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Summer Spa: Champs Elysees


A tropical holiday may not be in the travel cards this summer, but you can get the next best thing in your own backyard with Champs Elysees’ range of luxurious spa treatment options.

 

 

We’ve pulled together our favourite treatments so you can take a mini holiday at the luxurious resort-like day space at 110 Papanui Road, Merivale.

HOLIDAY GLOW
With the Champs Elysees range of facials, you can get that relaxed holiday glow without leaving the city, from the 45-minute Essential Facial to the 60-minute Matis Hyaluronic Plumping Facial designed to plump the skin with moisture. Our favourite is the Matis Kaviar Facial, where extracts of caviar and minerals penetrate deep into the skin leaving it velvety smooth, energised and visibly younger.

ANTI-AGEING
Take your treatment to the next level with a Medispa. The 60-minute DermaFrac Facial combines microneedling, simultaneous infusion and LED light therapy to revive and regenerate ageing skin while helping to improve congestion, acne scarring and pigmentation, while the 60-minute Collagen Induction Therapy treatment stimulates the body’s own natural collagen repair and growth processes to improve skin tone, texture and impurities.

RELAXATION AND RESTORATION
Champs Elysees has an outstanding range of massage and gloriously restorative body treatments designed to relax and revitalise while relieving tension and pain. Enjoy them in sweet solitude or with someone special in a large double suite. Our pick is the 60- or 90-minute Hot Stone Massage which can help reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, while easing pain and muscle tension.


 

The secret life of dentures: Merivale Denture Clinic


Merivale Denture Clinic Senior Clinician Thomas Gu tells Metropol how the process of treatment through to creating high quality dentures lies in the expert combination of science, art and engineering.

 

 

Tom’s treatment for providing good dentures begins with a thorough oral exam, discussion and diagnosis, which he kicks off with a free no-obligation consultation.

“I spend a lot of time listening to my clients’ history of dental issues to identify and fix the root cause of the problem.”

Tom ensures all his patients know exactly what is possible and what the limitations may be, without sugar coating the situation, so he can provide the best options that are unique to each individual and their circumstances.

Tom’s vast and varied career began at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry where he specialised in various scopes of practice including implant supported removable dentures, conventional full dentures, partial dentures, metal substructures, flexible dentures and orthodontics. He was the senior technician leading these various departments.

After his university career, Tom has practiced privately, which means his experience ranges from treating complex hospital grade cases through to cosmetically oriented private cases.
Tom and his team use a combination of the latest technology and extensive specialised experience and skills to craft customised dentures.

This technology includes an IvoBase Injector unit, E4 digital scanner, Asiga 3D printer, and computer aided design with 3Shape software (pictured).

High quality dentures improve physical health as well as mental well-being by restoring your ability to eat better, giving you a beautiful smile and improving your quality of life.


 

The style gurus: Kudos Hairdressing


If you attempted to cut, style or colour your hair these last few months at home and you were successful… kudos to you. But not everyone was so lucky in their endeavours. Many greatly welcomed the re-opening of hairdressers nationwide – especially the customers of Kudos Hairdressers in Merivale.

 

 

Metropol caught up with Michelle Farmer, Senior Stylist and Director, about what their hair hub has been like in a post-lockdown world.

“We’ve enjoyed seeing how everyone has managed their colours during lockdown especially those that have been very creative! It’s great to be back doing what we love and our clients have been so supportive during these uncertain times,” Michelle says.

You may have been staring at yourself in the mirror during that time and wanting a change or even just a revamp, well now’s the perfect time to do so.

The “team of fully qualified stylists, who are friendly and professional, are there to provide great customer experience and service,” Michelle explains.

That change could be a few centimetres off the ends, some highlights or even a fringe.

“Fringes are on trend at the moment or you could treat yourself to a new look without the huge commitment,” she says.

The salon also stocks Wella, System Professional, Sebastian and ghd.

Book your next appointment on 03 355 4734 or email kudosmerivale@xtra.co.nz.


 

Your Gift Guide to the world: French Blue


Holidays may have been put on hold and borders may be closed for the time being, but you don’t have to travel the world to get a hold of some of its greatest treasures. We caught up with Catherine Matthews, owner of French Blue, to find out her instore recommendations.

 

 

All the way from Mexico; calf skin tote bags and glassware are a popular pick.

Make your way over to Europe with French linen and linen tea towels then pop on over to Portugal with Rua Nova tableware.

A lovely rack of Ilse Jacobsen coats, raincoats and wind jackets from Denmark hang front and centre.

And it wouldn’t be a gift guide without recommending their assortment of gift cards.

Who said you just had to visit French Blue to purchase gifts for others… treat yourself.


 

Something old, something new…: Merivale Denture Clinic


We have finally moved into Level 2 and we think that is something worth smiling about. Make sure that smile is your finest, by visiting the team at Merivale Denture Clinic.

 

The clinic offers top-of-the-line services and “Combines the best of both worlds with the latest and most advanced technology with traditional methods of artistry, to produce custom dentures unique to each individual client. These are functional yet aesthetically pleasing,” Senior Clinician, Thomas Gu says.

And it always helps to have a friendly face and welcoming smile like Tom’s in the clinic, which is supported by more than 15 years of experience at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry and private practices.

Merivale Denture Clinic is excited to announce they now have the latest state-of-the-art technology with an E4 digital scanner, Asiga 3D printer and world renowned 3shape computer aided design software to design intra oral prosthesis with computer aided accuracy.

What a great way to ensure that every client is getting the best service and product on the market.

To book a complimentary, obligation-free consultation, phone 03 355 4704.


 

Magic in Merivale: Barry Connor


By combining classic design elements and modern influences, Barry Connor Design’s latest award-winning project is a stunning home, perfectly positioned amongst a private courtyard and garden.

 

 

Last year, this Merivale property took home the 2019 Architectural Designers’ New Zealand (ADNZ) Highly Commended Award for the Residential New Home between 150 and 300sqm category.

Located in a quiet residential setting, this single story, easy-care home takes influences from modern design with its open layout and curved windows, and more traditional styles.

“The site is framed along the road side by an existing boundary brick wall that curves into the site at the entry and this set up one of the initial cues for the dialogue of the concept design,” Barry says.

“The classic heritage red brick wall references the past and so we set upon considering a modern interpretation of this for the new home.”

Built by Mark Prosser Builders, the house is light, bright and open.

Efforts to maximise these elements have been enhanced at every design opportunity throughout the compact 11m wide site.

The main living, kitchen and dining spaces are located to the front of the home and open out to the main courtyard garden.

This allows year-round morning sun to filter through the house and creates a home that feels like it’s a part of the garden, drawing adults, kids and dogs alike outdoors.

“At Barry Connor Design, we believe great homes begin with great design. And great design always begins with you.”

For more information, phone Barry today on 0212035992, or email barry@barryconnordesign.co.nz.

 


 

A dream retirement: Merivale Retirement Village


Nestled in the heart of the genteel locale of Merivale is one of our city’s most forward-thinking retirement complexes that ticks all the boxes when it comes to providing superior quality care for retirees looking to kick back and enjoy the good life in luxurious comfort and style.

 

 

Merivale Retirement Village provides residential solutions for all stages of retirement – whether that be leading up to, and including, rest home-level care in one of their beautifully appointed serviced apartments, or more independent living in a villa, or in one of the soon-to-be available terrace townhouses.

The airy, spacious one-bedroom serviced apartments start from $350,000 and deliver everything in feel and appeal, with sunny and warm aspects, thoughtfully appointed interiors and patio areas that are both pretty and peaceful. As far as safety and security go, residents of the serviced apartments are assured of peace of mind, and they have access to the best in rest home-level care, with a continuum of care and support options should that time come. The added bonus is that although retaining their independence as individuals in an intimate setting, there is also connectivity with other residents to ensure a strong and vibrant social life.

As the serviced apartments are housed within the main complex, residents have easy access to the in house café, where tasty and nutritious meals are served daily, as well as the hair salon, library, and for a fun-filled happy hour, the very popular
Stokesy’s Bar is but a stroll from the main atrium.

 

 

For those retirees wanting complete independence but within a secure environment, the north-facing two and three bedroomed villas are ideal. Open plan kitchen, living and dining lend a timeless elegance, while sun-strewn private courtyards only ramp up the ambience. Internal access garaging provides convenient house entry for residents, while their visitors can utilise the off-street parking space.

Saving the most exciting news until last, Merivale Retirement Village now has eleven terrace townhouses available to purchase off plan!

With the first stage to be completed by mid-2020, these exclusive two-storey homes comprise three bedrooms with walk-in robes an0d ensuites, expansive open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas that open out to north-facing, private paved terrace courtyards.

Factor in luxury features such as an Escea gas fireplace in the living room; a fully ducted Fujitsu HVAC System; surround ceramic tiling and underfloor heating in the bathroom; an internal two-stop lift; double car garaging; a security system that’s second-to-none, and all set amongst park-like surroundings that won a Canterbury Horticultural Society Garden Award, and without a doubt, you have the ultimate dream retirement home.

For a personal guided tour to turn dreams into reality, contact Leah Moore 03 375 4117 or 021 971 487. Email reception@merivaleretirement.co.nz

 

 


 

Embrace Autumn in Merivale


At the heart of the desirable Merivale shopping precinct, you will find the iconic destination store Corso Merivale.

 

The exquisite boutique is characterised by notable brands not found elsewhere in Christchurch and it is their goal to ensure that Corso Merivale sets itself apart in quality, selection and service. As we head into autumn it gives us an opportunity to embrace the cooler weather and all its characteristics. Strong rich colours in whisky, dark inks and saffron can be found in a beautiful range of hand blocked linen cushions made at the hands of talented artisans. Natural materials are the focus at Corso Merivale; cashmere, wool, linen and organic cotton, just to touch on a few.

Along with the change of season comes an exciting change in beautiful quality homewares and lifestyle ranges on offer, from the comfort of Danish house shoes Glerups to the stunning fragrances from Belgium, Baobab candles. Cashmere separates by Laing Home are enduringly stylish, while Missoni’s very latest towelling selection will add vibrancy to your bathrooms, and layering textures and colours will give you depth, creating a rich and inviting ambience.

 

For the fashion savvy, R.M. Williams’s boots have marked their territory firmly at Corso Merivale. These iconic boots will endure for many years and only get better with age. Bassike continues to be a firm favourite, while Good & Co.’s unique winter range of merino and silk scarves are a touch of luxury either as a gift or for yourself.

Corso Merivale invites you to come and be inspired at 209-211 Papanui Road, or visit www.corsomerivale.nz.

 

Mainmark

Re-levelling Solution: Mainmark


New Zealand is no stranger to seismic activity and Christchurch residents know only too well the importance of structural integrity. Widespread liquefaction has affected countless building foundations in the region, including the Kamahi Apartments, an eight-storey residential apartment building in Merivale.

 

Mainmark

 

When Bruce McDonald from KCRB Ltd purchased Kamahi Apartments, geotechnical engineers confirmed that the building needed to be re-levelled and structurally strengthened to meet the New Building Standard (NBS). Due to the building’s height, Bruce wanted absolute confidence when taking steps to achieve 100 percent NBS. Having remediated hundreds of structures affected by seismic liquefaction, including the Christchurch Art Gallery, ground engineering specialist Mainmark had proven longevity, expertise and trusted solutions.
“Mainmark came up as being the major player based on reputation, results and confidence in a good outcome,” Bruce says.

Thorough geotechnical investigations of ground conditions identified there was adequate stability to proceed with re-levelling the building, which had suffered differential settlement. Mainmark technicians worked around the clock to achieve the required level tolerances across the entire building’s footprint, completing works before Christmas 2017. This then allowed extensive renovation and refurbishment of the Kamahi Apartments to be completed, preparing the building for occupancy.

Based on his experiences, Bruce recommends avoiding assumptions when it comes to structural safety. “Make sure you ascertain the current capability in the ground as well as the building, so you can get the right people to quote the right remedies relevant to your site. If you try to take a shortcut that needs to be fixed retrospectively, it can be very costly.”

 


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JDV

Still partying: JDV


For the best Cup Week party atmosphere dished up with great food, beverages and a friendly professional service head to JDV in Merivale.

 

JDV

 

Cup Week kicks off `under starters orders’ on Monday November 12 with rosé tasting, Veuve Clicquot and food matching. A special Veuve Clicquot breakfast welcomes in NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday November 13 before the `A Day Not at the Races’ celebrations begin.  Avoid the crowds and spend the day with JDV instead.

View all the action from Addington on JDV’s big screen and celebrate until late. Throughout Cup Week, dinner will be served up until 11.30pm every evening so there’s no excuse not to celebrate well after the sun’s gone down. With music throughout the week, patrons are also invited to head upstairs to boogie the night away at the Verandah Bar where the Moët & Chandon champagne cocktails will be flowing. It’s all about having fun and great service and that’s what JDV have been giving people for the past 18 years.

JDV’s `intimate food’ experience in a relaxing environment allows you to enjoy truly a memorable occasion. The week-long party at JDV encompasses a Ladies Day on November 14, Sail Away with Cloudy Bay and the Royal JDV Yacht Squadron on November 15, Canterbury Anniversary Day celebrations on November 16, Gallops Day on November 17 and a Recuperation Day on Sunday November 17.

With delicious locally sourced produce and a tempting menu, JDV is setting a high standard and leading the way with its 11:30pm late night dining.