Michael and Cheryn Johnson and their team at Sweetness Your Lolly Shop/Molong Gelato have been working hard for months now to create their next enterprise in the old wool store (next door to First National and the Wing Hang Chinese Restaurant). Doors and windows are covered – tradesmen are coming and going – I hear it is going to be a very exciting surprise and new addition to the Bank Street shops.
Goss is that a bakery is going to open in the old Western Stores building once Sweetness relocates. More news later.
SALE Now is the time to grab a summer bargain at Bank Street’s two fabulous dress shops – the 2 Fat Ladies (see advertisement on P.13) and Jodie’s Barnseys where fantastic bargains are available in gorgeous clothing, shoes, handbags, giftware lines and the list goes on.
Bank Street is sooo lucky to have two of the best ladies fashion boutiques in the Central Tablelands (if not rural NSW).
We hear invitations are out for what is being termed as ‘the wedding of the year’. Two popular Molong business owners are heading for their nuptials we hear on a pontoon on Sydney Harbor sometime in March. Given the size of the guest list – will there be a pontoon big enough for the Molong/Sydney guests?
New Menu: Check out the new menus at both the Freemasons and Molong RSL Club – we hear both kitchens are turning out delicious foods to suit all family members. In this heat, eating out is … well, a most attractive idea.
Bank Street Hotels – work is progressing on the ‘bottom pub’ (Freemasons) and we are hoping rooms with bathrooms will soon be available for the growing number of tourists and visitors wanting to stay in Molong.
Meanwhile at the Telegraph Hotel – innkeeper, the popular Les Birdsall, is back at the bar and will soon be overseeing exciting new renovations. Knowing Les and Cheryl and their creativity – this old Molong icon will be looking most attractive before too long.
What the Dickens and Narelle’s Pop-Up Shop (Freemasons Entrance). We’ve both had a good time selling, selling … and selling over the Christmas/New Year period and throughout January. There have been plenty of visitors and tourists calling in and buying. All is good and ready to grow more positively in Molong.
BP Molong – well what can we say. Always open – great food – coffee – and plenty of visitors and tourists stopping over. ‘The Servo’ represents the growing innovation that is Molong.
Molong Caravan Park – we notice park numbers are increasing with great value for money – stay 2 nights, third night free – and free washing. One wonders how much noise the caravaners experience. But in asking .. the response is “what noise”. Trucks, etc?? Not a problem.
Vinnies: Has re-opened after the January holiday break.
Jayes Gallery – Just around the corner in Gidley Street. Now closed until the end of January for annual leave – this amazing gallery will soon reopen its doors to more nights of music, entertainment, good food and art exhibitions. What an asset for Molong.
Yarn Market: We hear locals are not heading to the Yarn Market so much these days. How can that be? The best place to buy fresh home-mades, cakes, biscuits, sweets, jams, chutneys, lemon butter … and a wonderful range of home-made crafts and souvenirs. Please help the volunteers who spend enormous time looking after and filling the Yarn Market with all kinds of goodies and give out tourist information. Take a look
Damage: One young 18 year old local was caught by the Molong Police last Saturday breaking a small glass window panel at What the Dickens bookshop. Unfortunately, someone returned overnight and pushed the same door until it opened knocking over a large bookcase spilling books around the room. Seems to be no reason why – nothing reported to be stolen. Forensics and the Molong Police are following up on the vandalism.
Do we need a trader’s group? I think we do – however, it is up to the individual traders. We currently have shoppers coming from Orange, Wellington, Parkes. Dubbo and further afield. There is an opportunity to gain more – particularly to attract more cars from the highway. It’s almost impossible to achieve this as a ‘lone voice’ – joint promotion has many advantages – $’s go further – AND Molong really has something to sell to people from other locations.
The most common feedback I receive from visitors, travellers and tourists could well add to the current meaning of the word ‘Molong’. Known as ‘the place of many rocks’ named by the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Community back in time – the most apt name to reflect how visitors see us here – ‘Molong – The place of friendly people’
Until next week.