Ezy rider
Movie rentals store owner Brad Robertson has turned his Frankton Black Fox Video shop into a Video Ezy outlet.

Robertson, who’s operated as Black Fox since 2000, relaunched on September 1 – hard on the heels of the Remarkables Park Video Ezy shutting up shop.

Video Ezy’s opening three years ago had “a big impact” on Black Fox, Robertson says.

“We could have both carried on as is but with no one being able to gain anything. [They] approached me and we have just been in negotiations for quite some time.”

Robertson says he’ll still offer the wide variety of movies sourced by Black Fox but will also carry more new releases. “Before, we couldn’t afford to get 10 copies of the same movie.”


Ten-year flutter

Queenstown’s oldest legal gambling den celebrates its 10th birthday tomorrow.

Lasseters Wharf Casino will mark the milestone by holding prize and cash draws from 7pm.

The casino, originally founded by an American consortium fronted by Queenstowner Mike Stone, was bought by the Singapore-based Lasseter Group in 2007.

The Lower Beach Street venue opened fractionally earlier than Queenstown’s other casino up the same street, operated by SkyCity.

Business is going “quite well”, accounts and administration manager Oliver O’Neill says.

“It’s been a very good year for us. We’ve got a lot of hotels this side of town so we get a lot of foot traffic.

We’re happy with the market share that we have. The group is committed to the venue here and hopefully, we’ll look at expanding in the future.”

Do-ups under one roof

Home improvement fans can check out the Springtime Renovation Expo being staged in Queenstown this month.

At the Che Stile showroom in Gorge Road on September 25-26 from 10am-2pm, people will have the chance to talk to multiple businesses about a variety of home improvements.

Trades covered include tiling, underfloor heating, landscaping, lighting and plumbing, and there’ll be representatives from a host of local firms on hand. ASB Bank will also be there with information on finance.

Wanted: best receptionist

The first local heat for an international hotel receptionists’ competition takes place at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside tomorrow.

Competing are Prasheel Churi and Emma Higgins from the host hotel, Pierre Paroux and Mia Visser from Sofitel Hotel and Spa, Isabella Visser from Millennium and Victoria O’Donovan from Peppers Beacon.

The winner goes on to the national final in Wellington on October 9 to decide who represents New Zealand in an international competition in Madrid, Spain in January – InterContinental Wellington’s Eve Stacey won that title this year.