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Book-tacular 2020


With the Christmas hurly-burly done and dusted, Piccadilly Bookshop’s Neville Templeton takes time out to share a bit about what’s up for 2020.

 


What’s your New Year looking like so far, Neville?
Both staff and customers are enjoying the oasis of calm post-Christmas, but we’re still busy finding books for our avid readers, and books for children of all ages who’ve a reading age approaching university level.

The new school year brings a need for preparation and we maintain a tried and trusted range of study guides and all the stationery needs for primary, secondary and tertiary students.


Any new faces at Piccadilly?
Yes, we’re welcoming new customers who’ve moved into our locale as they become familiar with the schools, shops and amenities around them.


And what about the new Piccadilly Bookshop at The Crossing (over Colombo Street from Ballantynes)?
We’ve had a warm welcome from fellow retailers, office tenants, new customers and even regular Avonhead customers, which is very pleasing!

These interactions encourage us to refine our selection of books and merchandise all the time.


Who are Piccadilly’s salespeople at The Crossing?
We have Clive, Dawn, Digby, Jennie and Sue; between them they have over 100 years of experience in the book industry.

Alex, Brylea, Hamish and Jacqui are our young salespeople. So, there’s plenty of advice available from both ends of the age spectrum.

Any book on the website can be brought to The Crossing store for customers.


 

Heart of the city: The Crossing


Feel the pulse of the heart of the city at The Crossing, where energy and spirits are sky high. This destination shopping hub within the CBD realises what we dreamed of for our reborn city. “The vibe is great, you get the sensation of shopping in Sydney or Melbourne, wandering the al fresco lanes where retail, dining and office space are mixed with intoxicating vigour,” The Crossing Centre Manager Kelly Morison says.

 

 

There is an amazing selection of stores and always something more to find. Kit yourself out for Cup Week and seasonal events with beauty, nails, shoes and accessories, as well as a stunning selection of men’s and women’s fashion, cafés and restaurants to keep your energy levels high while you hunt and gather your killer look.

“The team at The Crossing are so excited to be part of the movement bringing Cup and Show Week, wedding festivities and seasonal functions back to the central city,” Kelly says.

To celebrate, The Crossing has named the ‘Best Dressed’ competition at Addington ‘Fashion Starts Here’, reflecting its philosophy ‘The City Starts Here’. Visit www.addington.co.nz for information on the fashion competition.

The Crossing hosts flagship H&M, Country Road, Ruby and Seed stores. Ivy Blu and Workshop stores carry their own stunning collections, as well as desirable pieces chosen from international labels. Renowned florist Bourbon Rose is upstairs, along with the food terrace – Joyful Express, and Cookai sushi train are a hit with families.

 

Madisons Off Broadway has the best range of special occasion wear in Christchurch, bringing in pieces from Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. Men have so much more choice than usual with Barkers, Country Road, Rodd and Gunn, H&M, and Workshop geared to fit out the discerning gent.

Stirling Women has wonderful leisure and workout gear, The Gift Shop is awesome for a forage for unusual gifts, Fresh Choice City Market lives up to its name, and an award-winning Coffee Culture sits in the middle of this meandering den of delights.

Parking is a dream at $2 for the first two hours and easy access on Lichfield Street opposite the central bus exchange, but the best kept secret is that The Crossing carpark hosts Christchurch’s newest, state of the art preschool. Open this month and taking bookings, this gorgeous facility has separate spaces for different age groups, a classroom for those transitioning to school, and a playground that your little one won’t want to leave, not to mention views across the city.

Open 9am-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends and holidays, plus extended hours for Christmas shopping, Customer Service always has someone to help. “The Crossing in the heart of the city is a vibrant fun place to be in our wonderful developing city,”  Kelly says.

 

 


 

The Crossing

Crossing Over in the city: Exciting new spaces continue to open up in the heart of the city

From a conservative post-Victorian city to a bold and innovative urban hot spot, Christchurch has emerged as a province that packs a proverbial punch.

The Crossing
Alfred Wong (L), The Crossing developer Philip Carter and Jimmy Hsu at The Crossing in the central city

The exciting new spaces that continue to open up in the heart of the city are driving this exciting change and commanding attention, not just on a national level but also an international one as the central city plays prestigious host to increasing tourism numbers.
Yes, it’s true; Christchurch has a long way to go, but the metamorphosis at street level is palpable as we witness the rebirth of a cosmopolitan city characterised by buildings and businesses with personality.
We’re certainly not short of inspiration when it comes to finding something to do within the Four Avenues and even more so closer to the city’s heart. The internal courtyards and winding alleys that are emerging within the greater developments, such as the BNZ Centre, are packed with incredible offerings, both large and small, the operators of which are putting heart and soul into reinvesting in our city.

The Crossing developer Philip Carter has played an integral role in this evolution, now his development The Crossing is one of the strongest drawcards within the central space, with more than 60 retail tenancies, combined with hospitality, office space and a 630-space onsite car park.
One of Christchurch’s largest private developments, the $140 million project covers 44,000sqm across different levels within a hectare block between Cashel Mall, and Colombo, Lichfield and High streets. And it continues to grow.
Now two of Christchurch’s most popular modern Asian restaurants are joining the development and returning to the central city seven years after the Canterbury earthquakes, marking almost 25 years of friendship for two local men.

The Crossing is the new home to Alfred Wong’s refurbished Cookai (situated pre-earthquake in Cashel Street, with former sister restaurant Blue Fish in nearby Cathedral Junction), returning to town after operating from premises in Riccarton. Adjoining 80-seat Cookai and its renowned sushi train is Joyful Express, both designed by Alfred’s best friend Jimmy Hsu.
It marks the beginning of the next exciting era for Alfred and Jimmy, who have been friends since the serial entrepreneurs met in the early 1990s as Papanui High School students.
During Canterbury’s rebuild period, the pair made sure they got away each year travelling and gathering ideas for the eventual move back into the city. Jimmy also worked with other restaurant entrepreneurs, designing their refits in Christchurch, Queenstown and South Canterbury, including The Camden Restaurant and Bar in Riccarton Road’s Clyde Building.

When choosing the central location for their new businesses, Alfred says he wanted to get away from what he saw as “vanilla mall culture” parts of Christchurch which had developed during the rebuild, instead yearning for a dynamic space back in the city that matched the vibrancy of the food.
“We’d been offered a number of potential locations, but it wasn’t until we saw the vivacity of The Crossing that we felt that the timing was right for Cookai to return to the city, joined by an adjacent and energised Joyful Express,” he says.
Cookai opens this week followed by the smaller neighbouring Joyful Express, opening in August 2018.

Cutler & Co

Looking sharp for work & play: Cutler & Co’s new flagship store offers stylish and quality menswear

Christchurch’s own menswear brand, Cutler & Co, has a new flagship store. On the Colombo street-side ground floor of The Crossing, it’s offering a warm, heritage-infused winter range.

Cutler & Co
Having expanded out well beyond Canterbury’s borders to premium retail stores throughout Australasia, Cutler’s clothes combine tactile, quality materials with sophisticated ease of wear. European in styling, the clothes here are silhouette-savvy, with a ‘premium-casual-cool’ sort of vibe.
Successfully trading since the ‘90s, the Cutler brand has proven pedigree. In addition, European labels LTB Jeans, DStrezzed and the Amsterdam-based No Excess are also on-site. These allow Cutler & Co to offer every type of jean, from professional-image clean-finish denim to worn-in ‘destroyed’ denim.
General Manager Cameron Wright says the store’s clothing is all about great-feeling Italian cottons and knit fabrics in clothes designed to fit well, ideal for Kiwi lifestyles. “Most events in urban life are premium-casual. We sell almost the entire man’s wardrobe…clothes, shoes, and accessories for work, after-work gatherings, not forgetting off-duty weekends.”
Cutler & Co gear this season includes leg-lengthening shorter blazers, sporty quilted jackets and car coats – featuring in-built weather-defense. Winter stars: the colours indigo, ox-blood and mustard. Chelsea boots and loafers are currently huge.
The new Colombo Street store provides an ideal shopping experience. Staff are on hand to co-ordinate an entire outfit with several options. A perfectly smooth-to-rugged selection of shoes, boots, and loafers complete each look.