Avenues Sep 2012.- Calling for visitors all around.

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Great article by Pattie Pegler from Avenue. We spoke a couple of months ago knowing she was writing an article about Church Corner area. I thought I knew the area until I read what she wrote. She vividly described all the specialty shops from Church Corner Mall, across the street to Seven and all the way to Dutch cafe; with some mouth watering best sellers and how she indulged herself in the cultured environment and decor. Have a read, it’s a great article.


Neat Places in Christchurch.


Launched in January 2011, Neat Places is an independent guide to Christchurch’s best restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and galleries. Our aim is to unveil the treasured places and celebrate the spirit of this fair city we love. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’ll find something here that tickles your fancy.

Em… Earthquake.

Bugger!! More broken pots and cups.

We have cleaned it up. The 3 of us, Shih Yen, Kate and Stephanie are still here.

Eddie has already arrived half an hour early for work tonight, so we will be open until 7.30pm as usual.

Fingers crossed, no more shakes.


Recovery since 22/Feb. New city stores open.

We are very excited to see Christchurch’s new development after the earthquake. Teasme city shop is now closed because the building did not stand after the quake. However, we are axcited to see our buddy The Crafted Coffee Company’s brand new cafe right there in the center of the town. There isn’t much I need to say about their great coffee, food and service. Follow the crowd, they are simply the busiest ‘container’ there.

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Christchurch Tea Drinker Found washed $250.000 Lotto ticket

News from: http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/9981183/old-lotto-ticket-survives-wash-to-win-250-000/


Old Lotto ticket survives wash to win $250,000
NZ Lotteries, Fuseworks August 5, 2011, 3:08 pm

A four week old Lotto ticket stuffed in the pocket of its owner’s jeans, survived being washed in the washing machine before being checked and netting the winner $250,000.

The ticket was bought at Pak’n’Save Moorhouse in Christchurch, for the Lotto draw on 9th July and shared the First Division prize with tickets bought in Auckland, Waitakere and Hastings.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he found the ticket last weekend after he washed an old pair of jeans.

“I went through the wet pockets and realised I had washed a Lotto ticket in the jeans,” says the winner.

“I figured it wouldn’t be worth anything but I was heading to Countdown to buy my tea and thought I’d check it anyway,” he adds.

“It wouldn’t read in the self check scanner so I took it to the counter and the Lotto lady told me I had won $250,000,” he laughs.

“It was unbelievable, beautiful timing!,” he says.

The winner says he’s just been ‘getting by’ in the earthquake devastated city since February so this win is fantastic.
“I couldn’t even remember where or when I had bought the ticket and I’m so glad it survived the washing machine,” he adds.

A little surprise found…

Why are we in retail or hospitality? Yes, it’s our business but it’s mostly because we enjoy the business – our job.

Today our Japanese neighbour sent me a link. He said someone have posted on a Japanese website saying we are number one. So I had a look at the page http://nzlife.net/archives/116​8. 3 years of Japanese language study in university I could… no I couldn’t understand it. But thanks to google translator (introduced to me by a younger generation facebook friend) I was able to use this link http://translate.google.co.nz/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnzlife.net%2Farchives%2F1168 and understand most of it.

Thank you. This made my day.

‘Coffee geek’ takes NZ title

congratulations Hide of The Crafted Coffee Company. It’s time to try the new Champion’s coffee!

Teasme Teas are also available in the cafe.

Teasme Tea Shop: Congratulations The Crafted Coffee Company

Teasme Tea Shop: Congratulations The Crafted Coffee Company

Photo and below article are from The Press: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/lifestyle/4900208/Coffee-geek-takes-NZ-title

Christchurch’s Hideyuki Kono has ground his way to the top of New Zealand’s coffee culture.

Kono, who works for the Crafted Coffee Co, was named best barista at the Huhtamaki New Zealand Barista Championship in Wellington on Saturday night. He beat seven other finalists.

“[This] is like the Holy Grail for coffee geeks,” he said. “I’m so happy I finally won.

“As a barista and as someone who loves coffee, it’s like I’m achieving my dream.”

The judges were impressed with Kono’s enthusiasm and original approach to espresso making.

He will now travel to Bogota, Colombia, to represent New Zealand in the World Barista Championship in June.

National championship organiser Emma Markland-Webster said this year’s event was the toughest in more than 10 years.

“New Zealand’s baristas are now highly sought after overseas, but we’re yet to claim a World Barista Championship title.

“This could be the year we take on the world and win.”

Two Wellington baristas filled the remaining podium places on Saturday. Aymon McQuade, of Bell Tea and Coffee, was the runner-up, followed by Nick Clark, of Flight Coffee.

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