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Cake shops are in vogue: Tomboy opens in Wellington

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  • July 14, 2016
  • Jenny Keown
Cake shops are in vogue: Tomboy opens in Wellington

“It has been a whirlwind… emotional and special,” says Marinkovich. “The locals have been very welcoming and supportive, which is really fantastic.”

Marinkovich’s signature fresh, natural cakes topped with edible flowers and freeze-dried fruit are on offer at Tomboy, along with biscuits, salads, bread, lollies and sandwiches.

“It (Tomboy) doesn’t have a genre, I just try and do food that Kiwis love and do it well,” she says.

Her products are sold from the shop, and also via an ecommerce operation powered by Shopify. An ingenious system has been set up on Facebook which allows customers to directly inquire about particular cakes without leaving the platform.

Tomboy, named after Marinkovich’s five-year old son, joins an impressive and growing list of popular cake shops , such as The Caker on K Road in Auckland, and Bluebells Cakery that now has three stores across Auckland.

The 28-year old can’t pinpoint why cakes are in vogue, but she says cakes in New Zealand have evolved from the Women’s Weekly staples of old.

“Now we can have cakes that are beautiful, fresh, organic, raw, sugar-free, dairy-free and basically everything covered in edible flowers and freeze-dried fruit and handmade chocolate,” she says.

A self-taught baker, Marinkovich began baking at a young age influenced by her Croatian and Kiwi grandmothers.

When Marinkovich was about seven years old, she came up with the idea of a banana café where everything was made out of bananas.

“I think perhaps I’ve been waiting for the day I opened my shop since I was a little girl and so it (my first day) was full on. Trying to get the right food up, understanding the flow of service, and talking to people,” she says.

Marinkovich worked in hospitality since she was 14 years old, and spent ten years working for Ruth Pretty Catering before going to work for celebrated Australian chef Neil Perry in Sydney.

Her first job in a kitchen was two years ago when she was offered the role of head baker at Prefab.

“That was basically the final stage for me in understanding every aspect of hospitality before embarking on my own venture,” she says.

She has always wanted to own her own business, expressing her love of food and giving back to the community. Marinkovich says she doesn’t want to get massively big, but make food that people love and get to know the locals of Mt Victoria.

Bluebells Cakery, founded by Karla Goodwin who learnt her craft at the internationally known Primrose Bakery in London, has three stores across Auckland.

The Caker on Auckland’s K Road, founded by Jordan Rondel, has enjoyed huge success.

Her business began as a blog in 2010, and one of her first customers was Karen Walker who ordered some cakes to sell at the Department Store Café, and momentum grew from there. She now sells popular boxed cake mixes, and opened a new, larger premises earlier this year.

Talented, 22 year old baker Niuafe Junior Malupo, has his own business, Niu Cakery in New Lynn, and he is booked months in advance.

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Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

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  • November 21, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

The Chinese holiday Singles’ Day, popularised by Alibaba as the ’11.11 Global Shopping Festival’, is now the biggest sale event in the world. Alibaba reports that US$25.3 billion of gross merchandise volume was settled during the 24 hours of Singles’ Day this year. Not all of that went to Chinese retailers, however – a handful of Kiwis made the most of the opportunity.

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Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

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  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

The Warehouse Group’s electronics retailer Noel Leeming has been looking at expanding its focus on services this year. Now, it’s launched a dedicated after-purchase services division: MyTechSolution. The change also means that customers will be charged for access to Noel Leeming's helpdesk if the request goes beyond a "quick fix".

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Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

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  • November 20, 2017
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In-store video cameras revolutionised loss prevention when they first became available to retailers, but as camera technology continues to evolve, they can now provide a plethora of data that supports better business decisions.

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Sale squared: Onceit talks deep discounts and sale events

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  • Sarah Dunn
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