Melanie Bartlett, store manager at kikki.K, has lived on the Shore for 12 years and has been working in the role she loves for two years.
“I love the product ranges and everything that is kikki.K,” she says. “I love the open feel of our store which allows us to greet all of our guests as soon as they enter… I also love all of the positive inspirational books and journals we have in store.
“Our guests are lovely,” she adds, “which makes working at kikki.K even more enjoyable. We have a lot of gifting options as well as lovely inspirational books and journals for all to enjoy. We also have product ranges for young stationery lovers.”
kikki.K is, of course, the lovely stationery/gift store on Shore City’s upper level. Like all kikki.K stores, it’s the perfect place to find that something special for invitations, cards, notebooks and much more. It’s also a browsing haven for people who love creating beautiful things – and kikki.K encourages that with workshops that relate to some of its inspiring journals. “Our most popular topics,” says Melanie, “are mindfulness, happiness, goals and habits.” Workshops taking place in July are Habits, on 6th July, and Planning, on 20th July.
Kikki.K has also introduced a monogramming service so that guests can personalise their items, either for themselves or as an extra special gift. The service is available for any of its leather styles and selected paper products. At present, says Melanie, “we offer one font type with various colours to choose from (gold, silver, white, black, rose gold and blind emboss). For up to three initials the cost is $12.90 and up to five it is $19.90."
Like Melanie, assistant manager Stacey Dee Mair is a long-time Shore local. She has lived on the Shore for 20 years after moving here from Scotland. She has been at kikki.K nearly eight years. “My favourite thing about the Shore City store is the people I work with and the fact that we have so many regular guests, which is nice,” she says. “I think kikki.K products are unique in the sense that it’s more than just stationery; our workshops and journals can contribute to well-being in general. kikki.K isn’t just about buying a notebook, it’s about the whole experience.”
She also loves the vibe and Shore culture, as well as working in Takapuna and in particular, in Shore City. “It’s a lovely friendly mall to work in,” they say.
“If you’re looking for a lovely gift, some inspiration, lovely storage for home or office and great service,” Melanie adds, “then come in and visit us.”
kikki.K, Shop SU14, Level 2, Shore City, Corner Lake Road and Como Street, Takapuna