Owner Stories

Browns: A pearl of a business

Created: Monday, 09 May 2016 16:56

It's not so much keeping up with the Joneses as it is keeping up with the Bilkeys.  The family have been retailers in Remuera for 30 years now, first with Bilkey & Co Jewellers, then with Browns clothing store.  They've recently combined the two and relaunched as Browns.

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Artusi: A taste of Europe

Created: Monday, 09 May 2016 16:36

The dining and entertainment precinct in Remuera is rapidly becoming the domain of local restaurateurs Buki Prekazi and Blerta Rakovica. 

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Hedgerow: Gifts and Homewares

Created: Tuesday, 05 April 2016 13:10

Whether you're searching for the perfect gift, feel like spoiling yourself - or just fancy taking five mintues out of your day to be surrounded by beautiful things - Sarah Clark's Hedgerow will delight the senses in every possible way.

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Poppies Books: A Passion for Print

Created: Monday, 04 April 2016 17:44

When Tony Moores and Tara Jahn-Werner took over Poppies Bookshop they had exciting plans for the iconic Remuera store, which has stood for 35 years in the Village Green.  Their goal was to return to the original Poppies concept of a local, niche book store that provides the personal touch... and that is exactly what they've done.

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House of Travel: Life Journeys

Created: Friday, 26 February 2016 18:04

The travel bug bit hard when it came to Stuart Latimer and James Blankley.  Not only did they buy their own travel agency - they also gave up promising careers in industries as far removed from travel as you can get!

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Mainly Toys: A Toy Story

Created: Thursday, 25 February 2016 17:21

As a child, Kylie Watts used to wander around an enchanted wonderland, feasting her eyes on all manner of toys, books and games.  The wonderland was Mainly Toys.  Fast-forward  a couple of decades and two young children of her own - and Kylie is now the proud owner of that very same toy shop.

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