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A crafty business: Mickey Raes

“What a time to celebrate being open for two years – right in the middle of lockdown!,” says Wendy Lamont, who can hardly believe that two years have passed since, encouraged by her mother-in-law Pauline, she exchanged her home-based handmade craft business for the beautiful sunlit store called Mickey Raes in Hanmer Spring’s Boulder Point Precinct.

It’s right opposite the duck pond on Chisholm Crescent. “I really want to pay tribute to my mother-in-law at this time. She passed away only a short while ago, but she gave me the courage to take the big step to a shop of my own stocking all the items that both she and I love – fabrics, sewing, knitting, crochet and quilting supplies, craft kits and haberdashery.” But the delights of Mickey Raes don’t stop there. This store is a veritable treasure trove of unique giftware all personally selected by Wendy who runs the shop herself seven days a week. “I have wedding accessories, party supplies and birthday presents. Right now, I also have hand sanitizer, reusable cotton tissues and face masks – even a pattern to make a face mask.” Wendy is thinking Christmas, too. “Let’s craft our way to Christmas! I’ve brought out my Christmas products early as there has been so much demand from all the New Zealanders flocking to Hanmer. “There’s everything from Christmas crafting supplies and beautiful Christmas fabrics for quilting to knitting cottons for making homemade presents.” You can message Wendy via Mickey Raes Facebook page to order your products.


The gift of pampering

The gift of relaxation and pampering would be truly heaven-sent this Christmas.

Be an angel and give family, friends or colleagues the luxury of time-out at Beauty Progress. Cult brand Gernétic skincare products created in France combine with the expertise of Director and Gernétic specialist Wendy Barker and masseuses Anne and Orn to provide wellbeing, relaxation and wonderful results for your skin.

Gift vouchers at a special price are available for combined massages and facials. “We want to help people relax after a busy year, and get the most out of Christmas celebrations and summer breaks,” Wendy says.
Beauty Progress is offering a one-hour back, neck, and shoulder massage, along with a facial treatment for $99, down from $157.

Wendy selects from the incredible range of therapeutic products to create a facial tailored to your skin and its issues. Gernétic skincare products work at cellular level, stimulating the skin’s natural healing capabilities.

“We find it is a really appreciated gift for people who have never had massage and facial and who wouldn’t buy for themselves.

It’s a little luxury escape in itself to come here, with the addition of little aches and skin issues addressed.”

If a glamourous holiday is on the horizon, the team can help you prepare with skin treatments, pedicures, manicures and waxing.

The Gernétic sunblock is very refined and so easy to wear on your face. Available in SPF50 and SPF30, it can be used as your moisturiser too.

Beauty Progress is open throughout Christmas and New Year, just phone to book your appointment.


Darfield Gift Gallery

A beautiful range: Darfield Gift Gallery

Experience and wander through the oldest historic building in Darfield.


Darfield Gift Gallery


At Darfield Gift Gallery you can wander upstairs and discover a treasure trove of beautiful items like the Ashley and Co. range, Ecoya candles and diffusers, Citta candles, travel bags and linen, Stella & Gemma and Stilen jewellery and so much more.
Located above the recently renovated Fat Beagle Café, you can have a coffee and a bite before venturing upstairs.

There’s a variety of objects to beautify your home, including favourites like French Country and C.C. Interiors homewares, frames lamps, cushions, Klippan rugs, mirrors and a diverse range of easy gift ideas. Something special to spoil yourself or someone else, with free gift wrapping. All your fashion needs for Cup and Show Week and Christmas are in the one place, with popular clothing brands like EB & IVE, Betty Basics, Archer House, Lordship Linens, Louenhide handbags and Rollie Shoes.


Open seven days 9:30am-4:30pm, find them on Facebook.