QUAINT ARTISAN PRECINCT REVIVES HISTORY

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Quaint artisan precinct

REVIVES HISTORY

A precious part of Frankton’s colourful history is being revived and restored in a quaint new artisan-style retail precinct being created on Grant family farmland opposite the Events Centre.

Country Lane is being developed by Tineke Enright and her brother Bruce Grant, whose father Bill Grant is a fifth generation local, and a fourth generation Frankton farmer on the site.

Already operating at Country Lane are The Barn, Buzzstop Honey Centre and Cafe, Mount Michael Wines, In The Pink, Wakatipu Massage and Ride To The Sky.

Tineke, left, and brother Bruce toast the new Country Lane development at Frankton.

Already operating at Country Lane are The Barn, Buzzstop Honey Centre and Cafe, Mount Michael Wines, In The Pink, Wakatipu Massage and Ride To The Sky.

The family has bought and rescued old holiday cabins that have had to be moved to make way for redevelopment of the Queenstown Lakeview Hoilday Park. They’ve been moved them onto their land where they’ve been strategically placed alongside The Barn and  Buzzstop Honey Centre and Café.

They’re hoping for an April opening this year with everything from plants to pottery on sale as the five new artisan-style tenants move in, says Tineke. The idea has really caught on and been hugely popular with people wanting to be part of a laidback, artisan community, she says. “We had about 30 people apply for the five tenancies,” says Tineke. “New businesses are loving the size of the cabins and the relaxed vibe of Country Lane.”

“We will hopefully add more cabins in a year or so, depending on demand,” she says. “We always wanted to use as many recycled materials as possible.” Old roofing iron from the Queenstown Holiday Park communal facilities will be used to reclad some of the cabins.

Eventually Tineke and Bruce will open up the area around the Grant family farm orchard so people can enjoy its beautiful 100-year-old-plus fruit trees. “The old house where Dad grew up, which is currently filled with hay, will also be restored at some stage,” she says.

Tineke has been running her own shop, The Barn, at Country Lane for some time. Together with her husband, Mike Enright, they also operate NZ High Country Weddings and Events on the property overlooking Lake Johnson, while Bruce Grant operates Frankton Stone.