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Stepping out!


After 35 years of owning and operating Rangiora Shoelines, sisters Jill May and Sandra Blackadder have decided it is time to move on and begin a new chapter in their lives.

What started out as a passion for footwear and handbags, soon turned into a busy little business that has consistently kept on top of all the latest fashion trends and styles throughout the years.

Today, the shelves are lined with popular brands like regular bestsellers, Josef Seibel, Kacper and Minx and new autumn lines of stylish ankle boots, textured leathers and heel treatments of veneer, perspex and wood are flowing into the store daily.

The new owner has been confirmed as local resident, Rebecca Barker, who will continue operating Rangiora Shoelines with the same well known and loved brands.

Sandra and Jill would like to thank customers for their support and loyalty over the years.

“It’s been an amazing experience and journey,” Jill says.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them! It was a tough decision to leave but we’re stoked it’s remaining an independent store, and also in very capable hands.”

So it will be business as usual in this well respected and loved footwear store.

“We’re high heeling it out of here, but come in before we ‘shoe’ off to say your goodbyes,” Sandra and Jill laugh.


 

Summer in North Canterbury


The weather is heating up – and so is the events itinerary for North Canterbury! Here’s a few fun events you can look forward to from now until the end of the year.

 

 

 

Kaiapoi Community Garden Open Day
Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Sunday 10 November, 10am-1pm
Enjoy a slice of nature while listening to live music at the Kaiapoi Community Garden Open Day! A children’s corner featuring a mud kitchen, sand pit and garden bed will keep the littlies entertained while you have a bite to eat, check out the food demonstrations and browse the seedlings and preserves for sale.
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Women’s Adventure Film Tour
The Heritage Hanmer Springs, Saturday 16 November, 6:30pm-8:30pm
This fun evening of entertainment features a series of short films celebrating the extraordinary things women are doing in the name of nature.
www.musicandarts.co.nz/event/adventure-film-festival

Rangiora Christmas Celebration Night 2019
High Street, Rangiora, Friday 22 November, 5:30-9:30pm
With most retailers open til 9:30pm and a bunch of quality market stalls to browse, Christmas Celebration Night is your chance to get those Christmas gifts sorted! Have a family photo taken with Santa, be entertained by talented street performers and end the night with a fireworks display.
www.rangiorapromotions.co.nz

Ohoka Garden Tour & Fete
Ohoka School, Sunday 24 November, 10am-4pm
This biennial fundraising initiative is a wonderful day out featuring a self-guided tour of six stunning gardens, complemented by a beautiful country fete filled with local stallholders, food, raffles, entertainment – and the ever-popular Pimms tent.
www.ohokagardentour.co.nz

Mandeville Craft Festival
Mandeville Sports Club, Sunday 1 December, 10am-3pm
Relax in the summer sun and revel in an exciting array of top-quality arts and crafts stalls. Enjoy yummy eats, live music and free off-street parking.
www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

Amberley Christmas Festival
121 Carters Road Amberley, 5 December 2019, 4-8pm
Jot this one in your diary – Amberley is set to sparkle this Christmas with a festival featuring market stalls, carols, buskers, Christmas cookie workshops, and Kiwiana style Santa photos with a Kombi van!
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Wardrobe staples for Cup Week: Country Lane


Rangiora’s iconic women’s fashion store Country Lane has been showcasing New Zealand and international fashion labels for almost 30 years, bringing you timeless wardrobe staples alongside some of the latest trends.

 

 

If you’re off to the races this Cup and Show Week, or you’re heading to a wedding, you need to see the range of Moss & Spy, Closet London and Loobie’s Story pieces. These labels offer a mix of modern elegance and classic styles in beautiful quality fabrics.

Match these with an Olga Berg clutch, jewellery by Pilgrim and Four Corners, and footwear from Kathryn Wilson, all of which you can find in store.

If for you Show Week is about relaxation, barbecues and catching up with friends, the store a great selection of New London and Zhrill denim that you can match with an Elk top or Elm tee, and finish your look with a Superga sneaker or an Emporio slide for effortless comfort and style.

To guide you, Country Lane has passionate and experienced staff who share the vision for premium customer service in a no-pressure environment. They’ll help you find something that not only looks fabulous, but will make you feel amazing too! After all, their motto is; “life is too short to wear boring clothes”.

Located centrally in the heart of Rangiora at 140 High Street, Country Lane is the perfect shop to relax and try on items at your own pace. Also, head online and keep up-to-date with the range of new styles at www.countrylanefashions.co.nz.

 

 


 

A passion for real estate: Ray White Rangiora


Just as no two homes are identical, real estate agents also come in their own unique package.

 

 

Now a team of three, Marijke Sheppard and PA Nicola Stokes have welcomed Amy Sheppard to the team. Amy joins Marijke as a salesperson for Ray White Rangiora after six years as a website designer and developer, bringing with her a degree in Visual Communication, which Marijke says is ideal in this ever-changing world.

Although new to the industry, Amy has a serious passion for the North Canterbury area and her strong work ethic, coupled with her social media and marketing skills, make her a valuable member of this dynamic real estate team, adding another dimension to the group.

The team endeavours to provide the very best service they can. With Marijke’s experience, the team’s attention to detail, plus the diverse collective skillset they offer, this team provides a professional 10/10 experience for all clients, from the very first point of contact to the final sign off.

“It is important that we, as sales professionals, are knowledgeable, up to date, well-informed and can be trusted to communicate effectively to our clients,” Marijke says. “Our goal is to ensure that all of our clients get the very best,” she adds.

For more information, phone Marijke (pronounced Ma-rye-ka) for a chat on 027 461 6127, email marijke.sheppard@raywhite.com or visit raywhitemorrisandco.co.nz

Morris and Co Real Estate Ltd Licensed (REAA 2008).

 


 

 

Bringing the ritz to Rangiora: Ivory Bar


It is quite simply a gorgeous space redolent of 1920s New York, with its art deco wallpapers, stunning copper ceilings and chandeliers. This is the Ivory Bar in the heart of Rangiora, a reincarnation of one of Canterbury’s few surviving heritage buildings – the former Northern A&P Society premises.

 

 

A national finalist for ‘Best New Business – Food & Beverage’ at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence, Ivory Bar is up against two other establishments, with the winner to be announced on 17 October. It’s not surprising, after all, everything you would expect from a great cocktail bar and restaurant is here.

The resident mixologist has an encyclopaedic knowledge of cocktails, as well as creating his own delicious concoctions. Happy Hour is 4pm-6pm every day while between 9pm-10pm during Ivory Hour, you’ll find cocktail and spirit specials.

On the menu there is something to suit all tastes from tapas and shared platters to burgers and chips, blueberry cured salmon or the signature Ivory Chicken with its secret herbs and spices.

Friday evenings feature talented local musicians; monthly on a Sunday afternoon is the time for jazz. Coming up on 31 August, James Daniels and Sue White from The Breeze will host a retro 80s Neon Night; a fantastic opportunity for a party and to dance “like no-one’s watching”.

The combination of glitz and glamour with a casual modern vibe gives Ivory Bar universal appeal. It’s a wonderful asset for Rangiora and a tribute to the vision of its owners and managers, the Beulink family.

 


 

Making a sustainable statement


When Christchurch artist Joel Hart created the mural for a new café in Rangiora three years ago, a name for the café literally emerged from the artwork. So, ‘Fools of Desire’ was born, as was the next chapter of the fantastic hospitality journey – 12 years and counting – Elisa Leach and partner, and also co-owner, Karl Horwarth have been on.

 

 

To say Fools of Desire is unique is an understatement. Innovative, fun, eclectic, diverse, exciting – these are a few words that come to mind while sipping a ‘Bullet Proof Coffee’ – a double shot espresso blended with Karikaas butter and coconut oil.

Locally sourced, organic and healthy ingredients, produce and baked goods all flow from the core values that are deeply important to Elisa. Connection and sustainability underpin everything she does and provides. “Connection with guests, with the community is really important to me,” she says. “We focus on our local suppliers, so we get as much as we can of organic coffee, tea and produce, so that it is aligned with being light on the planet.”

That’s been the Fools of Desire philosophy for the three years it’s been open. Utilising solar energy, aiming to be zero waste by using recyclable and compostable materials, sourcing local beers and ciders, driving the ‘plastic straw-free Rangiora’ movement and housing a thriving bee hive – and using the honey in some dishes – inside the café are just some of the things Elisa and the team are doing to aid the environment.

Another level of sustainability is the consideration of alternative protein sources – good for humans and good for the planet. Hence, in addition to the vast array of vegetarian, vegan, keto, and traditional offerings on the menu, you will find locusts. They’re not compulsory, of course, but they are available for those who want to test their boundaries. “We really want to start a conversation with people about sustainable protein,” Elisa says.

It’s a global conversation. The UN says there are more than 1900 edible insect species on the planet. Locusts and ants are favourites. According to National Geographic, “stinkbugs add an apple flavour to sauces and are a valuable source of iodine.”

“We have some huhu grubs in the freezer,” Elisa says with a grin.

Will they and more insects end up on the menu?

“You never know. Maybe. Probably.”

 


 

Bellissima!: Molto Bella


The atmosphere in clothing boutique Molto Bella is so redolent of all things Italian, from the friendly welcome of three darling dogs to the gentle trickle of fountain water and the large Romantic period etchings adorning the walls, that you cannot help but be charmed by it all. And then there are the clothes….

 

 

There’s a workmanship to these clothes that’s rarely seen and being made from the most delicate of silks, finest of linens, and purest of wool and cottons, you know you are going to look sensational wearing them. Anette Drewery, owner of Molto Bella, is fastidious when it comes to sourcing quality garments that nobody else has.

The predominance of clothing is Italian, followed by French and a small but select representation of exceptionally gifted Australian and Kiwi designers. “Our clothes are simply elegant; they are timeless yet of tomorrow. When a woman wears them, she wears them effortlessly because beautiful fabrics make you feel beautiful,” Anette says.

It’s difficult to draw your gaze from the clothing, but the European leather-crafted handbags shouldn’t be ignored, nor should you bypass the finest napery from Lithuania, or the witty Belgian tapestry cushions featuring character pooches and other animals.

For décor inspiration, European lifestyle magazine, Jeanne d’Arc Living, will enthral you, and yes, those delightful Parisienne ink scrolls on the wall are all for sale! With the online store launching in July, life is indeed bellissima at Molto Bella!

Visit 199 High Street, Rangiora, phone 03 313 1366 or visit www.moltobella.nz.

 


 

Molto Bella

Exquisite olde worlde charm: Molto Bella


With its romantic ‘olde worlde’ charm, and ability to evoke distant images of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Rangiora’s Molto Bella is a destination store you won’t want to leave.

 

Molto Bella

 

Every single corner of the boutique is adorned with beautiful one-off items to be admired, the highlight being the Purolino Italiano range, that’s been specially created for Molto Bella. From the moment you enter, the tranquil fountain sets the ambient tone and you’re surrounded by elegant posters, furniture, plants and designer fashion.

Owner Anette Drewery says customers are mesmerised as soon as they see the picturesque, easy-to-find store. “People say it’s beautiful when they come in, the reaction is overwhelming.” Formerly known as Fernside store, The Old Meadery, the natural fibre boutique is now located at the newly-renovated former post office building at 199 High Street.

Anette is the only purveyor in New Zealand who directly imports the linen clothing, which comes from Positano on the Amalfi Coast. The range of handwoven linen dresses has been popular in North Canterbury all summer long, quickly gaining a fan following for their light and easy-to-wear floaty fabric.

Other drawcard purchases are the different array of tapestry cushions, linen throws and pure woollen baby blankets from Lithuania, towels from Turkey, and fragrant French soaps. Supporting local producers, Anette also stocks decorations, bags, embellishments, and toys, made by North Canterbury craftspeople.

 


As an environmentally-friendly and conscious store, once you’ve bought that special item, you can walk out the door carrying your new purchases in organic, natural fibre, cotton tote bags.
www.moltobella.nz


 

The Old Meadery

Bellissimo! Natural fibre boutique: The Old Meadery


Much-loved Fernside store, The Old Meadery, has relocated into central Rangiora under the new name Molto Bella, a natural fibre boutique where you’ll discover an exquisite range of clothing and home décor.

 

The Old Meadery

 

Purveyor, Anette Drewery passionately hand-picks her products from top-quality suppliers around the world. She has now moved into the newly-renovated former post office building at 199 High Street. “The Old Meadery, was a destination place. We didn’t want a new build, we wanted something with a bit of history and charm,” she says.

From the moment you walk into Molto Bella, the soft, elegant tones and gorgeous smells instantly transport you to another place. Anette is passionate about natural fibres (mainly linens and silks) and offers an exclusive range of “stylish, feminine and comfortable” clothing for women of all shapes and sizes which she has found in Italy, along the Amalfi Coast.

“We have a stunning handmade and crafted linen range made in the traditional old fashioned and labour intensive way, but the results are astoundingly beautiful and no two garments are the same and exclusive to Molto Bella.” She also sources products from Turkey, Lithuania and Spain. Alongside the Italian linen range, take your time to peruse the magazines from Denmark, Turkish towels, French soaps and fragrances, Belgian tapestry cushions, gorgeous rugs, and sustainable carry bags.

 


This store certainly has the wow factor. From the moment you enter you can see why this is a must visit store! Find it at 199 High Street Rangiora, phone 03 313 1366 or visit www.moltobella.nz.


 

Rangiora Shoe Lines

Treat your feet: Rangiora Shoe Lines


What a stunning shoe summer it’s going to be, if the new season styles at Rangiora Shoe Lines lead the way, with shelves of glamourous gorgeousness.

 

Rangiora Shoe Lines

 

Feminine and flirty Hispantas come in strappy, elegant open-court design. From Poland there’s Kacper weekend streetwear, and the funky, comfortably soft Maciejka shoes. Minx always surprises with its hidden wedge shoe-boots, embossed designs, pin-punch, florals, studs, and crisp whites.

Fine and block heels are equally in vogue this season. The mules, scuffs and slides are of quality leather and great structural support. They flatter most outfits and easily slip on and off during those hot summer days. Shades this summer are so pretty, from subtle metallics to faded pinks and blues, and flesh tones to elongate the leg.

Of course new shoes warrant a new bag! The range of affordable Backyard Bags are made from heavy duty upcycled canvas, in taupe to dusky pink, with two-toned leather straps, and real calf hide – a fashionable vintage vibe. Every bag is unique, and wears extremely well.

 


Rangiora Shoe Lines, 162 High Street, Rangiora, now opens 7 days a week, with 10am-3pm Sundays being a relaxing shoe-try-on day. Phone 03 313 8444 or visit www.rangiorashoelines.co.nz or Facebook.