After having to shut the doors of Flair Lifestyle Clothing for almost six weeks during the coronavirus lockdowns, manager Monica Keats says things are starting to look positive in retail in Warrnambool.
This week's $500 shop local voucher prize was won by Terang's Carmel Love after shopping at the Fairy Street store.
"For us to be able to say one of our customers won last week is great," Ms Keats said.
She said the owners of the store did the "right thing" and closed for nearly six weeks during the toughest of the COVID-19 restrictions.
During that time, the business was able to shift its focus to an online platform that they now say is working well.
"We're lucky because it's winter, and the timing, at least we've got a lot of our winter stock," Ms Keats said.
Just weeks before COVID-19 hit, the business changed over from Gweneth Louise Fashion to the new-look Flair Lifestyle Clothing.
"With the change of the name and everything it was such bad timing," she said.
"As soon as we were back open again, people were delighted.
"Business has really picked up. People are really supporting the local business which is great."
Store owner Sue Herbert said the business had great support since it reopened.
"We're thinking it's all the locals shopping locally," she said.
To enter, people just need to spend $20 at a locally owned business and bring their receipt into the bank, or enter online by uploading a picture and tagging the business with the #getaroundwarrnambool and #bendigobank hashtags on Facebook or Instagram.
Receipts must be kept for proof of purchase. There are three more prizes to be drawn in the Bendigo Bank competition that is being run in conjunction with Warrnambool City Council.
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