Lots of friends and new faces in store for you
IF YOU love meeting people and making friends, then Mick and Sue Lawrence may have the job for you.
Co-owners of Goolmangar General Store, the Lawrences are selling to spend more time developing their cattle property just down the road.
"Lots of people think we are leaving, but we're not," said Mrs Lawrence.
"We've made too many friends here to do that."
In partnership with Mick's brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Maryanne Lawrence, they have owned the shop for four years with Mick and Sue taking over the reins in July, 2005.
From bread and milk, to alcohol and statues of Buddha, you can find just about anything at this store.
"You meet all types here," said Mr Lawrence.
"We get lots of tourists from everywhere.
"Like a group of guys we met at Christmas who took their photos in front of our petrol bowser.
"They were from somewhere in South America. I don't think they had seen a bowser as old as ours.
"Then there was the CocaCola commercial that was filmed here 12 months ago.
"It was fun, and they were here filming for five to six hours for just 10 seconds' air play."
Even though the pair are sad to leave behind their lives in retail, the call to tend their cattle property is stronger.
But the memories of the people they have met at the store on the road to Nimbin will remain with them for
ever; like local identity Marie.
"She is a great customer and a delight," said Mrs Lawrence.
"Coming to the store is a highlight of her day, and often she doesn't want to go home because she just loves meeting all the people who come into the shop. It's her outing.
"The locals have really supported us and we have made a lot of friends.
"But what I am not going to miss is the three-monthly BAS statements required by the Australian Tax Office."