We've had a lovely busy summer season at The Langford Store. With many beautiful people visiting and new friendships formed. The weather couldn't have been better. Which brought many smiling faces through our door.
I am an optimist and one who believes in the magic of life. But sadly these things do not pay the bills. And it is with a heavy heart that I must admit our struggle once more.
Here we are in the winter and obviously things are much quieter in our lovely Golden Bay. And we find ourselves yet again, unable to pay the bills. I guess the reality of this special place is that it can support itself - Just - But not enough to support our family as well.
I have a dream - To find a historical philanthropist.
So if anyone out there knows someone who is a lover of history, and would like to help us to continue taking care of this treasured New Zealand iconic, then please share our story with him or her.
I realize they may not want to donate via this forum. We would be very happy if they would like to contact us directly and we can see what kind of nurturing relationship we can form.
Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts, for all your continuing support. We Love You All. xox
As we near the end of another glorious year, We would like to send out a HUGE Thank You to all who have supported us. In a multitude of ways, you the fabulous folk of our wider community have helped to keep The Langford Store alive and vibrant. From monetary donations, to windows and guttering. To spreading the love of all things old and beautiful. To letting us know how much you care about this iconic piece of NZ history. This is your history as much as ours. It is a joy and a pleasure to be able to care for it; for you & our children, and our children's children.
From the bottom of our heart's to the top
We thank you with all our LOVE.
xox Sukhita & Will xox
It's been a while, and you might be wondering what's going on at The Langford Store. Spring has sprung and we are open 6 days a week. Christmas is nearing and then we'll be 7 days a week. Sharing the love and joy of our wee store to the beautiful holiday makers from near & far. The beauty of simpler, more gentle days gone by. I hope we might see you here this summer?
Thank you so much to all the lovely folk who have donated so far. Helping us to keep this iconic store alive. It is a joy to be the caretakers. And to have a wide community of supporters. Please keep sharing our story and link to your friends and family. Now that we've done the window and guttering it would be great to seal the rising damp floor. Always something going on at The Langford Store. We LOVE YOU. xox
What a super sunshine weekend it was for putting up our new guttering. A huge thank you to our friendly builder Remy for helping with the task. And an enormous THANK YOU to all of you for supporting us, in making this possible - Looks like the building might weather another 80 years!
Keeping spreading our store & sharing our Facebook Page so that more can enjoy the magic of The Langford Store, and we can all appreciate the beauty of humanity.
WE LOVE YOU xox
WOW! A huge thank you to the boys from Top of the South Continuous Spouting! After a busy day putting guttering on a new home up the valley, they whipped out our guttering for The Langford Store. In the rain!
Now it's just up to us to get it up on the building.
Thank you again, to all who have helped to make this happen - For supporting our special wee slice of history. With your generosity we have been able to curb the weather from destroying this iconic beauty.
Don't forget to keep spreading the word, sharing our story so we can continue to preserve this treasure and spread the love to all.
I've been busy hand painting our "Friends of The Langford Store" sign. Found a lovely ole wooden door and have enjoyed focusing on the beautiful people who have helped us to keep this historic iconic alive and well.
As you can see there's plenty of room for more friends. So don't be shy. Tell your friends, spread the story so we can continue to spread the love.
Not long now until we re-open, 1st September, first day of spring. Between now and then we plan to get the new guttering up. Exciting times.
Thank you, Thank you to all who have become our dear friends and supporters of The Langford Store. We Love You. xox
What a magnificent sunshine winter's day we had to replace the ole Post Office window. The super talented and highly happy chaps Brooks Byrne & Simon Bruning came and attacked the window. So magic to have it in.... Now to get onto the guttering.
Thank you so much to all who have donated so far. We couldn't have done it without you. You, the people of our global community is what The Langford Store is all about. Friends, family, sharing, good coffee, great conversation and happy memories.
If you can help to keep the memories flowing, please donate. And please, please share this post so more people can enjoy the love & laughter of The Langford Store. xox
Hooray! And i am happy to say we have been gifted a lovely ole sash window to replace the rotten Post Office window. So we will be closing the shop from Tuesday 3rd June to work on this & put some new guttering up, to protect the new window from the wonderful wet Bainham winter & spring.
Thank you so much to all who have donated so far.
Keep spreading the word & help us to keep this iconic piece of history alive and well. Love to all xox
Thank you to all who have donated so far...
Keep spreading the story so we can spread the love.
With another $800 we could get some guttering for the sides of The Langford Store... then we could replace the old sash windows ... we have an historic grant of $500 awaiting the rest of the funds... If you're feeling generous and want to help us to keep this fine piece of history alive... Don't be shy... xox
We had a beautiful day last week when extended family & friends came & helped to build what will be a beautiful Sunflower garden along the Storeroom Art Gallery wall.
It is so nice when people get together to help each other. The joy of helping, giving & creating. Thank you so much to all who are helping, giving & creating with us... to keep this magic slice of history alive.
Keep it up, keep sharing our story and join our ever increasing Friends of The Langford Store... xox
The Historic Langford Store and Post Office was built by my great grandfather in 1928. It is a highly treasured New Zealand icon.
General Stores serviced all our local communities until supermarkets were introduced which saw the decline in local stores world-wide. We took over the care-taking of it in 2008 and have brought it back to a vibrant life with the addition of tea in fine bone china and sensational homemade sweet treats. We turned the storeroom into an Art Gallery & Museum and it is enjoyed by many, particularly during the summer months as Golden Bay is a popular summer holiday destination. Although we have managed to bring life back to the ole store, it has been a huge labor of love as we came here with pennies in our pocket and a heart full of love. We believe in bringing joy to all who pass through, reminding folk of the magic of a simpler, more honest way of life, when we greeted everyone as a potential friend. The business has so far taking every penny of our savings and we have had to borrow each year to keep afloat. Now we are unable to borrow any more. With two preschoolers, a mortgage & full time business we are in challenging times. Meeting the shortfall of $15 000 per year will contribute to the preservation and continued running of this historic treasure over the next ten years. We truly believe this is a vital piece of history that we are proud to be care-takers of. But we can't keep it going without the help of our wider global community. If you feel you can donate we would be forever grateful. If you are unable to, don't be shy, SHARE our story with your friends and loved ones. We will honor your donation by creating a plaque to thank all our new FRIENDS OF THE LANGFORD STORE. Spreading the love is what we do. xox