I have lived in a few different cities and towns in my time, and whilst there is romance in ‘discovering’ that special store that makes you swoon, sometimes the practicality of the wandering, the ambling, the stumbling upon, just doesn’t fit the bill or cut the mustard. For example one may be a traveller passing through, one may a new local who wants to know the ropes or one may simply be in a hurry. I’m not going to encourage us to slow down, simplify or minimise rather than consume (that’s for another time). For now, i give you a guide to some beautiful sometimes tenderly, other times boldly curated stores in our plentiful Bay.
Kia ora stores for being open, we appreciate much business goes to those online spaces, but we love visiting your inspiring stores, standing shoulder to shoulder with another, stroking the velveteen rabbit, inhaling the orange blossom scent. I often wonder if a wee koha jar (especially in bookstores) may be apt or delightful, so those who browse to say…thanking you.
Images and text – emily with wild & grace