Things that I think Featherston should have

The main street of Featherston has had a good few shops open recently. There’s some down one end and some down the other with quite a few empty shops in between.

Here’s some ideas to fill those gaps…

  • A boutique cupcake shop with magnificent flavours and wonderful icing that people come from miles around to buy.
  • A shoe shop that also sells tights and socks. The range will run from petite shoes to really big shoes.
  • The Community Centre should move into the old pizza place on the main street, which would have it’s front wall replaced with huge French doors that can open onto the main street. A huge set of steps would also run along the front wall.
  • An arts recycling centre like the one in Palmerston North.
  • A bookshop (for new books)- a tiny little one with great books and comfy chairs.
  • Some kind of laundromat with a token system where the richer people in the town can buy tokens and leave them so the poorer people (or the ones with no morals) can use the dryers to get their clothes dry in winter.
  • To turn the Featherston zen garden (giant gravel pit in the middle of town) into a park with trees and chairs but one that can also operate as a sit-in outdoor movie theatre.
  • A backpackers that offers cheap but cool accommodation so people can visit and easily stay without spending a fortune.
  • A fruit and vege co-op that also sells jams, chutneys and good grains and staples and that would buy people’s excess local produce (lemons, fennel, that glut of tomatoes) and sell them to other people.
  • A boutique coffee roaster that supplies local cafes.
  • A florist – one that sells fancy florist flowers but also has nice homegrown bunches.


14 Responses to Things that I think Featherston should have

  1. martinboroughartdepartment says:

    And now for a lotto win!

    • tomandemma says:

      I was just thinking on the train that if I won Lotto I’d get started on that park. And then Tom would take over the dis-used theatre and once a week people could eat birthday cake while they watched a movie.

  2. thismumrocks says:

    I’m up for most of them, bar the cupcake shop just because its done up in grey town, and probably the community centre shifting. I’d also add a micro brewery. Loving the vege coop, bookstore and shoe store ideas. That and the laundrimat

    • tomandemma says:

      Oh no we’re good on the cupcakes because that shop in Greytown closed down ages ago. Micro brewery is a great idea especially since the video shop already sells home brew supplies.

  3. Clare says:

    you should be mayor. 🙂

  4. thismumrocks says:

    Maybe they were charging too much for their cupcakes. Oh, and the lolly shop inGt own has nothing on the Signal Box Dairy….some people will pay triple for the same thing just because its in fancy glass jars and handed to you in fancy white gloves.. 🙂

    • tomandemma says:

      I think the Greytown lolly shop is going for experience over price. It’s cute and a nice addition to the town. It’s a shame about the cupcake shop – the girls who ran it were lovely. It’s a difficult time to be in business so I hope it closed because they won Lotto.

  5. tiny happy says:

    oohh, i am jealous for featherston. i would open the florist. and yes, you should be the mayor.

  6. Kathy says:

    Love the list! But what is an arts recycling center?

  7. Rhiannon says:

    Yes, mayor is a good idea. Once you have Emma-a-fied Featherston, you should definitely move up these ways and spread the love. (or maybe we’ll just all move down there..)

  8. Ellen says:

    Have you heard about Featherstons Own fundraising for a community clothes dryer? Tis a good thing. Nice list, especially coming from someone who turned an empty shop into the Craft Country it is today.

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