Miss Barretts - first new shop in 20 years
Lulla Vincent, a niece of the Miss Barretts, unveiled the sign for Miss Barretts Bits and Bobs shop in Wilcannia last Friday (13th May, 2011).
The renovated building is called “Miss Barretts” after the Barrett sisters who lived there for most of their lives and who, for many years, ran a haberdashery shop from the front room.
The new look “Miss Barretts includes a coffee shop, a book exchange, secondhand things, a bit of local history and tourist information. Included in the history display are some items found during renovations including old hair curling tongs that had to be heated over the fire, old “Barrier Miner” newspapers and some old bakery items that were found when the Arts and Crafts (Rasheeds) building was cleaned out.
It is believed to be over 20 years since a shop has opened in Wilcannia and hopefully this will be the first of a few more businesses.
The renovation required was quite extensive, as can be seen from the "before" shot (see below)
[this article originally submitted to the Wilcannianews.com website]