Owner couldn't get a gelato so he opened his own shop
BRUCE Saunders has a soft spot for gelato.
"I only have one really bad vice and that's ice-cream and gelato," he said.
"And I could not get a gelato in Maryborough."
Inspired by his love of the tasty treats, Bruce opened Scoops on Bazaar in Maryborough.
"I did a business plan, did research and found out there's quite a few people who'd like to have a gelato shop," he said.
"We also do dairy free frappes for people who have lactose intolerances, we do sorbets and we are now doing a range of Byron Bay pies...
"We try to cater for a wide range of people."
The shop's signature product is the gourmet Colin James gelato.
Bruce said the delicacy is handmade on the Sunshine Coast.
"There's a lot of love and care put into making the gelato," he said.
To mix up the menu, hotdogs, Spanish donuts and many more gelato flavours are arriving in store soon.
Bruce, who returned to live in Maryborough seven years ago, said the shop had a good response since opening in late December.
He said Scoops on Bazaar works closely with neighbouring coffee shop Toast Expresso Bar.
Bruce said the door between the two shops is always open and customers are free to use the tables and chairs at the front of both businesses.
He said logistics were the hardest part of opening a new business.
"Getting the equipment up from Sydney," Bruce said.
"I've had nothing but great help from the Fraser Coast Regional Council."
Bruce said meeting people was his favourite part of owning a shop in the CBD.
"Maryborough is a special place to me," he said.
"My oldest child was born here, the people are good, I like the Maryborough lifestyle."