2. Dec, 2018


Justin case you were thinking i only had my eco dying to think about I would like to introduce you the Shoppington. Fifteen years ago, My daughter, Kim, and I started a little import gift store called 3 G Teak on the outskirts of Te Kuiti. The 3 G stood for 3 girls (Tamara, Kim and me, The girls, and three goals. The concept has grown and changed over fifteen years as Kim rode the storms of on line selling, changing product lines and learning a heap about business (one of the goals). On the 22nd of November we did a relaunch and renamed the complex Shoppington - a collection of general gifts, specialised children's store, Nz made arts and crafts and the garden centre with the focus on water features and The Man Cave where anyone can sit and watch some video clips and have a free coffee or tea - originally for the men who were waiting for their wives who were shopping.. This store is unique in its concept and application. The photo above shows the southern side of the front feature at night. We do not want to lose the branding and recognition over the last 15 years but it was time to reposition ourselves with a name that encaptured what is now the focus of the retail establishment. It flies in the face of corporate capitalism and has been a long and at times stressful journey that Kim has navigated and lead her great team through. I am immensely proud of her and what she has achieved with a little bit of help in the background. Not bad for a solo mum with two children.