Situated in the Historic Homedale Village in Wainuiomata, New Zealand, they were inspired by fellow local Tralee Clark who had set up her remedial massage business in the village. Over many cups of coffee and discussions about how much potential the village had, the lacking of anywhere to buy a decent coffee, the potential could be seen for the once thriving village to be a destination shopping and cafe experience. So with that in mind Tralee and husband Tim proceeded to refit the tired old cafe across the road into a modern cafe with a slight retro theme serving great food and good coffee.
Of course Kereru Creative is not the first retail space that Denise has owned, but because the space was so large it had the potential to be more than a boutique shop. It was then it was decided to diversify the business to be a gallery for local artists, a gift shop stocking local arts and crafts along with quality niche NZ made products, a boutique for Denise's up-cycled clothing range and a workshop creative space for Gaylene to run her lifestyle and creative workshops. Space for local visitor information including walking maps, accommodation options and activities were also included in store.
While they traded in the pop up shop - they started to ready the larger space next door. The interior needed to be painted, old fashioned window frames needed to be hung, shelves needed to be put up and products needed to be sourced. Between the pair they fitted the entire larger space by enlisting helpers, borrowing shop fittings, up-cycling furniture, receiving donations of unusual shelving options and sourcing products from locals to stock the shop on a commission basis as well as creating new ranges themselves.
Kereru Creative is a half hour drive from Wellington City and is open from Tuesday to Sunday with evening workshops fortnightly on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Connect with their facebook page Kereru Gallery Gifts Boutique or visit their online store at www.kererucreative.nz for more information and updates.