In March it will be six years since Sarah Money opened her boutique in Green Gables, which has become a destination initself with customers coming from as far afield as Pukekohe.

But Sarah has been in fashion since she left school, starting as a window dresser for Thomas’s department store in Blenheim, a business that is very much woven into the thread of Marlborough’s retail history. In that first job she had to choose the outfits for and then dress 40 mannequins, so you can see where Sarah developed an eye and feel for fashion. Her boutique stocks labels from around the world, such as Denmark and Spain as well as renowned local brands such as Cashew and Baker Street, and includes a selection of jewellery.

Her range is extensive and is backed up by a pop-up store in the. arcade at the northern end of the village. Individually-owned boutiques such as this really get to know their market and have the ability to push boundaries that chain store fashion doesn’t. And being in small village means Sarah and her assistants Lily Fergusson and Felicity Naylor can really get to know their customers.

She loves that her shop has become a bit of a drop-in place for a chat, which means she learns all about her clients, their lives, their children, grand-children and pets. All this inside info means she can really build a profile of just what her customer’s wardrobe should – or could – be, even showing them how to rock an outfit they might never have otherwise looked at. Sarah also holds fashion shows throughout the year, so fashionistas can keep up with the latest trends. To her, Sarah says, the customer is a canvas and she does her best to paint that just right.

She is hugely grateful for the local support she has had from customers and other business people during this extraordinary year. It is this loyalty to each other that makes Mairangi Bay the great little village it is, states Sarah.

Sarah’s Boutique

376 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay

Phone: 09 476 9192