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Business: Cobar Quilt Shop, Cobar

According to its customers, Cobar Quilt Shop is not your average quilt shop. Behind the unassuming Marshall St shopfront lies an amazing range of fabric, patterns, buttons, threads and haberdashery along with pre-made quilts and sewing machines. At the back of the store is a workshop area where customers can focus on adding to their knowledge with the help of…

Business: Pilliga Pottery, Pilliga

Maria Rickert was a young migrant from Germany when she decided to make her home and livelihood on the edge of the Pilliga National Park, north of Coonabarabran. She and former husband Richard had a feeling about the native bushland, which had a sense of peace and belonging they had never experienced before. They travelled from Muenster, a picture postcard…

Business: Relish, Dubbo

Hailing from China, Fiona Luo and husband Hank Ma are adding an Asian flourish to their Dubbo café, Relish. The couple commenced operating the popular eatery after their international relocation last year. “We moved from near Beijing in China to Dubbo in December 2018,” Ms Luo explained. “We found the business and took it over. It’s in a good location.”…

Business: Walls Court, Dubbo

Walls Court offers bed and breakfast accommodation in a picturesque rural setting conveniently situated 12 km from the centre of Dubbo. Operational since 2005, the property was originally purchased as a family home but owners Neil and Nancy Lander could see the potential for a business. With some refurbishments, they started with a studio room before converting old stables into…

Business: Blue Sky Cheese, Mendooran

The makers behind Mendooran’s latest product have shown that it’s no pie in the sky. Blue Sky Cheese – Handmade in Mendooran started in 2018 and is the only company of its kind in the region. It showcases quality ingredients which are sourced and produced locally. The business is the brainchild of local farmers Pip Archer and Deb Kiem, whose…

Business: 123 Tix, Dubbo

What began as a simple ticketing system for a school play has grown into an Australian success story, and it all started in Dubbo. Father of four Terry Wilcher came up with a ticketing plan for Macquarie Anglican Grammar School (MAGS) when parents were asked to contribute to the production. “It came from a school musical at MAGS in 2014,”…

Business: Extraordinary Pork, Dubbo

Valuing the product is what pork producer Michael Hicks places at the top of his priority list. Along with wife Alexandra, Mr Hicks started a pig farm north of Dubbo with a view to providing the best quality pork to consumers. “We had a list of requirements when we started the farm,” he said. These needs included accessibility, being away…

Business: Saddler and Co, Dubbo

Bede and Jemima Aldridge’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship shines through in a leather goods range that blends traditional style with modern needs. Their business, Saddler and Co is located in Dubbo where products are designed and made in the workshop and sold in the store. The company started from the Aldridge family’s garage in 2010. At that time, the…

Business: Yummy Yarn and Co, Dubbo

Providing a haven for yarn lovers to source a range of quality products is the overarching aim of Dubbo’s Yummy Yarn and Co. Supplying yarns and threads to dedicated crafters, the shop has been described as the hidden gem in the heart of Dubbo.  Business owner Robyn Hicks said the shop is also intended as an inspirational backdrop for people…

Business: M and C Parisi Motorcycles, Cobar

M and C Parisi Motorcycles have been providing great service to the people of the Outback since 1975.  The Cobar-based business serves an area from Queensland to South Australia and Western NSW. They have even sold to a client in Tasmania! “We have clients all over,” business co-owner Mario Parisi said. “Broken Hill, Tibooburra, Dubbo, from Cunnamulla to Hungerford. You’ve…