On December 28 2011, I needed to buy five zips, to finish some costumes for a Bats show. So, I thought I would nip past Golding Handcrafts on Marion St and see if it was open, and it was.
In short, I went in to buy five zips, and bought the shop as well! It didn’t QUITE happen like that of course (it wouldn’t fit in the paper bag with the zips for a start) but really at that moment it was a done deal.
Apart from the wonderful things I saw in the space and the shop, it was the commitment of Les and Dianne Dyne, who ran Golding Handcrafts for 43 years, that inspired me the most. Their desire was to pass the business onto new hands so that Wellington’s creators would still have this special place to come to. And since David and I took over, every day customers thank us for ensuring the shop remains a Wellington institution.
Sure, it has a new name, but the things that matter haven’t changed.
We’re still going to make sure we have just about everything and anything you may want.
But we’re going to do it seven days a week – Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 12-5.
We’ve added music, couches, a customer card, 10% discounts for students, studio space, classes – and now we have a second shop on Lambton Quay, more or less opposite where the old Goldings used to be, upstairs in Capital on the Quay.
We love to meet customers – whether you’ve been shopping at Goldings since 1969, or you just spotted our orange sign and come in for the first time, we look forward to meeting you and helping you satisfy those creative urges!
Maryanne & David Cathro