A STREAKY Bay shop owner has chosen a unique name for her new clothes shop on Bay Road in Streaky Bay.

Tanya Patterson opened her new shop ‘Orlante’ on October 8, taking the name from her grandfather’s fishing boat, which has historical ties to the town.

Ms Patterson has been involved in the clothing business for 13 years and originally operated Kidding Around in Streaky Bay before her lease ran out.

Forced to close down but not wanting to be out of business for long, she was able to find new premises at the former site of the Clearwater Cafe.

Ms Patterson said there was a bit of thinking involved in coming up with a name for the shop.

“I was trying to think of a name for a long time, I wanted it to be something that means something to the locals as well as myself,” she said.

“My brother came up with the name while we were camping because it ties in to local history.”

The Orlante was a 48 foot long cutter bought by Ms Patterson’s grandfather Leonardo Valente in 1930 and was operated by he and his brothers.

Valente was one of the first fishermen in the area and operated the boat up until 1940 when the boat was sold to Tom and Ray Johnson of Streaky Bay.

The boat was never again used fully following World War II, and was wrecked at the creek by the caravan park in 1947.

For the opening week, the shop displayed a model of the Orlante in the front window with a photo of the boat moored in the bay, on loan from the Streaky Bay Museum.

Ms Patterson said people had commented on the name, and on the shop set up.

“People originally from the area say they know about the Orlante and have told stories about it,” she said.

“The shop has been well received in its first week and people commented on how the shop looks like one from Port Lincoln or Adelaide.”

Orlante sells mostly women’s and kids clothes, as well as some menswear and shoes.

“I hope for success with the new business, and for people to support it as another clothing outlet in town,” she said.

SET UP SHOP: Orlante owner/manager Tanya Patterson (right) displays the model of the shop’s namesake boat with staff members Diane Andrasic (left) and Haley Kelsh.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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