After 11 years of sourcing and selling the perfect pjs at their store, Bedroom Bliss, on Queen Street, business partners Leigh Taylor Scully and Bonnie Armstrong, branched out in June 2011 with the opening of their lovely Scully’s & Co store, stocking quality natural body, bath and home products by New Zealand ‘s Scully’s & Co brand.
The Scully’s story began when Gerry Scully, a butcher, went to New Zealand on a holiday, met Judy, a hairdresser, fell in love and stayed. What the pair began as a small cottage industry in the town of Bulls has grown over the past 20 years to a thriving business exporting to Japan and Australia. As the business grew, son Jonathan came to Australia 12 years ago seeking a suitable place to open a Scully’s & Co retail space. After searching the east coast, he was about to give up and fly back to New Zealand, when, the day before his flight, a friend suggested he have a look at the town of Berry on the South Coast.
Jonathan cancelled his flight, drove down to Berry from Sydney, fell in love with the town and discovered an ideal retail space would be available in six months. Two weeks later, back in New Zealand, Jonathan received a call to say the space was available immediately. Back in Berry, he opened the Scully’s & Co store in the lovely old building now occupied by Roots & Wings boutique.
“At the time, I was working across the road at the boutique motel,” says Leigh. “Jonathan and I met, fell in love and grew the Scully’s & Co business until we were wholesaling to 200 stores. Then we were approached by David Jones who wanted exclusive rights to sell the products. It seemed like a good opportunity but in the end we had to pull out after two years and step away from Scully’s.”
Now Scully’s & Co is back in Berry, with an ever-expanding range of products developed by Judy. Deliciously scented ranges include Lavender, Rose, Green Tea, Amberlily and White Gardenia and all products are made using the finest natural ingredients, including essential oils and bio-active ingredients. Despite the products’ high quality and beautiful packaging, everything in the range is priced at under $24.95.
“The products are beautiful but affordable,” says Leigh. “The reception has been amazing. It’s so lovely when people come in and say ‘It’s lovely to have you back!’”
Scully’s & Co, 108 Queen Street, Berry, tel 4464 2620. www.scullysandco.com.au