NEW shoe store owner Leanne Spencer hopes to fill a gap in retail opportunities for people living in and around Alstonville.
She opened her first business, Spencer Street Shoes, two weeks ago on the town's main street.
It sells a range of women's brands from Spain, France and Brazil, as well as popular names such as Django and Juliette Shoes.
"There seemed to be a bit of a gap, I knew a lot of people who love shoes but found they had to go up to the Gold Coast to buy them," Ms Spencer said.
The former employee of Alstonville Rejuvenation Beauty & Skin Care Centre took the leap and started a business after working for nine years at the beauty salon.
She said the idea to open a shoe store came to her about five years ago but it only became a possibility around December last year.
She works there alongside her aunt, Lyn Paff, who has been retired for 10 years.
"I thought it would be fun to work on this with my niece," she said. "Not full time, just helping out."
Ms Spencer said when the business space came up on the market it was exactly what they were looking for.
"I thought 'this is definitely the right spot'," she said.
"Not a lot comes up in the main street, and this end of town particularly has a few cute little shops, the dress shop across the road, coffee shops."
Ms Spencer said her goal apart from business growth was to encourage others to invest in Alstonville.
"It's a good little township and there's plenty of room to become a bit more trendy," she said.
"People do like to wander, grab a coffee and check out all the little shops."
Spencer Street Shoes is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 5pm and Saturdays from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
They have Facebook and Instagram pages, just search for Spencer Street Shoes.