Hard work and plenty of customers have all been on the menu at the Riverside Kiosk in the Silver Sands Holiday Park at Evans Head this Christmas, but it wasn’t totally unexpected for part-owner Terry Stoker.
Hard work and plenty of customers have all been on the menu at the Riverside Kiosk in the Silver Sands Holiday Park at Evans Head this Christmas, but it wasn’t totally unexpected for part-owner Terry Stoker. DOUG EATON

Evans kiosk owners rushed off their feet

IT has been a little less than six months since Debbie and Terry Stoker took over the Riverside Kiosk at the Silver Sands Holiday Park, but already the couple have been run off their feet.

Their first Christmas holiday period as owners of the Evans Head kiosk have seen them serve countless customers, with a very busy post-Christmas weekend despite the weather.

But the rush was far from unexpected for the couple.

Debbie had been working at the kiosk for two-and-a-half years before she and her husband purchased it.

“I used to work here, so I was pretty prepared for it,” she said.

“We still had to put in a tender like everyone else, though.”

She is also highly qualified for running the kiosk after running her own business in Byron Bay.
Already the Coraki couple have made some improvements.

“We’ve put in a cake display, offer different varieties of fish and we do a lot more brekkies after extending the breakfast time,” Debbie said.

In addition to their menu changes, they try to source their produce from Australia, have encouraged customers to stay and eat in the shop and they have also extended the holiday opening hours from 7am until 9pm.

But the real secret is staff.

“We’ve got some really good staff, which is a bonus, and they are all locals,” Debbie said.

While Debbie and her husband work the shop, their youngest and oldest daughters also help out, as do Debbie’s parents.

Both Debbie and Terry are looking forward to improvements the Richmond Valley Council is planning for the caravan park.

Three new cabins have been installed in the park, one of which caters for disabled and elderly clients.


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