Women in Business Coffee Morning - An open book

Things will be a little bit different for the next Wanaka Women in Business coffee morning as guests will be hearing from not one, not two, but three amazing women in business.

Join us on July 27 at 10am to hear from three independent book businesses – all created in the past year - run by Wanaka women, who have each found their own niche in the New Zealand book sector.

From online trading to bricks-and-mortar stores, the book business globally is going through a Covid-related revival. These Wanaka women bring their own particular passions and bookish interests to their relatively new, thriving bookstores. Hear how Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books, Bookety Book Books and Next Chapter bookstore came about.

• Kate Gordon-Smith, writer and creator of online bookstore Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books
• Sally Battson, co-owner of new bookstore The Next Chapter
• Mandy Myles creator of Bookety Book Books

Speaker Bios:

Kate Gordon-Smith, writer and creator of online bookstore Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books

Wanaka children’s novelist Kate Gordon created the online bookstore Kiwi Kids Read Kiwi Books as a way of helping New Zealand book buyers find books created by Kiwi authors and illustrators for children and teens. Starting as a ‘what if’ conversation with an author friend, the concept evolved into a fully-fledged online store now featuring 150 quality books created by more than 35 talented Kiwis with more authors lining up to be involved every day.

Kate has 25-plus years’ experience in PR and marketing, and learned a lot when she helped create an online store for her husband’s business, but basically she jumped in, boots and all, with limited technical knowledge based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback about the concept she got from other Kiwi authors.

The technical learning curve has been considerable, but with some help from Wanaka digital agency Logic1 via Regional Business Partner funding, Kate is pivoting her main income stream away from her speciality of motorsport PR to focus on her lifelong love of books and sharing great stories with children and teens.

Mandy Myles, creator of Bookety Book Books

Mandy Myles is owner of Bookety Book Books, a locally owned online indie bookshop that launched in August 2020 after she came up with the concept during last year's level 4 lockdown. Bookety Book Books is a virtual sanctuary for the book-obsessed with a curated selection of fiction and nonfiction titles chosen to challenge and inspire, move and to shake, all of the books are exclusively superb, but inclusively selected from a wide and wonderfully diverse range of authors from home and abroad. Bringing you all the joys of your local independent bookstore accessible from anywhere. 

Having studied fashion and worked in the industry over the last 8 years in product development, buying and more recently the online sector. Mandy has now refocused her fashion retail skills and turned them towards the wonderful world of book selling. With what started as a small investment and one 5 tier shelf of stock, Bookety Book Books has now grown to offering over 650+ titles in just 10 months. With a focus on sustainability, beautiful branding, strong marketing, and providing a joyful retail experience to the online customer, Bookety Book Books is proving the strength in the evergrowing online sector of retail.

Sally Battson, co-owner of new bookstore The Next Chapter

Sally began her working life as a primary school teacher, having trained and completed her BEd at Palmerston North Teachers College and Massey University. A move to Makarora necessitated a career change and since the early 1980’s Sally has been working in business management – first as co-owner and manager of Wilkin River Jets, followed by 15 years as the Practice Manager at Aspiring Medical Centre. Early in 2020 she was approached by friend Jenny Ainge about the idea of starting an independent bookshop in Wanaka and “The Next Chapter” opened at Labour Weekend last year. Transitioning to retail was a bit of a learning curve, especially when overlaid by the challenges of the Covid environment, but Sally and Jenny are having lots of fun. “It’s hard not to, when taking your work home with you means you can read as much as you like”, says Sally.

This event will run from 10am-11.45am. Tea, coffee and world-famous Edgewater scones provided. Members $25. Non-Members $35.

To RSVP for the coffee mornings, please book below. The coffee morning is open to all women in the Wanaka community, you don’t need to run or manager a business to come along, meet people and be inspired.

Tuesday, 27th July, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Edgewater Pavilion, 54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka
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