Franklin's first pop up glamping business is in operation

Just Hitched, officially launched Friday, which the Onewhero couple began planning on their honeymoon. Evans hoped it would be the perfect option for couples who wanted a honeymoon closer to home. 

"We got married in February and we had a big issue finding vendors that would come out this far, and we couldn't find any accommodation. We were really looking for pop up glamping option. There was nothing local and no one delivered. We want to be able to take away some of that stress. 

Melinda and James Evans began planning their business venture on their honeymoon earlier this year.
Melinda and James Evans began planning their business venture on their honeymoon earlier this year.

"Having just been married, it's fresh in our minds how stressful the day is."

The pair now offer a glamorous camping option, which is a five-metre wide bell tent, with a queen bed, hot tub, a trailer converted into a bathroom, complete with a flushing toilet, and other luxuries that a boutique hotel would offer.

They also have items to hire for weddings, and a vintage caravan that is used as a bar or cafe. 

Evans said their business idea came at the perfect time. 

"We found out that James got made redundant and I'm a qualified psychotherapist but I've struggled to find a job locally. You may as well make your own opportunities.

"The whole concept is new. There is glamping, but it's at fixed locations."

She also added it was important to be extremely customer focused, as well as giving back to the community. A small percentage of each booking they receive is donated to Well Women Franklin, and they hope to collaborate with local wedding vendors in the future.

Article source: Briar Hubbard/Fairfax NZ


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