Bargara bowling ahead of the rest
BARGARA is now host to one a limited number of independent lawn bowls stores between here and Brisbane.
The store comes as Maxine and Henry Stauffer come out of retirement to fill a gap in the market.
"It originally started because we started playing bowls and when we moved from Tasmania to up here, we realised that there's nothing much up here for a bowler," Mrs Stauffer said.
"There's no bowls, there's no bags, you had to buy online, then you've got to put your credit card details online and you've got to pay freight."
Mrs Stauffer started with a small store inside the Elliott Heads Bowls Club three years ago.
"But the business just outgrew the club," she said.
"We needed more space and hopefully the commercial site will be better for business and easier for people to call in."
Across the road from the Bargara windmill on See St, The Bowls Shop is a small space that Mrs Stauffer says she's made the most of.
"But of course no matter how much space I have, we still couldn't carry everything that everybody wants," she said.
"Sometimes of course I have to order in sizes because we're not all the same shape and we don't all prefer the same colour.
"And you can bet your life if I've got three pairs of 12s, somebody wants an 11.5."
She said the new space was proving a good move.
"The bowlers are very excited that we're actually here and at last they've got a bowler's shop," she said.
But Mrs Stauffer said she and her husband would not be full-time at the shop.
"We're only open mornings because I don't intend to be committed that heavily to business," she said.
"So we only open 9 to 12 six days a week, then we go and play bowls too."
Outside those hours, customers are met with a bright pink sign: "Sorry we're closed, gone bowling".