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The Star: May 18, 2017

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4 Thursday May 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News Point of difference in two new • By Bridget Rutherford ENTERING A dry cleaners shop and going through a clothing rack into a secret bar may sound like a scene out of a James Bond movie. But it will soon be reality in Christchurch when Red Light District, a Chinese opiumthemed den, opens early next month. Businessman and developer Jason Whitelaw has just opened Louis, a champagne and oyster bar on Victoria St. Red Light District will be in the same building, and is expected to open on June 8. The $1 million bars have been more than a year in the making for Mr Whitelaw. He had taken five trips to Australia and two to Hong Kong and China to gather ideas for them. He said the key to success was having a point of difference and hard work. “Some come into hospitality all starry-eyed expecting to have a great time and an easy lifestyle. They quickly learn that the late nights are not about parties and good times, but plain hard slog. “I haven’t had a bar or anything for about 10 years now. I saw an opening in the market in Christchurch.” Red Light District’s only SLEEP WARM & coMfoRtAbLE Experience better sleep on a Dreamwool Pocketspring or Natural Latex mattress. Filled with luxurious layers of natural wool, you will enjoy better comfort and support with our unique Pocketspring systems and latex choices. access will be through a fully functioning dry cleaners shop, Charlie Winston’s of Chelsea. “This is an actual hidden secret bar. There’s no signage or anything like that. You’ll be pulling the rack of clothes apart and going through.” Its focus will be on high-end Beautiful Teeth Meet the Owner Ryan Carlton Natural Smile DIFFERENT: Jason Whitelaw (right) at his new champagne and oyster bar Louis with bartender Karl Dixon. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER cocktails, with a more Sydney vibe. Many of the items in the bar had been sourced from Zhuhai in South China. Free Consultation, No Obligation • Full Dentures • Dentures Repaired • Implant Assisted Dentures • Injection Moulded Flexible Partials • Relines • Mouthguards • Additions/Repairs • Purchase cleaning and care products from our website. All dentures personally designed and created to ensure a comfortable natural fit. DENTURES PLUS (2014) LTD Denture Clinic and Laboratory 396 Innes Road, St Albans. Phone 385 5517. Email: Orbiter Bus stops Innes Road HEAT PUMP SALE NOW ON! Amazin’ autumn Specials!! Combine a Dreamwool mattress with a flexible slat frame for a modern look in your bedroom and experience even greater comfort, with easier bedmaking and more space. 22 Kennaway Rd • • Ph 343-5105 • We will offer you the best quality brands and option of heat pump for your home/business • Providing Heat Pump solutions for over 15 years to Cantabrians • We personally guarantee all our products & installs for 5 years (providing annual maintenance has been completed) Phone us today for your free consultation & quote 41A SHAKESPEARE RD, WALTHAM PHONE 03 366 0525 “A local team for local people”

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 18 2017 5 central city bars Louis, which opened on the weekend, is Melbourne-inspired, and offers 16 different types of champagne, craft seafood, with music by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra playing. It has a 1.5m diameter crystal chandelier, and is Louis XV-themed with mirrors and ornate decor. Both bars have the capacity of 100 people. Mr Whitelaw said so far, the response to Louis had been really good. “We’re pretty excited about Red Light District, and we’re excited about the response with Louis opening.” Mr Whitelaw is no stranger to the industry. He has worked at, built and owned bars in New Zealand, London and Australia. When Mr Whitelaw worked for brewing company Scottish and Newcastle, he was a restaurant director for London restaurant pubs, including The Punch Bowl in Mayfair. The Punch Bowl has since been owned by English film maker Guy Ritchie and his former wife Madonna, and was a popular spot among celebrities such as David Beckham, princes William and Harry and Jude Law. When Mr Whitelaw worked there, regular This is an actual hidden secret bar. There’s no signage or anything like that. You’ll be pulling the rack of clothes apart and going through. – Jason Whitelaw visitors included actor Robert Wagner, Cliff Edwards and Nancy Sinatra, he said. “It was pretty high-end. “Princess Diana’s stepmother, Raine Spencer, used to live across the road, so we used to see Diana a bit.” Mr Whitelaw is from Christchurch, and is also developing Flemington subdivision in Lincoln. He said he does a lot of travel to Europe and is always on the look-out for the latest hospitality trends. “You don’t want to blend into the crowd, you need to blend away. There are a lot of people doing the same or similar things, but you have to do it differently. “ 03350437 Close Coupled Toilet Suite S trap set out 140mm. WELS 3 star (3L/6L). 08902065 $ 99 Fence Palings 150 x 19mm x 1.2m. H3.2. 00469414/00180123 60L Wheelbarrow Poly tray. $ 39 95 $ 1 99 EACH AA Alkaline $ 14 98 Batteries 00516063 Earthwool Glasswool Ceiling Segment R3.2 430mm. 9.98m². 00224584G $70.92 per bale 4L Easycoat Walls Low sheen. White. 01540529 $ 65 550mm Handsaw 8 point. Hard point. 00445162 $ 7 11 PER SQ MTR Mighty 15 Multi Purpose Ladder 2.7 - 4.5m. Aluminium. 120kg industrial rating. 08905507 $ 230 $ 16 89 Running 1st & 3rd Sundays every month WEKA PASS RAILWAY Diesel Locomotive in Service Train hire available Fares: Adults $30 Child $12 - Family $70 Dep Glenmark 11.30am & 2.00pm Dep Waikari 1.00pm & 3.10pm Infoline: 0800wekapass dining table and chairs Solid Wood Extension Dining Table with 6 Chairs $599 or Rent to Own options available Rent to own 225 Linwood Ave 389 7742 40L Compost 00850115 $ 3 50 MDF Interior Door 1980 x 760/810mm. Pre-primed. Hollow core. 00703465/603 Child Safety Gate White. Suits 73 to 82cm 7mm Honey Oak Laminate Flooring 195 x 1215mm. 06690261 2.37m², $35.31 opening. 00243804 $ 58 50 Sold per pack Garden Spade or Fork 02970831/815 $ 49 50 $ 9 98 18V Cordless Drill 1 hour charge. 2 x 1.3Ah li-ion batteries. 00238410 $ 179 EACH 54L Storage Crate Stackable. 02583735 $ 14 90 $ 7 98 PER SQ MTR Our Policy is Lowest Prices, and we’re committed to it. Our price guarantee means that where, despite our procedures supporting our Policy, you find a competitor’s lower price on the same stocked item, 15% Easy Drain Garage Pack 1m channel & grate. 1 end cap. $ 59 00272182 This excludes trade quotes, stock liquidations and commercial quantities. Open Monday to Friday 7am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am – 6pm Not all services and products featured are available in all stores, but may be ordered. See in store for product availability. We reserve the right to restrict the purchase of commercial quantities. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Prices valid until Sunday 28th May 2017, or while stocks last. BUNZ17793