Goddess reopens with new look
Designer women's clothing store Goddess, a Queenstown business success story, is under new management.
The extensively refurbished and modernised store reopened this month in The Mall and is now run by Shirlie Pullar, who swapped her gumboots as a dairy farmer for a pair of heels.
She bought the store from Penny Hamilton, who in turn started Goddess in Queenstown in 1999.
Mrs Pullar said the renovation was a big undertaking and included removing a window to install a new street front entrance, new lighting, windows and a modern interior with designer touches.
The store was an icon in Queenstown, supplying high-end and designer women's clothes for years.
"I opened up all the windows so you can actually see in now, it's been quite a mission. It's been a destination for women looking for beautiful dresses. I wanted to refit it and give it a modern industrial edge."
She was a dairy farmer for 16 years before moving to Queenstown four years ago on the hunt for a business venture and got talking to Mrs Hamilton, who wanted to sell the store she has successfully run since 1999.
As part of the refurbishment the owner needed consents to remove a window and open an archway to The Mall in part of the Van der Walde building, premises that were used as a grocers, an ironmongery and a drapery in the 19th century.
- The Mirror