Bigger and better bakery for Proserpine
PROSERPINE Pies and Pastries is expanding to the shop next door due to demand.
For the past seven years Colin and Kim Hogan have run the popular bakery, which has grown every year since the couple has run it.
The couple saw an opportunity to expand the business when the business nextdoor moved, and pitched the idea to the landlord.
After major setbacks and damage caused by Cyclone Debbie, a combination of the town's support, loyal staff and a positive attitude had the Hogans weathering the storm.
"The whole shop filled with water,” Mr Hogan said.
Despite the damage, the couple focused on and re-opening the shop.
"You've just got to be confident and positive,” Mrs Hogan said.
The bakery was out of action for two weeks post Cyclone Debbie with a damaged roof.
However, the team was back baking as soon as possible.
"It was a normal progression for us,” Mrs Hogan said of the renovations.
From Byron Bay the couple moved to the Whitsundays 15 years ago when Mr Hogan got a job at a bakery in Cannonvale.
When that bakery closed, the couple moved back to Northern NSW, but jumped at the opportunity to return to Proserpine seven years ago when a friend called on Mr Hogan.
"We love the town, it's a good place to raise a family, nice people and a nice area,” he said.
The couple bought the business shortly after moving back to the area and have raised two daughters in Proserpine.
Business was good due to local and tourist support, Mr Hogan said.
"We have a good reputation, a good product and great service,” he said.
The bakery's vanilla slice was popular, but Mr Hogan said the beef pie was its best product.
The boilermaker turned baker wants to enter his signature beef pie in the Australian Pie Show.
He said it would be an honour to take home the title of best beef pie in Australia.
"If you can sell a plain beef pie, all your pies have got to be all right, but people do love their pies here,” he said.
The bakery extension is to open by the end of the month and Mrs Hogan was looking forward to having "more sit-down space” for customers.
The couple was optimistic about the growth of the business and the Proserpine economy.
"As long as you are confident and positive and learn to grow with the demand, you'll succeed,” she said.