What's new on the streets near you? The Hobby Lounge, Tawa

Sam Malcolm and  Hayley Moore outside the Hobby Lounge pop-up shop in Tawa. They hope to open a permanent space in ...
LUCY SWINNEN

Sam Malcolm and Hayley Moore outside the Hobby Lounge pop-up shop in Tawa. They hope to open a permanent space in Johnsonville as soon as they find the right place.

Is your significant other creating too much noise or taking up too much space while working on their passion project?

It could be a sewing project that never seems to end, or a series of paintings,  but a couple from Wellington's northern suburbs has come up with a solution.

Sam Malcolm and Hayley Moore launched the Hobby Lounge pop-up shop this month, a dedicated space for creating things and having fun.

Equipped with fabrics, sewing kits, paper crafts and paints it is for anyone in the community who wants to spend an afternoon being creative.

The Hobby Lounge was born out of the Johnsonville couple's shared love of getting crafty.
LUCY SWINNEN

The Hobby Lounge was born out of the Johnsonville couple's shared love of getting crafty.

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The couple love to create things in their spare time.

Between them, they share a long list of hobbies, including scrapbooking, paper crafts, costume making, film making, costume and prop making and building Lego. 

The Hobby Lounge is a space for young and old -  anyone who wants to get creative after work or after school is welcome, ...
LUCY SWINNEN

The Hobby Lounge is a space for young and old - anyone who wants to get creative after work or after school is welcome, co-founder Sam Malcolm said.

"Generally I like to entertain people however I can," Malcolm said.

Now they are sharing their passion for hobbies with other crafty Wellingtonians.

"We want the space to be not just a creative space but a positive environment with noise and laughter as people experiment with hands-on hobbies and crafts.

Hayley Moore co-founder of the Hobby Lounge, created these plates as a tribute to her favourite bands and characters.
LUCY SWINNEN

Hayley Moore co-founder of the Hobby Lounge, created these plates as a tribute to her favourite bands and characters.

"You can look into hobbies that interest you and gain advice from other people in the space."

They will also have a small gallery to show off work to people passing though.

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Malcolm and partner Hayley will run the "store" on afternoons and it will be open to all ages to come and go.

The idea had been floating around Malcolm's head for some time before members of the local community stepped up to help make it happen.

 Kathleen Wright from Sub Urban in Johnsonville helped them launch a pop-up shop in March and find their temporary space in Tawa.

The positive response gave them confidence that they could launch a more permanent space.

The couple plan to find a permanent home in Johnsonville, but will be open in Tawa until the end of July. 

* The Hobby Lounge, 210 Main Rd, Tawa, Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 2.30pm - 6.30pm, $5 Donation.

* Would you like  us to profile a new business that has popped up on your street or in your neighbourhood? Contact: editor@thewellingtonian.co.nz

 


 

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