It’s not allowed to be called a Pop-Up mall because some developers in London got toey about Canterbury using the term, but Re:START is an outdoor retail space consisting of temporary buildings made from shipping containers. Opened in October 2011, Re:START has been steadily growing to approximately 40 retailers, a number of food caravans and a market on the weekend.
The shops are full of lovely premium fashion, shoes, food and Kiwi-icon based products. The gorgeous retail mix combined with the vibrant exterior colours and the uniformity of shapes makes it not unlike Toytown in a more upmarket dimension. When the mass-plantings of sunflowers come into bloom in a couple of months it will be seriously happy.
Of particular interest: Johnsons Grocery Store (an icon in Christchurch since 1945 specialising in imported yummies from all over the world), Toi Toi and Hapa for fantastic New Zealand memorabilia and gifts, Scorpio books – delicious pages of fiction and information, Hot Damm!’s lingerie, fashion by Trelise Cooper, the diverse range by the Cosmic crew or Maher’s designer shoes … too many to mention them all but after shopping with total commitment, take a load off upstairs in the massive picture window of Hummingbird Coffee Café with a snack or meal and take in the world milling by.
Re:Start is on Cashel Street with great parking, or it’s within easy walk of some of the city’s accommodations, the art gallery, Avon River and visitor centre.
Some of the containers have recently relocated (as it is so easy to do!) to make way for building work to begin, Re:START is buzzing with activity!
Open 7 days – www.restart.org.nz