Destination Devonport this April
News, Views, and Information from the Village by the Sea – Devonport.
Hello and welcome to this month’s account of what has been happening in the wonderful seaside village of Devonport.
It’s been a busy start to the year with some positive things happening in the business community. Our first business breakfast for the year saw a full house share business ideas and learn the importance of social media as a tool to grow our businesses. Many businesses took advantage of the great offer made by the people at Digital Media Developments.
The meeting we hosted for building owners concerned about the impact of the recent Christchurch earthquakes and their implications for Devonport, was well attended and Bob de Leur from Auckland Council gave a succinct presentation on council’s policy and approach to this vexing issue.
This month I’d like to focus on some of the amazing and unique businesses we have in Devonport. One of the true advantages that Devonport has to offer is its unique range of quality goods and services. Here’s a sample of what is on offer:
- House of Toys is a family owned and operated shop that is a long standing part of the local community and is the one shop in Devonport the local children identify with. Parents appreciate their great customer service, helpful advice and fantastic product knowledge. Over the years they have enjoyed watching their young customers grow up and come in with their own children. The team at House of Toys put a great deal of thought into choosing the stock for their shop, always aiming for a good balance of quality, educational and fun, toys, craft and gifts for all ages. Tourists often remark on the uniqueness of the shop and liken it to the traditional toy shops which are fast disappearing, remarking that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.
- Childrens Lifestyle – Cool, Hip & Organic Clothing for Children Situated on the corner of Victoria Road and Fleet Street, Children’s Lifestyle has an amazing range of top quality children’s clothing, stocking exclusive brands like Molo, Mini Rodini and Katvig. You won’t find these brands anywhere else in New Zealand so come on down and take a look, you’ll be delighted at the range and pleasantly surprised at the value.
- Wild and Woolly Yarns have graced the streets of Devonport since the 1980’s and now take up pride of place in the Old Post Office Building. This wonderfully wicked and deliciously decadent wool store is firmly in the 21st century, championing New Zealand yarns along with the world leading, Rowan brand of yarns and pattern books. They are famous for their unique ‘knit kits’, exclusive patterns, learn to knit classes, inspirational knitted samples and friendly advice.
- Make an impression – for the words that really matter, say it in ink on paper.Stationery lovers should not miss a visit to the gorgeous, colourful, boutique stationery store Fitzgerald Taylor located in the stunningly renovated historic Old Post Office Building at 10 Victoria Road, Devonport. Filled with hand-picked product sourced from all over the world Fitzgerald Taylor is a treasure trove of writing instruments, inks, journals, notebooks, paper goods and unique gift ideas. They also create personalised letterpress stationery on their near century old printing press. At
Fitzgerald Taylor they are passionate about stationery and they would love to share this with you.
- The NZ Herald’s Canvas magazine recently reviewed Devonport’s best kept secret; Victoria Road Bistro. Here are some of the excerpts from the review. “At last, a decent bistro dining option in Devonport, and not before time. Well worth a visit for food and music... It’s not a large place but it has been well designed… the flavours were magnificent… the baked New York cheesecake was worth waiting for…we’ll be going back”. Rating out of 10: Food 8, Service 8, Value 9, Ambience 8. If you want a great meal out then Victoria Road Bistro is for you.
Thanks to all those who continue to shop locally, your support is essential to maintain a flourishing, vibrant town centre, we appreciate your patronage.
By Eddie de Heer, Chairman of Devonport Business Association.