More than a memory
A MEMORY stick and the love of a good town has seen Kyogle business woman Linda Macdade reopen the doors of her business just one month after a fire destroyed everything.
All the stock at Macdades and Family, which included furniture and homewares, perished but luckily Ms Macdade had saved everything related to the business on a tiny memory stick, which she kept at home.
"It had our client base and stock listings," Ms Macdade said.
The information on the memory stick helped her to quickly get the business up and running again.
But it was the support of the Ky- ogle community which helped her cope with the trauma of losing everything.
"The response of the town was incredible," she said.
"They sent flowers, scones and jam, fruit cakes. I didn't have to cook for a week because people were dropping in food and we live 20 minutes out of town.
"This town is phenomenal."
Ms Macdade is still emotional about the fire that destroyed seven years of hard work.
She said there were no words which could describe how she felt when she got a call shortly before 9pm on January 18, telling her the two-storey building which housed her business was on fire.
"As I was driving in I thought the whole bottom end of town was on fire. The flames were so high," she said.
The business had been estab- lished in 1949 and had been operated by the one family until Ms Macdade bought the business seven years ago.
Although the new premises at 86 Summerland Way are much smaller, the business has expanded its lines, and is storing much of its stock in a warehouse at another site.
The doors opened on Monday but the official opening is today.
There will be a free sausage sizzle for anyone who visits the store. Trading begins at 8.30am until mid-afternoon.