CRAFTY IDEA: Kia-Melisse Manders with her daughters is planning on opening an arts and craft business in Kingaroy.
CRAFTY IDEA: Kia-Melisse Manders with her daughters is planning on opening an arts and craft business in Kingaroy. Matt Collins

Stay at home mum has a crafty idea

ONE crafty Kingaroy mother has put a call out to gauge the interest for a children's craft centre in town.

Kia-Melisse Manders and her family moved to the South Burnett from the Sunshine Coast over a year ago and she felt there wasn't a lot of child-friendly activities for them in the region.

"There is only so many times you can go to the park,” she said.

"I take the kids to swimming and play group but that is only one hour a week.

"There really isn't much structured activity for them to do.”

The proactive mother decided she wanted to something about the lack of child facilities and she is putting serious thought into opening an arts and crafts store in Kingaroy.

She floated the idea on social media and was encouraged by some of the positive responses she received.

"I just think it is a really good idea,” she said.

"I think people like the idea that it is not at home because of the mess it makes.”

Ms Manders knew if she was going to take the exciting step into business it could be a gamble.

"A lot of businesses go under in Kingaroy,” she said.

"There are a lot of empty shops.”

Her biggest challenges and fear was that she would not getting enough customers to pay rent and other supplies.

"I think Kingaroy is a pretty supportive and friendly place,” she said.

"And everyone has kids.”

The budding business owner had plans to start regular art workshops and a program for the school holidays.

"We may even have workshops in the evenings for adults,” she said.

Ms Manders said there was a lot of work still to do but if she was going to go ahead it would be this year.

"I really need to speak to suppliers, wholesalers and the real estate,” she said.

"I could even start in a church or CWA hall.”

As a stay-at-home mum, Ms Manders said the parents will enjoy the simple pleasure of just getting out of the house.

"It's a good way to meet other parents,” she said.

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