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2014 Winter Gift Fair Retailer Prize Winner

Winter Gift Prize Winner -  Congratulations to Maree Hynes...

Maree Hynes of Maree Hynes Interiors
     19 Theodosia St, Timaru 7910
Having been a long time visitor to the Gift Fairs, Maree Hynes was delighted to receive a call saying she had won a trip to Martinborough, staying 5 nights in the heart of the Wine Country, including a Wine Escape tour, saying “it really made her day”.
Maree and Michael started the business based from home and using a mobile van with interior consulting originally the main focus of the business. Feeling Timaru was in need of a trendy place with high quality merchandise which also provided that ‘something unique’ for the home, Maree opened her retail shop, this also allowed her to source and display product, maximizing its potential and inspiring dreams. The business further progressed to include upholstering and painting of their furniture, further creating that point of difference.
When sourcing product, the focus is on high quality, classic pieces and great design which stand the test of time. Maree finds inspiration from current trends in interior design, such as the present craze for the chevron pattern and pieces with a Scandinavian influence. Also important is her awareness that traditionally Timaru has been more conservative, so not only the price but also the look must meet the specific market demand. Maree also keeps good stocks of key products, given certain colours and styles better suit their market.
Having recently doubled the size of the showroom they now accommodate more furniture and homewares such as an extensive bedding range. The retail shop also stocks beautiful giftware with a difference, this includes unusual jewellery, glassware, accessories and even clothes. Everything across their range is selected because it has something unique about it, whether it is the material it is made of or the design. 
Due to the strong rural base in Timaru, Maree also services the Mackenzie Country as well as Timaru itself, so travel is a must to good service for their clients. The services offered include room dressing and providing advice on dressing spaces, all of which has proved successful, especially with out of town clients where the team will brings the product to the client.Maree is supported by a great team who provide amazing customer service. Her philosophy of hiring staff means she looks for a natural friendly, happy and smiley nature, knowing full well that training can come later but you can’t train someone to be cheerful.
Essential to Maree’s successful business is not only a great team but also a balance of beautiful stock at the right price. When making buying decisions Maree is guided by her passion for colour and design which result in both products and service with something to suit every style and budget, ensuring no-one leaves the store empty handed, even if all they gain is inspiration!!
Maree says “I love what I do” and would like to take the opportunity to thank her customers and staff for helping her to achieve the dream of owning her own design store. Marie also acknowledges her suppliers, who also work with her as a team, all this has helped make the store exactly what she envisaged all those years ago.
If you are passing through Timaru Maree invites you to call in at their design store and let loose with your imagination and inspiration. With easy parking, Maree Hynes Interiors is located on the main highway at 19 Theodosia St, Timaru, opposite the Polytechnic. The friendly team looks forward to making you a cup of tea/coffee, and sharing their passion for design, guiding you, like so many of their clients to also achieve the home of your dreams.


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