New Style Blinds and Curtains

Curtain craftsmanship: New Style Blinds and Curtains

Combining expert craftsmanship with personalised service, New Style Blinds and Curtains is a family business with 20 years’ experience. Founded in 1992, owners Paul O’Loughlin and his partner Alina took over the reins from Alina’s father more than a year ago. With the majority of items manufactured on site at the Waltham-based premises, New Style […]


Cutting edge carpet: Carpetbinders is a family business with a tradition of quality

Carpetbinders, formally Rugs Ltd, is a true family business. Continuing as Christchurch’s specialist rug and binding company and part of an intergenerational succession plan, Michelle MacWilliam and her brothers, Richard and Mark Cassidy, have taken over the business from their mother – 40 years after she started it. Offering a professional rug binding service for […]

Purple Weka Cafe

Kiwi as: funky little haven of good old fashioned Kiwi hospitality at the Purple Weka Cafe

It’s definitely ‘Kiwi as’, from its traditional ma’s savoury mince dish to the rustic recycled fence planking around its servery counter. And of course there is the name and its association with a cheeky Kiwi flightless bird, the weka – though you may not find any purple ones in the wild. Being Kiwi is the […]

Halswell Timber

Timber talents: family-owned business Halswell Timber

Combining traditional techniques with the highest quality timber, family-owned business Halswell Timber has been providing a specialised service for the past 21 years. With an extensive range of imported, native and exotic timber species to choose from, the dedicated and experienced team can assist with any timber needs – whether residential or commercial. The comprehensive […]

J E Collett Builders

A poignant tribute: Jonny from J E Collett Builders honours his grandfather’s handywork

A column of antique wooden planks displayed at J E Collett Builders are the well-worn steps from a house built by owner Jonny Collett’s grandfather many decades ago and enjoyed by the Collett family for many years. The poignant tribute to Jonny’s heritage also signifies the journey of aspiring to the top while taking steps […]

Villa 23 Cafe

A rare city treasure: Villa 23 Cafe is the bright pink, Dutch, vegetarian cafe you didn’t know you needed but won’t want to live without (and it’s for sale!)

The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions. “It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim […]


A unique family business: Lemongrass is a lovely little Thai restaurant in a hazelnut orchard (and how cool is that?!)

Everything about Lemongrass is unique. It’s a Thai restaurant, located off the beaten track, in a hazelnut orchard north of Rangiora. It is the true definition of a family business. Sriamorn Reavill and husband Paul bought the Loburn property and house, later building the restaurant onto their home. At Lemongrass you are likely to be […]

Angus Chisholm Builders

Reaching new heights: how the husband and wife team at Angus Chisholm Builders are building an impressive portfolio

Angus and Laura Chisholm are the husband and wife team behind Angus Chisholm Builders. Angus has been in the building trade since he left school. That’s twenty years, a wealth of experience constructing everything from retaining walls and decks to architectural homes, townhouses and multi-unit buildings. Not really content working for others, he branched out […]