Allure South Sea Pearls co-founder Lindsay Youd talks to the Western Suburbs Weekly about how the business has evolved in the past 30 years.
1. What was the business economy like in Broome in 1989?
The Broome economy, particularly the newly invigorated tourism industry, came to a grinding halt overnight as a result of the Australian pilots strike.
There had been so much hype and enthusiasm in Broome due to the building of the Cable Beach Club by the late Alistair McAlpine, but without regular flights, the only way to get to Broome was to drive 2000km by road. Thankfully the strike finally ended in December 1989 and 1990 brought back optimism and prosperity to Broome and Australia as a whole.
2. How has it changed?
Our business has continued to grow and evolve throughout the past 30 years that has seen us build an Allure stockist network and wholesale pearl distribution both in Australia and internationally. In 2017, Allure launched a new retail boutique in Subiaco that has endorsed our commitment to the Allure brand and our Broome heritage.
3. How have you overcome the challenges?
The only way to overcome challenges is to adapt to change where required and commit to keep evolving as a person and a business.
4. How do you collaborate with other small businesses to support one another?
Broome has very good business support with the local Chamber of Commerce and tourism related bodies that meet regularly to share ideas as well as concerns local businesses may have.
5. What is your local coffee shop?
When in Broome you can’t go past the Aarli Bar or in Subiaco, St Lucy for the best coffee to get your morning started.