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
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.
- 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