Northern News : January 26th 2010
11 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 26, 2011 WHO'S NEWS in Business ADVERTISING FEATURE Dutch couple, Carlo Houben and Marjon Van Hoof opened their rare gem shop, Treasure Stones, in Paihia shopping mall late last year. It was perfect timing to capture the influx of tourists who flock to Paihia every summer. The shop is the culmination of a longstanding dream for Carlo whose hobby was gem cutting and also for Marjon with her flair for making necklaces and earrings from the gems. They believe that Paihia is the perfect spot for them, not only in a business sense, but for family life with their two children and they have fallen in love with the people and the weather. The pair started off their Kiwi lifestyle experience in Kaikoura. They originally intended to open their gem store in Kaikoura, but the lack of suitable premises drove them north where they found the ideal spot. Marjon's father supplied their very first ruby goodletite, an extremely rare gem found only in the Westland area and New Zealand's only precious stone. The first goodletite was found near Hokitika by gold miners in the 1890s and features numerous colours through its combination of ruby, sapphire and tourmaline crystals embedded in green fuchsite. Treasure Stones is only the second outlet to sell ruby goodletite which is set in sterling silverjewellery. The first shopstarted about 20 years ago in Hokitika under the name "Ruby Rock". The shop also sells jewellery with ammolite, another rare and valuable opal-like organic gemstone. This colorful gem is formed from an ancient marine fossil and found in Canada. Still another special gem is ruby zoisite: a combination of pink/red ruby and green zoisite crystals in a single specimen. So take a look at their website w w w.treasurestones.co.nz for a treasure trove of gift ideas. Having worked in the kiwifruit industry and owned his own dairy farm in Ohaeawai, Dave Hull knows from experience how variable weather patterns can wreck havoc on productivity and how critical it is to have a reliable water source. So when he and his wife Michelle sold the farm in 2009, and with 25 years building experience under his belt, the ever versatile Dave spent some time training with industry specialists before purchasing a rig and starting his new venture Monsoon Welldrilling. Monsoon Welldrilling can drill down to, and through, basalt rock. The water found in basalt can be up to seventy years old and, because of the naturally occurring filtration process, is usually excellent quality drinking water. The water is drawn to the surface through 104mm I/D PVC pipes which can utilise 4 inch submersible pumps. The team at Monsoon Welldrilling pride themselves on excellent service and if they don't find water there's no charge. Michelle is happy to manage the Resource Consent process and can assist with pump and electrical requirements. Dave can install water bores anywhere in the Far North and as a local, it's all familiar territory to him. For more information call 0508 MONSOON. At the north end of town you will find a new boutique nestled in amongst quality retail businesses and tranquil surroundings -- the perfect location for a relaxed shopping experience. Located at 132A Kerikeri Road, Shaz's Boutique offers a range of fashionable garments for the Everyday Woman who appreciates style and elegance without breaking the budget. The owner, Sharon McCreanney, was driving her son to school one day when she noticed a vacant premises for rent. An amazing three weeks later and just prior to Christmas, Shaz's Boutique opened its doors to the public. Sharon proudly supports Independent Business Initiatives that promotes the talents and skills of local people and carries a range of unique quality products and creative designs produced right here on our doorstep. Sharon's inspiration began when she brought her family back to the Far North after 15 years overseas. Born in the small community of Rawene, Hokianga. Sharon attributes her knowledge of the local area and its history to this special place. Most importantly the support of her entire family, Mum & Dad and especially her Nana, who provided the nurturing and positive influence that has created the person she is today. Sharon would like to express her sincere gratitude to the local people and businesses of Kerikeri for the kind words, encouragement and inspiration that have made this all possible. Thank you for your support. Arohanui. Shaz xxx. Fancy enjoying deep relaxation and improving your health in one session? New business owners David Donovan and Kirsten Johnstone can offer you just that at Head to Toe Natural Health Centre. The new venture is offering the latest in float tank relaxation technology to Kerikeri. "Stress is a major contributor to poor health and conversely, relaxation provides the ideal state for healing," says David. "The float tank is designed to provide this deep relaxed state. One hour in the float tank is said to equate to six hours of deep sleep." While floating, clients are completely buoyant and lose all sensation. Gentle music further induces a peaceful state - the only requirement is to let go and relax. Kirsten, a registered naturopath, will be offering naturopathy, natural fertility and relaxation massage, as well as the ultimate floating experience. "Floating is the perfect complement to any health plan" says Kirsten. "Or try a massage right after your float and feel your stress melt away." Head to Toe will be officially opening this Saturday the 29th January, so come in, have a glass of bubbles and see what's on offer. Fashion and Elegance At An Affordable Price One hour in float tank = 6 hours sleep! A rare gem opens in Paihia Monsoon Welldrilling OPENING DAY SATURDAY 29th JANUARY Come in for refreshments, spot prizes and a sneak preview Float Tank Naturopathy Natural Fertility Massage David and Kirsten invite you to their new expanded locaピon 354b Waipapa Road, Kerikeri T: 09 407 8765 / M: 021 338 320 / firstname.lastname@example.org Drop in and view our jewellery and gems Carlo Houben | Marjon van Hoof Paihia Shopping Mall PH: 09 402 7523 MOB: 0226 696 7035 www.treasurestones.co.nz 132 Kerikeri Road, PH: 09 407 1660 Ladies Fashion Clothing & Accessories Elegance with Style A selection of fashionable garments at affordable prices. Enjoy a friendly shopping spree at Shazs Boutique, and receive personalised service with a smile. Shazs Boutique proudly supports Local Independent Initiative and Businesses who specialise in Original & Unique products made in our area. Install a WATER BORE ! or call Dave on 022 625 0190 Solve your water shortage problems.
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