Oamaru’s Historic Precinct is full of beautiful old buildings that once housed woolstores, banks, customs houses and other offices, but today are instead the home to artists, craftspeople, eateries, etc. One of the buildings in the area has until recently been the home to a popular once-a-week crafts market, but in recent weeks the market has been moved so that the building could instead be put to a use that would see it open to the public on a daily basis.
The new tenants of the building are not new to the area, having set up two successful businesses in the precinct already, a pottery studio and a fudge shop and café. Their new venture is called “Presence on Harbour Street” (yes, it’s a pun) and here they sell all sorts of gift-worthy items, from very creative greeting cards that take old travel poster art and combine them with Oamaru-boosting slogans (e.g., “Ski Oamaru”) to possum-merino knitwear and hand-carved glass and stone jewellery, to books and Kiwi-made foods, to all sorts of other things.
Presence on Harbour Street will be open daily, just like Vaughan’s other shops, and joins several other new shops in the area, including a Christmas goods store, an ice cream parlour, and a soon-to-open kitchen and home goods emporium, due to open in the coming weeks.