Coming together ... Looking forward to next week's Braids Barn Christmas Pop-up are stallholders (from left) Sally Newlands, Jess Beachen, Sue Ross, Bex Hayman, Annabel Berry, Aaliah Fraser, and Chloe Lodge. PHOTO: CHLOE LODGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Amazing things happen when women pull together and support each other, Hakataramea Valley businesswoman Bex Hayman says.

Mrs Hayman is one of the organisers of the Braids Barn Christmas Pop›up at the Waitaki Braids Barn in Kurow on December 9.

It is the second time the market will have been run. The first in 2019 was organised by Mrs Hayman — the brains behind brand Whistle and Pop — and photographer and artist Dana Johnston. It was hoped it would become an annual event, before Covid›19 intervened last year.

Mrs Hayman has now teamed up with clothing designer Jess Beachen, creator of Jessica Flora clothing, and the event is all go again.

‘‘With a few of these small businesses around the place, that were going to the Christchurch Show and all these things that got cancelled, we thought maybe we could try and bring a small group of amazing women together, and try and do something for the locals and for ourselves,’’ Mrs Hayman said.

‘‘Most of us are all online, and don’t have shops or anything, and it’s great for people to come to Kurow, obviously.’’

‘‘We’ve got a hidden treasure with Kate’s Waitaki Braids, and it’s just such an awesome venue, to be able to use that.’’

Oamaru’s Abby Melton and her LoverLover earrings, design store Design Federation, and Oamaru Apothecary, would be at the event, and joined by Canterbury businesses Flora Grow and The Grumpy Merino.

Chloe Lodge Photographer, Running Wolves Boutique and Nikki Ross Jewellery would also have stalls.

‘‘When we did it a couple of years ago, it was just awesome, and everybody loved it,’’ Mrs Hayman said.

With the newly implemented Covid-19 traffic light system, everybody attending would need to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination to keep within government guidelines, she said

The venue allowed for indoor/outdoor flow and there would be the capacity for social distancing.

‘‘We can all get together and follow the rules, and people can have a wee night out and see their friends . . . it’s a great opportunity to get everyone together to do a bit of shopping and have some local wine and food.’’

The event would run from 1pm to 7pm and Oamaru singer› songwriter Emma Kate Newlove would be performing live music from 4pm to 7pm.

‘‘It’s not a huge thing to organise, and everyone’s been helpful and wants to do it,’’ Mrs Hayman said.

‘‘It’s all about coming together in these uncertain times and supporting local, small businesses in the community.’’

Design Federation owner Annabel Berry said she was excited to take part in the event, and would love to see people come from ‘‘all over’’.

‘‘Kurow is . . . positioned really well for Queenstown and Wanaka, Cromwell, Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru,’’ Mrs Berry said.

She described the day as a collaboration of ‘‘like-minded, female›led creative businesses, who are all really supportive of each other’’.

Mrs Berry thought in the future there might be the opportunity to develop the event even further.

‘‘We’ve got such a strong creative community in the Waitaki . . . they’re all doing their thing, but they’re all doing something original, fresh and new, and we just want to continue to foster that, and create opportunities,’’ she said.