Former Toyworld owners Boyd and Sharon Moore are saying goodbye to Maclean temporarily, to move to Mount Isa, Queensland.
Boyd said that they have owned the Toyworld store in Maclean for close on 12 years, after moving here from Sydney.
“We’ve got a lot of friends and really feel part of this community,” Boyd said.
“The reason for our move is the community’s fault,” he said laughing.
“They introduced me to the Fire Brigade (F+RNSW) and I developed a passion for fire fighting and decided to make that a fulltime career.
“I’m now a fulltime fire fighter at Mount Isa and I’ve been working (away) up there since Christmas Eve, while Sharon stayed behind at the shop.
“We’re keeping the house at Gulmarrad, as I’ll only be in Mount Isa for four years, then we’ll probably be back. We love it here,” he said.
Boyd said that he wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported them over the years.
“Our friends and customers have made our time here really worthwhile,” he said.
Working to cement themselves into the community
New owner Jehane Kaczorowski said that her and husband Grant and their children moved to the area three years ago, from Melbourne.
“We moved up here for a lifestyle change; to the beach and warmer weather – it’s a great place to raise the kids,” Jehane said.
Jehane said that they were working on a way to cement themselves into the community, when the opportunity came up to purchase the business.
“We have got three kids aged eight, six and four and they love the fact that mum and dad own a toy shop and they get to come here every day.
“I’m going to run the store and Grant (who works at Northern Network), will probably do the paperwork side of the business.
“We’re hoping to create that old fashioned toy shop (experience) where you can come in and get great customer service and good quality toys. A nice fun atmosphere.
“We’re hoping to make a few little features. One of our big aims is to create a toy birthday registry.
“So, we encourage people to come in and check us out and say hi.
“The store will be closed until March 5 as I’m flying down to Melbourne to the Toy Fair.
“I’m looking forward to that, as I know that there is a lot of new, exciting LEGO stuff coming through this year and I’ll be looking at some eco friendly toys as well. So, there’s heaps of new and exciting things coming up,” she said.