Relocated shop a ‘happy place’

Vintage Honey’s Parlour owner Nicola Chisholm arrives on her bike to her new business premise in...
Vintage Honey’s Parlour owner Nicola Chisholm arrives on her bike to her new business premise in Green Island on Monday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE
Dunedin businesswoman Nicola Chisholm has been busy.

Her triplets — Ruby-Soo, Loki and Dakota — arrived on the first day of lockdown and she moved her business, Vintage Honey’s Parlour, from St Kilda to Green Island last month.

She opened the business in Prince Albert St about three years ago but decided to lease a shop in Main South Rd.

"It was a spur of the moment decision."

Behind the decision was the fact a leak in the St Kilda shop had ruined some stock and its location lacked foot traffic.

She also feared someone else would lease the Green Island shop so she decided to act quickly.

Moving her business to open in Green Island on December 17 was "stressful" and included fitting the shop out with a retro 1950s "feel" with a modern twist, she said.

Business in the new shop had been "fantastic".

"The people of Green Island are so nice — they are very welcoming and supportive."

When The Star visited the shop on Monday a woman popped in to compliment Mrs Chisholm on her dress.

Sales before Christmas were "crazy" and the stock — which includes products she made such as soaps, body butters, cotton candy and candles — "flew off the shelves", Mrs Chisholm said.

"I was pouring candles

to midnight."

She was optimistic about 2021.

"We have so much going on."

The business plan for this year included selling fresh flowers.

"We want to have a bit of everything for everyone."

Her best friend, Mike Cowie, said he had been helping run the new shop and was enjoying the experience.

"It’s a happy place — people come here and find happiness," Mr Cowie said.

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