Shotover Markets business partners Paul Clark (left) and David Thomson take a break from last-minute painting, building and stallholder preparations before the "evolving" indoor market's soft opening tomorrow. Photo by Joe Dodgshun.
After a madcap weekend of painting, building and stallholders
setting up shop, Queenstown's Shotover Markets is to open its
downtown doors tomorrow.
The indoor market, situated on the ground floor of the
Forsyth Barr building on Shotover St, will offer a selection
of food, art and an "evolving" public space seven days a
David Thomson, one of two ex-pats behind the market, said it
was a "soft opening", giving himself, business partner Paul
Clark and stallholders a chance to ease into business.
"It's been a mission," he said. "It's a work in process
that's been taking up all our attention, days and spare time
and we've done most of it ourselves."
The weekend will signal the opening proper, with a musician
playing to shoppers as they peruse the stalls.
These will have staggered introductions throughout the first
Featuring in the market will be Deep Creek Deli, European
Bakery, Priya Spices and Vegetables, Wake Up Juice Bar, For
The Girl Jewellery, Sagun Curry, Toki Pounamu, Mayfly Cafe,
and stalls selling sushi, ice cream, fruit from Cromwell and
a private collection of Lonely Dog paintings.
The juice bar will also serve smoothies, coffee using beans
roasted by local supplier Steve Kay, and wheatgrass shots,
with the wheatgrass grown on the counter.
The market will be open from 10am until 6pm, with hours
extending to 9pm after Christmas to make the most of the
Giving the site's concrete walls a little colour is a
stylised "optical illusion" mural of Queenstown settler
William Rees by artists Ben Freely and Chris Ward.
This duo will continue with their artworks during opening
Adding to the character of the market is the "number 8 wire"
nature of the furnishings.
The juice bar is made of recycled rimu, a bench was
previously a clothing rack and the seats are old Speights
"If I were describing it to someone from another country, I
would say it's a cross between overseas markets and Kiwi
ingenuity," Mr Thomson said.
The market had been in the works since August, and despite
suffering setbacks with resource and building consents, Mr
Clark said he and Mr Thomson held no grudges.
"The plan for what we are doing here was new to the council,
so they had to research what we were doing alongside us."
If the launch of the first stage went well, the duo planned
to extend the market, taking out a temporary wall and adding
a further 15 stalls in February.