We worked on the signage for Mapua Country Store so we’re delighted to see it standing proud and open for business! Kirsten Ammann and her team have collected a range of local products (and some from further afield) from the humble spud right up to (my personal favourite) bean-to-bar chocolate from Tony Robson-Burrell’s range. She’s aiming to provide fresh produce at everyday prices – very sensible – plus some goodies to tempt us.
Hits so far (as she has only just opened and I haven’t tried everything yet) are a peppery and grassy olive oil from Nelson and an excellent range of cheeses both partnering well with European-style Rye bread from Antonius Bakery (and did I mention the chocolate?…)
Alex Burnett has hand rendered a lot of the signage; he’s a proper, ocean-going, copper-bottomed, dyed-in-the-wool, old-school sign-writer who can render any font you wish by hand and make it look a hundred years old. Sadly, it’s a dying craft so I am delighted that he has agreed to teach me gilding (and any other tips I can squeeze out of him). Look out also for Mike Perry’s creative tiled floor and funky coffee station and tills. Local is great so let’s use it!