A desire to be in business
WHEN Mandy Turner dreamed of opening her own unique business, she already had the perfect destination in mind.
Returning home to her beloved Yamba, she wasted no time in bringing her much longed for business, Blue River Home Wares Café & Takeaway, to life.
"I didn't want to open my business anywhere else," Mandy said.
"I love the Yamba community and the beaches, sun and surf. It's a paradise and I love being here."
Describing her store as a wonderful combination of homewares, gifts and exquisite dining, Mandy said the Blue River Home Wares Café & Takeaway hit every customer with the wow factor as soon as they walked through the door.
"People are amazed by what they find inside," she explained.
"I sell a select range of items for the home such as beautiful lanterns, cushions and French provincials. I also have a Buddha range, jewellery and gorgeous gifts for everyone.
"But it doesn't stop there.
"I do a lot of home cooking and diners are welcome to choose from a variety of choices off the menu in the cafe or to have takeaway.
"I'm passionate about flavours. I make rocket and goat cheese frittatas, lasagne, bacon and egg rolls, chocolate brownies and a delicious white chocolate cranberry pistachio which has become my most popular dish in store. People love it.
"Traditional burgers available to takeaway are also on the menu and healthy alternatives such as roast pumpkin salad can also be made on request. Everything is made fresh with a delicious flavour and I provide good value dining for my customers.
"I have two big central tables inside so people can sit and mingle while they eat. I've created a very comfortable ambience for diners and shoppers.
"You can come in and purchase something for your home and treat yourself to a beautiful home made meal as well.
"It's a fantastic place to be in."
In the six weeks since opening the doors to Blue River Home Wares Cafe & Takeaway, Mandy has attracted a number of regular customers and has proved popular with tourists visiting the region during the school holidays.
"The store has been going pretty good so far and I love being a part of the business community in Yamba," Mandy said.
"When I came back to the town a few months ago, I found this location which had been empty for six months and it was perfect to use for my business.
"Everything I do, I do with love and I'm here because it's where I want to be.
"I want the locals to know that my business is here and I'd love to see them come into the store because it does have something for everyone.
"I'm excited about the future and it's great to be back home in Yamba."
The Blue River Home Wares, Cafe & Takeaway is open 7am-7pm, seven days a week for the duration of the school holidays.