Susan Richardson, and Partner Bill Farrand will be having the grand opening of Bank House Originals at Mallanganee on the 12 of July. Photo Doug Eaton / Richmond River Express Examiner
Susan Richardson, and Partner Bill Farrand will be having the grand opening of Bank House Originals at Mallanganee on the 12 of July. Photo Doug Eaton / Richmond River Express Examiner Doug Eaton

Originals store has art and soul

EVERYTHING original and handmade will be on display and available for sale when BankHouse Originals opens its doors in July.

The new Mallanganee business is the brainchild of artist Susan Richardson and her partner, carpenter Bill Farrand, and they are excited to be showcasing local artistic talent as well as their vintage collectables.

"I've been hairdressing here for three years and when I talked to the customers I realised there was nowhere for local artists to display their work or even for people to buy a postcard," Ms Richardson said.

"We would like to see Mallanganee become a destination place."

With that in mind the couple bought the old ES&A bank and have slowly been converting it to a gallery to showcase their products.

"We have something here for everyone," Ms Richardson said.

"From art, sculptures, handmade furniture, vintage items and postcards."

Nothing is wasted by the enterprising couple, who have picked up a wide range of vintage items and "upcycled" them.

"I've decorated clocks and furniture with old musical score sheets or knitting patterns," Ms Richardson said.

"I've even turned an old tripod into a lamp."

Their love of history means that much of what Susan and Bill come across is salvaged and saved in another form, all with a story behind it.

The opening weekend is July 12-13 and the small hamlet is promising to come to the party.

"The pub will be playing music and the local fire brigade will be running a barbecue," Susan said.

"I will be opening the doors at 9am."



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