Storehouse cafe / homeware store / florist is in an unexpected location among the tyre fitters on Runanga Street. The cafe is in a former workshop and there’s a steel roller door to open up on a sunny day. On our visit the door was closed and keeping in the heat from the fire that was rising up to meet us on the mezzanine floor.
Food wasn’t on my radar as I’d not long had breakfast, but I decided to have an orange and almond friand anyway. Blimey it was good, enough to tempt me back for another visit. More substantial fare includes a menu of bagels and sliders.
Storehouse has a ‘made do’ and ‘made it work’ feel to me with electrical cable spool tabletops and old bikes as wall decor. Some of the light shades are fashioned out of wire, they don’t function, but do work if you know what I mean. There wasn’t a lot of homeware or furniture for sale when we visited but an online store is on the way. This toy box on rollers would be handy.
Copies of Ben Crawford’s book Built for Caffeine are for sale, it was in this book that I first read about Storehouse. It’s a book about the stories behind the development and design of 20 cafes in NZ, along with design tips. The book’s full of great photos, you can preview a few pages via the link above. A heads up if you’re keen to visit some of the cafes – Sadie’s in Cambridge has since closed. Storehouse is open Monday – Saturday until 4pm.