Gym Beans operator Imogen Vicary blows out a candle to celebrate her first anniversary.
Gym Beans operator Imogen Vicary blows out a candle to celebrate her first anniversary. Matthew Elkerton

Gym Beans looks for local niche

FOR 20-year-old Imogen Vicary, owning her own business is tough but rewarding work.

This week the Gym Beans owner celebrated the first anniversary of owning the business and said it had been an exciting ride since she took control.

The Coaldale cafe owner’s ties to the business run deeper than just as a simple owner ,with Gym Beans being her first employer out of school before she left to pursue an apprenticeship as a chef.

Following her apprenticeship the opportunity came up to take over at the coffee and snack outlet in Grafton Shoppingworld and she said she has not looked back.

“It was not an overly difficult decision to get involved in this because I knew I had the support of my parents,” she said. “I would not be able to have run this business without my mum and dad. They are the backbone of the business.

“Definitely taking over the business was a challenge at first, people generally don’t like change. But in the last six months we have really seen a growth in customers as we have tried to build our own identity.”

Ms Vicary’s love of the local region has seen her move the business toward creating a niche in locally owned products.

“Towards the end of the year we have chosen to create our own niche by looking towards only using locally grown and sourced products because that is what I like in a business,” she said.

“I have always known that owning my own business was something that I wanted to do. My dad had always told us kids that we needed to get into a job where you could be your own boss. It was just a mentality he wanted us to have.”



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