Valen­tines Day cake shop flood ‘sucks’

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN EDENS

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.

Photo: JOHN EDENS/FAIR­FAX NZ 629007844

Back in busi­ness: Cup & Cake baker Beth del Gado’s first batch of sweets af­ter the store was flooded.

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