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‘Something a bit different’

AFTER closing in May last year, the shop formerly known as the Wainui Store has finally reopened — with a point of difference. Renamed Zephyr, the shop's food and drink products are now entirely plant-based — from the oat milk used for espresso to its pies.

Uruguayan man Tiago Kerber and business partners Ellen Taylor, Angus Maindonald and Jacob Kohn reopened the shop under the name Zephyr Store in time for summer.

Now in its first stage, the business offers vegan espressos, smoothie bowls of frozen fruits topped with granola, fruit, seeds and nuts, pies and sausage rolls, served kiosk-fashion through a window.

Customers often sit at tables in the courtyard. Over the new year period the store had long queues all day, says Mr Kerber.

“We're really happy with the response from the community.”

Mr Kerber and partners opened the Zephyr Store four weeks ago “to get something going for summer”.

“We decided to do something a bit different. About 90 percent of our customers choose oat milk. It's really creamy and doesn't split like some alternative milks.

“The number of people who say ‘I've had dairy all my life' but they try one of ours and they're like ‘oh, yeah, that's good'. Then they come back the next day for another.”

In the second stage of the Zephyr team's plan the store will be fully opened to offer a wider range of food items.

“Once we fully open we'll stick with our values. Everything will be plant-based. We saw that gap in the market for something healthy and tasty.”

BREEZE IN: Named after a light or west wind in European tradition, Zephyr, previously known as the the Wainui Store, sells only plant-based food and drink — and customers love it, says business partner Tiago Kerber (right). Picture by Ellen Mary