The Business Beat- April Edition


Here’s what’s been happening on the Ipswich business scene during the past month.

Upcycled Treasure turns 2!
Shabby meets chic at Samantha Vine’s Upcycled Treasure – where you can purchase everything you need for all our your creative projects relating to upcycling and repurposing. Samantha says: “My little shop is about to celebrate our 2nd birthday.. I officially opened my doors on the 27th April 2017. Last year I extended my shop to a studio which is about to celebrate its 1st birthday (1st April) and now I am relocating my shop and studio just a few doors up to a more functional space. My shop and life is somewhat crazy at the moment trying to make it all a smooth transition.” Congratulations Upcycled Treasure! You can find Upcycled Treasure on Ellenborough Street in Ipswich CBD, online at or on socials at ‘upcycled_treasure’ (Instagram) and

What is going on with Costco?
Costco junkies are no doubt getting frustrated with the delays surrounding the opening of the Costco Bundamba warehouse, so what exactly is going on?
After a long wait, Costco is finally ready to throw open its doors!
The official date falls on May 2nd, where the retailer will be open for business from 8am. Despite complications arising from the need for multiple applications for the service station and warehouse compartments and the concern that motorists using the fuel station would clog up the Warrego highway, requests have now been fully approved by the council and are ready to go.
Here’s what you need to know about everything Costco:
The warehouse includes a tyre centre, optical and hearing aid centre, a large food court and carpark space for over 800 vehicles. The franchise, which is the second in Queensland, will also feature a 24 bowser Costco petrol station that stocks all regular fuel including E10, 98 unleaded and diesel. In order to reap the benefits on offer, members must sign up to receive a card. Membership is $55 a year for businesses and $60 for individuals. Additionally, opening week coupons will be on offer to provide cheap deals on every day items as well as higher end items.
Those looking to become members before the big day can sign up on the Costco website at

Upgrade business skills at the Library
Did you know that Ipswich Libraries offer several workshops and mini courses that could be beneficial for your business or professional development?
If you’ve ever wanted to learn coding or have an interest in things like Digital Arts and Digital Audio, it might be time to consider visiting
What’s more, many of these courses are free!
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