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Lounge Around in Barry's Point Road!

Brand new outdoor furniture store now open!
If Channel readers are contemplating new outdoor furniture for the summer that's just around the corner, then we've discovered just the place to buy it – a new business called Lounge Around, located beside Countdown supermarket in the heart of the North Shore on Barry's Point Road.

Lounge Around is the exciting new business of husband and wife team Claire and Peter Allen-Baines, stocking outdoor lounge, dining and terrace settings including luxurious sun loungers, funky hanging chairs and large cantilever umbrellas. They really do cover it all.

Day to day it will be Peter who is fronting the business, while Claire has chosen to take a back seat role; using her flair for design to create and arrange the manufacture and purchase of the quality range of furniture, and while supporting in other areas.

The couple love the Shore. Claire had run a very successful spinal practice in Auckland since emigrating from the UK 12 years ago. Peter was an Air New Zealand Flight attendant for 16 years and in that time achieved his commercial pilot's licence flying many varied aircraft both locally and from Los Angeles. He was also a Homestager for two years and has most recently been working in the outdoor furniture business for close to five years. He also owned a home and giftware store in Browns Bay for several years in early 2000.

"I feel I have built up a very strong knowledge of what New Zealanders want in their outdoor furniture," explained Peter Allen-Baines just as the store opened in mid-August. "This knowledge, combined with Claire's flair, has resulted in us creating a range that North Shore customers will love. A strong, resilient, attractive product range."

"We design our furniture and use European style and flare as our inspiration, we source all our own high quality product directly cutting out the 'middle man' to enable us to provide the best quality and standards to our customers.

"Our goal is to provide a high quality and attractive product at an affordable price. We simply say come see us first and compare our quality and our price you will not find better with up to 75% off retail prices."

Pricing examples include: Venetian Cantilever Umbrella (with neat cover and weighted base, tilts and also rotates 360 degrees) just $895; Tuscany 1.6m Dining Setting including six chairs, from just $1875; Riviera Lounge Setting with triple sofa, two single arm chairs, coffee table with glass and cushion, just $2795.

The Lounge Around furniture is hand-crafted and woven of high quality UV resistant Rattan with a powder-coated aluminium frame to enable it to remain outside for many years. It is incredibly durable, requiring only soapy water and a hose to freshen it up after a winter's season and a top of the line fabric is used for the cushions called "Olefin" It is very resistant to our harsh sun and weather.

"We have managed to secure a fantastic location," added Peter. "Our showroom is easy to find – just off the motorway on Barrys Point Road, Takapuna – right next to Countdown. We are also at the Auckland Homeshow in September (10th-14th) so pop in and say hello. We are in Hall 2, Stand 220."

Lounge Around: 18 Barry's Point Road, Takapuna. Phone 984-8008. Open 7 Days
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by Aaron Reid