Kapa Design Gallery owner Mark Moran said the first five
days of the Queenstown gallery's closing down sale last
week were busier than the days before Christmas. Photo by
A mainstay of the Wakatipu art scene is preparing to move
to new premises within central Queenstown after a popular
closing down sale in its present location.
Kapa Design Gallery retailed art, accessories, jewellery,
homeware and gifts on Rees St for nine years.
Its sister business, Toi o Tahuna Fine Art Gallery, moved
from Church Lane to the premises above Kapa more than two
But with the new Kapa store at Queenstown Airport proving
popular with passengers and residents alike, owner Mark Moran
sold the lease in December, discounted Kapa products by 30%
and is negotiating to move Toi o Tahuna to another central
resort venue later this year and continue to showcase
contemporary New Zealand artists.
''Things change and it was always known I was going to have
to move and evolve with the market,'' Mr Moran said on
''Particularly in Queenstown, things are always changing.
''It's a shame having to leave the luxury of such a large
space, but at the same time, it's just the next step.''
One Kapa staff member is due to go on maternity leave while
the other two staff members will apply for ski area jobs.
Koko Black, an Australian privately owned chocolaterie, has
bought the lease on Rees St.