– by Chelsea McPherson
Betta Home Living in Maryborough was originally the long-held dream of Hervey Bay’s Con Souvlis, a name we all know and trust. And his daughter Tina made that a reality with Souvlis Betta Home Living in Maryborough.
Tina, who has a background in science and landscape architecture, was provided the opportunity to open her own store by her late father.
What she believed would be “great for a few years” turned into more than 20 years of work in the Fraser Coast region, and the Maryborough Betta Home Living store was established in 2017 following Tina Souvlis Outdoor Design and Living’s relocation and a hearty Maryborough welcome.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Tina Souvlis has remained resilient and has risen to meet all the challenges the coronavirus has thrown at her. “Customer safety is of utmost importance and our staff have embraced our new hygiene routines in the store,” she said.
While they have had difficulties obtaining stock, excellent customer service and support from the locals have made Tina confident that her business would was not at risk of closing its doors.
She attributes the success of her business over time not just to herself, but to “our core group of staff” which has been the backbone of their business.
“Their hard work and long hours, dedication and desire to achieve great things, plus learning new skills, listening to our customers and providing what they need is extremely important,” she says, adding that they are all determined to make the business the best it can be. Retail runs in Tina’s blood, just like her father’s before her.
She does not let the craziness of everything complicate her life and business, focusing on “addressing the small things so that the big picture resolves itself.” “Resilience can be a state of mind. It takes discipline and practice.”