V1 Vegan Store
Tuesday10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Wednesday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Thursday10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Friday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Saturday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Sunday10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
207 Cuba Street, Te Aro
If it wasn’t obvious already, then you guessed it; everything in this vibrant wee store is free from animal products. If you’re a vegan due to religious, ethical or health reasons, or even a combination of all three, then V1 Vegan Store has got your back.
Owners Russell and Manda are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what your quirky new vegan product is going to taste and look like (‘does the cheese really melt like normal cheese?’) which is not surprising when you learn that Russel has been a vegan for twenty years.
Having had the idea ‘floating about’ in his head for a long time, the couple started up the Cuba Street shop out of a desire to support vegan producers as well as highlight all the good parts about a vegan lifestyle. Best sellers include the slightly nostalgic pick’n’mix lolly counter, where the rainbow of offerings are strictly gelatin free, as well as the hot vegan pies in the small pie warmer. Sweet raw treats are available too; the peanut butter slice a real kicker of an afternoon bite, while packets of bliss balls and chips are excellent study break snacks. This place doesn’t stop at just edible goods either, and there’s environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos, t-shirts and bags, and toiletries from eco-conscious friends at Go Bamboo to choose from.
If you’re new to veganism, there’s surprises on every shelf – from jerky to milks to a fridge full of ready-to-eat meals. There's no stopping the power of the people when it comes to getting rid of animal products in their food.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
207 Cuba Street, Te Aro
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