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