Iconic Laurieton shop Peg's Place will have a new owner

MORE TIME TOGETHER: Rhonda and Gavan Grayston will hand over the keys to Peg's Place on November 1.

MORE TIME TOGETHER: Rhonda and Gavan Grayston will hand over the keys to Peg's Place on November 1.

Businesswoman Rhonda Grayston is looking forward to life on the other side of the counter at the iconic craft shop, Peg’s Place.

If Rhonda had a dollar for every time someone came into the shop and called her ‘Peg’ ….

“It happens a lot,” Rhonda laughed.

“But that’s ok. I answer to it, it’s easier that way.”

Despite owning Peg’s Place for 15 years, Rhonda didn’t change the name out of respect to the business’ founder.

“Everyone knew the name and why change it if it works?” Rhonda said.

Rhonda and Peg Harrhy worked together in the shop for 15 years before Rhonda and her husband Gavan bought the business.

Peg’s Place is a local icon and, proudly, Rhonda has kept up the stock of timeless craft items and friendly, helpful service.

“Not that much has changed. We’ve always had what customers wanted and sourced extra based on customer feedback,” Rhonda said.

“Trends come and go and there aren’t as many children doing craft anymore which is a shame. We’ve increased the supply of homespun and patchwork materials because knitting and quilting is a constant.”

During the chat with the Camden Haven Courier there was a steady stream of customers purchasing bits and bobs for craft or clothing repairs. Rhonda helped and advised each one.

Rhonda has built a strong rapport with her customers.

“I have enjoyed meeting all the people and helping them with their sewing or knitting, whatever they need,” Rhonda said.

“I thank all our loyal customers and friends for their support. I’m looking forward to retirement and I wish Pat (Kerr) well on this her new adventure.”

Rhonda said she is looking forward to doing all the things “Grannies do”, like helping at school reading groups, spending time with her three great-grandchildren, enjoying a bit of travel and of course, joining a local craft group.

Rhonda will help out new owner, Pat Kerr, for a “little while” before joining customers on the other side of the counter.

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