OVER the last six months, I have seen an increase in local businesses popping up in response to the Ripley region's population growth.
In October 2017, we had Caltex's new concept 'The Foodary' open, which is a fresh take on the traditional service station, which in addition to fuel offers modern eat-in facilities, fresh barista made coffee, and a wide selection of convenient meal options suitable for the entire family.
In a recent catch up at the newly opened Domino's Pizza at Ripley, store manager Ravi Batel explained the next step in meeting customer demand, after the Yamanto store had experienced exponential growth. Ravi said since the Ripley Domino's Pizza store opened on December 22, it has been a popular dinner option for families and households, seeking cost effective meal options in the region.
In Ecco Ripley, Carol has just opened Carol's Family Daycare, a service that provides home daycare options for up to seven children each day. Carol has had many years' experience working with children, and says she just loves children. Carol is keen to support working parents in the region access employment and feel secure in knowing their children are well taken care of.
Michael Godfrey is also an Ecco Ripley local. He and his wife Dee moved to Ecco Ripley three years ago, drawn to the lifestyle of the region.
Michael's qualifications and expertise in teaching have led him to start a tutoring service for Ripley students needing support. Michael's school service offers peace of mind for parents who are seeking appropriately trained, in-home support that they can trust. Students can expect to feel an increase in their confidence and the skills needed to tackle school work.
In a recent meeting with the owners of veterinary service soon to open its doors in the Ripley Town Centre later in the year, Dr Andrew and Sarah Hemming discussed their excitement of providing a quality and thorough service to pet owners in the Ripley region.
Sarah noted the element of difference in their service was that they genuinely cared about animals, which is reflected in the service they provide to the region's pets, going above and beyond to ensure that pets were comfortable and well cared for. "We often remember the pet's name, before we recall the owner because we connect with the pets and they are important to us,” she said.
These businesses that are popping up represent the changing and increasing population in the region.
Working families and households are looking for quick meals at the end of their busy day; the humble service station is now a one-stop-shop for needs of residents who are looking for fuel, food, coffee and somewhere to take time out; parents see the value in quality education and support, whether that be a home day care option with a 'family feel', or the local teacher passionate about helping kids to overcome learning obstacles. Pets are not just animals, they are important figures in people's homes and considered family.
All of these options represent the changing landscape of Ripley, as not just an assortment of new and old developments, but a region finding its collective identity through the local businesses that services their needs, and that sense of belonging that helps residents feel like they 'fit'.