A store with Lotto, lollies and lots more
An already diverse store hasn’t been able to keep up with demand since adding a sweet new addition.
Ha¯wera’s @ Your Office & Lotto started selling lollies almost a year ago and the town’s sweet tooth is clearly evident.
‘‘We started off with four shelves and we’ve grown,’’ owner Kim Cameron said. ‘‘We’ve tried to keep the jars full, but you can see what people like.’’
Kim and her husband Kevin Cameron sell everything in their store from crafts to lotto tickets to loads of lollies.
The sweets are slowly taking over a front corner of the shop and bring all ages through the door.
‘‘Kids can come in, there’s a pair of tongs there, they can help themselves,’’ Kim said. ‘‘I don’t add them up, they can do that.
‘‘I just say to them ‘look, if you want to steal a lolly that’s going to be on your conscience not mine’.’’
In saying this, Kim said the main sweet teeth are adults. Their top-selling lollies are pineapple lumps and liquorice.
The pair order certain lolly requests in if there’s enough interest and Kevin said they had ordered some to fit dietary requirements too.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of people come in who are diabetic - they want certain lollies, so we’ve sourced those,’’ he said. ‘‘Others who want sugar-free lollies and glucose-free lollies and all those sorts of things, so Kim has been sourcing those.’’
Kim said every lolly in the store - bar one - was gluten free.
The idea first struck the pair when they came across a shop in the middle of the island that was selling lollies.
Kevin said they had been looking at new things to introduce in the store.
‘‘Your business can’t sit still,’’ he said. ‘‘With competition in other areas, we’ve got to look at other things we can do.’’
Kim has been enjoying making up lolly parcels for special occasions - Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc.
‘‘We want to do the baskets, and the little bags for businesses and things like that,’’ she said.
As for the name, @ Your Office & Lotto, they’re working on something sweet.
‘‘Some people come in and they want us to go complete lolly shop. I said to Kevin, ‘we need to sort our name’,’’ Kim laughed.
‘‘I just haven’t found one that I like.’’
Kim and Kevin Cameron say they can’t keep up with the sweet tooths in Ha¯wera.