Teenage entrepreneur Jed Joyce opened mobile icecream cart Rollickin' Gelato in the spring of 2013. With no driver's licence yet he relies on his mum to tow the cart to New Regent St every morning, from there however, it's all him. He organised a bank loan, saved his pocket money and designed the Rollickin' cart from scratch. The cart has proven a cost-effective way to start a business and he will be able to recoup his financial outlay much sooner than if he had a bricks and mortar shopfront.
The secret to Jed's gelato is fresh organic milk, no powdered milk there! The gelato is handcrafted in small batches with Aotearoa produce for super flavour and goodness. Rollickin' is always searching for New Zealand’s seasonal best, like the sweetest mandarins, tree-ripened organic feijoas, grandma’s lemon tree… "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy gelato and that's pretty much the same thing," says Jed.
Rollickin’ Gelato shares the space with the Canterbury Horticultural Society’s (CHS) Alhambra Gardens. With the help of Landscape Architect Robert Watson, CHS designed and built a Spanish-themed garden to complement the architectural style of New Regent Street. The garden includes a mix of exotic trees and plants, creating an oasis on a desolate inner city site. Visitors enjoy the space for people watching and gelato eating during the day, or as part of the Auricle’s wine garden for special events in the evening.
Christchurch Art Gallery added a Rita Angus replica on the adjacent wall as part of their 'Faces from the Collection' works around the central city. The Christchurch Wizard has relocated to New Regent Street, and can often be seen in the gardens enjoying the artwork or a gelato.
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