The weather plays a prominent part in our daily lives, especially in a seaside community such as Browns Bay where quieter spells are typically experienced over winter. After all, who enjoys promenading in blustery cold conditions! But, here’s a great incentive to venture out – and support your neighbours at the same time. Browns Bay businesses are offering ‘Shop Local’ promotions to tempt you into town. In fact, there’s one happening right now!

Simply spend $20 or more at any of the 90 participating businesses, grab an entry card and a receipt, enter online at www.brownsbay.org.nz/event/ and you’re in to win one of two $1,500 shopping sprees.

This promotion was a big hit last winter with two lucky winners shopping up a storm. Winners can spend their prize money at any businesses (including retail, hospitality, health & beauty providers) in the town centre, including those on Beach Road, with the exception of New World and Countdown. One entry card per transaction, but you can enter multiple times until 22 August 2021. There’s more info at https://bit.ly/3iv2kgO. As your coming to town, maybe wrap up extra warm and blow the cobwebs out with a promenade on the new beachfront boardwalk, followed by hot chocolate and a deliciously indulgent treat at one of our many fabulous eateries. www.brownsbay.org.nz/member-directory provides a full list of cafes.

You can also celebrate Father’s Day at ‘Boys Toys – The Ultimate Event’ in Phoenix Plaza on Sunday 5 September (postponed until 31 October 2021 due to Covid19 restrictions). This event gathers momentum each year, and the 2021 line-up promises to grab your attention and entertain you from 10am to 2pm. Bring dad (and grandpa, uncle, brother, mum, grandma, aunty, sister…) along to see an impressive selection of classic cars, hot rods, chopper bikes, military vehicles, as well as police, fire and security vehicles. Test drive ebikes and Segways, enjoy demonstrations of fire safety, drones, and more. The Rocking Roller Coasters will get you rocking from 12 noon, and spot prizes galore will be drawn throughout the event. One lucky person will win a Weber LPG BBQ.  You must be there to win prizes.

As always, your patronage of Browns Bay businesses is greatly appreciated.

Story by ShoreLines, August/September 2021 issue