High coun­try in­spired

Alpine Observer - - What’s On -

LAST month saw the open­ing of a stylish new store in Hol­londs Street, Mt Beauty.

High Coun­try De­signs is a new ven­ture for Greg and Shel­ley Ba­dior, who also run the Mt Beauty Post Of­fice.

The Ba­diors pre­vi­ously ran their Fudge Shop from the same premises, but found their health no longer made that pos­si­ble.

“The Fudge Shop was a good busi­ness, but all that stand­ing, stoop­ing and stir­ring just got too much for my back,” Mrs Ba­dior said.

“This new busi­ness is much more about who we are – it’s all about ski­ing and other High Coun­try ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Right now our em­pha­sis is on snow and ski­ing, but we plan to change with the sea­sons, and go for a spring or sum­mer look.”

The new shop car­ries an ex­ten­sive range of cloth­ing, home­wares, shoes, games, body prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories.

It also in­cludes ex­am­ples of vin­tage snow equip­ment, some of which is for sale but some, from the Ba­dior’s per­sonal col­lec­tion, is there sim­ply to en­hance the dis­plays.

Much of the shop’s items were ob­tained dur­ing the Ba­dior’s fre­quent trav­els to Europe and North Amer­ica, but they are also keen to sup­port lo­cal sup­pli­ers whose goods fit with the theme of the busi­ness.

Mr Ba­dior said that the busi­ness has al­ready been well-sup­ported by the lo­cals.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that,” he said.

“We have also had many com­pli­ments from vis­i­tors from all over the place.”

High Coun­try De­signs is open week­days from 10am-4pm, and vary­ing hours from 10am on Satur­days, with longer open­ing hours dur­ing hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.

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