Self-described social entrepreneur and “animal obsessed environmentalist” Brianne West launched a solid cosmetics brand from her Christchurch kitchen. Back then it was called Sorbet, but today is known globally as the wildly popular Ethique - zero-waste, plastic free and plant-based solid bars, from recently launched lip-balms to shampoos, pet care to concentrates. We’re big, genuine fans!
Brianne has lived in “ruralish town” Lincoln outside Christchurch for about two years, an area she loves for its small town feel. “The locals are super friendly. I like open green spaces and lots of trees around – it always makes me feel calmer.” We asked her to share a few of her local favourites.
Best place for breakfast?
Hello Sunday makes a great breakfast in such a cosy setting. I’m usually an eggs (scrambled or poached) on toast order.
Brunch on a Sunday: where would we find you?
Unknown Chapter makes great coffee and their cabinet food is always extraordinary!
Favourite restaurant to visit with friends?
Boxed Quarter is a great option as with so many different food outlets, you can always find something to suit everyone. Chichi Kitchen is a particular favourite – Green Thai Curry risotto, who’d have thought!
For something fancy?
5th Street puts incredible time and effort into a very high-end menu, but it never feels snobby or pretentious, which I love. The setting is comfortable and laid back and the service is great, good fit for a special occasion.
Where do you go for some relaxation or a beauty treatment?
Some of the only times I don’t think about work is when I’m with my horses or diving, so both are very relaxing for me. The ocean and nature within it is breathtaking and always makes me feel at peace.
Favourite clothing store that never lets you down?
Little Yellow Bird. I love clothes that I can wear comfortably knowing that they have been ethically, responsibly and considerately sourced.
If someone was visiting your neighbourhood/city for the first time, what’s the one place you would recommend they visit?
Willowbank, for the wildlife and education about our natural world.