Britomart Highlights this week – Thursday 4 April to Thursday 11 April

Our first annual Sustainability Report / Three reasons we’re celebrating / Free yoga on Sundays

 

The announcement of the annual Metro Top 50 Restaurants list is a time of delicious anticipation. This year, we’re thrilled that Britomart’s restaurants once again made a strong showing. Amano, Cafe Hanoi, Ebisu and Ortolana all made return appearances on the rigorously curated list, which takes into account everything from fit-out, atmosphere and service to food and beverages. Metro noted a pleasing rise in female chefs at Auckland’s best restaurants this year, and we’re particularly proud that Jo Pearson, executive chef for both Amano and Ortolana, is among them. Our congratulations to all four eateries.

The eateries above aren’t the only ones celebrating this week – over at Taylor, they’re blowing out the candles on 20 years of designing sophisticated fashion for women who like to elegantly express their individuality. Keep an eye on their Instagram for flashbacks from the campaign archives, as well as peeks at their new season collection, which includes some cosy knitwear that we’ve got our eyes on.

And while we’ve got the champagne out… architect Jack McKinney just took the top gong at this year’s HOME magazine Home of the Year awards for this bold family home in Grey Lynn, which stands out for its dramatic ‘diagrid’ cantilevered concrete roof. Jack is also one of the clever minds behind the luxurious design of Amano restaurant (which has won its own slew of awards in its time). Congrats, Jack.

This week, we’re excited to release our first annual Britomart Sustainability Report. Taking a sustainable approach is central to our philsophy, and this report is our way of measuring the progress we’ve made so far in doing better at Britomart, celebrating wins, identifying areas where we can improve, and establishing an exciting vision for the next 12 months and beyond. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Click here to read the report, and here to respond.

According to the World Economic Forum, by 2050, there will be more plastic in our seas by weight than fish. The Sustainable Business Network is working to help businesses protect and preserve the mauri of our beautiful Hauraki Gulf with their new pollution-reducing GulfX project. Click here to read about how the GulfX project will improve our harbour, and how the business you own or work for could get involved and help clean up the waters of the Waitematā.

This Friday 5 April is Gumboot Friday, where you can make a gold coin donation and wear gumboots to work to show your support for I Am Hope. For many people, especially kids, depression and anxiety can feel like trudging through the day wearing heavy boots. To find out more about how you can be involved in Gumboot Friday, head here … and we hope to see you and your Red Bands in Takutai Square when the food trucks are here on Friday!

When you trust a carpark valet with the keys to your car, you want to feel confident they’re going to take good care of it. So we’re sure that you’ll be reassured to learn that PJ Stevens at the Britomart Car Park isn’t just a careful driver with a pristine licence, he’s also a qualified pilot. Click here to read our chat with him about the car he gets most excited to park, and how he saved someone from a car accident at the expense of his own foot.

Yoga is a provably great way to increase your flexibility and mindfulness at the same time. If you’re keen to give it a go for free, coming along to the Sunday morning Lululemon yoga class led by teacher Sarah Dunning at the Britomart store. It’s suitable for all levels, and everything is provided – all you need to do is turn up at 8.30am in comfortable clothes for an hour of self-care.

We don’t want to take the joy out of stuffing ourselves with chocolate at Easter, but we do feel a bit bad about the packaging waste that goes with the annual choc-fest. So we were stoked to spot this gorgeous six-pack of chocolate eggs at Miann. Six delicious flavours in a cardboard eggbox with custom-illustrated paper wrapping somehow tastes even better by being waste-free.