DUNEDIN — Development of an updated website for Dunedin’s Catholic Centre Shop is to begin

Shop manager Sheryl Smith
I want to concentrate on that for the next couple of months,” shop manager Sheryl Smith said.
“We want to get it up and running, and it’s going to improve. Eventually I’d like a reasonably full catalogue and pics of everything online, plus new products for the month,” she said.
She is keen to have photos of products, like the popular New Zealand Christmas tree decorations.
The wooden decorations, bookmarks and crosses — some with paua insets — are made in Christchurch and Dunedin.
“People from cruise ships, looking for New Zealand souvenirs, love them,” Ms Smith said.
They have attracted interest from around the world, including one order coming from Portugal,
and underline the importance of a website, she said.
Apart from the wooden items, cards were a big seller, “and I think the prices here, from $1.50 each, are very reasonable”, she said.
Ms Smith became manager in January on the retirement of Jeanne-Marie Aitken.
“This is my first retail experience,” she said.
Previously she worked for 33 years for Port Otago then had three and a half years in office administration in her hometown, Port Chalmers, where she is a parishioner of St Mary Star of the Sea.
Her assistant, Marie Morgan, has been invaluable.
Ms Smith loves her new role, saying: “It’s great. The people who come in are so nice and
they have been good and patient while I’ve been learning.”