Late night project enjoys early success

Inaugural Late Night on Hardy a hit

Last updated 09:35 06/06/2014
Late Night on Hardy
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SHOP TIL YOU DROP: Late night shopping on Hardy St has proved popular with locals.

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Hardy St retailers are committed to growing an initiative that aims to bring more people into central Nelson in the evenings.

The first Late Night on Hardy was held last Thursday, with organisers pleased how its inaugural run went.

The idea from a group of Hardy St retailers to inject more life into the city after hours, and on the last Thursday of the month businesses will stay open to 8pm.

At Shine, Kaikoura-based author and educator Barbara Todd spoke about her recently published work, Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Shine owner Jo Menary said the evening was a success with about 45 people attending the book talk.

Hardy St retailers would be meeting to discuss how the evening went. Retailers knew they had some work to do on the initiative, but were committed to making it work and get the word out about it.

They had started in the winter because they wanted to get it right before the busier summer months.

Co-organiser Catherine Potton from Craig Potton Gallery + Store said the gallery was also pleased with how the night went. It was nice to be able to tell customers that Craig would be in store on the last Thursday of every month if they wanted to talk to him.

"It was fantastic. It went a lot better than what we could have hoped for."

She hoped the initiative would build up to some "real cracker" evenings in the warmer months.

A range of businesses joined in the launch, including the Nelson Provincial Museum and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust, which has its campaign office in Morrison Square.

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary membership administrator Raeonie Ellery said the night went well and they would take part again.

It was a great chance to let people know how fundraising for the campaign was going and potentially drum up more sponsorship.

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- The Nelson Mail

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