Brand new: hot new shops
Just opened and ready for you to check out, here's a round-up of Wellington's hottest new stores and galleries
Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookshop
93 Main Street, Greytown
The first bookshop to open in Greytown in over 20 years, Mrs Blackwell's is a new chapter in the history of Greytown’s readers and bookshops. Fitting for a village known for it's old world charm, Mrs Blackwell's feels like stepping foot into a bookshop in a storybook - albeit with modern touches, like the stylish glass pendant lighting overhead and the latest in contemporary titles on the shelves. Blackwell's stocks a wide array of books, from arts and crafts to business, science to biographies.
Since opening in late 2020, Blackwell's has made headlines for having a queue of eager bookworm customers stretching out the front door, going to show the power of a good book is still going strong.
20 Bond Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Alpha60 has made it's way to Wellington. The Melbourne label launched in Australia as part of the Vivienne Westwood retrospective which has lead them to opening a range of stores across Australia and New Zealand.
They focus on classic styles with a bit of a unique flare which really shows in the garments they offer. Ensuring that their customers get the best quality goods that are sophisticated and quirky at the same time, they supply a range of styles from a solid black skirt to a bold colour dress or a patterned pant - they sell it all.
Food Court Books
84 Constable Street, Newtown, Wellington
Food Court Books is a brand new bookshop in Newtown. They specialise in small press and independently published books and zines. Founders, Carolyn DeCarlo and Jackson Nieuwland, are passionate about introducing readers to new and unfamiliar books that might not be available elsewhere. The majority of their stock is New Zealand books,but they also have a small but exciting collection of international titles.
As well as being a bookshop, Food Court Books provides workspace for local writers and hosts events, including book launches, workshops, panels, and a book club.
Visitors can expect to be greeted by customer service superstar, Dora the greyhound.
The Merry Go Round
434 Cuba Street, Alicetown, Lower Hutt
If you need to kit out your pad, make your workplace pop or add a one-off piece of furniture to your collection, then visit The Merry Go Round on your next secondhand scavenger hunt.
Owner Sam Vaughan is passionate about salvaging and upcycling industrial furniture and light fixtures and other old or disused odds and ends. Visit his store in Alicetown, Lower Hutt to find reclaimed collectables and home decor, vintage signage, dust coats and workwear, and all manner of trash turned to treasure. Furniture fix-ups, commissions, and bespoke items also available by request.
Open 9am-5pm Saturdays or by prior arrangement.
2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
There's nothing better than discovering a new good book and if you're in need of one, look no further than Good Books on Jessie Street.
Founded by Jane Arthur and Catherine Robertson, two writers who definitely know a good book from a dud, this small bookshop focuses on quality, rather than quantity. Arthur and Roberston believe that there's no place for snobbery in books - you love what you love - and the store stocks everything from fantasy to romance, memoirs to poetry, art and graphic novels, cookbooks and children's books.
Havilah on Cuba Street
221 Cuba Street , Te Aro, Wellington
Designing for the unapologetic women of New Zealand is Wellington’s very own Havilah Arendse.
After studying at Massey University, Havilah was one of six lucky designers picked for training programme Project Fashion in 2018. This included rigorous training to connect their label to people in the fashion industry like retailers, mentors and publications.
After struggling to find someone to stock her label she decided to take it into her own hands by creating her own retail pop-up on Lombard Lane.
Havilah is a space celebrating the creatives of New Zealand as well as her own sustainable label Havilah. You’ll be spoilt for choice with brands like Lay Plan, EMA Designs, Doubtless Bay Botanicals and many more.
Madame Fancy Pants in Greytown
92 Main Street, Greytown
Our favourite little Wellington boutique, Madame Fancy Pants has opened in Greytown.
Pop in and you’ll find beautiful clothing, jewellery, stationery, accessories, baby goods and a whole bunch of other types of wonderful from a range of brands and makers from around New Zealand and the world.
Look out for the wonderful mural painted by the owner that was inspired by illustrator and author Lisa Congdon ‘Change room’ fabric.
85 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Film is not dead, it’s very much alive at Splendid’s newest location on Ghuznee Street. Splendid is a boutique store specialising in analogue photography.
Shooting with film is an exciting way to capture a moment. Take a snap in the right space and you could capture a decent picture. You'll only find out if its good or not after getting your film developed.
Talk to the team about buying a camera, developing film in their lab or finding some new merchandise.
Wellington Apothecary is bigger and better
110 a Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Their neighbours left so Wellington Apothecary saw the chance to take out the wall to create a mega space for all to enjoy.
This locally-owned herbal dispensary specialises in locally-made natural remedies, botanical teas, homemade skincare and gifts. There's a strong focus on locally-made products that use high-quality organic ingredients – including cacao butter from nearby Wellington Chocolate Factory.
The new space gives them more room for consultations and exciting new workshops such as creating your own tea blend.
Cranfields on College Street
21 College street, Te Aro, Wellington
This NZ icon has launched a brand new store on College Street. Owner Nicola Cranfields uses the new space to expand the range of the main store, which first opened its doors on Lambton Quay three decades ago.
You'll find natural perfume from Amsterdam, Mongolian slippers and even French antiques. Each item at Cranfields is carefully and personally sourced with a focus on 'forever' pieces, to be enjoyed now and treasured for generations to come.
The new space stays true to Cranfields' “shop slow” ethos, while new collections give it an update from the store it was when your parents first shopped there.
21 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Nature Baby has set up their first shop outside of Auckland and it’s right here in Wellington.
This family run business has been seeking out the best natural and organic alternatives to mainstream synthetic clothing since 1998.
Their Wellington store’s interior is made with recycled fittings and peg walls from their various pop-up stores.
Give yourself enough time when you visit because they have a wide variety of cute clothing, homeware and something special for mum.
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