Businesses around the region have been doing it tough, and we asked you to give your favourite place a special shout out.
We’ve been overwhelmed with your response – it’s great to see so much love out there! There is still time to send us more though – send us your Shout Out here and enter the draw for a $20 prezzy card.
We have five to give away – now that’s something to celebrate.
One Stop Organic Shop; Collingwood St, Nelson. It is run by Katie Roddis, her brother, her partner Chris and her mother Nina. It is truly a family business with high goals for totally healthy organic food served in an impressively clean and protected, well-ventilated shop. There is a great variety of vegan foods, various flours, fruits and vegetables, many grown locally. But best is the good humour, the friendliness and willingness to assist in every way possible.
The Chook Farm Shop; McShane Rd, Richmond. Can also be known as Nelson foods. The staff are always very friendly and really helpful, they are a family business and they have so many goodies to stock your pantry and freezer with.
Tim’s Garden; 1/26 Gloucester St, Nelson. timsgarden.co.nz Love this place. Went there for a houseplant and discovered they had plenty to offer, including houseplants, garden plants, landscaping and pots. I normally go to the chain stores, but now I know about his little place, and the great knowledge they have on site, I’ll be going more often.
Crackerjack Toys; 219 Trafalgar St, in the arcade next to Farmers. Had everything for children to play with, and some things for adults too! Went to buy a game adults could play and the guy who served me was very knowledgeable and could suggest the kind of games I was after. It’s a must-visit for the whole family. https://crackerjacktoys.co.nz/
Lydia’s Cafe; Queen St, Richmond. Really great coffee and scones. Super friendly staff. They adapt with ease to any Covid rules.
Para Rubber; pararubber.co.nz 167 Haven Rd, Nelson. The staff are so friendly and helpful. They solve people’s DIY problems. It’s service like no other. Special, and locally owned.
The Grape Escape; McShane Rd, Richmond. Very good staff abiding by Covid rules in a very pleasant manner and giving good service.
Bakers Coffee Shop; Collingwood St. I go on Friday after finishing my work week, for a special coffee and lunch before I hit the weekend with my 3 boys. Keiko and Helene greet me by name, we have a nice talk and then I just sit and enjoy the peace and ambiance while having my lunch.
Caltex Nelson; 209 Waimea Rd, Bishopdale, Nelson. They’re not owned by a big oil company, they’re a family owned business that loves looking after the community they were born in. Not just a petrol station, an On the Spot convenience store with heaps of groceries, and great coffee too!
Cable Bay Adventure Park Cafe; Cable Bay Nelson. This is a lovely relaxed environment to have lunch or a coffee catch up with friends. The food is great with an awesome selection including vege food.
The Swedish Bakery; 54 Bridge St, Nelson. Delicious, delicately and expertly handcrafted Scandinavian pastries and fantastic breads all made on site by incredibly hardworking staff. SUPERB!!!
Nelson City Framers; 42 Halifax St, Nelson. Luke, Amy and Adam really go the extra mile for us and do so with expert skills and great advice! We’ve trusted them with all our framing needs (huge and small) for eight years now and we think they (and their beautiful new Gallery space!) deserve a big shout out.
Bacca Bakery; 43 Tukurua Rd, Parapara. The only fully organic sourdough bakery in the (top of the) South Island. Hidden in a quiet side road, the two owners are pouring their heart into crunchy sourdough loaves and pastries made from scratch.
Pomeroys Coffee Factorie Cafe; 375 Hill St, Richmond. Great product, great food, great service from friendly staff.
The Library Cafe; TDC Library, Queen St, Richmond. Always very friendly. Wonderful coffee and fresh food. Franck has not increased his prices like a lot of other local cafés have recently. Lovely sunny spot to sit by windows and nice ambience.
Smart Phone Phone Repairs; They provide quick service at a good price, they also have done some little jobs for free, and some while Iwaited. These are good guys.
Stoke New World Supermarket; Staff always helpful, supportive. Recently the check-outs were working only intermittently, and they were working at speed, to help customers through.
The Kitchen; Bridge St, Nelson. The staff take the time to learn your name, and your regular orders. They are always wonderfully positive, it is so amazing to have such a good variety of healthy alternative foods.
Little Dove; 36 Collingwood St. Great coffee and great chat.
Tozzetti Cafe; Vanguard St, Nelson. I have some food allergies which they always accommodated. Lately we discovered that the old brand of chai powder they’d used for years had been reformulated with milk. They went above and beyond, buying syrup and having me taste test my chai lattes until they had them just the way I like them. Thank you, Carrie Ann and Ben!
Falafel Gourmet; Hardy St, Nelson. Consistently great food at affordable prices for over 25 years!
The Vege Guy; 2 Stafford Ave, Annesbrook. The staff work long hours and get up early to go to the markets so the people of Stoke can have fresh fruit and veges.
Craft Pate; craftpate.co.nz Excellent local business, beautiful pate products. Lovely French/Swiss couple. Main outlet is Nelson market which cannot operate under current lockdown status
PGG Wrightson; 441 Kaihoka Lakes Rd, Collingwood. The team have been so helpful supporting farmers through this whole Covid thing, doing deliveries to farms, keeping supplies up even though there have been some supply chain challenges, working with two teams in the store to keep their worker bubbles safe.
Viva La Vaca; vivalavaca.co.nz They are a couple who have two business, two kids and a cat. They have crafted it out of their hard work, and now all the wedding catering, and street traffic has gone.
Abel Tasman Ocean View Chalets; 305 Sandy Bay-Marahau Rd, Marahau. This small hardworking team, care for their community and offer guests the best their beautiful region has to offer. Covid has obviously meant fewer overseas visitors, but that gives us the opportunity to get there and see for ourselves what treasures the region has to offer.
Moana Paddleboards; Rocks Rd, Tāhunanui. Such a great shop, cool products super friendly staff. The hiring of paddleboards is a must-do, such fun.
Dunbar Estates Cellar Door and Café; dunbarestates.co.nz 1469 Motueka Valley Highway, Ngatimoti Motueka. Fabulous service, setting, delicious food and excellent wines to enjoy on a country estate
Mango Fusion Restaurant; Hardy St Nelson. Great food, really friendly people.
Stoke Bakery; 510 Main Road, Stoke. I work at Stoke Medical Centre and a lot of our sustenance comes from there. Morning teas when someone is shouting, but especially those rushed lunch breaks, to grab a sandwich or a pie. Not that us nurses have too many of those!
Ambrosia Café; 4 Chelsea Avenue, Richmond. Food is great. Coffee is great. Always great service and a friendly smile.
Alberta’s Café; Mapua waterfront. Always great food and great coffee. Yum!