A familiar face is enjoying a fresh start in a redeveloped part of the Victorian precinct.
Livvi Kwant was thrilled to reopen her Nanna Bangles store recently.
The store was next to the Victorian Wardrobe in Harbour St, before a shift to the redeveloped front part of the Cattol Wools building just a few doors down.
After business at the original store increased and stock began to build up, Ms Kwant thought it was time to move into premises that would better suit her needs.
John Baster, of the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, had carried out extensive work on the Catto building, and after seeing the revamped space available for lease, Ms Kwant jumped at the opportunity.
“Business was going well so I decided to try and move up,” she said.
“John’s done a really good job – I’m really impressed.”
Since its reopening, the store had received good feedback from the public.
“Things have been going really well,” Ms Kwant said.
She started the business in November last year, inspired by her love of op shops.
“I love being my own boss – it’s pretty awesome.
“When it’s something you love so much, it’s easy to feel energised and enthusiastic.”
The shop is named after her grandmother, who was nicknamed “Nanna Bangles”.
“I think this place looks like what you’d see at your grandma’s.”
Most of Ms Kwant’s stock is second-hand goods.
She is confident about the future of her business and of Harbour St.
“There’s a lot of really positive stuff going on in this street at the moment.
“There’s just a good buzz going on down here.”