growing our businesses together

in 2016 nillumbik business network called for entries from local businesses 

We wanted to find and highlight local businesses that were focused on being part of our local community  rather than just the business community

The 2016 winner 


Owned and operated by Simone Baldwin in Diamond Creek

About Fossick Clothing 

Fossick is a a local ladies fashion and accessories store. They provide a personalised shopping experience, helping customers to find the right outfit for their body shape with their free make over service.

Simone bought the business in mid 2016 as she was a loyal customer who loved the store, and didn't want to see it leave the local area. She excited to be doing something that she loves.

Simone says "Fossick customers are loyal and honest, and range in age from 20 - 80yrs. Her customers are excited by the new suppliers offering a wider range of sizes from 8-22. They are definitely happy that most of the original suppliers/labels are still on offer. It is nice that our customers are happy to come for a browse and a chat. They are liking our involvement in local projects, such as the "Artists on Show".

I personally value that I see our regular customers in and out of the store, always ready for a chat and catch up. I feel a part of the community, and feel connected and supported by our customers."

Fossick is different because a lot of their customers meet at the store if they are heading out for lunch or coffee. They may pop in with friends to shop or browse and they are also catching up with what is going on in their lives. It is rarely quiet at Fossick.

Simone Baldwin, Winner 2016 Faces of Small Business with President Deb Graham

What are simone's tips to help other businesses grow and succeed?
At this stage I don't think I am ready to give advice to other businesses, only to say, that what I have learnt so far, is having a good book keeper or accountant in your corner is a must!

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