The Art Bunker was a local art gallery and somewhat of an institution in Titirangi, West Auckland, for many years. When the property, including a home at the back, came on the market in mid-2014 – owners Kylie Tietjens and Jase Robinson jumped at the opportunity to restore both the home and the “bunker” to their original glory.
That Little Shop opened to the curious public for the first time in December that year as a pop-up, re-opening for good in February 2015. While the shop has an online home, Tietjens finds most sales take place in-store, which is perhaps a reflection of her clientele. “I think a lot of my customers want to see, smell or feel the products in person. We are living in a very online world, but I’ve found there’s still a huge group of buyers that enjoy the whole experience of going into a shop, admiring the space and interacting with a person,” says Tietjens.
Her personal obsession with indoor plants extends from her home into the shop with lots of living artwork for sale, as well as prints, stationery, tableware, books, furniture, gifts and bath and body products. “I buy things for the shop that I love and that I know my friends will love. The hardest part is not filling my own home with the things I find for the shop! I think that’s important though, I am passionate about all the pieces I sell.”