Introducing Louise Scoones from Floretica, a business celebrating everything to do with florals and creativity. Recently arriving back to Christchurch fresh from Sydney where the flower scene is a big part of the city’s colour, Louise has been a long time lover of the freedom flowers allow her (she studied here in Christchurch 8 years ago before a bit of travel, work and family starting). Asked why she’s picked South Town as a place to plant her roots, she tells us ‘it’s a genuine little pocket of life in the city. It’s got a spark. I love that a village has formed and people are coming to be a part of it’.
GoodFor exists for the sole purpose to help aid in the clean up of our beautiful planet that we call Earth.
“We decided that we needed to make sustainable shopping a lot easier for the everyday consumer.
We went ahead and created a plastic free shopping experience that allows you and your family to fill your pantry without all the wasteful packaging that comes with it. We have also created reusable products that aid in this process.
That wasn’t enough for us, we wanted every single one of our customers to plant a tree each time they shopped with us because the world needs more trees, so we decided to team up with the amazing organisation “Trees For The Future” who not only grow carbon dioxide eating trees but also help impoverished communities all over the world to learn how to grow and manage their own foods sources.”
Introducing Rhiannon & Else, the dynamic duo behind the creative patisserie, The Great Pastry Shop. Rhiannon was an award winning fashion designer in London (where she's originally from), after moving to New Zealand she has worked as an Art, Design & Photography teacher, magazine editor and chef. Elsie fell in love with patisserie after travelling in Europe and went on to graduate and work as a Pastry Chef in Auckland. The two started the sweet business so they could develop their own creative voice within the evolving world of patisserie and enjoy using top quality ingredients to make exceptional flavours. The young creators think South Town is the prettiest and most authentic side of town, and we think having them here can only improve that!
Introducing Will and Katie of Greenroots Juicery, Christchurch’s own organic, local, plant-based, cold-pressed juice company. Realising they had a calling to focus on something bigger than ourselves, that involved greatly improving the well-being of peoples day-to-day lives, Will and Katie dived headfirst into creating truly healthy products hand-crafted from fresh local organic produce. Will is a Chartered Accountant and has focused on helping charities achieve their goals through sustainable business and accounting practices, while Katie studied Business Management and Marketing and then Holistic Nutrition, complementary skills that went on to become the perfect background to their juice business. And why South Town? ‘It embodies the cultural heart of Christchurch with epic local businesses bursting from the seams that just have so much to offer’.
Introducing Sam Ellis from Grizzly Baked Goods – Christchurch’s very own modern craft bakery. After travelling and living in North America, Sam returned home wanting to become a baker, and gained some awesome experience working for a sourdough bakery in Hamilton. Grizzly started as a side project operating one day a week at the Farmers Market, when Sam’s main gig at the time was the stay at home Dad. But as the kids grew, so did the bakery. Grizzly has now been operating as a wholesale bakery for 3 years, and the team are looking forward to branching into a retail side as well. The best thing about South Town? ‘It's a perfect mix of the old and new Christchurch!’
On a mission to create something unique in Christchurch that sets the standard the people want to see – Hennie is planning a vegetarian, vegan and organic restaurant that caters for all non-meat eaters with an array of modern cuisine. Previous owner of Le Plonk wine bar and The Monday Room, he’s no stranger to the Christchurch hospitality scene, so you can rest assured this next escapade is going to be better than ever. A self-declared lover of South Town due to the ‘funky vibe that is Welles Street’, Hennie is looking to add to this trend that is setting our city apart from the rest of the country. Here we go South Town!
One half of the dynamic duo that makes up Hoop Group, you can thank them for bringing you the best dumplings in town via Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar as well as latest venture – Sister Kong. Sam describes the business as ‘innovative and bold’ and after a full on three years opening three stores, he simply describes doing what he does ‘for the love of food.’ We’re right with Sam on that one, and The Welder fans will be pleased to hear Hoop Group has got something special in store just for us... Stay tuned!
Introducing Two Raw Sisters, a food company set on changing perceptions about a plant-based diet. Feeling a little like people may have lost touch with food and where it comes from, these two savvy entrepreneurs wanted to make a difference to what their community is eating and in turn help tackle stress, tiredness and illness as a direct result. Both young, healthy, well-educated women who are big on eating well for wellness, they love the purity of South Town with ‘no big high rises or pollution in the air’, and can’t wait to share what they’ve learnt with us all in the way of tasty morsels served up over the counter in The Welder.
A husband, father to two girls and professional rugby player all in one, Tim Bateman is no stranger to juggling a busy life. Currently playing for the Crusaders means alongside time on the field, Tim also knows the importance of recovery – hence why he and his wife Laura are more than proud to share their business Cloud 9 Float Club with Christchurch people. He loves South Town because of the people here who ‘care about their health and wellness, and are risk takers who will continue to challenge the status quo.