Sally & Claire Brown, Waitati
We are a family business started by Mark & Clare Brown in the early 80's. We have evolved over the last 30 plus years from a growing nursery to having 2 sites in Waitati, a production nursery, and in late '88 the garden centre centre opened, with the cafe opening 11yrs ago.
Our garden centre has everything 'gardening', a cafe with everything baked fresh onsite, and now St Brigids Church available for events and catering.
Lockdown life was tough with the huge loss of income and uncertainty of maintaining all our staff through the economic downturn which may follow. Although we have all enjoyed the slower pace of life and some time with family and in our own gardens.
We love the community support we have in Blueskin Bay. The majority of our staff live in the area which is great. We are a family business, so all of our loyal staff and customers have become a huge part of our business family."
Blueskin Nursery & Cafe
2 Harvey Street, Waitati
Contact - Sally & Clare Brown
T Nursery 03 482 2828
T Cafe 03 482 2633
Our world turned upside down when COVID-19 hit. Life as we knew it came grinding to a halt. And the impact of it will be felt for a long time yet. But not all of the impact has been bad. For many it has shown how strong we are as communities. And more than ever, it has pushed for a shift to #supportlocal.
As my way of supporting my own community bubble, I reached out to local businesses to see how the COVID Lockdown has impacted them.
In the process I discovered so many amazing people, with some fantastic businesses, all right here in our backyard.
And I would like to introduce them all in this new series of Behind Closed Doors ~The Blueskin Bay Edition.
Kerry Hodge, Warrington, May 2020