Queenstown store The Barn is a collective effort

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  • June 7, 2016
  • Caitlin Salter
Queenstown store The Barn is a collective effort

Tineke Enright, Becks Robinson and Amie Saxton collaboratively run The Barn – a modern take on a market shop.

It all started six years ago when Enright converted a 1940s barn on her parents’ farm into a workshop for her children’s clothing business Pretty Kiwi.

She worked there during the week and sold her creations at the Saturday Remarkables Market in Frankton.

It was there she met stallholders Robinson and Saxton.

Robinson runs Charlotte Lane Clothing, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique and Saxton runs Lusso Homewares, a small business selling unique boutique homewares.

The three women put their heads together to create a unique shopping experience.

Opened at the start of the summer, The Barn tries to tap into a market other shops in Queenstown are not reaching.

Because of its location on farmland, The Barn is child-friendly. A sandpit, trampoline and playhouse keep the children busy while parents shop.

It also means the three shopkeepers can have their children occupied while they work.

“We’re all mums ourselves so we know how difficult it can be to go shopping with kids,” Enright said.

“We’re lucky we’ve got so much place to play outside because it makes a difference for the parents who want to browse.”

Each of the women brought their own businesses to The Barn, all of which have online shops.

To make sure everyone gets to be a mother as well as a business-owner, they each work two days a week.

“Initially I was there on my own but I have a four-month-old baby now and it’s completely unrealistic to be there five days a week,” Enright said.

The Barn is not only a haven for children; it also has an eco-friendly focus.

As well as the three businesses, the shop sells retro and vintage furniture.

And they practice what they preach.

The back fence of the property is a made from repurposed and upcycled electrical cable wheels, and the flowers are potted in old fish fryers.

For Enright, it’s all part of their business philosophy.

“We’ve become quite a wasteful society and I get a lot of pleasure out of repurposing things in a unique way.

“A huge benefit is that it doesn’t cost a lot.”

She is the fourth generation in her family to “work” the farm.

The women want everyone to enjoy shopping without breaking the bank and also cater to a wide market.

Enright says The Barn is one-of-a-kind in the Queenstown area, where few shops are far off the beaten track.

They’ve developed a steady business not by foot-traffic or advertising by word-of-mouth.

Enright mastered sewing by watching YouTube videos.

She started making bibs and skirts for her eldest daughter in floral fabrics because she couldn’t find what she was looking for in shops.

The Barn is nestled just off Ladies Mile Highway in Hansen Rd near Frankton village.

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