Cooroy calls Clara back

WELCOME BACK: Clara Goodwin will open Blue Brown Bag in Maple St, Cooroy, where Over The Moon lived, on Monday.
WELCOME BACK: Clara Goodwin will open Blue Brown Bag in Maple St, Cooroy, where Over The Moon lived, on Monday. Contributed

SOME people keep on keeping on and get better and better with age.

Clara Goodwin is such a person.

We first came to know her more than 15 years ago when she owned and operated Country Collections in Noosa Junction.

A gift and home wares shop of exquisite taste, Country Collections was much loved by locals and visitors.

Then Clara turned her sights to Cooroy and opened Cooroy Shoes, bringing a standard of retail to the country town that had visitors flocking from all over the region. Many people made the drive from Brisbane to Cooroy to see what new items Clara had in stock, confident they would always find something different or unique.

After she sold Cooroy Shoes (still a thriving business today) Clara disappeared for awhile, living and working in Bowral.

As it does so often, Noosa called her home and she returned although she remained out of sight, working behind the scenes as buyer for the ever-evolving Gibson's Homewares store.

Never one to sit back, she went on to import fresh water pearls from China - another successful enterprise.

Now she is back to give her profile an airing once again and will open Blue Brown Bag in Cooroy next week. She describes this new venture as a "fashion, home and lifestyle" shop and judging by her past reputation, it will give yet another surge of optimism to Cooroy and bring yet more visitors to the town.

"I will have beautiful pieces," Clara said. "I'm doing unique fashion labels, good holiday and cruise pieces, and an Italian-designed linen range.

"Everything will be price conscious. We always say 'if we can't make a sale we make a friend, and we like to have lots of friends.' Cooroy is a place on the move, a happy place. People talk to each other in the streets. I love the sense of community here."

Clara's new venture is due to open on Monday, providing the builders are finished, in the premises where Over The Moon lived in Maple St, Cooroy.

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