Quality Hotel Elms
456 Papanui Road
Phone: (64) 3 3553577
Fax: (64) 3 3520290
Just Kids sells upmarket children's wear, designed in New Zealand. Bold colours and interesting design coincide with practical considerations for quality clothing. Sizes cater for newborn babies to 12-year olds. Classy footwear completes the range. Free catalogues are available. Telephone, fax and email orders are possible with credit cards and result in a home delivery service. Personal shoppers have a children's play area to entertain wee ones while they browse.
With 70 shops, you might expect this mall to feel impersonal. However, Northlands manages to maintain a real relationship with the community, by providing not only a good range of retail stores, but also a number of services, like postal facilities and a cinema. The stores, including big players that flank a long corridor that runs north to south. For a break in your travels, there are two good cafes as an alternative to the food court in the middle of the mall.
With its barred windows, stuffed animal heads, 18th-century furniture, and railway clocks, this place would look more at home on London's Portobello Road. However Portobello Antiques also stocks New Zealand antiques--perhaps behind that church pew, or beneath that weathervane, or alongside that pinball machine, lurks a kauri sideboard or dresser. Allow yourself plenty of time to rummage through all the weird and wonderful things.The shop used to be located on Tuam Street but moved to a new location after the earthquake in Christchurch.
Hands Ashford New Zealand is the perfect place to go for your arts and crafts supplies. Selling everything from paintbrushes and paints to beads and embroidery ribbons, Hands Ashford is something of an institution among local crafts people. The shop has a large selection of books and magazines, helpful, friendly staff, and a room full of supplies. They offer over forty classes covering everything from folk art to porcelain painting and run a children's' school holiday program.
Man Stuff is a store that caters primarily to men's grooming items. The line of products include artisan soaps, shaving bowls and shaving brushes. The store uses only natural ingredients for its products and the finished items have a retro look about them. Their exclusive soap range includes the Whiskey and Mint as well as the Handful of Gravel made by hand, using Whiskey Essence among other ingredients. Their shaving bowls are also hand crafted and made from local wood. Essentially, owners Tom Karstensen and Andrew Bell, through their rare and high quality products, are trying to give users a more stylish and 'manly' appeal.
A ceiling festooned with antique lights draws visitors past colonial New Zealand furniture and into the heart of Villa Antiques. The two storey building houses architectural antiques, such as fireplaces, china, brass ware, (especially door fittings), kitchenware and lots of interesting pieces suitable for shop window displays. Selling quality antiques has brought repeat national and international business over the 14 years of Villa Antiques' trading in Merivale.
For up-to-date fashions, designer labels and quality garments, try Quinns of Merivale Mall . An institution in Christchurch since 1973, Quinns is the place to go when dressing for a wedding or Cup Day at the races. With two floors of designer clothes (Visage, Expozay, Joseph Stansfield Design, Andrea Moore etc), bags and shoes, there is something for all ages and occasions; snakeskin boots, feather decorated shirts, cashmere jackets, silk dresses, jeans and anoraks. On the second floor, there is also a small cafe corner offering espresso, cappuccino, gateaux and French pastries. A few shops down is Quinns Lingerie Shop.
Once of average size, Merivale Mall is now dwarfed by many of its counterparts. Having run out of space in which to expand, this complex concentrates on what it does well--fashion. Leading off a spacious and elegantly marbled atrium, you will find a range of (mainly women's) fashion stores in the mid- to upper-price range. The queen of them all is Quinn's, a Mecca for the style-conscious women of Merivale and Fendalton. Other outlets include a Fresh Choice supermarket with an excellent wine section.
An attractive display catches the eye of passers-by. Yesteryear Collectables specialises in fine china, particularly Royal Doulton, silver, decorative pieces, and small furniture. Owner, Maxine Scott has 15 years' experience in the business, six of them at Merivale. She recommends Merivale because of the quality range and variety of antiques found in this small, easily-accessible, upmarket precinct.
Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, this photographic retail shop can provide you with the equipment and services you need; from new and used cameras and videos to accessories such as film, filters, and darkroom supplies. They operate a professional C-41 lab for traditional developing and printing, as well as providing digital printing services. From your CD, floppy or Zip disk, they can print onto photographic paper. You can also send the files over the Internet by following the instructions on their site.
Fresh Choice is a medium sized supermarket in Merivale Mall that offers everything from a Lotto (lottery) outlet, a serviced delicatessen, an attractive serve over butchery, as well as a good range of dry grocery and fresh produce at supermarket prices. The great find however, is it's wine selection. A fine range of Canterbury wines, including a lot of boutique Waipara wines, is on sale. There are also other South Island offerings from Marlborough and Otago, as well as Australian and French products. There is a growing range of imported beer, up to 100 beers at last count.
At Mansfield Antiques fine china plates, and paintings stand out against pale walls. A quality selection of silver, (sterling and plated), and furniture, (early colonial, Victorian and Georgian), pewter, copper, old Victorian boxes, and unusual small items entice buyers. Reproduction furniture accessories are available. Wedding gift shopping is popular here.