All right on the night

Retailers aim to liven up CBD after dark

Last updated 08:15 16/05/2014
Late Night on Hardy
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URBAN INNOVATORS: Late Night on Hardy campaigners Jo Menary, left, and Catherine Potton hope to get central Nelson buzzing after hours with their new initiative.

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A group of central Nelson retailers want to inject more life into the city after hours with a combination of shopping, food and events.

Hardy St retailers, led by Catherine Potton from Craig Potton Gallery + Store and Jo Menary from the neighbouring Shine, are launching ‘‘Late Night on Hardy’’ on the last Thursday of every month, starting on May 29.

The initiative was sparked by a trip to Wellington where Catherine Potton found art galleries in Cuba St had banded together to open until 8pm one night a month.

The Hardy St retailers have expanded the concept to a wider range of businesses. Around 25 retailers, from cafes to antique stores,  have supported the project and discussions are continuing with others, including those in Morrison Square.

Menary said the initiative wanted to create a collaborative retailing community and add  vibrancy to the street after hours.

‘‘We hear from visitors all the time that we are so lucky to have such a range of boutique shopping in the central city. We hope we can get more people to appreciate what we have got.’’

Potton said the late night would showcase the street’s cluster of unique shops and add other drawcards, such as special price offers, music, and events.

The first 8pm closing on May 29 features a visit to Shine by Kaikoura author and educator Barbara Todd, who has recently launched her book Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa.

Next door Craig Potton will talk about his photographic and artworks.

Future events could include pecha kucha or a performance of the popular Couch Stories at the Morrison St Cafe.

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