Desperate SOS to save Port Kennedy baby store

Baby shop owners Katrina Blakemore and Jill Edwards, whose business is suffering a bad downturn, with some of mothers who supply stock.   Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d460220
Baby shop owners Katrina Blakemore and Jill Edwards, whose business is suffering a bad downturn, with some of mothers who supply stock. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d460220

THE owner of a small business in Port Kennedy has made a desperate appeal to the public to help keep her business afloat.

One Stop Baby Shop owner Jill Edwards said the situation was dire for many small businesses in WA due to “economic turmoil”.

Ms Edwards said the store had reached out to local mums who sell handmade goods online to provide a point of difference to bigger stores.

“We have tried to think outside the square and have brought in local mums with their handmade products to encourage the importance of supporting local businesses within our area,” she said.

Ms Edwards and business partner Katrina Blakemore have even set up a gofundme page Help Keep our Small Business Doors Open.

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“Funds will be used to purchase products to make it more appealing and stand out,” she said.

“We are not putting a deadline on receiving the funds, however the sooner we reach our target, the quicker our store can fill up with new product lines and be more competitive.

“We are asking anyone from near or far to jump on board to help support a little struggling family business.”

Ms Edwards said times were not always so lean. She and Ms Blakemore opened the store in 2013.

“The first two years of business was amazing and the support we received from all our local families was fantastic,” she said.

“With the economy the way it is here in WA, the mining boom gone and more fierce corporate competition opening up in our surrounding areas (Baldivis), it is making both myself and Katrina’s life very stressful, to nearing the point of a nervous breakdown.

“We are working seven days a week to make ourselves available to the general public’s needs.”