Home & Away Gifts (formerly The Travel House) started its transformation at the end of 2019/early 2020.
Pre fires / pre Covid I decided I wanted the shop to be more than “just that travel place” which is how everyone referred to it. So I started the process of totally rebranding by creating a new name & look.
Home & Away Gifts was created: Gifts for the Home, Gifts for Away, Gifts from Away & Gifts from the Home. No longer just luggage and travel related accessories.
As the world went into Covid lockdown – I made the decision to continue with the transformation. This was in some ways an easy decision (my other business – a travel agency was now being severely impacted and was no longer a source of any income and was in fact suffering a negative income). I was also lucky to receive some of the Government grants and I also have a very understanding landlord.
The gift store is still very much in its infancy & has a long way to go before it becomes viable but it has provided me a lot of joy in the crazy year that we all find ourselves.
I am very mindful to stock gifts that are not only unique and colourful but are not already offered by the other well established gift stores in Merimbula and Pambula.
As with all local businesses Home & Away Gifts faces many challenges – but the one I am concentrating on at the moment is to become known by the locals & to encourage them to SHOP LOCAL. We have a variety of gifts for children as well as adults that would make ideal Christmas Presents.
Or better still come down and see the store for your self. We are located right between NOSH and the Merimbula Information Centre.