The Cheesecake Shop, the franchise founded by brothers Warwick and Robert Konopacki in Sydney 26 years ago, has opened its first South Island branch at 205A Hills Road, Edgeware. Perfect for all celebrations; we love their Jamaican chocolate cake. Freedom Furniture is re-opening on Moorhouse Avenue, six years after the devastating earthquake caused the destruction of its original Christchurch store of 15 years, which was located on the same street. We’ve just got our hands on some great basics from Postie+ and are rather impressed with the organic cotton tees. Coming in a range of colours, with a choice
of round or V-neck, these are a stylish staple for any wardrobe.
Clicquot in the Snow is almost upon us once again, bringing the annual four-day luxury champagne celebration to Queenstown from Thursday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 6th. Locals and visitors to Queenstown will be offered a chance to toast to winter with the Rata Long Lunch, Kathryn Wilson fashion show and Cliquot Croquet – the highest game of croquet in the southern hemisphere. A significant touring exhibition of historically and spiritually inspired works by New Zealand artist Kushana Bush has opened at Christchurch Art Gallery. Pop in for some cultural indulgence. Looking for something to get your heart pumping on a cold winter’s day? F45 is a combination of high-intensity interval, circuit and functional training, condensed in a 45-minute session that changes every day. Tried it, sweated it out and survived at F45 Riccarton (100 Riccarton Road)!
The results of the Reader’s Digest annual Trusted Brand survey are out, and for the sixth consecutive year Whittaker’s has taken out the top award, being voted Most Trusted Brand by surveyed consumers. The family business, which has been making high-quality chocolate
for more than 120 years, was also voted Most Iconic Brand and took out the confectionery category accolade, too. Have you explored the range of craft beers available in our country? Fillosophy is a ‘craft beer fillery’ at which 36 taps pour an everchanging array of beers and ciders at 398 Ferry Road, Woolston. The George Hotel is celebrating its 30th birthday this month; we raise a glass to a Christchurch icon, and its record of exceptional service.
Need some weekend chill inspiration? Take it from Bella Hadid. In the latest Nike sportswear campaign, shes wears the iconic Nike Cortez originally released in 1972. When winter weekends get long and cold, it might be time for a splurge. We love the lavish range of new super-luxe beauty carried by MECCA, including ARgENTUM La Potion Infinie anti-age cream, packed full of hydrating, rejuvenating ingredients. Also check out Rodin’s range of body oils, each formulated to combat the winter months by nourishing dry areas with a golden elixir of essential oils. Finally, for targeting tired eyed, Patchology’s innovative patch technology offers the ultimate in deep hydration. We also hear Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® has launched a new detox mask, the City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask. This resurfacing mask instantly lifts impurities out of the skin, and promotes the skin’s natural detoxification system for a brighter, smoother, virtually poreless-looking complexion.