THERE are some big changes happening at the Orange City Centre.
The countdown is on for the refurbishment of the former coffee shop and the adjacent store, formerly Celene, at the Anson Street entrance, where a new cafe is soon to open.
During the week workmen were on duty while everyone else was sleeping, gutting the store, with the new name and owners to be announced soon.
The ladies fashion shop Celene has moved inside the centre, while a new edition, Crown Nails and Beauty, has opened.
Owned and operated by Tommy Huynh, the salon employs four staff and is open seven days a week.
“We are a walk-in salon and most of our customers don’t make appointments,” he said.
The salon does gel, acrylic and shellac-style nails and waxing.
The business already has a high profile in Sydney and is a welcome addition to the centre.
Heidi and Dave Stedman have started a new venture in Cargo, Rustic Notions cafe.
It will not only be a great spot for locals to drop in, but a welcome rest break for travellers.
“We were sitting on the front verandah one day and commented on the number of cars coming through here,” said Heidi.
“We already had the shop attached to our house, but it hasn’t been used for years and we thought it would be a great opportunity.”
The couple intend to start out in a small way with coffee, tea, cakes and drinks, but are hoping to expand further down the track.
They also plan to stock local produce including jams, preserves and olive oils, well worth a trip out from Orange.
The store will be open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday to Saturday, and 9am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
Ash sold on real estate
Ash Brown is taking a new direction and has joined the Williams Machin First National team.
Ash recently sold the Hardback Cafe building and has decided to put away the books after 25 years in the business to pursue his dream of working in the property industry.
“I do miss the bookshop but I am very excited about this new chapter in my life,” he said.