Network, shed shop popping up at cafe

Supporting the community . . . Looking forward to launching a pop-up shop at Green Island's Agnes Cafe are (from left) Green Island Shed co-ordinator Pip Weber, Greater Green Island Community Network worker Leanne Stenhouse and Agnes Cafe owner Sarah Omelvena. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Green Island’s award-winning Agnes Cafe will host a pop-up shop in support of local community organisations from this week.

The cafe, owned by Sarah Omelvena, won the Dunedin people’s choice award in the 2018 NZ Cafe of the Year Awards, and is a popular local destination.

At the request of the Greater Green Island Community Network and the Green Island Shed, Ms Omelvena has opened up some extra space available in the Agnes Cafe building, at 219 Main South Rd.

A pop-up store offering goods on behalf of both the network and the shed will open on Fridays, from 1pm to 4pm, starting on March 9.

Network workers Amanda Reid and Leanne Stenhouse are delighted to have access to a high-profile space to sell a selection of sustainable goods to raise funds for the network.

These will include reusable produce bags and lunch pockets, stainless steel insulated drink bottles, and stainless steel straws.

“We are very keen on the idea of selling sustainable products to help sustain the network, while also trying to help the environment,” Mrs Reid said.

“The community network does wonderful work, and I’m happy to support them however I can,” Ms Omelvena said.

The Green Island Shed, which is working to raise about $6500 to get set up at a site next to the Green Island Community Garden, will be selling planter boxes, garden seats, wooden trays and kindling.

Local store Evergreen Elegance will also sell some items on behalf of the network.