Owner Stories

Mikko Shoes: If the Shoe Fits

Created: Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:08

Marilyn Monroe famously said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world”. In Michaela Longstaff’s case the right shoes were high spec, high quality, comfortable, stylish and European – and she’s well on her way to conquering the traditionally male-dominated world of the shoe industry.

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Browns Eatery & Store: Great Food, Great Style

Created: Tuesday, 03 November 2015 17:11

Now under new ownership, Browns Eatery & Store (formerly Browns Espresso) is undergoing some big changes, and they’re not just in name. But Jenefer Bilkey is loving the challenge, and the good vibe that the café is now humming with!

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Life Pharmacy: The Right Medicine

Created: Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:34

Jonathan Macdonald and Hayley Tapp are – excuse the pun – making the most of Life. They recently became joint owners of Life Pharmacy Remuera, and aside from dispensing medicine and healthcare advice, they also have big plans for the beauty side of the business.

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4&20 Bakery: Our Daily Bread

Created: Monday, 19 October 2015 11:56

You won’t find the poetic four and twenty blackbirds baked in their pies but over a great cup of organic Havana coffee and a delicious cinnamon morning bun we learned a little about 4&20, Remuera’s organic bakery, run by Deborah Chait and Andy Tse.

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Jems of Remuera: Pearls of Wisdom

Created: Wednesday, 14 October 2015 17:08

We recently sat down for a chat with John Lee, owner of Jems of Remuera, to talk about his inspirations and vision for the shop and to understand why he chose to call it Jems and not Gems.

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Maman: The Sister Act

Created: Monday, 21 September 2015 11:11

History has a funny habit of repeating itself.  Just ask the sister duo at the helm of Remuera store Maman - Kate Boyden and Emma Main - whose late mother Debra Dixon had a store called The Camomile Lawn in Remuera decades earlier. 

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