Posts in Meet the maker
'Stick to your knitting'...that's what Gran use to say!

When Gabe Davidson, Founder of Wellington Chocolate Factory, was approached in Melbourne to open a fancy cafe kiosk serving champagne back in the day, he wished he’d remembered what his Grandmother always said - ‘stick to your knitting’. This is Gabe’s biggest lesson he has learnt in business - don’t be distracted by the shiny things, focus on one thing and do it well.

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Chocolate plus the Naki equals yum!

It’s no coincidence that a girl from the Naki who started a gift box business happens to stock some of the West Coast Cocoa product range. For one, my love of chocolate is ‘infamous’ and those who know me well will remember a time i went without chocolate chews (from the supermarket pick n mix years back) for about 4 years straight - it was such a big deal as I went cold turkey and actually never looked back…how silly was i?

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Where the Sea meets the Clay...

Samantha from Sea and Clay and I have a lot in common. Our love of Netflix, our love/hate relationship with computer work and the fact we both admire Chelsea Handler’s attitude when it comes to not caring what people think about her. To KEEP GOING is the biggest lesson Sam has learnt from being in business and wouldn’t you know it, I also agree.

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High Tea anyone?

Who doesn’t love a good High Tea? I’ve enjoyed my fair share of them over the years but I’ve never actually brewed a loose leaf tea before. I’m an EB (English Breakfast) lover from way back, just your average ‘Choysa, round tea bag’ kinda gal…I know, how refined of me! I don’t feel very regal when I make or drink it, in fact the only aspect of my tea drinking (thus far in my career) that meets any sort of ‘englishness’ is that I acquired my love of the cuppa in London back in 2003.

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Make the most of your toast!

How do you have yours? Crunchy or smooth? With butter or without? Hot or cold? However you have your toast, you will be doing yourself a disservice if you weren’t applying lashings of your favourite Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter. The F&F journey started five years ago - two lawyers were making and selling peanut butter in local markets around Wellington until they decided to chuck in corporate life and dedicated themselves to ‘nut’ life.

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Byron Bay Bliss Balls

I quite by accident came across Byron Bay Bliss Balls while holidaying in Melbourne, staying at my sisters. She has the ‘snack’ cupboard - more like walk in pantry - and I happened to be having a bit of a hunt around one afternoon and spied the cute snack pack packaging on one of the shelves. Long story short, because I have been known to go on a bit, I enquired about their taste and got rave reviews. I tried for myself and was instantly on the gram making enquiries.

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Jess & Jason Holdaway from FRANK Stationery

Jess and Jason are the couple (professionally and personally) behind the ‘Buy one, Give one’ business that is FRANK Stationery. Their story, beliefs and WHY is so inspirational and they are making an incredible difference on the lives of kids in our community…their product range is gorgeous and we love to support, in our own small way, enterprises with real purpose.

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Camille Co. Soaps by Cheyney

Anyone else use their exercise time to get some clarity about a work project you might be working on?  Well, Cheyney from Camille Co knows all about that and as she is busy juggling two businesses, hopefully her workouts are double the fun!  Cheyney has been really open and honest in sharing her thoughts about her business and in life in general - striving to do better than yesterday is what keeps her going - I think that rings true for a lot of us.

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Rachel from Hello Melba

Come and meet Rachel from Hello Melba - she loves female comedians, video games and taking a break from her office in the city (Christchurch) to walk around and appreciate what's going on around her.  How she came to name her business is such a sweet story and when I read it, it really made me think of my Gran and what qualities/skills I might have picked up from her...thanks Rachel for sharing more about you and your awesome business.

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Rachel from Misty Day Plant Potions

I have had such a great response from so many of our suppliers who have taken the time to share their thoughts with us and answer these Meet the Maker questions.  You never quite know what to expect and Rachel from Misty Day Plant Potions doesn't disappoint - she loves horror films and is a podcast lover, you'll love how she came to pick her brand name!

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