Less than a month into 2019, Oamaru newcomers Blair and Kristy Gourdie are already ticking off some big goals.
The couple officially took over the Harbour St Bakery this month from former owner and operator Ed Balsink, who ran the bakery for over 10 years.
Mr Gourdie, who has been a baker for 15 years, said he was both excited and nervous about taking over the business.
“[It’s] a big change,” he said.
Originally from Christchurch, the couple, who baked and sold their own goods at a market in the Garden City, moved to Oamaru just days before starting at the bakery.
Mrs Gourdie said there had been a “mixed” bag of emotions leaving their home in Christchurch and opening the bakery.
“You go through the excitement, the anxiousness, the worry,” she said.
However, they had received a lot of support from family, friends and the Oamaru community.
The couple first discovered the bakery while browsing on TradeMe.
“It looked like the bakery that would fit what we were wanting,” she said.
Mrs Gourdie said everything at the bakery, including all recipes and ingredients would be kept the same.
In fact, they were so keen on staying with Mr Balsink’s baking style, that they had been trained by the former owner himself.
“Ed had put really good ground work in,” Mrs Gourdie said.
“He built up a wonderful following and stability.
“I think what’s important for us is to note and recognise that it has been such a smooth transition.”
Married for nine years, Mrs Gourdie and her husband had set some ambitious goals for themselves.
These included running their own business and buying a second home, which had both been ticked off the list since moving to Oamaru.
“It felt good to get that and achieve it,” she said.
Mrs Gourdie said it was “wonderful” to be your own boss.
Although challenges were inevitable, the couple were confident they had a bright future in Oamaru.