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Simple, durable and beautiful sum up the distinctive
The Wanaka Chair Company is the brainchild of Shane
Woonton, who has followed his passion for creating
products from wood since moving to the area some
"I originally trained as an architect and was already
producing sea kayaks, furniture and acoustic guitars
when I struck on this business idea that combines
my love of making beautiful things and the appealing
The Wanaka Chair is the result. Made from sustainable
materials such as Iroko hardwood, marine grade
stainless steel fasteners and waterproof non-toxic glues
the timeless designs are built to last ten-years or more.
"We made so many prototypes trying to get to a style
that is really comfortable for people of all shapes and
sizes and it's wonderful to see the chair enjoyed so
much. I wanted to build something that inspired people
to create a special place of their own, a sanctuary, to
enjoy the chairs.
There are currently two design options for the Wanaka
Chair - the contemporary low back LB1 and the high
back HB1 reminiscent of a traditional Adirondack style.
Shane says having a stall at Remarkables Market is
ideal for interacting with clients.
"This is our first market season and we're loving it.
When you run a predominantly online business with
something as interactive and tactile as a chair there is
nothing better than getting your product in the hands of
your customers and experiencing their reaction.
FOOD REBEL WITH A CAUSE
Professional chef Joe Swatland's vision is to go
global with his healthy food company RebelFood --
the company which turns everyday food into highly
Joe and his fiancée Leoni Sullivan started the business
recently in Queenstown and he says while it's been a lot
of hard work it's a very exciting project.
"We are launching the first RebelFood Snack Box this
summer and our Nutribomb Raw Balls products are
already being sold through local sports and health
A keen marathon runner and football player, Joe has
taken elements of sports nutrition to create a strict
philosophy of no gluten, dairy, additives, preservatives
or refined sugars for his RebelFood products.
"The Nutribomb Raw Ball incorporates superfood
ingredients like camu camu berry, chlorella and maca. It
is freeze dried and made using whole fruits or vegetables
containing up to 99% of their natural nutrients.
Significant research using a database of over 140
different foods has gone into the product development
to ensure only raw food components with no additives
"Currently we have four Nutribombs packs available,
Endurance, Yoga, Performance and Recovery. They can
be purchased at Front Runner store and Queenstown
With business and financial support from partners
Martin James and Alex Boyes of Wai Dining Group Joe
says the company is poised to create even more exciting
health food options.
"The Remarkables Market is a great testing ground for
us this summer and we have big plans to expand and
share these products globally.
BARN BOUTIQUE SHOPPING
The Barn has developed a cult following over
the past two years for boutique shopping.
Created by Tineke Enright on her parents' farm
in Frankton the rustic and quirky retail space
sells new, vintage, up cycled and recycled
clothes, crafts, garden, homewares and
"It's been a labour of love and something
I started as an extension to my children's
clothing label Pretty Kiwi,
" says Tineke.
The Barn stocks Tineke's vibrant range of
Kiwiana children's clothing and this summer,
fellow producers Becks Robinson, Amie Saxton
and Sarah Harris have joined her.
The women met at the Remarkables Market
where they each sell their own labels now also
available at The Barn.
"Becks owns Charlotte Lane, a beautiful
women's fashion label, Amie sources amazing
boutique homeware and accessories for her
company Lusso while Sarah has Lily & Vine
which creates gorgeous pre-loved furniture
"The products we stock are the true meaning
of eclectic. Anything from garden sculptures,
vintage and retro furniture, pre-loved kids
clothing and designer handbags to jewellery
and plant terrariums,
" says Tineke. "We love
being at the Remarkables Market on Saturdays,
it's the perfect extension to The Barn.
The Barn is open Monday to Friday 10.00am to
2.30pm plus Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Located at 14 Hansen Road, just past the City
Impact Church with an outside kids' playground
and plenty of free parking.
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