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Restaurateurs in residence
Local owners have taken over the restaurant in Arrowtown’s historic Postmaster’s Residence. The business has been bought by expat English/Irish couple Sam Laycock and Maria Kealy, along with long-time Queenstown rest­aurateur Ian MacLennan. Named simply Postmasters, the restaurant opens for lunch and dinner. “We’re giving our diners a true local experience by combining the cottage’s old-world charm and stunning setting with the best in Central Otago food, wine and hospitality,” Laycock says. The restaurant was formerly owned by Graeme and the late Adele Begley. 

Blooming business
Queens­town fashion designer Claire Brinsley has taken on an assistant to handle the growth of her women’s fashion label, Claire Bloom. Auckland-born and raised Emily Riki has a diploma in fashion design and technology. Riki says she’s always loved fashion: “I still recall in 1999 doing an English assignment on how cool it was that New Zealand had four designers showing at London Fashion Week.” Claire Bloom launched in 2005. 

Women walk the talk
Queenstown Chamber of Commerce has assembled a panel of high-profile speakers for its second Women’s Business Conference on May 17. Addressing the all-day event – themed ‘Walking The Talk’ – are entrepreneur Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Untouched World/Snowy Peak founder Peri Drysdale, Linden Leaves founder Brigit Blair, Fisher Funds managing director Carmel Fisher, Yellow Brick Road boss Rachel Taulelei, radio company manager Jane Rangooni and motivational speaker Lisa O’Neill. Media personality Mary Lambie is MC.