Britomart Highlights this week – Thursday 8 November to Thursday 15 November

Cinnamon scrolls and other market treats, silly season shoes and half-price rideshare deals

The Saturday La Cigale market at Britomart is buzzing with the arrival of warmer weather and beautiful spring produce. Strawberries are in full swing, and cherries are on the horizon. Several new stallholders have joined the crew, including Scandibunz, with their delicious cinnamon scrolls in four flavours, Salsaroha with two spicy Mexican-style sauces, and Source Botanics, who make jun, a kombucha-style drink made from fermented green tea and honey. And the ladies at Sweet As Crepes have a fancy new trailer – stop by and check it and all this other good stuff out anytime from 8.30am to 1pm.

Something new and exciting is arriving in the former Super space later this summer, but until then, the wood-panelled waterfront space is available to hire. If you’re planning a breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktail party or Christmas function for 20-100 people, the experts behind Amano, Ortolana and Milse can make it an event to remember. Click here to enquire.

New Zealand’s wetlands are in crisis, with over 90 percent lost over the last century. This week, artist Flox (Hayley King) and eco-cleaning product company Seventh Generation collaborated on an art project in Takutai Square to raise awareness and fundraise donations. The money raised on the day will go to restoring the Rangihoa Wetland on Waiheke Island

The Atrium on Takutai is starting to look festive, with the windows of Jo Malone London and M.A.C sparkling with Christmas baubles and holiday colour. This week, the two stores, along with Bobbi Brown, held special events to launch their Christmas and holiday season collections. Influencers and editors piled in to check out gift sets and special product releases, sip champagne and try out party season looks. We pulled aside Rebecca Wadey, project manager for Estee Lauder, to ask her about what these three beauty powerhouses have in store this Christmas. Click here to read her gifting recommendations.

Feeling stressed as the silly season starts? Equip yourself with some relaxation and coping skills at the free twice-weekly Meditation in the Square sessions with Bikes and Bends. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 12.30 and 1pm Danica and Nick lead two 20-minute meditations in Takutai Square. No skills or gear required… just show up and chill out in the sunshine.

A new app-based rideshare service headquartered at Britomart launches this week, with an awesome 50-percent-off deal for new customers. Ola operates in the same way as Uber and Zoomy, but say they offer a better all-round deal for drivers and riders. Click here to read our chat with NZ Ola head Brian Dewil, and to get the details on the 50 percent off launch deal.

Inspired by the rainbow-coloured flora and lush foliage of the Mexican rainforest, the new Nike Hyper Flora women’s collection isn’t for shrinking violets. Classic Nike workout pieces have been lavished with bright prints of Mexican breadfruit, Morning Glory and yawning tropical orchids, while colourful macaws peek from behind Monstera leaves. We reckon when your workout gear is this head-turning, it might even motivate you to work out a little harder. Available at Nike Britomart now.

Need a party-season heel that will give a little lift to your walk and a flash to your outfit? The Sass & Bide Duchess stiletto ($540) is a multi-metallic mule with an 11cm heel, slightly fringed straps and subtle comfort padding to help you last through cocktail hour and beyond. Available in-store at Sass & Bide Britomart now.

You know that summer is basically here when a Havianas store appears at Britomart. We’ve had a couple of summer stores pop up over the years, but the good news is that there’s now a permanent Havianas outlet in the Atrium on Takutai, ready to supply your jandal and glam-dal needs all year round.