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Woman's shoe store dream realised
New shoes: Invercargill women Berni Palmer is introducing a selection of
feminine but edgy shoe labels not seen before in Southland, at her new shoe
shop in Cambridge Place. Despite tough economic times she believes women
are still buying shoes.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
What: Dakota Vamp Shoe Shop
Where: Courtville Place Arcade, Invercargill
Who: Owner, Berni Palmer
She says: "I want women to be able access the shoes that they see in
fashion magazines -- right here in Invercargill.''
It's every girl's dream to own a
shoe shop -- and for one
Invercargill woman that dream
has become a reality.
Berni Palmer, of Invercargill, has
just opened her new shoe shop
"Dakota Vamp" in the Courtville
Place Arcade and she's loving
every minute of it.
"I've been involved in retailing for
about 25 years, both here and
overseas, and I always wanted to
do something on my own."
She had refitted and renovated the
building with European styling
which gave the store a luxurious
feel perfectly suited to the
exclusive mix of New Zealand-
made and imported shoe labels
which she has acquired, including
Miss Wilson, Chaos and Har-
mony, John Fluerog and Miista.
"I want women to be able access
the shoes that they see in fashion
magazines -- right here in
"They're very feminine shoes, but
with an edgy feel. I think the
styles will suit a wide range of
customers and ages.
''There are a lot of very stylish
women in Southland and these
are shoes that are a little bit
Ms Palmer said she was delighted
with the Courtville Place shop, a
site which had a lot of history in
"This shop used to house another
shoe retailer, Andre Raymond,
over 20 years ago. I remember as a
child coming here and I'm sure
there're others in Southland who
will have similar memories."
She had in fact styled the shop in a
similar way to the past, complete
with the circular staircase to the
second level which was a focal
point in the past.
"I've had a lot of fun getting the
shop just the way I want it and I'm
sure customers will enjoy it too."
Despite tough financial times she
was confident her business would
"I've had great support -- people
are really positive and enthusi-
astic . . . I'm sure it will do well."
Lions boost neurosurgery fund
By GWYNETH HYNDMAN
''We serve'' is a motto that has
been put into action this winter
by 39 Southland Lions clubs.
More than $62,780 has been
raised for the Chair of Neuro-
surgery fund with a $100,000
goal on the horizon as the
campaign looks to the $3 million
goal by Christmas.
It's an aim that has impressed
campaign manager Irene Mos-
ley, who said that as a volunteer
community organisation they
had made the biggest contri-
bution to the project in the south
so far. One contribution from
the Lions club at Ohai and
Nightcaps this month was
$10,000, she said.
For the former district governor
Lynette Batt, the push for a big
contribution to the campaign
made complete sense.
''There are quite a few of us who
have had something to do with it
[the neurosurgery unit],'' Mrs
She understands its importance,
having had two blood clots that
have involved trips to the
''People in the south have close
associations with these sorts of
things -- about two people out of
five will have something to do
with it [the neurosurgery unit]
at one time or another.''
New district Lions governor Des
Black said it was a worthy goal
that began with Mrs Batt and he
looked forward to the work
continuing with different Lions
events and fundraisers.
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