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HOW SPINNERS KEEP THE BALL ROLLING Trish and David Mullins have only been in business in Caloundra for a little over a year, but they bring a wealth of business knowledge with them.

The couple, along with business partners Colleen and Fred Minehan, own Spinners Bar and Bowl Caloundra, the region’s newest bowling alley, offering state of the art facilities and a complete entertainment experience. Ms Mullins shares her insights into setting up the business with the Caloundra Buzz… Is Spinners your first business? No, David and I ran a successful transport company back in Melbourne for over 20 years before moving to country Victoria, where we also ran a holiday accommodation business on Lake Nillahcootie. And if two businesses weren’t enough, it was here in Mansfield that Spinners Bar and Bowl was established. When was the business officially opened? In February 2014 the business opened in Victoria and then relocated to the Sunshine Coast and opened in Caloundra in late November 2016. Why did you feel Caloundra was the perfect location for your business? AMF helped us with some locations they thought a ten-pin bowl and bar would be successful. We checked out a few locations, but as soon as we arrived in Caloundra we knew it was the place where we wanted to live. What are some of the challenges you had to overcome to establish the business? Finding the right building in the right location is always the hardest obstacle is overcome. We were lucky enough to find our building, which we could extend on the length and rebuild the toilet block to make it work. These extensions proved very challenging. We moved the family up from Victoria in February (2016) in time for the new school year

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and hoped to be opened before Easter. However, there seemed to be one hurdle after another to jump through and our extensions didn’t start until October, hence the late November opening. What is your business's biggest point of difference? Unlike regular bowling alleys our business model is quite unique as it is small and intimate. We offer a great night out for all ages and it brings families together. Where else can you go with minors and enjoy a game of ten pin, a drink, a game of pool and a dance? We get a lot of customers through the door to play pool and the arcade games. Others love the music video clips on the big screen and the atmosphere created with the glow in the dark and effect lighting and smoke machine. What is the biggest business lesson you have learned over the years? There’s a couple of lessons I have learnt over the past 25 years, the first is to learn from past mistakes and not be afraid to look back. Your past performance actually does reflect future performance. Everyone makes mistakes and we need to learn from them to not only become a better individual, but build up a better business. The other lesson I have learnt is that it’s important to take risks, but they need to be calculated risks, where all options have been weighed to result in the best possible outcome. And of course, customer service is paramount. For more information spinnersbarandbowl.com.au

Caloundra BUZZ Summer 17/18  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...

Caloundra BUZZ Summer 17/18  

Caloundra Buzz magazine provides the Chamber's members and the local community with current information on events and business achievements...

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