Community store needs local support

HELP NEEDED: Lincoln Local owner Joy Woolford and daughter Michelle who helps run the business are in desperate need of support to stay open.

HELP NEEDED: Lincoln Local owner Joy Woolford and daughter Michelle who helps run the business are in desperate need of support to stay open.

LINCOLN Local is urgently looking for support from the community and for volunteers so the doors to the store can stay open.

The business, opened by mother-daughter team Michelle and Joy Woolford 15 months ago, provides a space for small local micro and cottage businesses to sell their products.

However Michelle said they had been struggling to get people through the door and they often had customers say they did not know Lincoln Local existed.

"We've got 153 members who are just beside themselves that we might have to close our doors," she said.

"We are desperate for volunteers, we've only got the one volunteer."

We are desperate for volunteers...

Michelle Woolford

Michelle said her and her mother had been working around the clock to keep the store running and stocked.

She said ideally they would like a third party business to help run the cafe.

People from all over the region bring in handmade and grown goods for the store from as far away as Whyalla and Streaky Bay.

"It's a real possibility that we might have to close the doors in February and it's just heartbreaking because we've tried so hard to give the community everything in one place," Michelle said.

"It's hard work to keep it going, we just need a hand."

Joy said they had tried to get the store added to the bus route for cruise ship visits but the route was already full.

She said they had also tried hiring their own bus but that was too expensive to continue doing.

"We just want people to know we're here, come in and have a look around, we are always changing things and getting new stock in," Joy said.

For membership information or to volunteer look for Lincoln Local on Facebook, call 0428 996 415, or visit the store on Mortlock Terrace.