Monday, March 26, 2012

The month that was IWIB March 2012

March introduced a unique networking event in the form of an early morning exercise session, a local shopping tour, FourthChild grew even more and their was an opening of Ipswich's newest boutique, The Chocolatiere on Ellenborough . Yes please!!

Networking 101: We all met up at sparrows fart at Limestone Park and were greeted by the friendly Kerri of Step Into Life Ipswich.
The networking event was like no other before and all the ladies were pumped to see what Kerri had in store for us.
Kerri and her team offer unique Outdoor Group Training Sessions with all the motivation and encouragement you can imagine; all the while making new friends. That is exactly what we did. Exercising with a stranger and letting them see you while you are sweating and feeling out of your comfort zone is definitely a unique ice breaker. There was no standing up in a fancy restaurant introducing yourself. It was the test of the toughest. We all wanted to do well and it was fantastic.

45 minutes later we were all pumped up and ready to dive into our divinely prepared breakfast that Janette & Louisa had organised for everyone who had participated.
Fresh yoghurt and oats served in gorgeous little glass jars, fresh fruit, juice, water and locally grown strawberries.
The whole event was a hit, and we were meeting new like minded individuals with a passion for their life and business. Thank you Kerri.

Boutique Shopping Tour: I (Amanda) headed up the lead act of tour guide alongside number one bus guide, Russ McCarthy of Rusco Bus Services.
14 excited women met myself & Russ at the Riverheart Parklands for what was to be an exciting morning of shopping through the local boutiques in the Top of Town Ipswich and outer suburbs. The ladies were taken along to Vast Interior West Ipswich, Wray Organics, Obsession
Each of these shops are owned and operated by local women in business. They all offer a wide range of products and different services and we highly recommend each and every one of them. If you haven't been in to any or all of them, give yourself the afternoon to explore them and support these local women. They are all fantastic! Go Ipswich.

The Pork Chop:
Not what you first think, I assure you. Rather a diversion to the real venture that was going on, the shops that are normally Precious Packages and Serendipity were boarded up for a fortnight while magic was created behind closed doors. Rumours flying about town, The Pork Chop - although delicious - had nothing on what was to be revealed to be the newest addition of boutique shops last Tuesday night.

The Chocolaterie on Ellenborough; Chocolate Boutique.
An anxious crowd of to-be supporters were grouped around the red door on Ellenborough street at 7pm, ready for the two anxious owners Janette & Louisa to make their entrance. The brown paper was ripped off the windows, smiles all around as guests were greeted with ice cold coffee and beautiful hand made Mayfield Chocolates.
Yes. At last. Ipswich now has a unique one of a kind gift and chocolate shop like no other.
They offer a wide range of elite chocolate some of which include White Dairy Farmers, Dark Chocolate Bars, Sunshine Truffle, Kakadu at Night, and the Nipple of Venus.
If you weren't able to make it on the night, be sure to pop in and see for yourself. Yummo.

Cakelove: For those of you who aren't familiar with Fourth Child Ipswich, we highly suggest you make yourself familiar as soon as humanly possible. Literally that soon.

Fourth Child is located in the Top of Town Ipswich and offers a daily rotating menu of gourmet food served at both breakfast and lunch. They also create the most scrumptious cake for supper. If you're full after lunch, be sure to take some away with you. This one of a kind cafe has grown in leaps and bounds over the last month and has also been busy renovating, which lead to reopening twice it's size a fortnight ago. We are all so proud of Amanda and her teams achievements and wish them all the luck in the world.

Sadly March wasn't all so positive as it is with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to local woman Shelley Dwyer of Team Cupcake, as she could no longer fight the terrible disease that is Cancer. Shelley's funeral was held last week, in which friends and family waved her goodbye by letting go of what seemed like hundreds of pink, mauve and black balloons. It was 100% Shelley! It was beautiful.

We know Shelley will be looking over everyone and our best wishes go out to her family. Rest In Peace Shelley, you will be missed.

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Thank you for all your support and the support you give each other,

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