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10 who's who Furniture for life: Linda and Neal believe in old- school values and timeless design It takes more than just the ability to make furniture to become a great furniture store. At the heart of Linda and Neal Southern's Crest Furniture is a passion for quality, style and ser vice. Crest Fu r nitu re is a manufacturer a nd re-upholsterer that's been around for over 15 years. Under Linda and Neal's new management they take the experience further by bringing classic a nd timeless designs. ``We believe in old-school values,'' says Linda. ``Ou r skilled craftsmen create fu r nitu re that is a blend of gorgeous fabrics, Eu ropean accents and quality wood.'' Indeed, their mission is to provide customers with a complete experience - from the moment you enter their showroom, to when the delivery truck pulls away. Their range of contempora ry and traditional lou nge suites, recliners, sofabeds a nd speciality chairs ca n be custom-made to you r specifications a nd design. Plus, they have over 3000 fabric samples and solid kiln-dried pine frames that come with a 10 year guarantee. Linda is rightly proudly off their Posture Perfect chairs - ergonomically designed for women nursing babies, these quality chairs are in great demand in hospitals and with Plunket nationwide. ``We are also planning to do a new range of slip cover sofas, which come in great colou rs, sizes a nd shapes. They are a practical option for homes with children or pets,'' says Linda. Finally, don't give up on your tired old furniture just yet. Traditional furniture has a lasting appeal, so giving your suite a new lease on life instead of opting for cheap imports is a sma rt option. Crest has a complete re-upholstery ser vice w ith free colou r and style advice. A home filled with smart furniture is not only more attractive, it is also a special joy to share with family and friends. If you want a new look for you r house just drop in at Crest - they'll make sure you feel good about fu r niture again. Crest Furnitu re is at 24 Bruce McLaren Road, Henderson. Call 838 6561. Open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-3.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm. Or see www.crestfurniture.co.nz. Great valu e: Crest has a complete re-upholstery ser vice with free colour and style advice 3550461AI 3502303AJ You would trust two great Australian and New Zealand companies with more than 200 years' history between them to make a great safety boot. And you'd be right. Between them Blundstone and John Bull have provided footwear for farmers, factory and dairy industry workers, tradesmen and builders, men, women and children in families - with a wide range of quality safety boots for work, as well as classic and lifestyle boots. And the great thing for West Auckland shoppers is, Blundstone NZ's factory seconds shop is in Swanson Rd, Henderson, selling factory seconds, ends-of-line and a number of discontinued styles. OSH laws require safety standard footwear in many industries and Blundstone offers an affordable solution. The safety boot seconds have only cosmetic flaws - they still adhere strictly to NZ and Australian work safety standards - while the `first grade' boots and shoes are all clearance lines in shop condition. Prices start at $35 for seconds, and from $90 for clearance lines. New stock arrives almost daily. The union of Blundstone and John Bull is a case of two great firms getting together. Blundstone began in 1870 in Tasmania and has always been family owned. John Bull started manufacturing footwear for the rural market in New Zealand in 1934. Since 2000 the two names have been combined in Blundstone ownership, sharing the same standards, values and commitment to customers and community. Recently most of their New Zealand stocks of gumboots were donated to Queensland to help with flood relief. Now they are looking to provide practical help to the people of Christchurch. NZ sales manager Rachel Lash says the company retains this family concern inside and outside the company. ``As employees we've always been made to feel like part of a family,'' she says. ``It's a great company to work in, with a fantastic range of products.'' To experience Blundstone and John Bull boots and shoes, and save money too, head to Blundstone at 218 Swanson Rd, Henderson, opposite Waitakere College sports fields. Phone 813-1747. Open Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm, Saturday 9-12. Eftpos, company cheques and cash accepted. Safety for less from the downunder icons Two great names: The factory shop has supplies of Blundstone and John Bull footwear arriving daily. Style and safety: Quality seconds at great prices.
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