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Oct 7th, 2012 | By | Category: News


SIGN of the season? Mayflower Studio florist Charlotte Mules adjusts the shop’s Christmas display

An intricate winter wonderland in the windows of Blenheim florist Mayflower Studio has been turning heads this month.

Florist staff members worked until 2am on September 28 putting together the Christmas display in the floor-to-ceiling windows of the store, on the corner of Maxwell Rd and Queen St.

Mayflower Studio florist Charlotte Mules said the display was bigger and put up earlier than in previous years.

Most customers said they loved it, but some groaned about the early start to the season, she said.

Colleague Fiona Patchett said regular customers knew the store did Christmas in a big way and had been asking about the festive decorations for a while.

“There’s quite a few people in town who really love Christmas, and they always come in really early,” she said.

All five Mayflower staff members went to the Auckland gift fairs in March, and spent time deciding what colours and themes they wanted for this Christmas.

Elsewhere in Blenheim, Farmers department store began preparing for the festive season in the first two weeks of this month.

Manager Karen Stevenson said that while October seems early to be setting up for Christmas, it encouraged people to get organised for the festive season early, and remove the stress of last-minute shopping.

“If people start shopping earlier, the pressure comes off. It’s great for retail. We’ve come out of winter and we’re looking at getting ready for Christmas and it’s exciting.”

Each year Farmers head office comes up with a new theme for its Christmas displays by visiting big stores overseas, such as London’s Harrods.

Mayflower Studio is part of the Pre-Christmas Peek Tour. Get your tickets for this wonderful Hospice fundraiser.

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Main and category: Farfax NZ: Emma Allen

Published in the Marlborough Express 12/10/2012

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