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Coolum patisserie has sweet taste of success

Jonathan M Patisserie owner Jon Levitt and his staff Ellen Robbins, Grace Pashley, David Epp, Ashleigh Hoeksema, Michael Allen and Edith Verboomen admire their Small Business Champion award. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1067
Jonathan M Patisserie owner Jon Levitt and his staff Ellen Robbins, Grace Pashley, David Epp, Ashleigh Hoeksema, Michael Allen and Edith Verboomen admire their Small Business Champion award. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1067

A Coolum business has won a major statewide business award at a gala ceremony in Brisbane.

Jonathan M Patisserie, with stores in Coolum and Moffat Beach, was named Queensland’s best bakery-cake store at the 2008 Queensland Small Business Champion Awards last week.

Owner Jon Levitt described the win as “fantastic” and said he believed point of difference had been a key factor in his win.

“We try to bring a bit of Europe to our stores,” he said.

“We don’t use pre-mixes ... everything is done from scratch using old recipes from places like France, Germany, Austria, Portugal and Switzerland.

“We aim for a very high standard. My apprentice (Ashleigh Hoeksema) just won the Queensland apprentice of the year.”

Awards organiser Steve Loe said the Small Business Champion Awards were a celebration of small business and its contribution to the Australian way of life.

“When the champion judges evaluate a submission they are looking at all aspects of a winning business: business strategies, customer service, vision, support of the local community and growth, just to name a few,” Mr Loe said.

Winners received an elegant silver statuette and certificate.

The state winners across 30 categories will head to Sydney’s Star City to take on the elite in the national awards on November 1.


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