The timing may be a coincidence but the week of the Local Government Elections, March 16, three prominent Logan businesses will close their doors.

Southside Flower Market at Carlyle Street Slacks Creek announced last Monday that their last day of trading would be this Friday, March 15.

The announcement came as a shock to the many thousands of Facebook followers and customers who have made the florist their place to purchase flowers for the past few years.

Nicki and Millie Christensen are third generation florists, and their children became fourth generation, also working in the family business.

“We’ve been in flowers our whole lives,” said Millie.

“Whilst we’ve done an excellent job, like I’m pretty proud of what we’ve done, and what we’ve achieved, it’s time for us to actually be what we want to be when we grow up.”

The pair had been thinking and planning the move but decided they would wait for their youngest son, Xavier, to turn 18 before doing anything.

Xavier is now almost 20 and the decision has been made that they will be off to do something new.

“We’ve been procrastinating on this for four years because a couple of years before he turned 18, we started talking, oh let’s get serious and start working out what we want to do when we grow up,” said Millie.

Another business not far down the road that is closing their doors is HaHa Chicken Springwood which is at Arndale Shopping Centre.

HaHa Chicken were a Japanese based menu with a mix of western style that did everything from burgers to chicken laksa, Japanese chicken curry, Udon, and different chicken and rice trays.

For two years the owners have been serving up all their tasty food and bubble teas, however Wednesday, March 13, will be their last day.

“Dear my lovely customers, this Wednesday is the last day of business for our HaHa Chicken,” a Facebook post read.

“Thank you all for coming to say goodbye to us. I would like to thank everyone for your concern and love for HaHa Chicken over the past two years.”

A little further away in Jimboomba on Cusack Lane is a dessert café that served all the goodies all day.

Unfortunately, Crunchy’s Dessert Café has announced that they will be closing on Friday, March 15, forever.

Having been open and pumping all kinds of wonderful desserts out the door for two and a half years, Crunchy’s certainly grabbed the attention of many. However, come Friday and Logan loses another family run business.

“With sadness we share the news with you that Crunchy’s Dessert Cafe will close forever,” a Facebook statement read.

“The proprietors’ batteries have run empty and no longer recharge. In our mind we still feel we are twenty, but our body tells another story. Being Grandma (oma) and Grandpa (opa) is our next destination.

“Three awards including Best Cafe in Brisbane Postcode 4280, several nominations for other awards. Over 12,000 likes and followers on social media. All gained in the 2.5 years we operate as a cafe. We must have done something right (and of course plenty of mistakes too).

“We thank you all for your business, your support, your smiles, your handshakes, your compliments, and advice. We will miss the people of Jimboomba and beyond desperately. No more Candy Lands, birthday songs, Octopuses, waffles. No more the smell of fresh vanilla and burnt sugar. We will miss that, too.”

It is unlikely that the physical shops these businesses are in will remain empty for long, however the sadness that comes with losing three more family businesses in Logan is mighty.

Best of luck to all of the owners and staff for their future endeavours.

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