Combining expert craftsmanship with personalised service, New Style Blinds and Curtains is a family business with 20 years’ experience.
Founded in 1992, owners Paul O’Loughlin and his partner Alina took over the reins from Alina’s father more than a year ago. With the majority of items manufactured on site at the Waltham-based premises, New Style has been built on a solid reputation, due to many repeat clientele and word-of-mouth referrals over the years. Many of the long-standing staff have been with the company for almost as long as it’s been running.
From shutters and roller blinds, to curtains of any style – traditional to ultra-modern – the team use the latest technology and industry developments combined with old-school manufacturing quality, for every creation. Offering the complete package, from consultation and design to installation, they take care of the entire process. “Not all windows are exactly the same – a couple of millimetres in a measurement makes all the difference, so it’s all about getting everything just right,” Paul says.
“We have our own in-house installers and our clients’ satisfaction is of utmost importance.”
Motorised roller blinds are very popular, Paul says. “It’s very affordable to motorise your blinds – prewired or battery operated – you never have to pull a blind again, just press a button.”
New Style Blinds and Curtains is open Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturdays by appointment at 14 Opawa Road. Visit www.newstyleblinds.co.nz or phone
Carpetbinders, formally Rugs Ltd, is a true family business. Continuing as Christchurch’s specialist rug and binding company and part of an intergenerational succession plan, Michelle MacWilliam and her brothers, Richard and Mark Cassidy, have taken over the business from their mother – 40 years after she started it.
Offering a professional rug binding service for the homeowner, as well as carpet retailers, contractors, architects and designers, the siblings have more than 85 years of experience in the industry between them. The company prides itself on its one-on-one service, Michelle says. “We provide two different types of edging services, for a seamless, quality finish – the woollen blanket stitch overlocking, or the sleek, narrow tape binding.”
Homeowners who have surplus carpet pieces from new carpet being installed can take advantage of the company’s pick-up and delivery service. “We can create beautiful and useful rugs, designed to fit any area or space you wish. We specialise in catering to any odd shapes, such as in caravans and motorhomes, as well as extra-large squares for open plan living.”
Embracing the digital era, the company’s extensive selection of rugs is available to browse and purchase online – from traditional to contemporary-style. “We have a depth of knowledge that stems from where the business began and we’ve changed our format of delivery to meet the changes of the market. We work with selected international rug buyers and being online also opens up the opportunity to sell to wider South Island. And over the coming months we will be further updating and expanding our selection and the options available.”
Visit www.carpetbinders.nz for more information.
It’s definitely ‘Kiwi as’, from its traditional ma’s savoury mince dish to the rustic recycled fence planking around its servery counter. And of course there is the name and its association with a cheeky Kiwi flightless bird, the weka – though you may not find any purple ones in the wild.
Being Kiwi is the essence of the Purple Weka Café and Bar’s charm. It’s owned by a Kiwi family and offers great Kiwi hospitality, service and food. That’s why people from all over town who have discovered the café keep coming back, especially in the weekend, to enjoy a lazy breakfast, brunch or lunch among convivial company. Many customers have met over the café’s substantial hearty food and become friends for life.
Great comfort food, great coffee and a warm friendly atmosphere are what we look for in a café as we come into winter. The Purple Weka is in its element at this time of the year. How better to warm yourself up than with a serving of hot cakes with lashings of maple syrup, or creamy mushrooms served on toasted ciabatta, or one of the café’s famous soups?
Perhaps a big breakfast with all the trimmings, a steak sandwich, or even a generous serving of blue cod and fries are more to your taste. The Purple Weka knows the way to a Kiwi’s heart is through tasty food, cooked and served superbly well, all at very reasonable prices.
Another plus for the cafe is the abundant parking right outside the door at 48 Fitzgerald Avenue – not something you generally find so close to the CBD.
Combining traditional techniques with the highest quality timber, family-owned business Halswell Timber has been providing a specialised service for the past 21 years.
With an extensive range of imported, native and exotic timber species to choose from, the dedicated and experienced team can assist with any timber needs – whether residential or commercial. The comprehensive selection of pre-run standard profiled timber includes weatherboards, flooring, panelling, skirting, architrave, mouldings and fencing, for construction and finishing, both interior and exterior.
Delivering a one-on-one service and expert knowledge, customers can talk to the specialised staff for guidance and browse the selection for ideas and inspiration, says Yard Manager Mark Batten, who has been with the company for 17 years – one of the many qualified, long-standing staff. “We are opening a showroom soon and have just installed a new machine, enabling increased capacity and the ability to custom-make or recreate any profile to match your home.”
Halswell Timber has its own pre-priming paint line on-site and the team is also an expert when it comes to laminating beautiful timber benchtops. The company has built a strong reputation for excellence over the years, as well as close relationships with the New Zealand-wide timber supplier base, enabling the most efficient sourcing possible. Call the Halswell Timber team on 03-338 9199 or see them at 193 Halswell Road. Visit halswelltimber.co.nz for more information.
A column of antique wooden planks displayed at J E Collett Builders are the well-worn steps from a house built by owner Jonny Collett’s grandfather many decades ago and enjoyed by the Collett family for many years.
The poignant tribute to Jonny’s heritage also signifies the journey of aspiring to the top while taking steps towards your goals. “I come from a long line of tradesmen,” he says.
“My grandfather was a builder and the first Collett to walk up these steps – and my two-year-old son was the last Collett to walk down them.”
Anything but an ordinary building company, Jonny’s unique enthusiasm and passion for the craft is channelled into every project, with exceptional dedication to quality and beauty – whether an architectural new build, renovation or first home. His genuine, affable character, along with the rest of the top-notch team, creates an enjoyable, stress-free environment for clients.
“We have a fantastic culture here and everyone was hand selected for their personality and practical ability. Communication with clients is so important throughout and we encourage them to be as involved as they want – it’s them who’ll ultimately be telling their home’s story. We always keep in touch afterwards to ensure everything is going well – being involved in building their asset, we feel obligated to help them look after it. We love seeing them enjoying their new space.”
Jonny has been building for 18 years and recently became an executive board member of the Master Builders Association. His latest project, The Collett Collection – the company’s own range of spec homes – is coming soon. Visit jecollettbuilders.co.nz for more information.
The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions.
“It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim and Riccarton Road. It would be perfect for any restaurant, culinary dream, or a combined office space,” she says.
An interior designer from Amsterdam, Hedwig wishes to move on to her next project spending precious time with her gorgeous new granddaughter while concentrating solely on her Dutch-style catering business.
The landlord let Hedwig recreate the once drab, unnoticeable villa with colourful imagination. Amazing Dutch-designed wallpapers add delightful difference to the disco-glam ‘Arabian nights’ room, the light-filled ‘colour room’ and the must-see optical illusion bathroom. Husband Gregory restored its soft-pink exterior, polished floors and sturdy structure to its 1911 glory.
Her son and barista Quentin greets customers, while Hedwig conjures no-nonsense-great food from the spacious new kitchen. The café oasis serves Peruvian-origin coffee to the lucky customers working in the area – and many pop in for Dutch grocery items. The healthy award-winning smoothies, little Dutch poffertjes and oliebollen are delectable and specialties which are also sold at their Dutch stall at Deans Bush market on Saturdays.
Hedwig is off to Amsterdam this winter for her annual inspirational research. However, for interested parties, she can be contacted at email@example.com, anytime.
Villa 23 Café, 23 Mandeville Street, Riccarton (next to Flow Hot Yoga). Phone 03-343 3375. See Facebook/Instagram for details.
Everything about Lemongrass is unique. It’s a Thai restaurant, located off the beaten track, in a hazelnut orchard north of Rangiora.
It is the true definition of a family business. Sriamorn Reavill and husband Paul bought the Loburn property and house, later building the restaurant onto their home. At Lemongrass you are likely to be waited on by Aaron, 11, or be joined at your table by head chef Sriamorn for a chat.
The children play a part in the restaurant. It’s their business, too. Chelsy, 9, is usually in the kitchen helping mum. She cooks a mean stir fry and makes great spring rolls. Aaron and family friend, Liv, who is 15 and whose mum Shirley also works in the kitchen, often take care of front of house. They are confident and knowledgeable of food preparation, the menu and the foundations of good customer service. In addition to their schooling and sports achievements, they work together the create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, amazing food and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Paul, too regularly chips in in the kitchen.
There is al fresco dining, or between courses take a stroll in the orchard and relax in the country silence. The food is spectacular, everything you expect Thai cuisine to be – bold flavours, aromatic delights, contrasts of texture and colour, all with a spicy kick.
You must make a booking at Lemongrass. It’s so relaxed that if there are no bookings, it probably won’t be open. When it is, the drive is more than worth it. For bookings phone 03-310-3102.
Angus and Laura Chisholm are the husband and wife team behind Angus Chisholm Builders. Angus has been in the building trade since he left school. That’s twenty years, a wealth of experience constructing everything from retaining walls and decks to architectural homes, townhouses and multi-unit buildings.
Not really content working for others, he branched out on his own early and has built a successful business, first as a sole trader then, in 2014, he incorporated the business with his wife, Laura.
Laura has a background in civil engineering, particularly water and waste-water reticulation. She has consulted for CCC and QLDC among others and has lots of experience designing and project managing the construction of waste-water systems, writing contracts and pricing.
Together, they have taken Angus Chisholm Builders to new heights. “We really do work well together. We understand all aspects of the building trade,” Angus says.
With Angus onsite, managing every project, overseeing his builders, apprentices, and subcontractors, and Laura handling the admin, accounts, and client liaison – and 3.5 children! – Angus Chisholm Builders is a smoothly run business well placed to complete any building project.
“We’re not scared of any job,” Laura says.
Hill sites – always a challenge – are no problem. Angus has built homes in Prebbleton, Lincoln, Rolleston and many other places, fitted seismic strengthening to a motel in Akaroa, and built pole sheds and other farm infrastructure.
A Registered Master Builder, Angus Chisholm Builders offers house and land packages from design to compliance and more, such as light commercial fitouts, fencing, landscaping, renovations, alterations and repairs.
Contact Laura on 022 477 8270 or visit www.anguschisholmbuilders.nz.
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