I’ve just been to a cool new cafe on the shore. Freshly opened on Monday and owned by Hauraki locals Greg and Jennine, The Hauraki Store is another indication of how much Aucklanders and Auckland have spread their wings and taken the plunge over the last few years.
Just over three years ago I was happy to leave Auckland and head to Singapore for a year. It was cold and really felt rather boring to me at the time. Maybe that was me, in fact I think it was, I was working full time with three young children, battling a dodgy gate saga and awful complaining neighbours. Sorry Auckland, on re reading this it wasn’t your fault I fell out of love with you, I just fell out of love with my life.
When I returned on the eve of the Rugby World Cup, I discovered Auckland had seemed to change. It went in my eyes from those comfy old shoes that you know will always be there to a new place full of expectations of style and quality (excluding the awful asian cheapie shops on Queen street of course).
My first foray was Wynyard Quarter, where I was blown away with the effort gone into creating an area all Aucklanders can visit. Next up was with the opening of ‘The Store’ by Scott and Jacki right across the road from home, plus the reinvention of Britomart, Imperial Lane and the likes, I’ve decided I am firmly in love with my home city and insist those involved with making it one of the worlds most ‘livable cities’ need to stand up and take a bow!
Back to The Hauraki Store:
This place has a really cool history. Greg, the vision behind it tells me it used to be a butchery that he walked past often as a young lad….how cool is that! Same places, new things right!
In order to retain some of the original character they enlisted the help of an interior design firm who came up with some cool ideas such as wallpaper that looks like concrete and a beautiful pressed iron ceiling that they tell me was a bugger to put up.
Jennine and Greg were very welcoming upon my visit and seemed pleased I’d made the trip from the city side especially with the purpose of visiting them. They were eager for feedback and happy to share they were exceeding their expectations in their first week of finding their feet. I find it so awesome to hear the local community is embracing this couples new venture. And i’ve gotta say Charlotte my youngest gave the thumbs up to the huge chocolate coated fluffy they generously gave her.
Coffee, Food & Interiors
I know I’m not exactly a coffee connoisseur but I know what I like, a strong intense flavour, which is what I got here from their choice of Allpress coffee beans. Along with my yummy, extremely well priced chicken baguette I was pretty happy.
What brought me over to the shore in the first place? Well my love of interiors really, I mean check out their coffee machine! Funnily enough I saw it on Facebook through a good friend, along with photos of their the work they were doing and just had to go to see for myself…
hmmmm maybe my future will be trying out all the funky Auckland cafes and showing them to you all …….ha ha ha, what better way to get around the city right and indulge my love of cafes, coffees & interiors…..