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Cityscape Retail Therapy
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A funky recent addition to Sumner's trendy boutiques, STORE 17 is a gallery of uber cool. Taking their inspiration from the distinctive Scandinavian style sweeping the world's interiors, the talented crew both create their own simple-but-special STORE 17 collections as well as stocking swish bands such as Uashmama, Olli Ella, Blue Earth, Fox & Ivy, Creative Clay Studio, and Little Nik Nax.   You'll find everything from killer designer planters and sharp must-have pieces through to jewellery with a difference, locally-designed and made stationery, wall hooks and hangers and more – all with that clean, minimalist razor sharp Scandi-style to next level vamp-up your digs. Drop in to browse their unique wares in person or check out their covetable range at their online store! STORE 17 17 Marriner St, Sumner03 326 5762www.store17.co.nz...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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Cityscape checks out Mexico's new Winter menu. Mexico launched its new winter menu recently, turning up the heat just in time for the chilly (or should that be chilli?) season with new dishes such as the new Pipian Chicken and Ancho Dry Rubbed Prawn (pictured below) Tacos and Crab Albondigas, as well as bringing back old favourites like the Lime Curd and Vanilla Cheesecake, Fried Chicken and Esquites. The Cityscape crew dropped in to their Manchester Street operation to check the new goodies out for ourselves – just for scientific purposes, you understand – and had soon ordered ourselves up a well-laden table of the new hotness. Most found it difficult to go past the deliciousness of the new pork cheek barbacoa taco with chilli and pineapple salsa, plantain chips, and pickled pineapple, but the beef arrachera taco with whipped garlic, grapes, saffron stained apple, almond crumbs and bursting with fiery pink...
Cityscape Parties & Venues
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In a super funky hybrid of exclusive function space and killer shrine to all that’s holy in the world of Jim Beam, new Victoria Street addition Beam Gallery is the country’s undisputed mothership for bourbon aficionados. Showcasing Christchurch bourbon kingpin Frank van Schaijik’s epic, more-than-four-decade-spanning (and world-leading!) collection of Jim Beam decanters, memorabilia and collectibles, this is one jaw-droppin’ space to rock your next soirée, launch or corporate event. Passing through its unassuming entrance via near-life-size statues of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, visitors are greeted by glittering floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets running the length of the space along either wall. These proudly display more than 1,800 pieces of Jim Beam paraphernalia from sports cars, sporting heroes, wild animal and iconic effigy decanters through to super-exclusive limited edition bottles, World Fair one-offs and three each of the ridiculously-rare silver cowboy and cowgirl decanters (there are only four of each in the world!)....
Cityscape The Scoop
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Riffing on the 50s retro rustic cool of Bishopdale’s famous orchards and the three brothers (James, Robert and William) the suburb is named after, the brand spanking new Bishop Brothers Public House is all about fantastic food in a relaxing atmosphere, says owner Mark Pearce.The new neighbourhood gastro tavern takes its cues from the Bishop boys’ fruitful legacy, with the former Little Italy/Farrington Tavern site transformed into a modern gastro-tavern that effortlessly blends the rustic charms of an apple packhouse aesthetic with 50’s diner chic. Funky booth seating meets solid wooden furniture and retro flourishes, including old valve radios and other similarly-aged artefacts to set the scene.Award-winning local chef Kathryn Ahu elevates gastro-pub fare to the next level at the new venue, with a menu that includes not only pub-grub faves but also plenty of Bishop Brothers spins on classic dishes. Look for their legendary platters, baked pork belly, steamed mussel pots,...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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With entry via off-the-hook samurai sword door handles, you just know that what’s behind Empire’s spanking new doors is going to be on the razor’s edge of cool. Having mercilessly teased us for months with its classy exterior of grey stone, darkened windows and molten neon signage, last night’s VIP reveal could have registered on the Richter scale with the number of jaws hitting the floor as guests entered what is destined to become one of the city’s favourite after dark haunts. Completing their trifecta of St Asaph Street hotspots, the team behind Baretta and The Cuban bring us a classic, regal taste of Japan with their scorching new entry into the hospo scene. Precision pimped with Geisha elegance, Empire is dark and cavernous with nods to Japanese refinement through well-appointed artefacts. A series of intimate booths flank the wall, jewelled with an inferno of glistening red tiles. Behind the...
Cityscape The Scoop
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Rocking the mantra ‘honest, wholesome, simple’, the team behind killer newbie café MADE Espresso Bar need to add ‘seriously tasty’ to the mix! It’s brimming with sensational cabinet fare and fierce daily specials (think caramelised onion, pesto and feta scrolls and faro, kale, almond, and beetroot salad with lemon and paprika dressing – hungry much?) served alongside Hummingbird Coffee. You’ll find the super-talented MADE team working their culinary magic from their city-chic café tucked under Warren & Mahoney on Montreal Street, with their entrance around the corner on Cashel Street (just to keep things interesting!). www.madeespressobar.co.nz...
Cityscape The Scoop
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The first piece of STAY, a Christchurch legacy public artwork by renowned British sculptor Antony Gormley, is being installed in the CERA Te Papa Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct project as part of SCAPE 8 New Intimacies. The piece is the first of two identical cast iron figures commissioned by the Christchurch City Council Public Art Advisory Group, to be located in different parts of the city, with the matching figure to eventually be installed in the Northern Quadrangle of the Arts Centre of Christchurch in early 2016. In a city in the throes of reconstruction, STAY evokes a place where retrospect and remembrance intermingle with future plans. The first piece’s position, mid-current in the Ōtākaro Avon River, offers a point of reflection and contemplation in a natural environment, which seems comparatively unchanged by Christchurch’s recent history. The second figure at the Arts Centre – a site that bears the memory of...
Cityscape Inside Word
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Following a months-long fundraising and planning effort the Christchurch Community Bike Share Scheme, Spark Bikes, is now up and running. The bike share system, brainchild of local entrepreneur Rob Henderson, initially has five stations at key locations around the central city – Victoria Street, the Arts Centre, Gloucester Street, the Re:Start Mall and Epic on Tuam Street. Registered users can grab an available bike at any station and use them to get around the city as they like. Sponsors Spark jumped on board with the idea a year ago after Henderson approached the company with his idea. A portion of the project was then crowd-funded, with donations aplenty from locals, but also as far afield as Canada and America. To get in on the action, head to www.sparkbikes.co.nz to register (there’s a one-off registration fee of 4 bucks) – once registered you can log in at any station, grab a...
Cityscape Inside Word
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Here's a face you could learn to love: Orana Wildlife Park's new gorillas have moved into their new 6 million dollar enclosure to become the first gorilla group on display in New Zealand. You can visit Fataki (12), Fuzu (7) and their half-brother, Mahali (6) at the park from the 1st of August! www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz...
Cityscape Lifestyle
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  Image: Tony Stewart  Get those sweet bicycle clips out of storage, Christchurch – getting around the city is becoming easier with the arrival of a free public bike-share system, thanks to crowdfunding enthusiasm from local residents and businesses for the idea (from local entrepreneur Rob Henderson) and the corporate sponsorship of Spark. The service puts Christchurch in the same trendy club as the likes of New York, London and Melbourne (look at us go!), and won’t hit you in the wallet, either, with all trips under 30 minutes completely free – and we all know that in a city as bike-friendly-flat as Christchurch is, you can get a long way on a bike in 30 minutes! Bike stations will initially be set up at Victoria Street, Gloucester Street, Re:START Mall, Tuam Street and on Worcester Boulevard as part of the two-year pilot for the project. Each bike will also be...