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Wellington’s bright spots for the cognoscenti: Dollybird and Behome


July 1, 2013/14.50

Jack Yan

Above Items from Behome, previewed to Lucire in 2012 and officially open now in Miramar, Wellington.

Wellington has two businesses that those in the know have to check out.
   Back in April, Lucire attended the launch of Dollybird (at 11 Hunter Street, one block down from the Old Bank Arcade; Prashila Dayal, who started the business, was inspired by stylish boutiques abroad that offered make-up, hair and nail services—from mere touch-ups to more substantial services. The range is more extensive than what Wellingtonians have seen, from eye make-up (NZ$25) to what the company calls a ‘Smashover’, a complete make-up look (NZ$70). The hair services are similarly broad, from a no-wash styling at NZ$25 to a high-fashion styling (shown on the company’s Pinterest board) beginning at NZ$99. Nail services also begin at NZ$25 for the removal of an OPI GelColor application, with manicures and pedicures using the same line of products at NZ$60 and NZ$65. Then, recognizing that for a ball or special event, packages are more sought-after, Dollybird has a range of services that range from “party-ready” to a full red-carpet makeover. A range of bridal services are also on offer, and Dollybird even welcomes groups.
   Dollybird is also a Smashbox stockist for Wellington—it’s a perfect urban destination for Smashbox fans in the capital.
   It’s not alone in offering something distinctive in New Zealand’s capital. After a preview in 2012, Behome opened its doors officially last week, retailing interior and fashion, including vases, furnishings (including rugs and cushions), robes, dresses and jewellery. The difference? Founder Emily Davidow has ensured that everything she retails is made with love: items are sustainable and ethically made by independent artisans, some of whom she has worked with in India. There are designs unique to Behome.
   Behome (website at is open Saturdays and Sundays at Unit 6, 131 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington.

Above Prashila Dayal, founder of Wellington’s Dollybird beauty salon.

Above Behome’s Emily Davidow. Below Scenes from Behome’s first official day of business.

Jack Yan

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