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10 - 4 Saturday

11 - 3 Sunday

Our Story

It all kicked off with a global pandemic. Our well laid plans for the year ahead were in tatters and, in-between lockdowns, we met up for a drink. We took in our changed landscape and said to each other, “why not open a store?”  Retail is in our blood. It’s in the blood of our mothers and grandmothers. It’s in the hot summers of holiday work, the Christmases of folding wrapping paper and the after-school hours spent waiting for a lift home. Of course, we went off and did other things but retail had a way of pulling us back. The books, well, we never left them.  We love that Lamplight Books has come alive as a neighbourhood store. It’s an independent store – a thoughtful store – filled with gorgeous books, from celebrating Te Ao Māori, to the classics and the contemporary. Like our neighbourhood, we’ve got a special focus on Art, Design and Architecture. 


Melanie makes book-browsing collaborative, you'll feel like a VIP for finding the music section, she'll invite you to use the builder-safe custom ladder to reach the top of the shelves and delights at any opportunity to unwrap a sealed book to discover it together. She holds a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and earned her stripes with five years on the front line with Unity Books - bookish chops that are evidenced in every aspect of a browse at Lamplight.   


People love Courtney’s quiet and unexpected book recommendations. Ask her anything. If she doesn’t know it, she’ll damn well find out. She worked her way from front counter to buyer at Unity Books Wellington and then a manager at Unity Auckland. With Lamplight, she loves curating our books to serve our neighbourhood.

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