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”.
The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is a small business run by two local Christchurch women that has been going for more than 15 years.
Dr Brigid Lee and Denise Prosser have worked tirelessly to provide Cantabrians with the safest, cutting edge anti-aging treatments available worldwide.
It is their passion for helping their clients to get the best results possible that has set them up as the destination for skin rejuvenation procedures in Christchurch.
Unlike other beauty businesses that have seen their clients attempting to ‘give it a go’ at home during lockdown, that isn’t possible with the medical level of treatments done at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic!
What are clients desperately waiting for?
Cooltech – a treatment that targets unwanted bulges by using cryolipolysis (using cold to kill fat cells). Great for mummy tummies, back fat, inner and outer thigh bulges – helpful with wobbly bits that have turned up during lockdown.
Ulthera – this treatment uses the power of microfocused ultrasound to tighten the lower face and neck areas, also great around the eyes. FDA approved as a non-surgical facelift.
Injectables – Botulinum Toxin (Botox® or Dysport®) is used to relax facial muscles, thereby reducing wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers are a nonpermanent, naturally occurring substance, that can lift and fill where there is volume loss on the face (such as sagging cheeks, lips and under eye areas).
“Now that we are in Level 2, hopefully life is returning to normality. Stay safe and support local!” from Dr Brigid and Denise.
The Totally Gluten Free Bakery (TGF Bakery) is dedicated to making delicious and solely gluten-free food daily at their Colombo Street premises, which can be bought over the counter or be delivered anywhere in the city. In fact, TGF Bakery has become so trusted a name within the Coeliac and GF community that they pretty much deliver to cities nationwide.
Despite a couple of moves and the disruption of the earthquakes, TGF Bakery, which began back in 2006, has maintained strong and longstanding loyalty from its customers because they appreciate the wraparound service from owners Wendy and Lori. It’s something they both take very seriously.
“From the outset, our business was all about serving those with Coeliac disease and GF requirements. We’ve met so many amazing people and continue to do so. We love the face-to-face interaction with customers, getting to know them and understanding their needs is very important to us,” Lori says.
With their move to Sydenham, TGF Bakery now enjoys a prime location nestled amidst a smart shopping precinct with very convenient parking for customers to pop in for whatever they need, including GF flours and other baking ingredients, or just relax with friends over a coffee.
In many ways, TGF is more than a bakery – it’s a hub… the hub of its community.
Find Totally Gluten Free Bakery at 290b Colombo Street, phone 03 341 1172. Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-4pm (closed public holidays).