If someone asked me what I was looking for when I was searching for the good life, it would be fair to say that it would be unlikely to be answered , “Pies”.
But there it is.
There’s an awesome pie shop in Blenheim. It’s run by two great people who’ve turned a small business into a hub of the community.
It’s a destination – in fact I believe it’s #2 on Trip Advisors ‘things to do in Blenheim’ list. Now cynics may say that has more to do with the little going on in Blenheim but that’s wrong. It’s here because it is a ‘must do’ place to visit.
The pies are sublime, the baguettes are amazing and the choice of deli products would shame a number of larger establishments in bigger cities. But it’s more than that.
From the first time we visited, we were made welcome ( as are every one of the hundreds who pass through the doors every day). As we moved from visitor to ‘locals’ status, so did our conversations. It’s hard to beat a guaranteed and genuine welcome.
Whether they realise it or not, the pie shop assisted with our transition to the area. Looking back, it’s funny to identify what things and which people made it all feel good, when the opposite could have been the case with bad experiences.
It’s not the only thing that has made us feel good about where we are now, but it was and is a part.
Here’s to the Burleigh …where ( to quote the classic Cheers TV series theme ) everybody knows your name 🙂