don’t realise how much there is to do in a small town – and say ‘I’m so bored’. There is so much to do here and it’s all cheap. I love it.”