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Political Cuts

by Sue Tyler September 2, 2014

Every second store I pass seems to be a Pop-Up Shop of one kind or another, but Political Cuts is something brings a different spin to the idea. When you pop along to 101 Wakefield Street this week (like a true Pop-Up Political Cuts is only around for a week) you’ll discover a salon offering […]

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The city chocolate fix

by Joanna November 1, 2012

Hurray, another guest post from Heather at Foodie Gems of Wellie Where to go in the city for a quality chocolate fix between usual excuses – chocolate festivals, Valentines, Easter, Xmas, national chocolate day, your birthday, your best friend’s birthday, White Day in Japan, Chocolate Dipped Fruit and Fondue day in the US (hmmm, any […]

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Old Groove, new Peel

by Robyn September 5, 2011

When Real Groovy closed its doors in May, many music-loving Wellingtonians were rather sad. But a curious thing has happened – we’ve got a Real Groovy back, sort of. Real Groovy Christchurch suffered damage to both its building and stock in the September 2010 earthquake, but owner Paul Huggins was determined to continue, reopening a month […]

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The duchess’ nice frock

by Robyn May 10, 2011

“Oh, look! It’s Kate Winslet’s wedding dress!” On the night of the royal wedding, while most of us were drinking gins and making snarky tweets about Princess Beatrice’s hat (or pointedly not), fashion designer Jane Yeh was hard at work furiously sketching and sewing a replica of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, ready to go on […]

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A great yarn – what Tash did next

by Joanna April 5, 2011

Remember Tash from It’s A Tree? Not content to rest on her laurels – or tuis, or flowers, badoom chish – she’s kept herself busy in the world of wool, opening up Holland Road Yarn at 281 Jackson Street, Petone. We thought we’d have a chat to Tash and see exactly what was going on…

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Tattoo Me

by Hadyn February 2, 2011

I’ve seen a few people asking the same question over the last month: where’s a good place to get a tattoo done in Wellington? Perhaps this means that a significant proportion of my friends have reached that age where they feel a tattoo is something they should have; or maybe it’s just the usual summer […]

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Vanishing appears

by Tom January 19, 2011

There are a few shops around town that cater to pop-culture junkies and seekers of retro memorabilia, but newcomer Vanishing Point (40 Abel Smith St) adds a  personal twist. As quiffed and string-tied rockabillies wandered about the tiny shop on opening day, the owners had to point out that what looked like a café or […]

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The Owls Are Not What They Seem

by Joanna January 18, 2011

You know that we’re big fans of Madame Fancy Pants. You know what we’re not fans of? Thieves! Dear MFP lovelies, Sorry to say that our big competition will be canceled as someone has stolen your prize. If you happen to know of someone acquiring a Deadly Ponies Mr Night Owl bag….? If you are […]

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So long, Marbecks Cuba Mall

by Robyn January 9, 2011

It looks like the Marbecks on Cuba Mall is closing down, leaving the blessed Slowboat and Real Groovy the only music shops in the area. It doesn’t really come as much of a surprise – record shops today seem to exist mainly for music nerds and CD-buying grans. ’90s-style music shops like Marbecks are a […]

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Win Craft 2.0 craftcash for this Saturday!

by Joanna December 15, 2010

The amazing Craft 2.0 is happening again this Saturday, and its amazing founder Sue Tyler (full disclosure: paid-up member of the Wellingtonista) has decided that you should get a present. Or maybe you. We’ll leave it up to the randomizer to make the ultimate call. On Saturday, 18 December, Wellingtonians who want to gift in […]

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