Meet Janelle

Pink Lotus for Affordable Fashion

I have been in the shop for just over 1000 days now, yet it seems like just a few days. Thank you to all my lovely ladies. I just love meeting and interacting with you all.

 The new owner answers:


How did you happen to get involved with a fashion shop?   

It was just so meant to happen.  I was approached about 18 months ago by the previous owner to work part-time in the dress shop which was a complete surprise, as I had never worked in retail.  I am not a 20 year old but in my late 50’s, so for me it was just mind- blowing, and also I realised that you are never too old to go on to a completely different course. Just recently the opportunity arose to purchase the business, and so that begins another story.

What do you love most about your job?

I love seeing my customers happy when they walk out the shop.

How long have you lived on the Sunshine Coast?

Along with my husband and daughter we moved to the coast  12 years ago.  I had lived all my life on the Darling Downs and to me moving was a big step but now I would never go back.

What do you love most about the Sunshine Coast?

I love looking out the windows of home  and seeing  the sea, it doesn’t matter if it is a dull day or the sun is shining it is just so wonderful and makes you feel good.

Three words to describe you?

That’s a little hard but I am happy, honest and friendly.

Favourite place on the Sunshine Coast?

Peregian Beach,  no place like it any where. The Village is small but has the best restaurants, shops (including mine) and the people are all happy who live around and work there.

Favourite holiday destination?

I think that just having a white Christmas in Italy and New Year in Paris  with my husband has just been the best.

What is the best time of your day?

I would say after the dishes are finished at night, then I can relax.

Motto to live by?

It is really important to be healthy and happy and to enjoy what ever you may decide to do in your life.  Also it is so important to be honest with your customers, not just say anything to get a sale.

Who is your greatest inspiration in life?

My husband as he is so clever and supports me  and also my family  and grandchildren, who are all so beautiful, I love them all.

Things people have said about Pink Lotus:

One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.
—Bhagavad Gita 5.10:

In Chinese culture Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi wrote:

I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.

Pink Lotus, Peregian Beach Village

Pink Lotus, Peregian Beach Village


Janelle Karoline Leaman