• BALLANTYNES – The Grand Lady of Retail

    I’m sure there weren’t enough descriptive words to explain the excitement Esther Clarkson felt at the first sale of one of her straw hats.  As the coins dropped into her hand, maybe she smiled to herself and felt assured that her little business could make something of itself.  She had no idea! It was 1854 …

  • Pyne Gould Corporation

    “On the east side of Market Place stood Mr. Gould’s General Store with a great barrier in the middle of the floor filled with fascinating coils of rope-like tobacco – fascinating because we thought it was good to having (having I suppose watched sailors and Maoris chewing lumps) till an experimentalising younger brother nearly put …

  • MRS. POPES

    When Mrs. Maria Sophia Pope opened her shop on Colombo Street in 1862, the street that ran along the front of her door was nothing more than a muddy runty track that would fill with water every time it rained.  But I’m sure on those fine Christchurch days; Maria would take a breather on her …

  • Whitcoulls – 130 years!

    With Whitcoulls celebrating their 130th birthday at the moment, I figured it was about time I take a closer look at this Christchurch-founded New Zealand icon!  Rather late really as my first ever job was at the Bishopdale branch back in 1994.  It was a dream come true as it was my favourite shop in …

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