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Boutique store rises from ashes after fire

- Chris Steel

Boutique business Sandali Homereopen­ed yesterday at the Clarke Road Village in Te Puna after a fire in a connected building forced its closure in February.

The store itself was not affected but the building suffered firedamage and all of Sandali’s stock wassmokeda­magedand had to be replaced.

SandaliHom­eco-owner Ali Mohamedsai­d with Covid they have not been able to travel anywhere for furnishing­s, so have sourced items from wholesaler­s inNewZeala­nd that import goods from various parts of the world.

“We’re supporting­NZbusiness­es, all are family-owned and have all been busy with people doingupthe­ir homesrathe­r than travelling overseas.

“Wewill have someunique old teak tablesmade­fromwoodre­cycled from old buildings in Europe and concrete tables that we’ve wanted to get for a long time and somelovely pots and fire pits are coming.”

Sandali will soon be adding a lifestyle clothing range, by a young local designer and a range of Sandali fragrances. Frommid-December there will be a range of specialty gifts

perfect for Christmas.

“It’s great for us to have our doors flung open— we’re so excited, it’s nice to get back to work.”

Sandali is open 10am-3pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-2pm weekends. Other businesses trading

in the Village are the Clarke Road Kitchen Eatery, ownedby Ali’smum, Sandy Crooks, Bay Accounting and Financial Services, The Dog Lounge on Clarke which has been revamped and The Sewing Studio. GardenPost and Wildflower will return soon.

 ??  ?? Sandali Home co-owners, Ali Mohamed and Sandy Crooks have re-opened their boutique store at Te Puna.
Sandali Home co-owners, Ali Mohamed and Sandy Crooks have re-opened their boutique store at Te Puna.

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