Business matters


Sports shop for mall

Sassy Kids Clothing and the Games Room at the Richmond Mall are to be converted into one store which Stirling Sports will move into, a mall spokesperson said. She said the premises occupied by the children's clothing outlet were only ever temporary. Shops 17 and 19 would be merged into one premises to make way for the sports store, which aimed to be trading from there by September.

Research revealed

Nelson firm Sujon Berries is preparing to present research findings into the use of Sujon Blackcurrant Powder at a function in Nelson.

Guest speakers at the event, scheduled at the Saxton sports pavilion for June 23, are head Tri NZ coach Greg Fraine, captain of the NZ Basketball team Mika Vukona, and Dawn Chalmers, a local physio and nine-times NZ boxing champ.

The presentation in Nelson will follow a similar one in the US, when a UK-based professor of sports nutrition will present research on the use of Sujon Blackcurrant Powder at an international sports nutrition conference.

In Nelson, the same research findings will be presented to a group of New Zealand athletes, members of the Nelson commercial community, New Zealand-based researchers who have worked on the project, and members of Sujon's distribution chain.

Gold awards for three

Three businesses in the Nelson-Tasman region have won gold awards after being voted by customers of the Entertainment Book.

The book is a nationwide guide that helps people to discover lots of new places to enjoy themselves. Ambrosia Cafe in Queen St, Pomeroy's coffee in Elm St [Wakatu Estate] and Pro Karts [Tahunanui Beach Fun Park] have won gold awards.

Pomeroy's has also made it into the book's Hall of Fame. Brian McGinn, from Entertainment Publications, said the Gold Awards, run annually, recognise the quality, service and efforts that restaurants, cafes and businesses put into communities.

Recycled clothes move

Nelson has a new addition to the pre-loved clothing trade. Kool Katz Alley has opened at 80A Vanguard St, although it's more of an incarnation of a business run by Megan Walker.

She has shifted to bigger, brighter and warmer premises leased by Bevan Dixon, of Summit Real Estate.

She previously operated from a space behind the Red Cross building in Vanguard St, and is now across the way behind the SPCA store. Walker hails from Timaru, where recycled clothing does not have anywhere near the same level of interest as in Nelson.

"When I was younger I never bought second-hand clothing and up until a couple of years ago I still didn't." Walker buys stock that comes into the store and then sells on, rather than sells on behalf. She trades quality women's and men's clothing and accessories, including many "label" items.

New job for Ricker

Former Nelson City Council communications manager Angela Ricker will join Nelson public relations and marketing firm Etc Communications in July.

The consultancy firm's managing director, Emma Thompson, said the business was growing rapidly, and she had been looking for some time for someone with senior communications experience to join the firm.

Coastal block in demand

An absolute waterfront property listed by Mike Harvey of Green Door in Nelson is to be auctioned at no reserve, meaning it could sell for a dollar.

The catch is, it's on the West Coast, and while that would be a plus for many, the beach off the Charleston property often features typical West Coast sea conditions. It has also attracted huge interest, meaning bidding is likely to be heated.

Harvey said the coastal block has an RV of $70,000 and the North Island vendor was realistic about the market determining its worth.

"It's a no-reserve auction. The market will determine the value and if it's only worth $1 that's all he'll get." Harvey said response to the land coming on the market had been "phenomenal", including from overseas and expatriates wanting to return home.

Harvey said Charleston was a close community about 20 minutes south of Westport. The vendor had chosen a Nelson agent as he felt the region presented a target market. The auction is on June 27 at the Green Door auction rooms in Queen St, Richmond.

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