News / Featured / Community / Business / 14th April 2021
Bunny Bazaar draws a crowd
Coonabarabran’s Bunny Bazaar was back and bigger than ever on Saturday, 3 April.
But, while the town was buzzing with residents and tourists alike wandering the streets, some businesses did better than others.
Owner of Mint Leaf Cafe, Carlie Sutherland said she had a better than average turnover for the day, but admitted it was quieter than she expected.
“Honestly, there wasn’t too much happening down our end of the street,” she said.
“It was probably due to COVID, which is fair enough, but I’d have to weigh up whether or not it would be worth opening for in the future.
“If there was something down our end to draw people down here it might not have been so bad.”
Coonabarabran Chamber of Commerce president, Donna Burton said she believed the day was as big “if not bigger” than previous years.
Ms Burton said she understood the frustrations from some businesses and said there were a number of reasons that led to the situation.
“COVID is obviously one of them, we couldn’t have the jumping castle for that reason,” she explained.
“Also, the way the streets are closed off had an affect on some businesses - it did make it a little difficult.”
In the future, with all things going to plan and without COVID restrictions, Ms Burton said the idea would be to spread the stalls and attractions out so that everyone benefited.
“At the same time, the existing businesses down that end could come out and do something outside,” she said.
“The dance studio is a good example, they could come out and do a demonstration in the street.”
While Ms Burton said Chamber hoped to cater for more of the town’s businesses, she was still happy with the most recent event.
“There were so many people in town it was good to see. I spoke to the stall holders and they were all really happy with the day.”