This local business opened on 2 January so it’s taken a little while for us to catch up with it, but better late than never as the saying goes. It is at 1 Waimea Road by the beach next to Los Locos Mexican Cantina.

The shop is owned by Rachel (right) and her partner Tim, but as the latter is a busy builder, it’s Rachel who is there to greet customers most of the time.

A month ago Hollie joined as a barrista selling hot and cold drinks out of an old-timer Austin van outside,

In some respects Waimea Vintage replaces the former Ma-Mite opposite the domain in Tutere Street which closed when the owner died (see earlier post), but Waimea Vintage isn’t specifically focused on Kiwiana like Ma-Mite, and stocks anything they find which is eclectic and unusual.

Hours are Wednesday to Friday from 11 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday 11 am-4 pm.