Tag: The Stone Store

“Stone Store nominated for retail award” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (28.05.2018)




May 28

Liz Bigwood at Kerikeri’s Stone Store.


Stone Store nominated for retail award

The New Zealand Retail Association has nominated the Stone Store as a finalist in the Best Provincial Retailer category of the 2018 Retail Hotlist awards.

The Association praised the way the Stone Store shop “balances its role as a living museum with a successful and beautifully merchandised retail operation”.

Manager of the Stone Store, Liz Bigwood, is delighted with the nomination, which she says is a tremendous honor in itself.

“The Stone Store began as a trading post in 1836, and has been in business in one form or another pretty well since then,” she says.

Trade of iron tools and implements, cloth, and basic foodstuffs like flour, tea, and sugar were stock in trade with local Maori and it was primarily this trade and the attraction of shipping into the Eastern Bay of Islands that Hongi Hika and other Ngapuhi leaders intended when they allowed a missionary settlement here.

“In later years, people used to say of the store that you could buy anything from a needle to an anchor, and we continue that tradition by stocking a wide range of goods, including authentic items similar to those that would have been on sale in the 19thCentury.”

A recent example includes wooden butter molds, similar to those available in New Zealand over a century ago, that are still manufactured in Germany. The Stone Store also stocks a range of quality New Zealand merchandise.

“It takes time to source these products, and it’s important that they fit well with our market and the heritage values of this place,” says Liz.

“The nomination acknowledges the special nature of the Stone Store as a unique retail operation, and the team that makes it so special.”

The awards take place on June 6.

“Explore Kemp House garden at your own pace” Heritage New Zealand Media Release

“We’re proud to offer visitors the option of taking a tour of our amazing gardens and enjoying some of the stories that are associated with this extraordinary site – including some of New Zealand’s oldest fruit trees planted during the missionary era of the 1820s..."


“Late night shopping at New Zealand’s oldest store” NZHPT Media Release (26th November 2013)

Did you know?
The Stone Store is New Zealand’s oldest stone building, where commerce has taken place in one form or another continuously since 1835 – even predating the arrival of money into the country.
“... Christmas ... this year offering people two leisurely late night shopping nights from 5pm on December 5 and 12. ... ” says Stone Store Manager, Liz Bigwood.

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