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Here comes the sun: Patisserie YAHAGI


Patisserie YAHAGI is a small family-run shop at Church Corner mall. Like many other small businesses, they worried about their future during the lockdown period.

 

 

Owner-patissier, Eri Yahagi, considered other ways to provide her desserts and cakes such as using a delivery platform when the lockdown ended. But she knew that her elaborately decorated gateaux were too delicate to deliver and she couldn’t afford the extra costs associated with delivery.

At that moment, she decided that the best thing she could do was to just continue making delicious sweets and hope that the customers would return to her shop after the lockdown.

When the lockdown was over, Eri started preparing exquisite delicacies as she usually would and announced, on their Facebook page, that her patisserie would reopen safely.

Upon reopening, she was appreciative of the immediate positivity she received through kind messages of support and many of her loyal customers paying her a visit.

She soon found herself in a fortunate position where she realised that while she was waiting to reopen her shop, her fans were waiting to get their hands on their favourite treats.

Eri explains her latest creation at Patisserie YAHAGI is Soleil. Soleil (which translates to sun in French) is a cheese mousse dessert made from cream cheese and fresh-squeezed orange juice with almond sponge and tart pastry base.

Eri hopes that her, “Soleil will make people happy, like a ray of sunshine in winter, especially in the current tough situation”.


 

Live, shop, love local: Coco Gifts


‘Support local’ are the current buzzwords right now and we are betting that they’ll stick around for a while. We caught up with Liz Bloomfield from Coco Gifts who is arguably the queen of supporting local.

 

She employs locally, with both of her teammates (Andrea and Blossom) living in St Albans.

She also donates to local schools and organisations and buys stock from local people and wholesalers.

But whilst it’s commendable everything that Coco Gifts are doing, it is also important to remember to share your support with them.

Go in, have a browse, shop around and say hello – the friendly team will welcome you in with open arms (and a safe distance).

Liz also adds, “Thank you so much for all the support over the lockdown period”.

“I appreciate all the messages of encouragement, the online orders, and community love we have received over this difficult time.”


 

Recreating a coffee icon


Bink Bowler started making the coffee we have all come to love at the sprightly age of 13 and at age 19, 10 years ago, he and some other coffee guys founded Memphis Belle Coffee House in Wellington.

 

 

It became iconic, gaining a cult following in the capital. Bink learnt so much about the coffee business, he decided to take that knowledge to the next level and open the Black and White Coffee Cartel which permeates Christchurch.

When it got to five cafés in the space of three or so years, Bink got what he dreamed of, a bigger coffee company heading in the right direction and he thought to himself, ‘What’s this all about? Why am I doing this?’

Ending up spending much of his time at a computer, he’d lost what he really loved about coffee; people. When it got to 10 shops he decided to step out of the Managing Director role and seek what made him happy, with the blessing of his partners at Black and White.

When Bink heard Memphis Belle was closing in 2019, he decided he would recreate the vision and set about creating a grown up version of Belle that represents the Bink of today, just as the renowned coffee house did 10 years ago.

So, the evolution has come full circle, with a return to Belle coffee house on the corner of New Regent and Armagh Streets.

Memphis Belle never left Bink’s heart nor did his faith in Christchurch.

After working in the hard yards in Wellington he’s seen the bright future that is central Christchurch and in relaunching, he rediscovered quality of life.

With a wealth of experience, a new spark in his heart and passion for a great coffee house, Bink has made his triumphant return with Belle.

Even though coffee houses have changed since Memphis Belle started a decade ago, good culture and great service haven’t.

With its unique vibrant style and food to tempt even the fussiest breakfast gourmet with a stunning creamy mushrooms on toast, classic eggs benedict and if you’re really hungry, the bigger breakfast, loaded nachos or just a bowl of fries.

With a full kitchen there’s a tasty treat for almost everyone.

Belle has returned in style with great coffee.

Classics are always in style and Belle is all about doing the basics and doing them exceptionally well.

This is a place that is about good people, good coffee, good food and a whole lotta charm!

Belle operates with gratitude toward all of those who were involved in the original Memphis Belle story.

It’s just a little bit of Wellington in the Garden City, but still quintessential Christchurch.

Check it out for yourself from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 8:30am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday in the heart of the central city.

 


 

The Flock

Ethics Exquisite: The Flock


Paramount to Melody Leveridge, owner of The Flock (shop 7, The Tannery) is that her organic, primarily New Zealand made merchandise has origins of traceability, sustainability, purity and fair-trade certification.

 

The Flock

 

“Ethics is our core philosophy, but we pride ourselves on our service, which includes premium giftware, laybys and exchanges.”
With labels like Elk, Kowtow, Status Anxiety, From, Anoint, and Ingrid Starnes, customers know that here is clothing, jewellery, leatherware and homeware that are truly investment pieces.

Melody cites ceramic artist Tatyanna Meharry (whose grandmother was NZ artist and potter Doris Lusk) as an example. “Tatyanna and her sister have twice won the World of Wearable Art (WOW) Supreme award. We’re thrilled to have Tatyanna’s works here!” For your favourite man there’s a superb selection of Stanley flasks and Opinel knives; add in a tub of Triumph and Disaster shaving cream for his Christmas stocking and he’ll be stoked.

 


Visit www.theflock.co.nz.