Larry and Leticia are irresistible
WHEN Melanie Woods and Anthony Wymant, owners of Larry and Leticia Irresistibles in Lismore, moved back to the Northern Rivers from Melbourne they felt they had come home.
The pair sells a range of clothing and jewellery at their newly opened store in Magellan St and believe their shop is set to thrive here in Lismore.
"I did a lot of research on all areas on the North Coast and there is just something special about Lismore," she said.
"It is a flourishing town with a great community and artistic spirit all merged into one."
Ms Woods said the cafe and food scene stacked up well even compared to cosmopolitan Melbourne.
They even chose Lismore instead of Byron Bay as the location for their new business.
"I love Byron, it's a great place to visit but Lismore is a better place to start a business, it's so down to earth," she said.
"Lismore council are giving great support to new enterprises opening up in town.
"It's enormously viable to start a business here."
The store's name is made up of the couple's nicknames for each other.
Aside from selling a range of clothing from local designers such as Lazy Bones, Mylee Carlyle and Body Peace, the couple plans to sell their own Larry and Leticia label.
"Anthony is also developing a range of men's wear including leather bags, wallets and belts that are classic but interesting," she said.
"Our current collections feature lustrous natural fibres and stunning sterling silver jewellery."
"I'm enjoying seeing the customers wearing the jewellery in the store now rather than just selling it to retailers and not seeing it being worn," she said.
Ms Woods speciality is putting together a total look for her customers and has plans to offer in-store portrait photography.
"I have always done my own photography and will incorporate it in the business as well," she said.
In the meantime Ms Woods and Mr Wymant are revelling in the support offered to them by the Lismore business community.