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Dinner party delights: Salmon Heaven


It’s a beautiful and tranquil space that Salmon Heaven now occupies in the recently opened Provedore, a gourmet lover’s paradise situated in the Bush Inn Centre.

 

What a joy it is to find a fishmongers that thinks outside the square, for alongside the extensive cabinets of salmon – which stocks hot and cold smoked, as well as raw salmon, in a variety of cuts and packages – there are a vast array of other gourmet products that make entertaining a breeze for the host or hostess wanting to access everything for their dinner menu at a convenient one-stop shop.

Consider the canapé as your ultimate appetizer. A selection of deluxe homemade crackers from Totara Cottage, delicately smeared with a delicious gourmet preserve from Buoni Sapori, topped with a divine black truffle brie or triple cream brie (aptly called OMG) from award winning cheesemakers Over the Moon, will give your guests something to exclaim about while you’re preparing the salmon.

Deborah and Lisa are the lovely ladies behind the counter; having both been involved with the salmon industry for a number of years, what they don’t know about salmon isn’t worth knowing!

Gift hampers can be ordered either instore or online. Salmon Heaven have a superb and sophisticated website. Free shipping within New Zealand makes ordering a gift hamper as simple as choosing the contents to go in it then placing your order.

Do try to resist the temptation to send it to yourself!


 

A local favourite: The Ivy


If you’re looking for a reason to venture over to Sumner, we have just the place for you. The Ivy continues to be a local favourite after six years in business, and just by one visit it’s easy to see why – being greeted by Karen and her faithful golden retriever makes for a pleasant experience.

 

 

She really wishes to thank everyone for the ongoing local support and is proud to say, “The Ivy has been bustling and busier than usual for this time of the year.

“Borders being closed hasn’t slowed availability of our carefully curated range of both imported and locally sourced items.”

The range includes everything from kitchen to garden, books, homewares, clothing and accessories, baby and children’s, and of course, home fragrance.

The shop itself smells divine with a combination of a beautiful range of locally produced and imported candles, diffusers and more – including the ever popular Lyttleton Lights candles.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends 11am to 4pm. Follow @theivysumner on Instagram and The Ivy on Facebook.


 

Here to stay: McDonald & Hartshorne


After recent events, everyone is looking to push the refresh and reset button. You might not be able to control everything in the world, but you can certainly control the look of your beloved furniture pieces thanks to McDonald & Hartshorne.

 

 

The quality furniture specialists offer a professional restoration, repair and reupholstery service to your worn-down favourites.

They carry the latest fabrics, vinyl, and leather from leading New Zealand tanneries.

They can even arrange to get your woodwork restored through their recommended furniture polisher.

Mike has been in the furniture polishing business for more than 30 years and works in with the company.

The team wanted to give a “timely reminder that we are here, we have been going for 16 years and aren’t planning on stopping any time soon”.

As a company they offer free quotes; Keith Hartshorne can go to any home or business and clients can make an appointment and come the showroom.

Free quotes are also welcome via email, sales@qualityfurniture.co.nz.

The team at McDonald and Hartshorne are excited to announced that they have moved into their new store at 424 Asaph Street.

While it was only a small move, it means big things for the beloved locals.


 

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.”


 

A beautiful boutique


It’s a total immersion experience when you cross the threshold of gorgeous boutique New Order.

 

Owner Nikki Curd has focused on a warm welcome; an experience to relax into and enjoy the gorgeous selection of clothing and accessories as well as the fabulous smells coming from the range of candles and diffusers.

“It’s really important to me to create an atmosphere that is friendly and fun, and where everybody feels welcome,” Nikki says.

Opened over in Faringdon almost three years ago but now in central Rolleston, the store is a dream come true for Nikki, who has years of experience in fashion retail.

Passionate about effortless dressing and clothing that transcends age boundaries, Nikki stocks a beautiful range of New Zealand and Australian labels that meet that brief perfectly.

Building customer relationships is really important and the tight-knit team of Nikki, Izzy and Liv are always happy to give great, honest advice and help customers choose that special something.

New Order is also very child friendly, with a fun kids’ corner, so mums can relax while they browse. “We find the kids don’t want to leave now!” Nikki laughs.

New Order also stocks footwear and a core range of casual menswear.

Growing the home and giftware ranges within the store is something that Nikki is also excited about.

New Order is open at 63-67 Tennyson Street Rolleston from Monday to Saturday, phone 03 347 0778.


 

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.


 

Wigs that wow!


There’s every reason to celebrate at Georgies Wig Shop, for on 7 March the company celebrates its third birthday, and owner Eleanor Burgess and her Christchurch team are very excited.

 

“It’s a wonderful recognition from clients,” Eleanor says. “The relationships we’ve built with them have seen a growing and loyal customer base. Christchurch seems happy to have Georgies Wig Shop serving their needs.”

Eleanor has been hairdressing for more than 40 years and knows full well how a great head of hair ramps up happiness levels.

Having had a close friend suffer hair loss due to cancer, Eleanor also knows the despair people feel when faced with chemotherapy side-effects.

It was this that prompted her to do something to help.

Georgies Wig Shop is New Zealand’s largest wig stockist, with more than 500 quality real and synthetic haired wigs in a wide range of styles, lengths and colours, as well as hair pieces and additions.

Wigs transform lives – from people suffering hair loss from cancer treatments or alopecia through to the transgender community, performers, or those simply wanting a whole new look!

Private consultations are available in the salon, at home or in the hospital.

The real hair wigs can be foiled, curled and straightened, much like the client’s own hair.

“We love to help those with hair loss, working with clients to help find a wig or hair piece that restores confidence and makes them feel completely themselves,” Eleanor says.

Find Georgies Wigs at 570 Barbadoes Street, phone 03 385 6696 or check them out on Facebook.


 

Great garments!


Located in the new shopping precinct of Rosemerryn Village at Lincoln is Belleza Boutique, a clothing store for women who are looking for something beautiful yet a little bit different.

Soya Concept shirt, available from Belleza Boutique

 

Owner Anna Green moved her business from its former Tai Tapu site (across the road from The Store) to its current site in 2018.

It’s testament to her discerning eye in sourcing wonderfully wearable garments that many of her Tai Tapu clientele have followed her to Rosemerryn.

Anna predominantly showcases Australian and New Zealand labels, with the occasional European label to fill in the gaps.

With sizes ranging from eight to 18 (larger New Zealand labels can be sourced, if needed), her overarching focus is on style – finding the garment that’s right for the body shape and personality of customers.

“There’s no pressure-selling here. It’s so important for women to feel happy and confident in the clothes they wear.”

Budgets are another thing Anna takes into consideration; accordingly, there’s a good representation of both ends of the price spectrum – from affordable daytime casual wear through to the dressy/eveningwear category.

From the outset with Belleza, Anna wanted women to walk into her boutique and feel there might be something there for them.

“I handpick all the merchandise; it’s very much a curated collection. The strong relationships I’ve built with my customers over the years have stemmed from that philosophy.”

Find Belleza Boutique on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive, Lincoln. Phone 03 925 9614, or follow online.


 

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.

 


 

More than a pharmacy


Unichem Prestons is more than just a pharmacy. The warm, welcoming staff know all their local customers by name and the strong community focus ensures everyone feels a real sense of belonging.

 

 

Opening a year and a half ago in the new Prestons subdivision, the service-focused pharmacy has grown quickly, garnering a large following of loyal regulars in a short amount of time.

Offering everything from vaccinations, free blood pressure checks and throat swabs, to NZ Post, passport photos, drycleaning and ear piercing, the pharmacy also specialises in fitting compression stockings.

A new automated tablet packaging system ensures distribution accuracy, and the pharmacy also provides a home visit service option for elderly customers who would like support with medication management, says Unichem Prestons owner Ed Dawwas.

“One of our pharmacists can come out to your home, communicate with your doctor and chat about your medication, helping to solve any problems or concerns.”

Shopping for Christmas presents? The extensive range of gifts, as well as the best in beauty and health products, means finding the perfect present for even that hard-to-buy-for family member is easy.

Unichem Prestons also holds regular community events, such as the popular ‘Ladies Day’ in October, where attendees learnt about hormone cycles and changing bodies, from the teenage years to menopause. “We are a one-stop service-focused shop, that always aims to go above and beyond for the Prestons community.”

Located on 420 Marshland Road, follow the pharmacy on Facebook to find out about special deals, sales and upcoming events. Phone  03 281 7889.