When the earthquakes shook the Christchurch CBD to its knees in 2010 and 2011 Colin's shop was damaged. The shop, in the CBD, was off limits, because it was behind the cordon, in the Red Zone.
But all was not lost. Thanks to some forward thinking businessmen a new pop up mall was started in Cashel Street in a collection of brightly painted shipping containers. Colin picked up the pieces and moved his business into what is known as Re:Start Mall. I visited him in the Re:Start Mall recently. He remembered my name, and that of our daughter who was with me. She knew him from the age of 6. His memory for names and faces is second to none.
Now though, after being part of the Christchurch food and retail scene for more years than he says he likes to think about, he is hanging up his apron at the end of January. Well done Colin. You are a real gentleman. Thank you. We wish you a very happy and well deserved retirement. You will be missed.