As the good people of Watsonia North woke to the reality of life without wine bar dreams this morning, local business analysts claim that plans for a podiatry clinic in the suburb’s thriving retail precinct are the perfect case of supply meeting demand. Self-pronounced small business expert Vincent Tomlinson said the provision of a podiatrist in one of Melbourne’s least walkable suburbs was a shrewd move to fill an obvious gap in the market.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Tomlinson said, “I love it. Brilliant idea! The public exposure generated by your ground-breaking report last year obviously piqued the interest of more than a few entrepreneurs. But podiatry is a great option for that region. To be honest, the only thing more apt would’ve been a mobility scooter dealership.”

While local drinkers expressed their disappointment at the new enterprise not being a wine bar, local power walker Karen Price said she would welcome a full-time podiatrist in the area. Price said, “You try walking up and down these hills every day! I’ve pretty much got my podiatrist on speed dial!”