I’m constantly fascinated by the colourful mixture of things that businesses sell in the bush. But of course these businesses have to run on a different mindset to those in the cities. City businesses have to stay focused on what they do well. Country businesses must provide what is needed by the community.
I saw this sign somewhere on the road between Mudgee and Bathurst:
“For Sale – Wishing wells, geese, bird feeders”
In February of 1879 Ned Kelly and his gang of bushrangers held up the town of Jerilderie, NSW. The blacksmith shop where they had their horses shod can still be seen just behind the information centre. One would imagine that being both an undertaker and a blacksmith would be a “mixed business”.
In the little town of Tarwin Lower in Gippsland, Vic the church caters to three different flavours of Christianity. The Anglican and Uniting groups meet on alternating Sundays and the Catholics on Saturday. It saves on real estate I guess.
The Denham Post Office on the WA coast can certainly be described as a mixed business. As well as providing the mail service it is also a newsagent, gift shop, toy shop and chemist all rolled into one. Surprisingly there is even a pharmacist on duty and the crutches, well they’re over next to the bright yellow Express Post bags.
And while we’re on the subject, we were stocking up the freezer with good country meat at the butcher in Heathcote, Vic when we were surprised to see that he even sells work boots. So while Woody contemplated whether to buy T-Bone or Eye Fillet steak I checked out the steel caps in the window display.