Confidence worth a song and dance
THE FUTURE of Maryborough's CBD is in the hands of business owners and Wedding Daze owner Mark Pledger has so much confidence in that future he is expanding his Bazaar Street premises.
Mr Pledger is investing thousands of dollars constructing a specially built dance studio above the formal wear store.
“I like dancing and have done a lot of it but this studio will be for other people to use and to teach in,” he said.
“I have confidence in the future and the local area so we're providing a facility that will benefit many and provide joy to the many dancers who live in the area.
“The staircase and floor are going in at the moment and the staircase will be a real showpiece.
“It's being constructed by local timber craftsman Graeme Palmer from G and J Woodworks at Tinana and it will be a staircase to many a happy time.
“I'd like to see the studio open by May but it is a self-funded project so it's a process that's taking some time.
“In the meantime we are still open for business as usual, providing evening and formal wear and wedding outfits.”
Several business owners have a renewed energy for the CBD and have been working towards revitalising the centre of town.
At the forefront of the cause is the CBD Renewal Group and the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce, with members of both groups recently involved in a massive spring clean of the business district.
“We hope that the dance studio is part of the revitalisation that the CBD needs,” Mr Pledger said.