Manilla is moving ahead

PLAY ON WORDS: The Manillla Folder sells antique furniture, homewares, vintage clothing, a nursery and garden essentials.  There's also a coffee shop inside.
PLAY ON WORDS: The Manillla Folder sells antique furniture, homewares, vintage clothing, a nursery and garden essentials. There's also a coffee shop inside.

THERE’S much to treasure at Manilla, a small town on Fossickers Way.

Locals support and operate a number of businesses, including a kitchen supplier and installer, nail and beauty salon, homewares and vintage clothing shop and real estate agency.

IT'S A SALE: Purtle Plevey Agencies' Samuel Plevey and Patrick Purtle in action at the weekly livestock sales. Purtle Plevey Agencies began in 1911.

IT'S A SALE: Purtle Plevey Agencies' Samuel Plevey and Patrick Purtle in action at the weekly livestock sales. Purtle Plevey Agencies began in 1911.

Purtle Plevey Agencies began in 1911 as V.J Flett and started a new chapter 100 years later with Samuel Plevey, Patrick and Sally Purtle.

Services include weekly livestock sales in Tamworth and Gunnedah, fortnightly store in Tamworth and clearing sales, as well as rural, residential sales and property management.

“We pride ourselves on being a wonderful group of people that have served the Manilla community for many years,” director Mrs Purtle said.

Moore Than Just Kitchens was started by Steven Moore in August, 2010.

Main products offered are kitchen manufacturing, design and installation, bathroom vanities, wardrobes and laundries.

“We’re a local, family run business offering great service and advice,” Mr Moore said.

“Manilla is a great little town with a lot to offer.”

His partner Julie started Jem Nails and Beaut in November, 2015. “I decided to open Jem Nails because Manilla didn’t have a beauty salon and it was a service I could provide the town,” Julie said.

Waxing, acrylic and gel nails, manicures, pedicures, spray tans, tinting, lash extensions, facials and skincare are all offered at the salon.

Two years ago, Jeff Philp approached his mate Steven Moore to start an antique shop in Manilla. After much consideration the pair opened The Manilla Folder, a play on words as the shop is a collective group of people who each run a small business such as antique furniture, homewares, vintage clothing, a nursery and garden essentials, all within the one shop. 

“We have an amazing collection of unique and hard-to-find antiques and vintage goods,” Mr Philp said.

The shop has its own coffee shop, Warm Discussions,  selling tea, coffee, old-fashioned milkshakes and snacks.

Rural Financial Counselling Servicesis a non-profit organisation that hosts government funded programs to foster regional economic development in the north eastern region of NSW.

The nearest office is in Peel Street, Tamworth.

Rural financial counsellor Sarah Goulden assists individuals, farming families and rural businesses to remain viable and resilient. 

She has previously worked across the far western division of NSW as rural financial counsellor for eight years, and for two years with the Department of Primary Industries in the Rural Resilience Program. 

For more information, phone 6761 3336.

ENTERPRISING COUPLE: Julie and Steven Moore in the Moore Than Just Kitchens shop, which offers design and installation of kitchens and bathroom vanities.

ENTERPRISING COUPLE: Julie and Steven Moore in the Moore Than Just Kitchens shop, which offers design and installation of kitchens and bathroom vanities.