04.07.2018

The Caker – City of Sails to City of Angels


Jordan Rondel – The Caker – outside her Auckland Cake Salon


Baking Kits (including a special collab with Karen Walker) on sale at The Caker salon

Mini Cakes being ganached. 

Young rose buds for cake decoration

Cakes heading out for daily delivery around Auckland

Last week, The New contributor Samantha Donaldson spent some time with cake kween and entrepreneur Jordan Rondel, founder of cult-status-loved The CakerJordan currently divides her time between the City of Sails and the City of Angels, so we were lucky to catch her in her K’Road Cake Salon – baking, decorating, laying out still-warm mini cakes for sale, and getting cakes ready for deliveries around Auckland.

With The Caker brand continuing to rise, Jordan now has a team of ten, and a business partner in her sister Anouk, who left a law career to manage this beautiful empire of sweet treats. When Jordan’s not helping her team bake and decorate, she’s busy with recipe creation (Jordan has two published recipe books and contributes weekly to Sunday magazine), running baking masterclasses, designing new baking mixes to be sold throughout New Zealand (there’s some limited-edition kits about to be released – keep an eye out!), and – oh, #nbd – planning for the global expansion of The Caker… specifically, a Cake Salon in Los Angeles!

She chose LA because it’s somewhere she’s spent – with her partner Stefan Sinclair (a well-known tattoo artist) – a lot of time in recent years. Her second home, really. In Jordan’s own words: “someone smart once suggested that when you decide it’s time to expand your business on an international scale, it’s important to choose a place you actually want to live. And LA is that. The lifestyle and culture just really resonates with me. Plus, despite all the other cake shops that exist in LA, there’s a very obvious niche for what we’re doing with The Caker, so fingers crossed we can fill that”.

They’ve found a location they love, so right now Jordan is working through Visa paperwork and all the legal layers for The Caker L.A.  I for one can’t wait to see this one come out of the oven…

The Caker  website & online store   /   Instagram

Jordan also has a recipes blog which she updates very regularly

Photography for The New by Wedding & Lifestyle photographer Samantha Donaldson
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11.04.2018

Palace


Photography with thanks to Swift & Click

From the young trio that brought – I have to say it – the first decent serve of coffee to Taupo (with Storehouse)… their sophomore eatery Palace, a casual burger and cocktails joint in my hometown of Mount Maunganui.

Owners Sam King, and Melissa and Brad Dellar worked together on the 80’s new wave aesthetic (Brad designed the tables and bench seats for example), pulling in the talents of Brad’s Architect dad (Rosetta Stone Architects), and Design Dairy on the brand and graphic tip.

Fave bit for me: the grid theme running throughout. You know me, love a grid – and they’ve done it down to the last detail with the grid greaseproof paper your burger sits on.

Eat with your eyes, then make sure to visit next time you’re at the beach.

 

Palace Burger website     /   Instagram

 

 

15.01.2018

Petal Playground


I love kicking off The New year (see what I did there) with an extra-extra-goody, and this is that.
The new showroom / workroom of creative couple MarkAntonia.

A new studio from which Antonia can create her insane floral installations, Mark can continue his industrial and furniture design projects, and the two can create and sell their own MarkAntonia products – Disk and Leaning mirrors, a range of candles (actual FAVE), still life art prints in collaboration with photographer Claire Mossong, dried scented seasonals (potpourri for a new gen), dried floral bouquets (love this idea), and other limited edition projects. At the moment, in the pink-floored retail space out front, they have handmade steel and ceramic vases developed specially for their dried floral arrangements, blackened steel hanging racks, and a collab hand balm and cuticle oil.

Visit at 3b Central Road, Kingsland, Auckland.
Open Thursdays – Saturdays, or by appointment (check the MarkAntonia instagram or website).

Ah damn, now I want half a tree hanging from my ceiling.

The sweetest-smelling showroom, with MarkAntonia candles always alight.

Antonia really loves pink (you and me both, babeland)

Did you ever see a prettier workshop? Imagine coming to this ‘office’ every day to create…

MarkAntonia candles in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring

Scented Dried Seasonals, also in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
The dried flowers inside reflect the season the arrangement and scent is named for. 
Each comes with a l’il bottle of oils so you can keep the scent fresh

Still life art prints, styled by Antonia and shot by Claire Mossong

Top-up fragrance oils

Ceramic vases made especially for MarkAntonia

Buy ’em flowers that don’t wilt or need water

Antonia and Mark, feat. pink door.


Imagery captured by Auckland freelance photographer
Michelle Weir for The New

(You should hire her right meow).

 

25.10.2017

Meet Pepa


Within the historic Christchurch Arts Centre…

Inside a room in the Gothic Revival Boys’ High Building (built in 1881)…

Behind this door (This door though! Beautiful!)…

You’ll find the best little stationery boutique you ever did see.
This is Pepa.

Product styling by Bonny Beattie

Ami Muir, Pepa founder and amazing person.

Photography all by Bonny Beattie, with thanks

SO excited about today’s feature! Allow me to introduce Pepa – an all-things-stationery store that’s just opened in Christchurch. Pepa is the boutique baby of Ami Muir (you might know Ami from her Great NZ Wrapping Paper book we’ve featured before) – 35 year old mum, ex-advertising agency career woman, and lifetime stationery addict. (We’re sisters from another mister, Ami.)

Through Pepa (Maori for paper), Ami is bringing some of the world’s best, cult-classic and contemporary brands to New Zealand. And what’s more, these are brands you can’t get anywhere else in New Zealand. As an unashamed papyrophiliac (it’s been 3 days since my last stationery purchase), I gotta say Ami’s curation is off-the-charts good. I added over 20 things to my Cart. Husbo, please get my Christmas gift from Pepa. Ami also promises that Pepa will be an evolving mix of cool new stuff – the world of stationery is constantly moving with aesthetic trends, and Ami has more ideas than she has store space.

Let’s hear a little from Ami, in her own words: “I’ve always had a really unhealthy love for stationery and all things paper, that coupled with my love for old fashioned pen and paper culminated in a need to open something I had always searched for in NZ, a stationery store.” The underlying values of Pepa are even more personal than this for Ami: “As a child I used to love checking the mailbox every single day, and luckily for me there would often be a letter from one of my two nanas. I know how much receiving an unexpected letter can change someone’s day, and if I can be a little bit responsible for making people smile as they open the mailbox I will be a very happy person. I also worry that the digital age is completely overcoming us, and the kids of today are missing out on the little things – like writing or receiving a letter.”

While having her very own little stationery shoppe had long been a dream, it wasn’t until Ami spotted this space – the perfect mix of nostalgia and modernity – that she knew she had to do whatever it took to make her dream happen. Pepa is located in one room within the Boy’s High building, part of the historic Christchurch Arts Centre (a collection of Category 1 heritage buildings). The Christchurch Arts Centre is progressively re-opening after extensive post-earthquake restoration, and the Boy’s High building started welcoming new businesses a couple of months ago. Side note: I really need to get myself down to Christchurch for a weekend – so many exciting new openings there recently.

Pepa’s brand (aesthetically a nod to famous English poster artist Tom Eckersley, and illustrators of his kind like Anna Kovacses) was designed by Rikki Burns, and Ami’s also collaborated with one of my fave NZ creatives, Bonny Beattie, for interior styling of the store, product styling and photography.

Get yo’ stapler-appreciating friends and make a day of it, or if you’re too far from the garden city, Pepa has a full, super-good-looking online store.

 

Pepa Stationery

Boys’ High building, The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch.
Open 10-5, seven days a week

Pepa online store   /   Pepa instagram   /   Pepa Facebook

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