Couple's shop offers fine things of life
A high-end accessories store, with one-off handbags and jewellery pieces, has opened in Blenheim.
Australian couple David and Polly Churcher opened the doors to Zips and Gingers on Tuesday in the Old Bank building on High St.
The building was previously leased by hairdresser Arthur Devine until 2011. It had been sitting vacant since.
Polly Churcher said they packed up their life and moved to Blenheim after travelling the South Island and falling in love with the region.
"We came in 2012 from Australia for a change in lifestyle.
"We spent six months in the South Island in 2010-2011 and we just loved it. We thought it would be the next step and something different."
So they set up shop, she said.
"I guess we saw a need to expand the shopping experience and for people to shop in Marlborough rather than travel outside the region.
"We've always had a love for fine accessories.
"We had no intention of starting up our own shop . . . [but] the community was so responsive and friendly we thought it was a really good place to grow a business."
Originally from Sydney, the couple had been involved in export and shipping processes for the past seven years, she said.
She worked for Cloudy Bay, in the logistics department, before she and her husband decided to open the shop, she said.
"We've had positive comments with people saying this [shop] is something Marlborough needs. I think a lot of people will come in and think about their wardrobe.
"Our mantra is to provide one-off pieces, so one handbag in a couple of different colours.
"It's really important in a small community, if you've bought something you don't want to see someone else with it," she said.
They also hoped to offer a personalised service - if a customer wanted a particular item, they would try and track it down.
The Marlborough Express