In 1990, the healthy alternative snack Vege Chips was born. The vegetarian founder of Vege Chips began making a chip that held more nutritional value than an average potato chip. Starting in his kitchen, then moving to a garage and eventually taking over bigger premises, Vege Chips sold well for many years at the local beachfront markets. ..
The old Queenslander at the top of the hill opposite the Point Danger Lookout has had many reincarnations over the years, servicing busloads of tourists as a snack bar and ice cream parlour. But it’s not since owners Donna and Steve Archdeacon transformed the run down site into the Café d’bar restaurant and gallery eight years ago that it has become a local attraction in itself.
While they have a strong following including local world champ surfers and nearby residents, Donna says they also look after the needs of international tourists, short stay visitors from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth and day trippers from Brisbane. ..
As our world gets busier and we are constantly connected through devices, rest assured there is somewhere you can go to escape from it all – and it is right here on the Southern Gold Coast. ..
The renaissance of Coolangatta is the hot topic on everyone’s lips, and joining the upgrade list along the beachfront stretch is The Surf Club Coolangatta, which recently underwent a $4 million makeover. The Club’s Manager of nearly 16 years, Bryan Jones, timed the renovations perfectly. ..
Dr Kim Prescott, Veterinarian, is the owner of her third generation family business, the Tugun Veterinary Surgery on Golden Four Drive. Kim’s grandfather, Dr Charles (Charlie) Prescott worked as a vet on the Gold Coast, covering an entire area from Murwillumbah to Southport from the 1950s to the 70s. Following in his footsteps, Kim’s father Dr Robert (Bob) Prescott graduated as a vet and first began practicing at Nobby Beach, before buying the practice in Tugun in 1986. He stayed there for 24 years, handing over the reins to daughter Kim in 2008 before retiring in 2010. ..
Pete Lawrey is the third owner of longstanding Currumbin business Stitch & Print which has been part of the “fabric” of the Southern Gold Coast business community for over 20 years. ..
Tugun’s John Flynn Private Hospital is one of the region’s most significant assets, employing approximately 1200 staff – which equates to around $80 million for the Southern Gold Coast economy each year. ..
Gone are the days of the sleepy Tugun Village. With a host of new shops getting shiny fit-outs ready for summer trade – some of the old names are also reinventing themselves, including third generation family business, Tugun Fruit and Flowers. ..
A local resident of Currumbin Valley for 30 years, Arno Schilling is a talent in a field of his own – possibly the only person in Australia to exhibit such skill in hand carving wooden masterpieces. Born in the German city of Karlsruhe, home of the automobile inventor Karl Benz, Arno moved to Australia as a young man, building homes in Melbourne. Before long, he and his wife Trudi moved to the Gold Coast in 1969 to be closer to family, where Arno’s real artistic career began. ..