Stella wants to see Me­gaCen­tre grow

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Stella Vine says sup­port­ing in­no­va­tion should be com­pul­sory among Porirua re­tail­ers.

The owner of Stella Cre­ations will cel­e­brate 10 years in business in De­cem­ber. She is at her third premises, hav­ing started with a shop un­der the Canopies in Porirua’s CBD, be­fore mov­ing into North City Shop­ping Cen­tre last year.

Stella Cre­ations has been next to Briscoes in the Me­gaCen­tre since April.

‘‘We sup­ported the Canopies as long as we could, but we had to go,’’ she said.

‘‘ The land­lord here [ at the Me­gaCen­tre] is great and we’re re­ally happy.’’

Be­hind the Stella Cre­ations shop is a huge room that Vine would love to sub-lease to lo­cal artists, crafts­peo­ple and carvers.

‘‘I’ve been think­ing that there is an op­por­tu­nity here,’’ she said.

‘‘As a re­tailer, it’s easy to sit back and worry about your own stuff, but you need to be in­no­va­tive as well, when the chances come up.

‘‘If all the lit­tle re­tail­ers in Porirua work more closely to­gether, we can help put Porirua on the map.’’

Vine said lo­cal artists hav­ing a ded­i­cated space to sell their wares could en­hance the Me­gaCen­tre, be­cause the area did not have a ded­i­cated gift store-type shop.

‘‘What I’m see­ing is gifts made by lo­cal peo­ple that have a real Porirua and New Zealand feel,’’ she said.

‘‘It could be like a mar­ket or a co-op, in one place. How good would that be?’’

Vine said there had al­ready been in­ter­est and she hoped to have an of­fi­cial open­ing for the space shortly.

Any­one in­ter­ested can phone Stella Vine on 238 9966.

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