63b… It’s a family thing.
Let’s take a stroll back to 20 years ago to 63b Brownston Street in Wanaka. Long standing locals will remember this residence as one of the few ol’ standing buildings right beside Wanaka New World. Maxine Makeham and her sister, Lea, started a cafe out of their Brownston Street home—aptly named 63b, while a (very young) Zoe attended Wanaka Primary School.
What started from humble roots as small cafe venture, blossomed into a full mobile catering business due to increasing demand as the Wanaka region grew. Zoe has worked alongside her mum, Maxine, throughout, from helping with front of house to starting her own independent coffee cart ‘63bean’ at age 15 and finally taking her passion for food into tertiary studies of cheffing and pastry cheffing.
After a brief culinary OE in France, working underneath internationally renowned chef Nick Honeyman (Paris Butter, Auckland), Zoe was ready to return home and dedicate herself to 63b. After four years of working alongside her mum through busy wedding seasons, the keys were officially handed over in 2018 and Zoe has now purchased 63b. With a passion and excitement for food and the long term love for the vision they have created as a family, Zoe is incredibly excited to take 63b to the next level.