Boutique store backing local

    Hannah Schafer, of The Thursday Store, in Centre St, South Invercargill.

    A BOUTIQUE store with a difference has been set up in the South Invercargill Centre St shopping precinct.

    Named The Thursday Store, the family-owned store was originally run from Hannah Schafer’s home.

    Hence the name, The Thursday Store, as that was the day it was open.

    A mother of two, aged 2 and 4, Mrs Schafer said she was inspired to set up her store because there “wasn’t a lot of options locally” for the type of items she was looking for when her babies were born and as toddlers.

    “I believe The Thursday Store is the only store like this locally.”

    Operating online for the past two years, Mrs Schafer’s store also operated from her home in Gimblett St for eight months, then Covid-19 happened, she said.

    Still online, as well as relocating to Centre St, near Pomona St, she carefully sourced and selected ethically diverse items from throughout Southland and internationally, Mrs Schafer said.

    “I love beautiful children’s goods and was inspired to bring our favourite local and international brands to Southland so our community can enjoy them too.

    “We get a lot of mums who buy online and pick up from our shop.”

    Mrs Schafer said the timing to open in the precinct was prefect.

    “This space opened up. It was local, so we decided to open. We also knew Michelle [who had opened Forest and Wood Floristry next door] as well.”

    The store was installed in the precinct to make it more accessible for people, not just mums and dads, but extended family such as grandparents and great-grandparents, she said.

    From items such as baby nests, play mats, change mats and soft toys to items for mum including nappy bag essentials and journals, as well as interior and living such as bassinets, mobiles, night lights and play items such as games, puzzles and wooden toys, Mrs Schafer’s priority was ethical and sustainable products, she said.

    “A lot of what we buy comes from Europe, or was made in New Zealand and Australia by small businesses as we like to purchase from other small businesses.”

    Having studied at the Dunedin School of Art, majoring in textiles, and as part of her hand-crafted philosophy, Mrs Schafer was also keen to host small art classes teaching embroidery and cut printing for adults.

    “With my background in art, I am keen to share my love of beautiful things with others.

    “That is another reason why I am aware of the chemicals which are used in various items and we only supply organic cottons.”

    Another example were the wooden toys from Germany and Spain which used organic dyes and came from certified forestry, she said.

    • The Thursday Shop, open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-noon, and Thursdays, 10am-2pm, or by appointment by emailing hannah@thethursdaystore.