TWO years ago Vicki Connolly and husband Doug came to Hervey Bay to retire - but their plans didn't last long.
In late August, Vicki became the proud new owner of Real Threads ladies fashion shop and she's recently opened a second store.
Customers can now enjoy Real Threads at Eli Waters shopping complex, as well as at the Urangan Shopping centre.
Vicki said setting up the Eli Waters shop was hard work but public support for the new store had been terrific.
"I've put work into the shop," she said.
"I always have a smile on my face and I've got the best staff."
Vicki said she's the only ladies' fashion store trading in the complex.
"They were telling me there was nothing for ladies at all. I'm surprised no one thought of it before," she said.
Smart causal, cocktail, mother of the bride and formal wear as well as shoes and handbags are available from Real Threads.
Vicki said her customers often come in looking for something special.
"It's like my wardrobe, that's the best thing about it," she said.
"I put in all the clothes I like."
Vicki, who has worked in fashion in the South Burnett, said setting up the shop was hard work but rewarding.
"Doug and I have worked hard, improving the image and style of the Urangan shop," she said.
"It's fulfilling, I love my shops."
Vicki's said she is passionate about catering to woman of all sizes and sells stock in sizes 10 to 26.
"The huggable honeys can look as good as the skinny minnies," she said.