30TH BIRTHDAY: Owner of Wendy's on Cunningham, Wendy Jiggens, is celebrating 30 years in business.
30TH BIRTHDAY: Owner of Wendy's on Cunningham, Wendy Jiggens, is celebrating 30 years in business. Mick Doyle

A lot can change in 30 years

WHAT has now become a staple in Dalby's main street, started out as an adaptation of a mother-in-law's wild ambition.

From humble beginnings Wendy's on Cunningham has become as synonymous with Cunningham St as any pub, bank or cafe.

For the past 30 years, Wendy Jiggens has been providing Dalby with various goods from luggage to clothes, and of course fabrics.

While the name has changed once as well as the store's location, Mrs Jiggens' business has become a familiar sight.

But over the years, Mrs Jiggens said she has always maintained the same philosophy that has contributed to her longevity.

"We have always tried to help people has much as we can and we have always tried to buy products we think our customers will like,” Mrs Jiggens said.

"We like good quality and well-priced products.”

The store started out as Thrifty Fabrics, specialising in fabrics and haberdashery, in April, 1987.

The store was the brainchild of Mrs Jiggens' mother-in-law, who had always wanted to own a fabric store.

After inspiration from a friend who had recently opened her own business out of town, Mrs Jiggens and her mother-in-law went into business together in a small store roughly where Katty Cakes is on Cunningham St.

After six years the pair moved into the current location and expanded the range of products.

"We bought this store, which was like a small old-fashioned mercery and drapers,” Mrs Jiggens said.

"It had a bit of menswear, a bit of manchester and a bit of everything. We decided we would keep that going.”

The store changed its name from Thrifty Fabrics to Wendy's on Cunningham about a year ago, a change Mrs Jiggens believes was for the best.

"We had been selling a lot more than fabrics for a long time and we were finally able to come up with a name that we thought would suit our business.”

Mrs Jiggens said the thing she enjoyed most about her job was to see her customers growing up over the 30 years.

"Without our customers we have no business so thank you,” Mrs Jiggens said.


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