Go Bananas is 35 Years Young!
This year we are very proud to be celebrating 35 years of Go Bananas Beachwear for Kids. Our specialised children's swimwear and clothing boutique was established in Hastings Street, Noosa Heads in 1983 and is still going strong. We've added new elements, keeping up with trends, such as our online store & social media presence, but the original Go Bananas concept still continues after all these years, a really big achievement we think. And for that we really owe a big Thank You to all the lovely familiies who have shopped with us over the years.
A Home on Hastings
Hastings Street in 1983 was a little different to today. It was still a beautiful, tree lined shopping strip, but was also home to camping sites, motels, tennis court and petrol pump! Go Bananas was set up on the north side initially, then, when The Hastings complex was completed a couple of years later, moved to our long term home in the heart of the street. We started with sand on the floor and hanging displays! These have made way for new layouts over the years (sand wasn't very practical in a kids shop!!), but the Go Bananas essence still remains. The lovely Maxine is still an integral part of our team and loves to reminisce about those old days with our customers.
Different era, same great ranges and service
Over 35 years, Go Bananas has always stocked quality, great value items for children,( See the ad from Children's Vogue in 1985 to prove it !). We were the forerunners in children's sun protection items, such as long sleeved tops, all-in-ones and hats, that were protective of harmful UV rays but still fun and comfortable to wear. And our expertise in selecting and fitting the correct swimwear is second to none. All those years of experience certainly make a difference!
A Must Do Holiday Experience!
We are so thrilled to have met and served families of virtually three generations over this time. Kids who came in to the shop back then on their family holiday now bring their own children and remember it fondly. Here's a snippet of a Weekend Australian Travel article featuring children themselves talking about their fav holiday experiences. Thanks to little Alex in 2002 for sharing the fun she had at Go Bananas, her favourite spot in Noosa along with the swimming pool !! She would be 21 this year!
We'd love to hear from anyone who has any memories of Go Bananas they'd like to share and can be added to our story.