“We both have a passion for retail and love what we do. There is nothing better at the end of the day to know that you have put a smile on many faces.”

Launceston’s Old Brisbane Arcade is a family affair, with Mother Daughter duo Cheryl and Krysti operating two of Launceston’s best loved shops - The Card Castle and Inspire Yourself and Your Home.

For Krysti, the idea to open a boutique gift store in Launceston was borne out of a gap in the market and the wish to offer a more extensive range from a bigger shopfront. After working for many years at her mother’s The Card Castle, a space became available and Inspire Yourself and Your Home was launched. That was 11 years ago, and she hasn’t looked back.

Having their stores in close proximity means that mother and daughter are lucky enough to see each other every day. “We both have a passion for retail and love what we do. There is nothing better at the end of the day to know that you have put a smile on many faces.”

Photo by Dianne Sheehan

Mother’s Day this year will be a little different, with both businesses having to quickly adapt to a new style of trading. Krysti is philosophical about the changes noting, “It’s so important to be able to adapt, and this situation has given me the push that I needed to get our online store up and running.”

The last few weeks have been busy, with daily local deliveries to their loyal customer base and organising the launch of Inspire’s brand new website.

Both stores’ longevity is in part due to their ability to adapt, but also their love for their customers and a personal touch.

When asked how they’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day this year Cheryl suggests “Skype with a glass of wine in hand, celebrating us!”

To order your Mother's Day cards, phone Cheryl on 03 6331 7840. To order your Mother's Day gifts, shop Inspire Yourself and Your Home's range in store, on social media or phone (03) 6331 5004.

Complimentary delivery is available to Launceston postcodes.


For more gift ideas to say Thank You this Mother's Day, click here.