Owner Stories

The Porcelain Lounge: A salon of style

Created: Monday, 31 July 2017 14:14

No longer relegated to the china cabinet, porcelain is once again a must-have homeware item - and not just as decorative tableware.  We spoke to Caroline Rennie who has just opened The Porcelain Lounge in the Remuera Mall.

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Iain Stephens Floral: Blossoming in Remuera

Created: Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:40

A love of beautiful things, an introduction from a friend, and a suggestion from her husband, were behind Marie Li's decision to buy her floristry business.  The new owner of Iain Stephens Floral Design tells us why flowers are so important to our emotional wellbeing.

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Remuera Barber Shop: Close Cutters

Created: Friday, 26 May 2017 11:31

Remuera Barber Shop is on the one hand traditional with its red, white and blue stripes, fast throughput, no appointments necessary policy and very well priced cuts.  But there the similarity ends, as new owners Emily Page and Cara Christie breathe fresh life into the shop.

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Alluvium: Diamonds and Pearls

Created: Friday, 26 May 2017 11:31

Husband and wife team Charles and Melanie Panaho have transformed an ugly duckling - the old Dove hospice shop premises - into a stylish, relaxing environment for their bespoke jewellery design studio, Alluvium.

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Remuera Local: A new brew

Created: Monday, 08 May 2017 16:00

Sukh and Aji Basra are keen foodies but didn't have commercial hospitality experience before they bought Remuera Local Café Bistro.  But, as Sukh says, support from their staff, and customers, has made the transition somewhat easier.

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Lighthouse Remuera: The bright lights

Created: Monday, 08 May 2017 15:15

Scott McGregor and Simon Lloyd met in their student days, playing rugby.  Now, they're a team off the field too at Lighthouse Remuera, which they opened in September.  Scott is one of the business owners and also runs the company's North Shore operation, while Simon manages Lighthouse Remuera.

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