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Little shop of wonders: Canterbury Playcentre Shop


Lockdown was the perfect time for parents and children to strengthen their bond and spend quality time together. While it may not have been smooth sailing every day, it would have been a learning curve for many. Metropol sits down with the team at Canterbury Playcentre Shop to see how their little shop of wonders helped in those tough times.

 

 

“Before lockdown our shelves were empty,” Jessamy and Megan explain.

“We sold a lot of dolls; it gave the children something to nurture. Chalk was also very popular; everyone was drawing on their driveways. The parents wanted their children to do things that would keep them calm.”

The pair also noticed that post-lockdown a lot of parents were coming in and asking advice and different ways they could play with their children.

Lockdown enabled them to spend “time with their kids without distraction”.

“It would nice if that carries on,” Jessamy hopes.

You can see they just want to help you provide the best play experience possible for your little ones, from the smiley faces at the counter providing tips, tricks and advice, to the ‘think before you buy’ pamphlet by the register.

Another part of their caring nature is how they run their loyalty card programme.

For every $100 spent (a stamp for every $20), The Canterbury Playcentre Shop will give a $5 credit to your nominated Early Childhood Education provider (cash purchases only).

We think that’s pretty special… and a great way to support your local.


 

Update a tired kitchen: M F Turnbull


For many of us, a stretch of time to reflect and plan was an unexpected addition to our year, a rare positive effect of our lockdown experience. With time on our hands, all to be spent in our homes, we were able to think about what we would like to change, and take the time to consider and research options.

 

 

M.F. Turnbull, where the in-house saying is, ‘if you think it could be spray finished, give us a call because it probably can,’ was available throughout lockdown for enquiries and they are now busy bringing that work to fruition.

“We’ve always been a cost-effective option for making fittings and furniture new again,” co-owner Monique Turnbull says.

“But now more and more people are considering how to get what they want with less impact on the environment. By changing the colour, you get to reuse and so reduce waste going to landfill and energy used in manufacturing new.”

This year the longstanding company is further enhancing its green credentials, working with suppliers to start phasing out solvent based products in favour of waterborne applications.

“We find that many kitchens are already well laid out and some are kitchens by name designers. They often only need minor alterations such as changing a cupboard to drawers, removing or replacing cupboards over fridge, microwave areas or oven surrounds,” Monique says.

“A fresh surface and adding new handles can be all you need to bring a kitchen up to date.”

The team can strip back surfaces but it is not usually necessary.

“We can recolour any type of kitchen surface that manufacturers can make. Even doors where the plastic coating is breaking down, we can remove the coating and apply the colour you want to the underlying substrate,” Monique adds.

Often clients are happy with the existing colour of their joinery but some parts of the kitchen have become a little tired.

“A refinish to match the original and its like a new kitchen again. It is also an easy way to refresh the kitchen if you are looking to sell, or if you have just moved in and are looking to make your new home ‘feel like you’.”

M.F. Turnbull Kitchen Renewal are also the experts for refinishing bathroom vanities, wardrobe doors, internal doors, and all kinds of furniture from a lampstand through to bedroom or dining suites.

The team thrives on challenges and loves it if an unusual request comes in.

The challenge can sometimes lie in bringing out of people’s heads the vision that they have.

By talking through the end goal using samples and options to clarify, the team is very good at turning visions into reality.

Send your enquiry with photos through the website or to info@mfturnbull.co.nz and they can give you an estimate or call them to discuss on 03 365 2519


 

A café collaboration: Purple Weka Cafe


Friends helping out friends, and businesses building each other up, is what Cantabrians do best.

Ben and Hayley at Purple Weka Café

 

Café and bar owner Stu McDougall was eternally grateful to have his entrepreneurial buddy, Ben Hogg, weave some infamous Purple Weka magic online during lockdown.

He kept loyal customers entertained, as nothing was coming out of the kitchen for four long weeks.

With a communications degree from Massey and a ten year stint as a marketing executive in Christchurch, the 31-year-old launched his own enterprise in January – www.marketable.nz – helping the “small guys” engage closely with customers.

Ben has always enjoyed helping others to harness creative ways to grow their business.

“It’s something I’ve been doing for years anyway, helping out friends like Stu.

We met when I moved down from Palmy. I stayed with him and he showed me the ropes of local life.

Helping with Stu’s social media, I wanted to capture the thing that makes his café such a special place for customers, so I spent a whole day at the café to get a feel for the banter I’d come to associate with knowing Stu.”

When reading Stu’s hilarious 10 commandments for level 2 on Facebook, no one would suspect that Ben was the social media guru behind the scenes.

“We also felt it was important to support Stu’s team by sharing their side-hustles too, such as Cassidy’s photography, Hayley’s nail business and Jacinta’s keto-friendly cooking.

“Businesses succeed when they collaborate and we all need to look at ways to complement, rather than compete, with each other.”


 

Post lockdown treats – you deserve it!


The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is a small business run by two local Christchurch women that has been going for more than 15 years.

 

 

Dr Brigid Lee and Denise Prosser have worked tirelessly to provide Cantabrians with the safest, cutting edge anti-aging treatments available worldwide.

It is their passion for helping their clients to get the best results possible that has set them up as the destination for skin rejuvenation procedures in Christchurch.

Unlike other beauty businesses that have seen their clients attempting to ‘give it a go’ at home during lockdown, that isn’t possible with the medical level of treatments done at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic!

What are clients desperately waiting for?

Cooltech – a treatment that targets unwanted bulges by using cryolipolysis (using cold to kill fat cells). Great for mummy tummies, back fat, inner and outer thigh bulges – helpful with wobbly bits that have turned up during lockdown.

Ulthera – this treatment uses the power of microfocused ultrasound to tighten the lower face and neck areas, also great around the eyes. FDA approved as a non-surgical facelift.

Injectables – Botulinum Toxin (Botox® or Dysport®) is used to relax facial muscles, thereby reducing wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers are a nonpermanent, naturally occurring substance, that can lift and fill where there is volume loss on the face (such as sagging cheeks, lips and under eye areas).

“Now that we are in Level 2, hopefully life is returning to normality. Stay safe and support local!” from Dr Brigid and Denise.


 

Tame the lockdown mane! – Hair, Art & Beauty


The wait is over! Level 2 is finally here, which means we can attend to some much-needed maintenance. While we’ve all been panicking over our out-of-control eyebrows and ‘wisdom-highlights’, Hair Art & Beauty understands that lockdown has been a challenging time and wants to thank the community for staying home and staying safe in spite of this.

 

They also want to give a big thank you to all the essential workers who have kept the country going during the lockdown period.

In recognition and appreciation of your sacrifice, Hair Art & Beauty will continue to offer a discount to all CDHB staff – simply show your work identification at your appointment.

The team may not have been in the salon, but they have been working on ways to make your next experience at Hair Art & Beauty even more spectacular by taking advantage of some of the excellent online education available.

Whether it was brushing up on their technical skills with ‘look and learn’ classes by top international educators, or strengthening their knowledge on the products they use through La Biosthetique’s dedicated training hub, they have been hard at work improving themselves as hair and skin experts.

There has also been plenty of baking, eating, creating, home-schooling and virtually connecting with loved ones during lockdown – as much as they’ve enjoyed spending time with their families, the Hair Art and Beauty team are excited to be back in salon looking after their clients’ hair and beauty needs.