Valentines Day cake shop flood ‘sucks’
A mystery Masterchef contestant offered to help a Queenstown business woman after her gourmet sweet store was flooded on Valentines Day. Cup & Cake owner Jaimie Stodler was left reeling on Friday — one of the busiest retail days of the year — after the store and other businesses off Searle Lane in Queenstown were flooded when a sprinkler system in Nomads backpackers was broken. A British couple, a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, was arrested and charged with wilful damage after the incident at 4.15am. Water flooded the budget hostel, Devil Burger, Cup & Cake, Below Zero Ice Bar and Cowboys bar. Ms Stodler, who is a contestant on Masterchef New Zealand with her Arrowtown friend Bec Stanley, re-opened the shop on Tuesday. She arrived at 5am on Valentines Day to find the entire shop floor flooded, water pouring from the ceilings and the electricity out. She told the Mirror the response from friends and other amazing. Another Masterchef contestant, who she declined to name, got in touch to ask if she needed any financial help. ‘‘My neighbours all brought me gifts. I got messages from all over the world. It’s a real nice reminder, sometimes in business you feel really alone. ‘‘The ceilings are going to be replaced, a computer was damaged, benchtops damaged and I’ll need new lighting. But you know other than the loss of income, it’s not ideal but it’s not going to put me out of business. It’s not going to ruin my life. It just sucks.’’ The British couple allegedly danced on tables and swung on a sprinkler pipe, flooding the businesses. They are due to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.
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Reeling: Cup & Cake owner Jaimie Stodler in her flooded store.
Back in business: Cup & Cake baker Beth del Gado’s first batch of sweets after the store was flooded.