In the late 1920s Tom Caba came to Australia from Syria in pursuit of a better life for his young family. They were sponsored by Tom’s brother Archimandrite Nicholas Caba of the Melkite Catholic Church in Australia.
With £150 in his pocket Tom travelled north looking for a shop to conduct a drapery business. He investigated Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Casino but returned to Coffs Harbour. Coffs was appealing… it has something!
How right he was… Coffs Harbour did have plenty.
Tom commenced trading in a small shop at the Jetty, but soon looked to move to the more progressive “Top Town”. This hard working businessman negotiated the purchase of an old cottage west of the main business district where the business sits today. The vendor James Landrigan allowed Tom to pay for the
£150 purchase in installments. The old cottage was quickly converted to a double window shop and trading began.
Tom & Maud’s children Mary & Joe soon welcomed siblings Tony, Grace, Joan
& May. The family lived behind the store and the children attended St Augustine’s Primary School. Tom periodically took his wares by horse & cart to the farming areas of Boambee & Karangi often returning with fresh produce from grateful customers.
At different stages all of Tom’s children worked in the business with Joe & Tony taking over the reins after the unexpected passing of their father in 1950.
The traditions of founder Tom Caba are honoured daily in the service provided to all Caba’s Drapery customers. Be it a packet of pins or a complete home refurbishment, each customer is given time and a level of personalised attention rarely found in stores today. The third generation, led stoically by Joe & Shirley’s daughter Joanne, continue to pursue the best value-for-money products and confidently guarantee everything they sell.
Come in to see what the Caba family & staff have to offer. You’ll find them doing business at a comfortable pace in the ‘no-frills’ shop surrounded by great quality stock.