Shop still go­ing strong

Napier Courier - - News -

A decade af­ter open­ing to the pub­lic, the Taradale­based Christ­mas is still go­ing strong.

“Those years have gone very quick and it has opened a lot of new op­por­tu­ni­ties,” says owner Linda Nel­son.

Nine years be­fore that, Linda had de­voted her time to mak­ing col­lectable teddy bears. The Christ­mas shop has had a few changes re­cently, with both hand­made and im­ported prod­ucts avail­able again for the sec­ond year.

Linda says she has tried to source spe­cially im­ported dec­o­ra­tions that are not com­monly seen in the re­tail stores so of­fers a point of dif­fer­ence.

Each year many reg­u­lars visit early in the sea­son to get in quick with the new stock. “It’s a chal­lenge to cre­ate new items each year to keep the shop in­ter­est­ing, par­tic­u­larly for those who have been vis­it­ing since the store opened.”

This year The Christ­mas Shop has a new range of nut­crack­ers, elves and mice, with the new­est ad­di­tions of felted foxes which are be­com­ing quite pop­u­lar, Linda says.

“Many of the dec­o­ra­tions made over the years such as snow­men, owls and Christ­mas rab­bits and san­tas are still be­ing snapped up.”

The Christ­mas Shop opens is open Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­days un­til Christ­mas Eve. With the Christ­mas sea­son al­most upon us, Linda wel­comes so­cial groups in­clud­ing book clubs, gar­den­ing groups and quil­ters, etc, for evening vis­its by ap­point­ment.

■ The Christ­mas Shop, 19 Ngarimu Cres, Taradale, open­ing hours Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­days un­til Christ­mas Eve, 10am-3pm. Phone 8445-463

Linda Nel­son in her Christ­mas Shop in Taradale.


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