Publish date: 19/08/2020

Rangiora’s High Street is fast becoming a high-end fashion destination with two new boutiques about to join the existing array of stores.

Dappermen men’s clothing and grooming is due to open on August 31st, whilst Magpie Style fashion boutique will open in September.

The two new additions will be in good company, with six high-end fashion boutiques already positioned on High Street and Conway Lane.

Dappermen owner Simon Murphy says that despite having lived and worked overseas for many years, the lure of setting up a business in his hometown has always beckoned.

“High Street has always been the social mecca of Rangiora but the town has grown immensely in recent times and the High Street is a real boutique destination. It is turning into a destination not only for locals but for visitors from the wider Canterbury area as we now have so much to offer including some great cafes and eateries,” he said.

Destination Development Manager at Visit Waimakariri Janine Rogers concurs. “With this fabulous array of high-end boutiques as well as multiple shoe shops, pre-loved clothing outlets, specialist retailers like Macpac and Propaganda and a range of lovely gift and homeware stores, Rangiora’s High Street is becoming a popular destination with visitors looking for a relaxing day out,” she said.

“The free parking, numerous cafes and traditional ‘high street feel’ of Rangiora are big drawcards for those looking to escape the big city malls. The fact that you can hop in the car and check out the other great shops in nearby destinations like Kaiapoi, Waikuku and Oxford means you can really make a day of it from Christchurch, Ashburton or anywhere in North Canterbury.”

Juliet Henry, who operates Lordship Linens on High Street, says the addition of new boutiques only adds to the appeal of Rangiora. “We love that Rangiora is blossoming into a real destination because of our specialist little boutiques with fantastic service,” she said. Despite recently being courted by a high-profile development in Christchurch’s CBD, Juliet opted to stay local. “We love local, relaxed and personal,” she said. “And we love that other non-chain, local stores are moving in around us.”

Simon Murphy says the support from the local community has been huge. “The feedback from the community has been fantastic. I’m incredibly excited and I can’t wait to open the doors just in time for Father’s Day, for all to enjoy my vision and passion.”