Member profile: Lyn Clark

Introducing one of our foundation members, Lyn Clark, the owner and operator of River Dolls of Goolwa and Dollies Lollies.  As well as being a business owner Lyn has been instrumental in a number of local organisations assisting to drive business including the Southern Alexandrina Business Association and the Cittislow (slow food) movement in Goolwa.

Name: Lyn Clark

Business Name: River Dolls of Goolwa and Dollies Lollies

Phone: 8555 5801

Email: lyn@riverdolls.com.au

Website: www.riverdolls.com.au

Address: 33 Cadell Street, Goolwa SA 5214

Business activities: Doll museum (over 3000 dolls and toys on display); doll shop (new and preloved dolls for sale plus items sold on consignment); lolly shop (mostly traditional and childhood favourite sweets)

Area served: Thanks to the internet my customers are worldwide. Lolly sales are mostly to customers visiting and living in Goolwa

How long in business?: Opened in 1999 (19 years dolls; 15 years lollies). I founded the business. I turned my hobby of doll collecting into a business – and then diversified into the lollies several years later.

Business Journey:

  • SA primary school teacher – 3 years (Ceduna Area School, Paringa Park Primary School)
  • Telephonist/Receptionist/Librarian in Victoria – 5 years (Andrew Antennas, Australian Paper Manufacturers, Melbourne)
  • Full time mum – plus volunteering as a church typist – and an Avon Lady – 10 years
  • University Administrator (Media Studies and Cinema Studies, La Trobe University) – nearly 14 years – introduction to computers, internet, management
  • Owner Manager of River Dolls plus helping husband with his archery manufacturing business (Ausbow Industries)
  • 19 years – tourism and community activities

What have you learned during my business journey?

1. Take every opportunity you can to learn or try something new
2. Listen to your customers/clients – and act

Why did you join the Women in Business Regional Network?:

Despite my age, I know I can learn from others, especially business women