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Category: Helensville

Lord, Let Me Be Brave!

Touting for Business

Touting for Business

Face and Body on Titirangi Road make it their business to keep commuters amused with their advertising boards (and keeping or making the population beautiful, within limitations).

A less militant approach to Valentine’s day was found at the op shop in Helensville.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Glassware

From Tipene's Glass Cabinet

From Tipene’s Glass Cabinet

On a shelf at Tipene’s Monkee Business, Helensville.

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Tipene at Monkee Business

Tipene Amid Treasure

Tipene Amid Treasure

We stopped for a coffee in Helensville, but instead we walked into his shop — trading under the label Monkee Business: art, collectibles & everything in between, according to his business card — at 7 Commercial Road. Tipene enjoys his empire of wares, making some himself, supporting local artists, and just dealing; prices are negotiable. There is a story to most items, which he will share happily, or you can just browse.

According to his blogger profile: “Located in a corner shop (the old butcher shop) amongst the arts collective of Helensville’s main street. Our focus is to continue the journey of unique art/ collectibles and creating new works – both in house and by supporting local emerging artists/makers…”

Critical Appraisal

Critical Appraisal

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

The Arts Stop Cafe in Helensville is a great place to have a coffee or other refreshments. Interesting furnishings, second hand books, art of all kind, not to forget good coffee and in this case a hot chocolate on a matching table.

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