Whitianga main street open for business this Labour Weekend 16 October 2018 Coghill House Café has a sheltered terrace with a view down to Albert Street where the finishing touches to the main street part of the town centre upgrade is nearly complete. Brent and Fiona Elder have owned the Coghill House Cafe for 15 years. "We have been living on the Coromandel Peninsula for 17 years, first in Matarangi where we followed a friend down for a holiday and after buying the cafe in Whitianga, we decided we wanted to stay," says Brent. Since moving here Brent and Fiona have seen a lot of development taking place in Whitianga and they believe the town centre upgrade needed to happen. "We are lucky because we are the only cafe with individual parking outside. Our loyal customers are aware of this so we have kept a steady business during the town centre upgrade," says Brent. "I have seen areas of the upgrade that have now been completed and it looks amazing, although we have seen less foot traffic ourselves, we have managed to keep our loyal customer base," says Brent. The couple employ up to five full-time workers who help cover the week day shifts and weekends. Coghill House Café is open seven days a week, 8am-3pm Monday-Saturday and 8am-1pm on Sunday. With summer fast approaching, the couple are changing to new ovens and will be offering pizzas till 5pm. To check out their deals click here to visit their facebook page. Businesses on the main street are open and waiting for you this Labour Weekend so come and enjoy the shopping. Whitianga Art Group and Gallery Art Market Labour Weekend 23 School Road - off Eyre Street Saturday 20 October - Monday 22 October 10am - 5pm Local art at competitive prices. A great place to pick up Christmas gifts. Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am Our contractors Dempsey Wood Civil are aiming to have Phase Three (from Blacksmith Lane to Campbell St) open to vehicle traffic by Labour Weekend, weather permitting. The road will then close for a few days after the long weekend so we can resume car park marking. Other work on Phase 3: Carrying out pavement deflection testing to base course. Continue installation of new water main on Campbell Street east. Continue foot path paver installation opposite 100% Whitianga. Placement of sealing chip around pavement area prior to placement of asphalt. Placement of asphalt and line marking to Phase 3 roads - subject to weather conditions. Phase 3 open to traffic subject to completion of line marking on 19 October 2018. Phase 3 parking bays will be open for public parking from 20 October - 22 October and then closed to public from the 23 October onwards to enable full completion of pedestrian foot paths. Check out this video of the most recent work, by local videographer Floyd Johnston. He's been capturing the works over the past few months. Go to our Council's "Our Coromandel" YouTube channel to view more of Floyd's videos of the town centre upgrade. Check out Floyd's Facebook page here.