Kate and Gary Todd are poised to open their dream shop – a plastics-free ethical food retailer on Fore St in the building formerly occupied by Paprika. With the opening set to coincide with thousands of visitors pouring into town for the eat@:Wellington food festival, their timing couldn’t be better.
“It would have been crazy to miss the opportunity so although it’s been incredibly hard to get ready, we’re almost there now,” said Kate. “Our families are arriving any minute to begin the final processes of loading up the containers and hoppers.”
‘It was Kate’s idea to open a shop and provide the foods that people want but without the plastic. She came home from a visit to a shop in Totnes called Zero Waste and said “We need to do this in Wellington. Totnes is too far away.”
‘We’ll stock everything you’d have in the larder; pasta, pulses, rice, flour, sugar. The list is extensive, everything you’d see in dry goods and baking aisles. It’s not vegetarian or vegan, it’s something for everyone. And we’ll be using paper and cotton bags,’ added Gary. ‘I’d like to eventually stock dairy produce but that’s a little way in the future.’
Wet goods will be in a space to the rear with olive and cooking oils plus soaps, detergents and cooking oils. People will bring their own containers for refilling – including plastic bottles. They can bring whatever they want.