Love Our Locals
Parkes Shire business owners share their stories.
There is a lot to love and be proud of our local business community.
Every day we see examples of businesses working together and supporting each other and we are celebrating this in the 'Love our Locals' campaign.
The businesses profiled showcase the expertise, experience and success of many of our local businesses, and why it all adds up for business in the Parkes region.
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#LoveOurLocals Business Profiles
The Astro Dish Motor Inn and Galaxy Restaurant has been trading in Parkes for 3 1/3 years. It is the newest and highest star-rated Motel in the region.
Managers, Valerie and Donald Chisholm, believe that emphasis on customer satisfaction and friendliness, the good fresh food in the restaurant, and ability to use the conference room has ensured repeat customers.
Over the years, Valerie and Donald have seen lots of change and growth in Parkes, from the new sewerage and water treatment plants, to the new airport. However, they believe that the town its self is still the same friendly, clean and progressive place it always has been.
Valerie and Donald believe that the council’s tourism awareness and promotion is one of the best things about owning a business in Parkes. They love the positive approach to every event in the district, targeting areas away from Parkes to draw people into the town.
Make sure you check out Astro Dish Motor Inn and Galaxy Restaurant’s website for more information or to book your night out.
BDN Kitchens and Joinery has traded in Parkes for the past 40 years, with the current owners taking over seven years ago. Since taking ownership of the business, Peter and Trudy McMaster have seen the business grow in a big way. They have noticed how designs and styles have changed over the years, with people wanting so much more from their kitchens.
Peter and Trudy feel that their ability to take their customers from the design stage, right through to the finished product, sets them apart. “Our customer service is of the highest standard, and we pride ourselves on high quality workmanship.”
12 months ago, the business installed a new CNC machine, which enables the staff to precisely cut out kitchens. It has greatly impacted BDN Kitchen’s productivity, cutting labour time down significantly.
Peter and Trudy enjoy working in such a great community. They believe that word of mouth is the most important part of their business. “If you’re doing a great job, then it doesn’t take long for the word of mouth to get around. Even in the surrounding small towns.”
The Parkes Services Club has been trading in Parkes since 1946 – over 70 years! In that time, the staff at the club have noticed the town grow in population and technological advances, however; they believe the community spirit within the people remains strong.
Manager, Cindi, believes their excellent food and beverages, functions, and community support through donations and sponsorship sets them apart from other businesses. Just recently, the club has introduced a courtesy bus. Cindi believes this signature innovation has positively impacted the business.
The Parkview Motor Inn first started trading in the 1970’s. Two years ago, Nick and Jo Kerrigan bought the business and moved their family to Parkes.
The Parkview Motor Inn offer’s the largest accommodation in town, with a total of 39 rooms. They also have a great restaurant. “We are a family run business that offers friendly customer service. We support other local businesses and pride ourselves on meeting the needs of all our guests both local and travellers.”
In the two years Nick and Jo have owned the business, they have slowly been updating the motel rooms. They have fully renovated the bar and restaurant, and will be re-launching it in the coming months.
Nick and Jo believe Parkes is a wonderful community. “You really get back what you give. We have made some amazing lifelong friends.”
The Parkes Newsagency has been trading since the 1940’ s. Current owners, Greg and Christine Nash took over the business in 2008. In the past ten years, Greg and Christine have noticed the town of Parkes continue to change and evolve.
The one unique thing that sets Parkes Newsagency apart from other businesses is the fact that they aren’ t ‘ just a newsagent.’ The business also stocks a huge range of gifts, catering to all tastes. Parkes Newsagency.jpg
In 2012, Greg and Christine purchased the shop next door, so they could expand their gift offerings into the new area. They now class themselves as a newsagency and gift store. Greg and Christine believe that Parkes is a striving town with many positive opportunities in the years ahead.
The Pink Orchid Florist is the longest running flower shop in Parkes.
“In the short time that I have been in business, people are more willing to buy flowers when they realise the quality of their investment. That’ s what flowers are; they are an investment in a relationship,” owner, Alice Milne, explains.
The staff at Pink Orchid Florist pride themselves on the quality of not only their flowers, but also their design and service. “We are the only florist in town to consistently provide beautiful flowers when you need them. We work hard with our growers and suppliers to ensure that the product in our store always provides joy and satisfaction.
I genuinely care about the response of the recipient of the flowers and enjoy offering a personalised service as a result. Repeat customers bring me joy and satisfaction as they recount their positive experience in buying and giving the gift."
Pink Orchid Florist’ s flowers are living, making them unique.
In recent times, the business' website has ensured their services are available 24/7. They have also introduced the posy club subscription scheme where people can opt in to receive flowers regularly with free delivery. This is a great option for time poor people who just don’ t get a chance to get into the shop to buy their weekly flowers!
Alice enjoys doing business in Parkes, as she believes it is an “ever changing economic environment that enables people to have a go".