New partner contributes to store's growth
Since taking on a partner, Riverton businesswoman Sandra Bakker has been able to grow her successful business.
She runs Square Pegs in Palmerston St with Samantha Dalton, who she said brought a lot of enthusiasm and creative flair.
The "upcycled" clothing shop opened in January 2011 and was now doing a good trade, Ms Bakker said. Upcycled is clothing that has been altered or revamped.
The two women have been friends for some time, with Mrs Dalton helping out in the shop before being made partner in April this year.
Ms Bakker said customers had noticed the change in dynamics at the shop and had been commenting on the changing face of the business.
"More people are coming in for a chat and bouncing ideas off us. It is great to see such an interest in the shop," she said.
Mrs Dalton previously worked as a dental nurse.
"When Sandra offered me the opportunity to come on board, I thought about it and decided to try something new," she said.
The women introduced the "rent a rack" concept and a shoe corner, which had kept them busy.
Ms Bakker believed it was the first time the idea, where suppliers rent a rack or space in the shop, had been used in New Zealand.
"It brings in guaranteed money each month and prices are kept low for customers because there is not much of a markup on the wholesale price," she said.
The business partners have big plans for the next six months to grow the business.
They hope to have a fully operational sewing workshop at the back of the shop, where they will transform and revamp upmarket second-hand clothing.
"The shop is still growing, it is full of stock and more people are coming through the door, which is a great feeling," Ms Bakker said.
The support of the Riverton community was contributing to its success, she said.
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