Sus­tain­able cafe takes out top prize

Central Leader - - YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER - ELESHA EDMONDS

A sus­tain­able Mt Eden cafe has come out on top in an Auck­land lo­cal board’s busi­ness awards.

For­age Cafe was made supreme win­ner of the first an­nual Al­bert-Eden Busi­ness Awards on May 18.

The Do­min­ion Rd cafe also topped the hos­pi­tal­ity cat­e­gory with judges com­ment­ing on the cafe’s ‘‘beau­ti­ful pre­sen­ta­tion and heart-warm­ing com­mu­nity story of a sus­tain­able busi­ness’’.

Other award win­ners in­cluded Farro Fresh Epsom, The Rum­pus Room, Bay Au­di­ol­ogy Mt Eden and Pre­sen­ta­tions De­sign & Print.

About 200 guests at­tended the black tie awards cer­e­mony and din­ner held at Alexan­dra Park.

Among guests were 48 fi­nal­ists cov­er­ing five cat­e­gories in­clud­ing hos­pi­tal­ity, re­tail, health and beauty, busi­ness and pro­fes­sional ser­vices and man­u­fac­tur­ing and trade.

Win­ners were selected from pub­lic votes and mys­tery shop­pers who vis­ited each busi­ness in April.

Farro Fresh Epsom won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

‘‘We’ve al­ways been proud of the many and var­ied busi­nesses of out­stand­ing qual­ity, in­no­va­tion in our area,’’ Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board deputy chair Glenda Fryer says.

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Unitec chief ex­ec­u­tive Rick Ede, Keita Pow­ley, Tila Avakh, Siza Avakh, Ben Ped­er­sen (from For­age Cafe´) and Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­per­son Peter Haynes.

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