More than a bookshop...

Hayden Glass and Julie Fry bought The Open Book last August because they believe secondhand bookstores need to exist in the community.

The store certainly has space for it; boasting a large, sunny backyard and seven rooms – a rarity these days for the central city. There are also comforts such as free coffee, Wi-Fi and plenty of seating available for anyone who wants it.

So if you find yourself on Ponsonby Road, stop by for a browse, or spend the day. They will be delighted to have you. Their first big event is the Winter Opening Party on 20 May.

THE OPEN BOOK, 201 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 1741,