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Worth a Detour North Island
Hidden places and unusual destinations off the beaten track
EC Dallison and Sons, Waverley
Many generations of local families have trod the worn wooden steps to this general store selling clothing, furniture and flooring in the heart of the small South Taranaki town of Waverley
In 1919 EC Dallison took over the local store and the shop has been in the family ever since. The store itself is much older, built in 1890, and is extraordinary that the building has kept its essential Victorian character ever since, apart from the ‘new’ extension in 1930 to accommodate the expansion into the furniture business. Large skylights let in natural light to the interior of the store, which retains it’s old tongue and groove wood lining. The long counters from where staff once handed merchandise to their customers from wooden shelves and deep drawers still remain, though the style of retailing is thoroughly modern. In the heart of the store is a wood burner, guarantee to fight off the coldest winter frost.
However, there is nothing dated about the stock, with the current owners Brent and Barbara Dallison keeping on top of fashions and current styles including a very sharp looking website. One thing that does match the original style of the store is the commitment to good old-fashioned service.
Book by Peter Janssen