Meet the members – Jamie Park
What is your business?
I’m the co-owner of the Bellingen Kitchen Shop – it’s now been exactly five years since we took it on. I was previously a civil engineer, and this has been a whole new experience for me, working in a completely different environment to what I was used to.
How has the pandemic affected your business?
We closed completely during April but reopened in May. It’s been lovely to welcome so many of our regular customers back into the shop. Of course, we ask people to use the hand sanitiser as they enter and to respect social distancing rules.
The other big challenge resulting from COVID is being able to maintain stock levels of certain products. There has been a high demand for products such as pasta makers and bread baking equipment as everyone is spending more time in their kitchens now!
You joined the Chamber Board last year, but have now decided to step down, tell us about that
I decided to resign from the Board to enable me to spend more time with my family.
Seriously, I felt there were others in the community that could provide a greater contribution to the success of the Chamber. My original intention was to assist with the preparation for monthly networking events and, of course, these have not been held recently because of COVID. So it made sense to step aside and allow others who have skills more suited to the current COVID environment to take my place.
Libby and I joined the Chamber in 2016 because we wanted to connect with other business owners in town and contribute to the work of the Chamber. We are both very committed to continuing that contribution to our community. I still have an opportunity to contribute through my support of Libby behind the scenes, so you will still see me at Chamber meetings and events.
This means you’ll have more time on your hands, what do you plan to do with your free time?
I’ve been enjoying doing portraits in pastels. Libby is encouraging me to do a self portrait next. Watch this space!