Roslyn White, owner of The Black Angel in the Star Court Arcade in Lismore, prepares for the grand opening of her store on Mother’s Day.
Roslyn White, owner of The Black Angel in the Star Court Arcade in Lismore, prepares for the grand opening of her store on Mother’s Day. Jerad Williams

Lismore shops' gift for mothers

IN A present to the region's mothers, retailers and cafes in Lismore CBD will be open for business this Mother's Day.

City Centre manager Katie O'Rourke said up to 35 retailers and cafes will be open to bring life back into the city centre.

“We are inviting people to come to the heart, come to Lismore and celebrate Mother's Day with their mums,” she said.

“This will create an environment where people can come into Lismore and explore what our cafes and retail stores offer.”

Free entertainment will also be sprinkled around the CBD for the one-off event, which has the backing of the Lismore Chamber of Commerce. Lismore Shopping Square, Centro and the Regional Gallery will also be open, Ms O'Rourke said.

“This is something Lismore hasn't tried too much before and we are really trying to create a vibrant atmosphere in the city centre and encourage those who don't have the chance through the week to be able to come into town and explore what Lismore has to offer.”

“I hope the local community supports this and is something we can roll out on a more regular basis if it is something that is viable for business.”

Roslyn White of women's clothing store Black Angel said her shop would be one of the stores opening this weekend.

“I'm doing it because I love Lismore and I like to be part of anything that promotes Lismore,” she said.

“I hope it goes well. It may take a while to get off the ground, but like a lot of things in Lismore it may take some time.”

Chamber of Commerce president Brenton Shalders said while the Mother's Day event had been held for four years, this is the first time so many retailers had come on board.

He said while most businesses were reluctant to open on weekends due to higher staff penalty rates, if it was supported by shoppers it was likely some stores would consider opening more often.

Read more about Mother’s Day here.