Oh Baby

Own­ers of Bestie on their lat­est cafe in Auck­land

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Tane Wil­liams and Emma Lyell re­habbed a clas­sic when they took over the space that is now Bestie, at the sunny end of St Kevins Ar­cade on Auck­land’s Karanga­hape Road. They re­cently opened their sec­ond cafe, Baby, which is tucked away down a side street in Eden Ter­race. “It’s been great dis­cov­er­ing Eden Ter­race as a lit­tle de­sign en­clave,” says Wil­liams. “The area is crammed with shared spa­ces and de­sign-minded busi­nesses – hope­fully Baby com­ple­ments this and pro­vides some­thing yummy for lunch.” You’re hid­den away here. What was the at­trac­tion? TANE WIL­LIAMS The kitchen. We’ve al­ways made ev­ery­thing in-house at Bestie but were lim­ited by the small kitchen – try­ing to bake nice cakes dur­ing a busy ser­vice was get­ting to be a bit of a night­mare. The kitchen here is huge and low foot traf­fic means the rent isn’t too crazy. We can now sup­ply both Bestie and Baby and hope to ex­pand into cater­ing, cakes and whole­sale in the fu­ture. What was here be­fore and what did you do? Blue­bells Cak­ery was in the space and put in the bones of the fit-out, in­clud­ing the cab­i­netry and leaner. Be­fore that it was a clas­sic lunch bar. We had to knock a few em­bel­lish­ments off the counter but, apart from that, all we had to do was add a bold paint job, change some light fit­tings, and sand back the tim­ber. I used the old globe lights that hung in St Kevins Ar­cade – my hoard­ing fi­nally paid off. You’re a graphic de­signer by train­ing, how does that play out? Know­ing how colour works and hav­ing ex­posed my­self to a lot of de­sign gave us more con­fi­dence to take a bolder di­rec­tion. Tell us about the fur­nish­ings. The in­dus­trial lamp­shades and old X-ray light­box are from Flot­sam & Jet­sam. Char­lotte from Ba­be­l­ogue found us a beau­ti­ful rug to make the space feel cozy. We have Martino Gam­per stools at Bestie and we bought a few more for Baby to con­nect the two in a sub­tle way. Plus, the colours fit re­ally well. We love the ta­ble. We love Formica, it’s a bit of a throw­back. We had a lo­cal kitchen com­pany pro­duce the top, and our friend Steven Ac­ers welded up a cool, sim­ple base. It’s nice to have some­thing kinda DIY and unique to fit the space per­fectly.

Pho­tog­ra­phy David Straight

Baby 76b France Street, Eden Ter­race, Auck­land

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