Memories of books gone by . . .
Last Wednesday marked the end of an era for Fraser’s Take Note owners Ian and Elaine Fraser. Matamata Business Association advisory board member Milly Keys was there.
I was fortunate enough to be at Ian and Elaine Fraser’s farewell to enjoy the celebrations.
The evening was hosted by the Matamata Business Association and Ian and Elaine were presented with a ‘‘Key to the City’’ for their outstanding commitment to retail business and the Matamata community.
However, before the formalities we all got to enjoy a quick trip down memory lane, by Elaine’s sister, Marcia Vosper.
‘‘About 60 years ago, Dad bought Kaveney’s Stationer, a long thin shop. There were many exciting things there. Lovely pieces of crystal, brass and the coloured forms behind the counter ...
‘‘It was renamed Arawa Bookshop and over the years the range of books increased. I think the first paperbacks we had were 1/ 3d [ one shilling and threepence].’’
Marcia talked about how Ian and Elaine were committed to the retail industry for the past 35-plus years.
At one particular conference they attended, the guest speaker said that the most important letter in the word retail was the letter E – E for entertain, and that is certainly what Elaine and Ian achieved.
I am sure many of you have, over the past 35-odd years, visi- ted Fraser’s and will agree that Ian and Elaine knew how to retail, but now they are ready to take a well-deserved break.
Elaine said: ‘‘I know we work together every day but it will be nice to have time to have a conversation or two rather than flop down in the chair after a day on your feet.’’
Well Mr and Mrs Fraser, you enjoy the next chapter of your life. Thanks again for all you have done for our community.
Maree Bentham from Storyteller will move into the Frasers’ former store.
End of an era: Ian and Elaine Fraser with their ‘‘Key to the City’’.