Business owners and residents remain upbeat despite recent closures of shops along Bold Street, Laurieton.
On Thursday, May 9 a Retail Revamp Visual Merchandising Workshop was hosted at Laurieton United Services Club and run by visual merchandising expert Carol Bagaric.
Carol said the workshop provided a space where owners could think objectively about their business without being caught up with day to day tasks and gave them the opportunity to network with other retailers.
Unfortunately, Carol said Laurieton is not unique in tackling the challenges which come with running a small business in a 24-7 spending cycle.
"Retailers are feeling it, it's tough," she said.
Carol said it used to be relatively easy for a small business to be established.
"These days there is so much that a small business owner has to consider," she said.
However on a positive note, Carol said there are strategies which businesses can implement to provide an extension and boost to their brand.
She said it's important for businesses to connect with their customers both online and offline.
Fieldwork Flowers business owner Christie Mcmiles said it's important for small businesses to provide services and goods which will appeal to residents and visitors.
She said customers appreciate quality goods which are Australian made.
Christie said it would be great to see a shop open which provided outdoor or camping products to compliment the environment of the Camden Haven.
Laurieton resident Betty Parkins said she enjoys shopping in the town and can find everything she needs.
"We've got the grocer, butcher, clothes shops, coffee places and the medical centres," she said.
Betty said it's a shame a lot of businesses are closing down but believes that a pedestrian crossing near the Chemist would help people move around all the shops.
Residents in Laurieton are calling on people to sign a petition pushing council to reconsider the placement of a second pedestrian crossing on Bold Street.
If you would like to sign the petition for the Bold Street pedestrian crossing in relation to the location please visit Laurieton United Services Club, Kew Country Club, Discount Chemist on Bold Street, Clipz & Snipz orThe Department Store in Laurieton.