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There’s no place like The Homestore...

Getting creative in the kitchen is made a whole lot easier, more stylish - and fun - with a visit to one of the Shore’s top kitchenware destinations.
Lisa Gonzalez and her jolly team are a joy to meet at The Homestore. On the day Channel visited the Milford Centre shop, North Shore born and bred manager Lisa was wearing big Chilean flag earrings to celebrate her husband Jaime’s home nation win in the FIFA World Cup. She was full of smiles and laughter and, I expect, this wasn’t just reserved for the football win.
Waiake resident Lisa said: “We certainly have a lot of fun in here, that’s for sure! We’re always having a good laugh.
“I sometimes have to reign this lot in when they’re getting too noisy!” She gestures jokingly to her staff team.
With a range of kitchenware too huge to mention all of the top name brands that are stocked, The Homestore is the place to shop for anything to bake, cook or dine with. And their new website address reflects that message -
Lisa has managed the store since its opening in 2008 and is ably assisted by various kitchen and baking gurus such as Lex Caddell, a Wilton cake decorating expert who runs the in-store classes in her specialist subject. The Wilton Method Decorating Basics Course is an ideal place to start if you wish to venture into the world of beautifying your baking. Held over four sessions and costing $190, the course leaves participants well equipped to bake a great cake, make and colour icing, ice cakes and decorate them delightfully using such skillfully made icing drop flowers, rosettes, shells, leaves and more.
Cupcake decorating classes are ever popular and a school holiday programme is taking place this month on weekdays from Monday 7th July through to Friday 18th July. Children can learn to decorate their cupcakes with ladybugs, monsters, handbags, burgers and more. Booking is essential for this and the Wilton cake decorating classes and can be made on the website, phone - 09 486 0086 - or by calling into the store.
On July 11th, 12th, and 13th The Homestore will be holding its Annual Expo with discounts, giveaways, silent auction, demos and more. If customers spend $30 they will receive a free spatula, or both a spatula and a ‘Cook, Bake, Dine’ tea towel if they spend $50.

The Homestore, Milford Centre, Milford, 09 486 0086 

by Channel Magazine