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QTMAGAZINE SUMMER 2018
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ALLPRESS COFFEE, BENGER JUICES
& SWEET TREATS DAILY
Come and get your coffee from our unique retro
coffee caravans at Stanely Street, the Queenstown
airport & the Remarkables Market.
in a gorgeous
selection of jars
using a variety
Life’s a Grind
By Margo Berryman
Combining her love of coffee and classic
New Zealand caravans Anna Shorey has cleverly
created a thriving boutique coffee caravan business.
Life’s A Grind is based out of two fully refurbished retro style
caravans with one permanently in place in Stanley Street beside
the Queenstown Department of Conservation office and the newest
located at the Queenstown Airport and every Saturday at the
“It took me two years to find the latest caravan in an old garden in
Cromwell. We put new wheels on to get it home and then started the
rebuild. The original caravan is now brand new inside but retains its
old 1960 chassis,” says Anna.
“I wanted to keep with the vintage style, it’s really attractive and a
great talking point. People ask about the caravans all the time while
we are making their coffee.”
Life’s A Grind coffee service is quick, friendly and efficient with a
steady demand for the popular Allpress coffee, sweet treats and slices
“Allpress have a huge following and are a great company to work
with. We use the Rangitoto bean that is roasted in Dunedin and
delivered fresh each week. It's a consistent roasting style that ensures
a really nice coffee,” says Anna.
“We know all our regulars
by name and the coffee
they drink. Our service
is fuss free and Stanley
Street has loads of easy
parking right beside
Anna’s latest caravan will appear
at special events such as the
Glenorchy Races and the Lake Hayes
A&P show over the summer months.
Each week it can be found at the
“The market has a great community vibe, everyone is very relaxed
and out enjoying breakfast and lunch.”
Anna enjoys being in the caravan catching up with locals and having
a chat to tourists passing through.
“I am really lucky because I love coffee and love making coffee so for
me it's the perfect business.”
Life’s A Grind is open
seven days a week
at Stanley Street
and each Saturday
Candle Melt Down
By Margo Berryman
Bespoke candle company Melt Candles is a Queenstown
success story establishing in the resort seven years ago
to become a well-known brand today across the South Island.
Owners Steve and Marie Aldridge took over the business three years ago
and have consistently increased the market reach for their beautifully fragrant
“Over the past two years we have ventured out to different market locations
around the South Island on a regular basis to grow the brand which has been
successful," says Steve.
Research and development of new product lines has expanded the Melt
Candle range and he says the environmental properties of the candles are a
significant selling point.
“The range now includes diffusers, candle burner packs and car diffusers
which are really popular. The key property is the soy wax which is 100% natural
wax, better for the environment, lasts three times longer than paraffin wax and
the candles contain metal-free wicks with no lead or zinc.”
Melt Candles has been a drawcard at Remarkables Market for three years and
the Aldridges enjoy the community environment.
“We feel privileged to meet so
many different people every
Saturday. The locals who
support us on a regular basis
and fellow stall holders are now
part of our wider candle family,"
says Steve. "Listening and
taking feedback from customers
is important and if a particular
scent is required, we will
endeavour to find it. “
Three new fragrances have been added to the Melt Candle range this season.
“Our favourite is the new Pineapple and Coconut, because it reminds us of
sitting and relaxing by the beach on a beautiful sunny day. The Bug Off Candle
is an excellent way to keep the sandflies and mosquitoes at bay and suitable
for inside or outside living.”
Melt Candles are attractively presented in smart glass vessels and ideal for
everyday use, special occasions and weddings.
“The reason our candles are so popular,” says Steve,” is that people just love
the depth of scent that is retained right through to the very end of the burn.”
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