Matakana coffee kiosk and caterer Ravish gave a boost to Covid-stalled local businesses this month, with a day of free coffees and treats for those unable to work in Level 3.
Owners Sarah Willis and Kerri Johns came up with the idea after struggling through several Level 4 lockdowns themselves.
“We just know what it’s like to have no income coming in and we’re set up really well for Level 3, so we thought it would be nice to get these people out of the house,” Kerri said.
“Everyone likes a coffee, but we realise it’s a luxury as well and can be one of the first things people do without.”
Their generous offer was well received on social media, impressing Harcourts real estate agent and Matakana
Community Group stalwart Ivan Wagstaff so much that he offered to match every free coffee with a sweet treat, as well.
Sarah Willis said as well as Ivan’s kind donation, several customers at the Sharp Road store had purchased pay-it-forward coffees for people who were currently unable to work.
“We’ve always been so well supported by the local community here, we just thought it would be a nice thing to do,” she said.
As well as coffees, filled rolls and cabinet food, Ravish is also putting together picnic boxes and Friday night platters at Level 3.