North Shore Times : January 15th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 15, 2013 NEWS 20 Moore St, Howick 537-3133 102 King St, Pukekohe (09) 238-5457 6 Ryan Place, Manukau 262-3768 374-376 Grey St, Hamilton (07) 856-2056 192 Kitchener Rd, Milford 486-4558 84 1st Ave, Tauranga (07) 578-9178 570 Pollen St, Thames (07) 868 3498 Mail Orders to PO Box 46, Pukekohe (add $7.50 P&P) or ph 262-3768. • Price Blitz • Price Blitz • Price Blitz • • Summer Sale • Summer Sale • Summer Sale • Summer Sale • Summer Sale Summer Sale • Summer Sale • Summer Sale • Summer Sale • Summer Sale • IT'S HUGE! SUMMER SALE Starts Wed 16th January in all Gables stores IT'S GABLES FULL 5091203AC YOU CHOOSE Automotive Hospitality Office Admin ? Spend half the week in the classroom and half in the work place of your choice. 28 week courses that let YOU choose where you want to be! Automotive, Hospitality or Computing. Free, hands-on courses that get you a National Certificate. If you're between 16 & 18 CALL Lynn 09 425 8493 or check us out : mti.net.nz Popular: Browns Bay has a wide sandy beach. Brewing success: Deep Creek BrewingComanager Scott Taylor wants to see more beachfrontbarsand restaurants. Destination cafe: Alan Hounsome, owner of Cafe Sofra, with waitress Asami Seino. Big bucks: Sea view apartments on Browns Bay's Beachfront Lane. Top prices paid for sea views Al fresco: Far right, Speakers Corner pub fronts the beach at the southern endofBrowns Bay. FROM Page 1 Clearway: This open area links the retail strip and beach. Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a profile on Browns Bay and more pictures, including some historical shots. few months ago for $850,000 and the studio apartments are valued at about $430,000. Barfoot and Thompson real estate agent Colleen Smith says: They re quite pricey. There are very high expectations, especially for the Ocean Breeze apartments. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says Browns Bay is starting to reinvent itself but she does not think it is a rival to Takapuna. Browns Bay has its own niche, supported by people in its surround- ing area. She sees its natural competitor as being the Albany basin. The opening of Westfield Albany in 2007 saw a downturn of shops in both Browns Bay and Mairangi Bay. Ms Parfitt says the local board is very conscious Browns Bay is heavily affected by big-ticket retail developments at its doorstep. It s taken a bit of time and evol- ution for a new mix of stores to develop. The overflowing car park at Long Bay over the Christ- mas break meant Browns Bay had a surge of visitors, who naturally drif- ted up the beach to the shops. Ms Parfitt says the area provides a relaxed style of shopping, as opposed to a hectic mall environment. Browns Bay is starting to spring back, with a collection of renovated restaurants overlooking the sea, an element Takapuna has failed to capi- talise on. Ms Parfitt says the action is down the Hurstmere Rd strip and detached from the beachfront. She describes the northern end of Browns Bay, where Nagisa, Deep Creek Brewing Co and The Velvet Gypsy are, as bustling. There are also plans for the nearby Phoenix Plaza to be revamped. There s usually good parking and it s not charged, which is another asset. It has a lot going for it. It has a lovely grassed area which is a real drawcard for the area, she says. The open beachfront means parents can have a coffee and watch their chil- dren exploring the playground or skatepark, she says. Alan Hounsome and his wife Gul- ten have owned Cafe Sofra on Inverness Rd for more than 10 years and he is less optimistic about the future of Browns Bay. He says West- field Albany s opening has had a massive impact. A lot of shops are going unfor- tunately. Browns Bay has changed a lot. Mr Hounsome says $2 shops, sec- ondhand clothes stores and eateries are becoming more common. There used to be about half a dozen cafes and now there s 30 odd. He says he would like to see Browns Bay become another Parnell. A bit more boutiquey, a bit cleaner, but I have reservations about that actually hap- pening. He says an injection into the area, such as a wharf, would certainly help.
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