We have featured Christchurch, the Manawatu, Dunedin, Wellington, Paeroa, Melbourne and would love to eventually uncover the whole world's vintage gems for our readers. If you know of a town that we should feature please get in touch!
The fabulous prize includes:
- A night in a premium room at the Esplanade Hotel
- High tea for two guests
- A vintage makeover for two from Decadia Vintage
To be in to win, simply purchase a copy of Glory Days issue 11, find the secret code on page 77 and enter your details HERE! Make sure you get your entry in quick, the draw closes this Saturday the 31st October at 8pm!
Hi Grant, how long have you owned the Esplanade Hotel?
One year in November so it is coming up to our first birthday!
What drew you to life as a heritage hotel owner?
Kirsty and I love New Zealand history and the Esplanade reflects over 100 years of heritage in the historic suburb of Devonport.
What is your favourite part of owning such an iconic building?
It's meeting so many people who have had a connection with the hotel over the decades. Each has a story to tell or an experience that shows just how much the hotel has been part of the community.
Do you have any favourite stories about or guests that have stayed at the hotel that you can share with us?
A visitor came to have lunch one summer's day. She lives in a rest home but some cruise ship passengers, who knew her, picked her up and brought her to he Esplanade. She said she used to be a maid at the hotel during the war years and loved being back again for lunch.
Also, last Christmas a group of three men and three women dined with us. The three men were grandsons of the builder Mr Grandison. They met up for dinner every year at Christmas time at the Esplanade. The building has been part of so many lives. It's wonderful.
Things to do...
I just love a movie in the Art Deco historical Vic. The theatres are there oldest on the Southern Hemisphere. You can really imagine you are their in the swinging 20s plus on Tuesday's its $10 night!
Cheltenham for a walk, Torpedo bay for a serious swim and fish n chips on the beach (from Riba's fish n chips).
Art by the Sea (above left) or any exhibition showing at Flagstaff both with great New Zealand contemporary art.
Corellis cafe for the best coffee, food and local artists, sculptors and live music (pictured right).
The Cheltenham Curiosity shop in the Vauxhall Road shops (pictured above) has a wonderful selection of secondhand collectables and treasures!
You can find us online on Instagram as Viva la Vintage on Facebook and soon on our website. Our Devonport studio is open every Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to come and see our collection!