I was completely taken by her commitment to quality and sustainability — plus, her gelato was damn good — that I became an instant fan.
Bow recently hit the streets three weeks ago, selling her handcrafted gelato with flavors like green tea haupia and jasmine vanilla — all from a little food truck she literally renovated herself. (No joke!)
I decided to check in with her and see how she’s doing since the last time we Cat Chat-ted.
(Spoiler alert: she’s killing it!)
Like Via Gelato on Facebook, follow @viagelato and check out her photos on Instagram at viagelatohawaii.
Lots of help.
I probably spend more time brushing my teeth than my hair and my beauty regiment consists of eyeliner and lip gloss.
It’s a bit pathetic.
So when I heard beauty/style expert Nuy Cho — founder of www.nuybeauty.com and uber-chic local girl — was back in town, I jumped at the chance to get some much-needed advice.
Here’s her advice:
See our full-length video at NuyBeauty.com next week!
Say it and I’ll come running.
So when I found out Melissa Bow, a Punahou alum and former physical therapist who recently moved back home, was making handcrafted gelato using local ingredients like mango, ginger and lilikoi, I could barely stop myself from barging into her home to sample it.
I shot this video months ago — before Via Gelato Hawaii was officially up and running.
Now, Bow serves up her tasty treats Monday through Friday around downtown (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and near Punahou (2 to 5 p.m.), then on Saturday nights at Sports Authority on Ward Avenue.
Here’s a little preview:
Yes, I’m one of those.
I write letters, I send thank-you notes, I even have a pen pal from second grade.
So of course I was thrilled to hear a new stationery boutique opened in October in Kapahulu. South Shore Paperie is owned by designer (and fashionista in her own right) Stacey Nomura. We headed there yesterday to check it out.
Here’s a peek inside:
South Shore Paperie
South Shore Paperie, Kilohana Square, 1016 Kapahulu Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday. Phone: (808) 744-8746, www.southshorepaperie.com
About Catherine Toth
Born and raised on Oahu, Catherine E. Toth has worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawaii for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf, hiking with her two dogs and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.
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