Get to know our Tauranga Team

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Our Tauranga store has been open for almost two months now! We thought it would be the perfect time to sit down and let you get to know our store staff a little better! 



Maddi - Store Manager

You spend a lot of your day fitting customers with their perfect frames. Whats your personal favourite? I love all our metal frames like Theodore and Hector.


Retail and coffee go hand in hand. Wheres your go to local coffee spot?
George Cafe on Oceanbeach Road is definitely one of my favourites!

Tauranga has a rather picturesque landscape. Whats your favourite local outdoor adventure?
We have a wakeboarding boat. My family and I love to go up to Hunters Creek or off to the lakes and spend our days camping and wakeboarding.


If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
Tough question, but I must say my 3 ingredient banana pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup are pretty damn good! I could eat that for a good couple years at least.



Karen - Optometrist

You've been working with us for a little while now Karen, whats your all time favourite frame? Tough choice, but I like my Ruth frames at the moment. My next pair is definitely going to be in the candy red colourway, just to change things up.

Have you any trips planned in the future? Nothing planned at the moment, but my next trip will probably be back to Adelaide where I used to live.

Tauranga has a rather picturesque landscape. Whats your favourite local outdoor adventure? I don't really have any local favourites but I like to travel around the region in search of a good hike, especially if there is a waterfall involved. Love a good waterfall.

The Mount has such a vast array of restaurants. Where is your go to spot for a Friday night out for dinner? Its so hard to choose but anything Thai, Mexican or any good pub food is usually my go to.


Poppy - Stylist



You spend a lot of time around our frames. Whats your all time favourite frame? Ohh thats so difficult, my favourites at the moment are the Esquire in clear crystal and the Bonnie sunglasses in gold, can't beat a subtle cat eye.

Have you any trips planned in the future?
My partner has family in Japan, so we are hopefully visiting them in the near future! So far my favourite place to visit has been New York! I found it surprisingly cheap to eat and do some sight seeing. I love getting lost in all of the cities' hidden spots too.

Living at the mount you must spend a lot of time at the beach. Do you surf or boogie board?
I love living a street back from the beach, so I try to practice yoga or walk down the beach every morning. My family love surfing but I'd probably say I'm more of a hobbie summer surfer, not good with the cold!

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
 I'm a lover of fresh fruit and veg and because we have so many orchards close by I try my best to shop local. I also wouldn't complain about having avocado on sourdough bread for the rest of my life! Bottomless coffee would go down a treat too, haha. 


Millie - Stylist

 

You've got an eye for all things "on trend". whats your favourite frame in the Bailey Nelson Collection? I'm obsessed with the Isabelle frame, but also love my Austin's at the moment such a classic shape.


Whats your dream car?
Either the Jeep Wrangler or the old school VW Beetle. I love the retro vibe.

Retail and coffee go hand in hand. Wheres your go to local Coffee spot?
Luca, down town Mount Maunganui! An iced caramel latte is my go to.

The Mount has such a vast array of restaurants. Where's your go to spot for a Friday night out for dinner? The Rising Tide is my favourite! I love getting takeouts and sitting on Leisure Island.




Lynda - 2IC

Lynda you're very new to the Bailey Nelson team; whats your favourite frame so far? They are all very new styles for me but I'm absolutely loving them, the colours are very unique also. I love the Sherry - the perfect colour way for this time of year.

Have you any trips planned in the future? 
Earlier this year I went to South Africa with my partner who is originally from there. Although I was nervous about meeting his family for the first time, it was the most epic amazing trip ever!! We are hoping to go to Namibia three years from now. I CAN'T WAIT!!

Living at the Mount you must spend a lot of time at the beach?! Do you surf or boogie board? My family and I love to go jet skiing in summer! We head to the lakes most weekends. Sometimes during the week we get fish & chips and shoot to Matakana Island for dinner. We want to go camping up north next summer. I'm always on the hunt for more places to go and new family adventures.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? 
How do I choose an answer for this! I'm definitely a foodie and love trying new recipes, especially salads and dressings. I could also live off Seasoned Pork Belly.

 

 

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