Local business celebrates 21 years of trade

Bordertown born business ‘Hubbard’s Kaleidoscope’ celebrated its 21st birthday party on Friday July 6 with drinks, prizes and store-wide discounts for supportive members of the community.

Hubbard’s Kaleidoscope is seen as a must stop patchwork shop and we’ve slowly built up our name

Heather Warncken

Bordertown community member and business owner Heather Warncken founded the business in 1997 and now runs the shop with her husband Ray and daughter Laura. 

Heather said the business originally started out as a sewing and quilting shop, situated at a smaller nearby location. 

“We were located where the optometrist currently is but then in 2002 we upgraded it to this store because I needed a bigger space,” she said. 

“We had the opportunity to buy the building which was originally ‘Kaleidoscope Gifts and Decor’.

“The owners of that store relocated the decor part of their business away and we decided to buy the gift shop –  that’s how ‘Hubbard’s Kaleidoscope’ was born.”

Heather said the family business had been through many ups and downs over the years and had gone through various changes.

“Currently we are working toward trying to get our name more involved on social media,” Heather said. 

“We are struggling a bit to get a website going – it’s a time commitment thing.

“Social media and online is where the future is heading though and we need to keep up with the trends.”

Heather said the shop had worked up a reputation as a must stop destination for travellers passing through.

“We have a good support of local regulars, but we also have a good amount of call in customers,” she said. 

“Hubbard’s Kaleidoscope is seen as a must stop patchwork shop and we’ve slowly built up our name.

“It’s being spoken about and people call in from Melbourne or Adelaide and stop in on their way through.”

Heather said she was proud to celebrate 21 years of successful business in a small country town and would like to thank members of the community who supported the business throughout the years.

“It’s an achievement!”