Businesses reflect on their sales over the Christmas season
AS THE end of the year draws to a close, South Burnett businesses have taken the opportunity to reflect on their year.
Fortunately, many businesses thrived over the past month.
According to Hannah Weller from Missulli, many people have ventured into their store this month.
"We've been flat out over here, it's been really busy. It's not just locals though, we've found there's been a few people passing through that have come in as well, so it's been really nice,” she said.
"It was even before the Christmas Carnival, there have been a lot of families travelling through. More and more people have heard of Missuli, so it's been really good.
"It's been nice to see that people are shopping locally and keeping our business busy, so I hope it continues. It'll be interesting to see what business will be like in 2019.”
For Kingaroy Gourmet Butchery, Wayne Pohlner said his business is also doing great this December.
"It's starting to pick up now, this week we've been pretty fired up, now that school holidays are finished,” he said.
"People shop commercially when they're pretty time poor, but it's great to see that people are making the effort to shop locally with us this Christmas.
"Because of it being so busy at the last minute, we're in a bit of a mad panic and rush, but it's great for business.”
Mark Smith Menswear has also seen positive business results, though Mr Smith believes people in the region can improve their support to local businesses.
"I think there's still a lot of internet sales and buying around the region, or people are ducking off to other major centres, but we have a nucleus of loyal customers. This month has been pretty good, and we're trading well,” he said.
Unfortunately, some Burnett businesses are having a much harder time this season.
Karen Noble, Kingaroy Toy World owner believes residents shopping externally has been a major concern for her business.
"I think online shopping is also one of the biggest problems we face as a small store these days,” she said.
For NB Inspirations in Proston, owner Anita Blanch said these slower months are why they may have to close up shop.
"We found that a lot of people have actually finished their Christmas shopping early this year, so this month has been relatively slower as a result. We're still waiting to find out whether we're still going to be around next year,” she said.