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Event of the summer

February always represents plenty of amazing events happening in the city and Cantabrians are gearing up for one of the hottest events of the year – the Lexus Urban Polo, coming to Hagley Park, Saturday 29 February!



The Colombo is giving its shoppers the ultimate polo experience whereby one lucky winner and three friends receive complimentary tickets to the polo, an outfit worth $400 from any of The Colombo stores, shoes, a facial treatment, a manicure and pedicure, hair and makeup.

As for any special occasion, people love having the opportunity to dress to the nines, but it’s important to make time to fit in some necessary grooming appointments before the big day to ensure you look as fabulous as you feel.

Book ahead in salons such as Pinkies or Embrayce Beauty & MediSpa which offer a Microdermaplaning facial and the Power of Three facial – the latter being a fabulous treatment that includes LED Light Therapy, Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Active Vitamin Infusion with Sonophoresis.

Next step – your polo ensemble! For effortless elegance, tops and trousers from The Collective and Repertoire are of a luxurious drape and look sensational.

Heels and wedges from Andrea Biani will show off those pedicures and nothing beats a statement clutch from Redcurrent.

Annah Stretton does verve and vibrancy like nobody else, while those who prefer the casual but cool approach will find plenty of inspiration at Stencil.

Rendezvous with friends at The Belgian Beer Café Torenhof, head to the Beer Library for your favourite pre-polo tipple or kick back with a coffee from Underground Café Colombo.

Bring your enthusiasm to the game; cheer the players and clap every victory, as fan interaction is encouraged, but do be mindful of the ponies that can be easily spooked by spectator over-exuberance however well meant. Always stay alert for stray balls, mallets and horses.

Whatever occasion is marked on your calendar for February, be it a party, a wedding, a special Valentine’s Day celebration, or the polo, make sure you look your best and stand out from the rest in something stunning from any of the beautiful stores at The Colombo. They look forward to meeting you.


A sweet, sweet summer: Sweet Societe

A sensational spread for any summer soirée or tea party wouldn’t be complete without the decadent goodies from Sweet Société.



Craving a sweet treat? You’ve come to the right place! Sweet Société is a boutique French-inspired bakery in The Colombo that’s a wonderland of heavenly flavours. A rainbow of delectable macarons wink at you from the glass cabinet, where they sit alongside homemade-style cupcakes, filled donuts, cheesecakes, brownies, meringues… the list goes on! Everything is baked fresh, and gluten-free folk will be delighted to hear that there’s an extensive range of options to satisfy their needs.

J’aime Les Macarons have recently introduced their summer macaron selection which features 12 new tempting flavours such as watermelon, pistachio and orange sorbet – which all taste exactly like they sound!

With Christmas just around the corner, treats like shortbread, pies, cupcakes and the ever-popular meringues make for tantalising additions to the table, while gift boxes of macarons or the popular local favourite She Chocolate are bound to delight as a cute present for under the tree. For something a little different, the Central Otago apricots preserved in riesling are a smart choice for any food fanatic.

Premium organic New Zealand tea range Libertine is the newest addition to the tea menu, which also features iced milk frappes and crowd favourite Harney & Sons tea. Stuck for what to get your mother, sister or friend this Christmas? A selection of teapots and boxed teas will be ready for the festive season, with gift-wrapping also available!

And for those hot summer days that call for a refreshing icecream… premium gelato imported from Italy awaits – think flavours like tiramisu, chocolate hazelnut and coconut.

So be sure to make this summer an especially sweet one with the freshly baked goods from Sweet Société.



Sweet side of life: Sweet Societe

Life just couldn’t be sweeter at French-inspired destination bakery and café Sweet Société. Everything is baked fresh, and this gorgeous spot at The Colombo that pleases the eye as well as the taste buds is renowned for its gluten-free goods.



Owner Janette says people come back for their favourites time and time again, and then something new will catch their eye and captivate their taste buds. The beautiful cupcakes are a new addition to the range, making choosing just that little bit more tantalising. The five flavours – lemon meringue, strawberry meringue, cookies and cream, caramel crunch and caramel KitKat, will be joined by extra flavour delights at Christmas.

Also new is vegan and gluten-free She Chocolate, available in gift boxes and bars, while fresh gluten-free cheesecake, lamington cake and chocolate brownie fly out the door. The carrot cake and lolly cake are the stuff of dreams, and school holidays always see a run on the rainbow range of gelato and sorbets, as well as the freshly baked sourdough donuts which are available plain or in a variety of filled flavours.

Macarons from J’aime Les Macarons are available in 18 flavours with 12 new exciting summer flavours including mouth-watering orange sorbet, boysenberry cream, lime lamington, and watermelon. The friendly staff love to help with selections, whether a pot from the range of Harney and Sons tea, or a treat from the freshly baked biscuit array. “It’s a wonderful place to be,” says Janette. “It just makes people happy.”




Next-level giftware: Industria

Just when you thought Industria at The Colombo couldn’t get any better – or stock more beautiful, contemporary gifts and designs – it has expanded, taking the whole experience to the next level.



The 100 percent Christchurch-owned and operated store proudly showcases a wide range of well-known New Zealand brands, as well as plenty of new, exclusive products.

They’re also passionate about supporting local, and are eco-conscious, with recent additions; Koko Body Skincare, CaliWoods stainless steel straws and pegs, and plastic-free shampoo bars, all profiled on their Instagram feed.

Of course, the expansion means there’s even more of what you already love about Industria; the homewares, furniture, gifts, jewellery and art.

Find Industria at both the new extended Sydenham store and at Rolleston Square (opposite Unichem).

Keep up to date with all the new additions, promotions and inspiration on Facebook or Instagram, phone The Colombo store on 03 943 4932 or Rolleston on 03 420 0996.



Marvellous Meatballs: Balls & All

It seems like an impossibly glamorous occupation, to travel the world playing polo, so why did Alex Rowland-Jones and George Cooper-Dixon give it all up to sell meatballs? After years on the road, tired of living out of suitcases, the call of home was too strong to resist and they decided to come back to New Zealand to put down some roots.



Inspired by one of their mum’s favourite homemade recipes, they had been talking together for years about setting up their own food business. After fine tuning their own special meatball recipe to perfection, ‘Balls & All’ at the Colombo was launched and is now open to delight your taste buds!

Their delicious meatballs are rolled fresh everyday onsite and made from only the best quality locally sourced ingredients. For the very reasonable price of $13.50 you get three mouth-watering meatballs served on top of your choice of base; mashed potatoes, fettucine pasta, or cannelloni beans. The dish is topped off with a splash of their very own homemade meatball sauce (sorry we can’t tell you the recipe – it’s top secret) and a sprinkle of herbs cut fresh from mum’s herb garden. It doesn’t get fresher than that!

To get your meatball fix, roll in to see them at 363 Colombo Street, Christchurch. To find out more check out their Facebook page or phone Alex on 027 727 3542.


Sweet Société

Heaven on earth: Sweet Société

A vision of heaven is a deeply personal thing, but the odds are that every vision of paradise contains a little corner like Sweet Société. Located in The Colombo, Sweet Société is now under new ownership. Locals whisper it’s a delightful dreamland of fresh and wholesome treats.


Sweet Société


This magical spot uplifts the senses with the elegant colours and sensational smells of fresh locally baked sourdough donuts creamed every day in flavours of banoffee pie, Snickers bar, and strawberry and cream, with new flavours added regularly. The cabinet holds an extensive range of gluten-free options, including New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel lamington cake, freshly baked slices, plus the full range of macrons supplied by J’aime Les Macarons. While Sweet Société takes pride in its deliciously baked fresh goods, it also stocks an expanded range of Harney & Sons teas and frappes to satisfy your thirst.

Only the Rainbow range of gelato is non-local: imported from Italy, they are gluten-free with a range of flavours. Dairy-free sorbets are also available. The bliss is completed with the match made in heaven – the gelato donut! Owner Janette says they love sharing the joy around The Colombo. “Our shop is about providing unique, fresh and inspiring quality products, whether you’re buying for joy, to cheer a friend, celebrate an occasion or a work shout.”

All products can be supplied to order, with diverse options for bulk orders and, as the staff have sampled everything, you can be sure they are experts in making up gift boxes.


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Elegance with Edge: Repertoire

With its first store opening in 2006, Repertoire has now grown to eight stores throughout New Zealand. In Christchurch, we’re very fortunate to have two boutiques, one in the BNZ Centre and one in The Colombo.




Co-owner, Meghan Maher, says its business concept, right from the beginning, has been to ensure its stores are customer service driven.
“Customers are warmly welcomed by our trained stylists. Our staff are real women who really care. There’s so much love in our stores!”
Meghan expands on the point of difference in the brand. “We offer complimentary sessions in which a woman is given head-to-toe styling in a safe and cocooned environment; it’s a tranquil space in which they can try on as many garments as needed to find the look that’s perfect for them.”



Repertoire releases two New Zealand made collections in-store and online every month. “Every single time a customer visits our store, there will be a new collection on the racks since the last time they visited,” Meghan says. Meghan says the core philosophy is to inspire and support women with clothing that gives the wearer everyday self-confidence. “Our garments are elegantly relaxed but with an edge. When customers walk down the street, heads will turn. Our clothes have the ‘wow’ element!”



Another key component to its garments is their ability to transcend from daywear into evening wear. “Our dresses, for instance, can be worn with sneakers or flats by day, but add a pair of heels, a pretty purse and earrings, and it suddenly becomes a dress to take to the races, or any ‘after five’ gathering.” Meghan says the clothes are very current and they follow global trends, but not slavishly. “We look at what’s happening overseas, but we consider the New Zealand climate and the New Zealand customer.”



For those with wanderlust, the capsule range is ideal for travel, as they fold into nothing and are extremely crease-resistant.
Education, communication and connection is hugely important to Repertoire.  “Social media is a fantastic tool in that we can share, update and guide our customers through the whole process of feeling confident about every beautiful, unique garment hanging in their wardrobe,” Meghan says. “We want women to reconnect with their wardrobes.”


At two locations: The Colombo, phone
03 366 1200, The BNZ Centre, phone
03 281 8434 or visit