“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.
Recovering from the adrenalin adventures Hanmer Springs is known for has never been as easy or as relaxing as it has been since Mickey Raes burst open its doors in this winter wonderland.
It’s been a year since Wendy Lamont took her formerly home-based business to the next level, with a beautiful store in Hanmer Springs’ Boulder Point Precinct. “It’s taken off so much more than I had ever hoped,” Wendy says. “Without sounding cliché, we really are a one stop shop for crafts and giftware, with something here for everyone.”
Mickey Raes is nestled comfortably in the figurative and literal heart of Hanmer, opposite the duck pond and, with Boulder Point Precinct’s exceptional spread of businesses offering everything from coffee and a bite to eat, to gourmet burgers and beautiful Scandinavian clothing, it’s the ultimate spot to spend a recovery day off the slopes.
Crafts such as knitting, crochet, sewing and quilting have been experiencing a serious resurgence and Mickey Raes stocks a full range of craft, sewing and knitting supplies, fabrics and haberdashery. Craft kits, including the popular Diamond Dotz, provide everything you need for some clever projects to keep you busy and there’s a range of books to teach you what you need to know. Better yet, you can whip up some winter warmers with the large supply of wool you can find here.
“It’s a great opportunity to try out some new crafts and activities without spending too much and winter is the best time to give them all a go!” True to Wendy’s history as a wedding accessory supplier, she stocks all those handy last minute extras that might be needed on the day, “such as bridal horse shoes, car ribbons and the emergency veil,” she laughs.
It’s a great stop for giftware, including christenings and 21st presents and Wendy even makes custom made Christmas stockings. There’s a carefully curated range of eco-friendly products, including pet beds made from recycled bottle fibre. “We’re celebrating being open a year and it has been an amazing year. I’m thankful to all the wonderful customers who have supported me over the past year.”
For more information, visit www.boulder-point.nz/mickey-raes/.