The White Room Gallery
Monday9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Tuesday9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Wednesday9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Thursday9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Friday9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Saturday9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Sunday9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
147 The Parade, Island Bay
Originally named for the art-only The White Room Gallery located at the rear of what is now the Empire Cinema, this one-stop shop is the perfect destination for those looking for a gift or wanting to treat themselves to something nice. With a penchant for unique, quality products and an emphasis on sustainability, you are bound to recognise many of the locally designed and made goods and guaranteed to come across something completely new in the same visit.
The friendly staff will make you feel welcome and offer a personal yet professional service to ensure you find that perfect something, and since they are open seven days a week with free gift wrapping on offer it has never been easier to pick up a gift for even the trickiest-to-buy-for.
With an ever-changing window display reflecting current trends and occasions plus regular new stock hitting the shelves, there is always something fresh and exciting to catch your eye—whether it’s the high quality clothing made from materials such as natural linen and wool, the stunning array of art prints on offer, one of the delicious treats located on the counter or something else entirely.
The local feel of the store is evident from the moment you enter; staff and customers interact with strong familiarity and there are introductions all around to the newcomers. It’s a place where you’ll want time to browse and won’t feel rushed in the slightest—there is plenty to take in at a leisurely pace, encouraged by the neighbourhood atmosphere.
The giant oars and ring buoy mounted to the outside of the building pays homage to the seaside history of the suburb. The oars were originally purchased with the intention of selling in-store but it was quickly realised that their sheer size (they ran the full length of the shop) would make this difficult and that they would be more suited to adorning the weatherboard-clad exterior. Still emblazoned with the names of the ships from which these items came, it gives you a sense of the character and curiosity that can be found inside.
Words by Zack Holmes & Photography by Anna Briggs
147 The Parade, Island Bay
Near The White Room Gallery
Empire Cinema & Eatery
214 The Parade, Island Bay
Empire is fitting for a cinema that pre-dated ‘talkies’ when it played its first reel in 1925, but as far as movie theatres go, this one is more for those who’d pick pinot over popcorn.
221 The Parade
In a suburb that seems like it’s perpetually on holiday, easy-going modern deli Betsy feels right at home in Island Bay.