Barbara Cloonan’s first taste of retail was at one of the original Palmers Garden Centres where she became assistant manager after a very short time.  Her next was as the manager of a Toyota Dealership. She took a break, then, and for 22 years was working in education; the last 7 years being the Associate Principal at Kōwhai Intermediate School.

But now she is back where she really belongs – in amongst the beautiful shoes and handbags of Sole Sisters as the new owner. She was already a long-time customer of Sole Sisters and now she is gleefully on the owner’s side of the counter, the front door key in her hand. Really, she can’t believe her luck. There’s plenty to learn but it’s hardly a chore, she says. Elizabeth had already ordered the Winter collection and although Barbara will, of course, add items specific to her own tastes and desires, customers can be sure Sole Sisters will continue to provide them with the very best in footwear.