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January, 2022

During times when reducing budgets and working in a smaller
environment are key, commercial space in the artisan-style, character
retail precinct of restored holiday cabins at Frankton has been in hot
The Country Lane concept has been developed in the past few years by
Tineke Enright and her brother, Bruce Grant. Their father, Bill Grant, is
a fifth generation local, and a fourth generation Frankton farmer on the
The Grant family bought and rescued old holiday cabins that had to be
moved to make way for redevelopment of the Queenstown Lakeview
Holiday Park, moving them onto their land. Theyve been strategically
placed to create a quaint, indoor outdoor space where customers can
meander in and out of each store or studio, as well as enjoying a sweet
treat and coffee in the sun along the way.
With local businesses and artists already operating from five restored
former Queenstown Camping Ground cabins on the sunny site, Tineke
says they have a waiting list of others in the queue. The Lane only
opened in November last year, but Tineke has been operating her Pretty
Kiwi childrens clothing brand from the farms renovated barn on the
site for about 10 years with Buzzstop launching about five years later.
The Barn is a collaboration between Tineke with her label, Sugar Trading
and Lusso Boutique.
Interest has grown since the relocated holiday cribs have been
transformed into a fun artisan-style, boutique showcase for local
businesses, says Tineke. People are constantly phoning, or emailing us,
and wanting spaces. The five we have now were signed up months ago.
We have a waiting list now, but not everybody is the right fit. People
are definitely wanting space and theres demand for using recycled
buildings and materials, she says. Were following our sustainable
ethos, and going for a more original, natural aesthetic.
Not only have they saved the old cribs, but theyve repurposed an
important era in the Wakatipus history.
While the rentals per square metre are close to market rate, Tineke
says businesspeople seem keen to secure much smaller commercial
spaces so that theyre not paying for square meterage they dont need.
They want a smaller boutique space.
Tineke and Bruce couldve built the cabins for much cheaper, but
wouldnt have achieved the same character. Weve retained the
original timber and T & G flooring, relined and re-lacquered them. We
just loved the character of the old cribs. Tineke says they wanted to
use as many recycled materials as possible. Old roofing iron from the
Queenstown Holiday Park communal facilities was retrieved and used to
reclad some of the cabins.
Studio 42 is a contemporary jewellery collective between talented local
creatives Jessica Winchcombe, Julie Wingate and Aline Heinz, and Sam
Mayell Ceramic Studios is busy working the wheel on his stoneware
ceramics. Both studios offer daily workshops teaching jewellery making
and ceramic hand building and clay throwing, six days a week, which
have been very popular.
Cocos Cabin is a joint venture between Tineke and her friend, Jo
Omeros, featuring second hand label and vintage clothing. We sell on
behalf of, or people can drop off second hand clothing, and we pay 50
percent once it sells with sellers indicating their price.
The Burrowed Bontanicals and All Bunched up fresh flowers offer in
home or business plants, all managed, and beautiful fresh bouquets,
with many flowers secured from Tinekes mum Tillys beautiful adjacent
Sugary Patisserie, run by Brazilian pastry chefs Sheila Mederos and
Natalia Rodrigues, turns out all manner of tasty treats  little Brownie
sandwiches, mini grape and vanilla tarts, glass cake tubs, mousses,
cheesecakes, croissants and the like. Their amazing birthday cakes are
in hot demand too. Outdoor tables add to the atmosphere.
Bright Ink mobile bookshop parks up regularly too, selling a great
selection of second hand books. Theres even a massage business 
Wakatipu Massage, and Posh Paws dog pampering and grooming on site.
Buzzstop Honey Centre and Café is also now home to the Mount Michael
Wines tasting room and Ride to the Sky e-bike tours are based in the
Its now time to expand further and Tineke and Bruce are hoping the
Queenstown Lakes District Council will allow them to move the old
Queenstown Arts Centre buildings from the former Queenstown and
Districts High School site in Stanley Street. Potentially, were hoping to
bring them out here and the existing artists with them. Theyd fit
perfectly with the character of what were doing here, she says.
Theyre also planning a more purpose-built hospitality building over the
back of the Grant familys old orchard, which could possibly house a few
restaurants. We want to build a big kids play area and expand the
small one we now have, adding more specialist play equipment, she

Source: Lakes Weekly News


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