Shopology

Shopology is now open at the Arts Centre, providing local creative entrepreneurs with a stunning historic retail space to sell their unique designer products.

Located upstairs in the Boys’ High building on Worcester Boulevard, Shopology features a unique range of up-and-coming designers and businesses, all sharing one shop area. Collectively, it stocks a unique collection of high-quality, original products, many of which are sourced locally and include fashion, gifts, jewellery, homewares, art and food.

Right next door is Popology – a space that is available for short-term hire by business pop-ups.

The two Cantabrians behind Shopology are keen to give boutique, local designers and businesses a leg-up by providing a low-risk store experience with like-minded innovators. Those interested in joining Shopology can register interest.

“There are a lot of small businesses that cannot make the leap to retail with the standard mark-up charges and high rents,” says co-owner Sarah Gamble.

Sarah and business partner Sally Paterson tested the Shopology concept for four months at Re:START Mall at the end of 2016.

“It was very well received and significantly oversubscribed – we eventually had to limit the space to 12 creatives,” says Sally.

“Moving to the Arts Centre is a long-term opportunity to grow and develop the Shopology brand in a heritage environment and prime location. We love the warm, light spaces that provide a modern and airy work environment that’s suited to our modern brand.

“We’re thrilled to be involved in this community space and are so impressed by how supportive the Arts Centre trustees and management have been. They should be applauded for the transformation of this site.”

They believe that Shopology will create a sustainable model for local creative designers and also a unique shopping experience featuring mainly New Zealand-made products – attracting local, national and international visitors.

“We’re excited about the potential for the Arts Centre to become a vibrant retail shopping precinct within a larger creative hub, all encased within gorgeous Canterbury heritage buildings,” Sarah says.

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