Plans for Maryborough's iconic hotel unveiled
IT HAS been a hotel, a boarding house, and a restaurant.
And now the existing Engineers Arms in Maryborough will take new life as a marketplace.
Passionate resident Jenny Elliott is bringing her vision to life of bringing some of the best that Maryborough has to offer into one place.
"It really is a dream coming true," she said.
"The concept of a marketplace has been sitting in the back of my head for the past year."
The idea sparked after she noticed increased traffic through Maryborough.
"I've seen more cars and caravans coming past, being that we're the gateway to the Cooloola Coast.
"I have done some travelling around the world and have seen some quirky spots, which created the inspiration for the marketplace."
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Upon the entrance into what will be known as the The Engineers Arms Marketplace is a room where items will be sold by Ms Elliott on a consignment basis.
Further into the hotel are rooms hired out and run by stallholders themselves.
At the back is an outdoor area perfect for weekend markets, with an adjoining room to be used by a local artist and turned into a display studio.
There is another room also at the back that is still available for rent.
"The idea is to enhance what already exists here rather than create competition," Ms Elliott said.
"There'll be just one person selling a certain product so they are not competing with each other."
There are certain type of stallholders Ms Elliott is still on the lookout for.
This includes ones for fruit and vegetables, plants and homemade chocolate.
She is also seeking unused old-style bikes to use as sign holders.
The hotel space will be put into use after being vacant since the middle of last year.
It has five resident ghosts but don't worry, they are said to be friendly.
The Engineers Arms Marketplace will have its opening day on December 14.
It will then operate Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-3pm.
To find out about booking a spot at the marketplace, contact The Engineers Arms Marketplace Facebook page or call Ms Elliott on 0447846317.