Jodie and Nick are the new managers at the Pub, while their kids Slater and Hayden are looking forward to little athletics and nippers!
Nick Carthouser and Jodie Keys have two little boys begging to go for a swim every day. Hayden dreams of being a athletics star but Slater, who is at Tin Can Bay preschool, is keen to be a lifesaver when he grows up.
All four of them love the beach and Mum and Dad had been looking for a family friendly place to settle when they fell in love with Rainbow after a couple of visits. Some of their favourite spots are secluded places around Inskip and the view from the sand blow.
So how have they settled in over the last month?
“We love the close community feel and realised this would be the perfect place to bring up our young boys. The people are so friendly and genuinely caring,” Jodie said.
Nick and Jodie have enjoyed managing pubs for years – Nick for 15 and Jodie for ten. They took up the opportunity of managing the Rainbow pub with open arms.
“We would like the pub to be a family-friendly pub where everyone is welcome. At the moment we have live music every Friday and every second Sunday. Soon this will be a weekly event too. We are listening to what the local want from the pub, so we’d like to hold meat raffles and trivia nights. That way we can support the school and the local sporting clubs also,” Jodie explained.
Of course the past few weeks have been challenging for the family, in terms of balancing work and family life.
“But everyone in Rainbow has made us feel so welcome. We have had loads of support from everyone,” Jodie said.
“Even the boys have been helping out around the pub: setting up and moving cartons around on trollies!”
Nick and Jodie have seen their fair share of Queensland, from Brisbane to Beaudesert and Currumbin on the Gold Coast, but they both agree that they prefer it here.
“We have found home,” Jodie grinned. “A perfect place to bring up our family.”