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Biz Bits
Published: 20 Oct 2016 - - Author: Glenn Watson

Time to say good-pie 

Kristy's Cafe on London St is on the market. 
After five years, Garry Kristiansen and his partner, Lee Tweeddale, are parting with their their pie paradise for $200,000.  
Mr Kristiansen's first cafe was in Raetihi, where his reputation as an ace pie-maker and cook spread far and wide, especially among truckies travelling the North Island.  
They would pull off State Highway One and detour into Raetihi for one of the famously large feeds or a pie or two. 
He then decided to try his luck in Wanganui and before no time at all was making a dollar times as well. 
He opened up in Vic Ave but found the shop was too small so moved to London St, where his business has flourished.  
Garry said he will help the new owners find their feet before he and his partner get to spend more time on their farm in Waitotara. 

Life's a beach for new camp owners 

Mowhanau Beach Holiday Park has new owners.  
Otaki farmers Jeff and Jude Sims have traded turf for the surf.   
Jude grew up in Wanganui and spent many happy childhood days in summer swimming at the beach.  
"It's a great wee spot," said Jeff. "There's a lot of fish being caught out there today." 

In their Element 

The Element is back in in the running for Cafe of the Year award. 
It was one of the top 10 finalists last year after winning the Central Region title but failed to scoop top prize. Its final placing was kept secret by organisers. 
One winner is selected in each of the four categories, Best Metro/CBD, Best Suburban, Best Rural and Classic Kiwi, from which the supreme winner of NZ Café of the Year is chosen. The People’s Choice winner is determined through public vote. 
The Meadow Fresh Cafe of the Year Supreme winner will be announced at an event in Auckland in February. 
The winner will win a Melbourne Cafes Tour worth $7,500 and a $20,000 editorial package in Dish Magazine.The Yellow House Cafe is in the running for a people's choice prize. 
Owner Stewart Belk opened the cafe with his business partner Johnathan Banks over five years ago.  

Tania steps up for the Little Guy 

Tania Warbrick has opened Little Guys Copy and Print shop at 72A Guyton St. 
Formerly with the Quay Copy Centre until it was closed for good by last year's floods, Tania said her aim was to provide a more affordable rate of copying documents to all the small businesses in the city. Hence the Little Guys name. 
Tania is also an accomplished photographer. 

On the market 

The Dolphins Takeaways in Jones St Wanganui East. The owner has just opened up another shop in Marton and wants to offload this one. 

Opening up 

A hairdresser in the building next to Shantons and just opened up, Simply Whiter Teeth in Maria Pl.

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