As of this month, Nikki Hewlett is the new owner of popular retail store Money For Wine. Found in Mandeville, the store has been a hit for its great curation of apparel and homewares, as well as its placement next to Miss Cocoa Café. “The location is great, it’s a little bit further away from Gore and it’s nice to come out here for a coffee,” said Hewlett. “It’s a beautiful drive, and it’s great to getaway. It’s very cosy and quite relaxing here.” Hewlett told Apparel Magazine that Summer is fantastic with the tiger moth planes next door out on display and flying in. “We get a lot of tourists, they like to get something from New Zealand to take home with them.”
Before acquiring Money For Wine, Hewlett’s previous retail background was with Food Stuffs for many years. “But I always loved fashion,” she added. Both her sister and Hewlett are fashion enthusiasts. “The opportunity came up, and I decided to give it a go.” Hewlett loved what the founder of the store had created. “I just love the fashion that Michelle has out here, it’s unique and a wee bit different from what we have down here.” Quality garments are one of her core values for the store, which now consists of womenswear and children, but she hopes to include menswear soon.
Hewlett works alone in the store and is looking to hire a part-timer later on. Moving forward, she is very interested in stocking new brands and is looking to start an online store.
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