Providore turns one year


Tamahere’s popular Country Providore store-cum-delicatessen is celebrating its first anniversary.

Emma McMahon in the pink at Providore (Photo: Jenny Scown)

The Newell Rd store, alongside the drawcard Punnet Cafe, has become an essential stop off for locals whether they want a basic like milk or something surprising or gourmet for a meal.

This weekend Providore, the brainchild of Pam and Gary McMahon of the Strawberry Farm along with daughter Emma, marked its first birthday with a sale of gift ware, books, chopping boards and bath and beauty products. On Saturday visitors were entertained by French singer Monica Louis.

“We want the Providore to be a convenience store for Tamahere locals as well as a destination point for Waikato and Hamilton people,” said Emma a year ago. “The store compliments Punnet Cafe and the cafe compliments the store. People popping in for coffee can browse here for food to take home and for gifts.”

Her wish has come to fruition while the store has proved to be a welcome asset for Tamahere. Store expansion plans are underway in its second year.

Tamahere photographer Jenny Scown, owner of Inspirit Gallery, wished the Country Providore a happy first birthday by visiting the store this weekend and taking the above photo.

“The shop is looking divine,” she said afterwards.

The Country Providore and Punnet Cafe, just five minutes from Inspirit Gallery in Pencarrow Rd, are part of vibrant and growing attractions in and around Tamahere, many of them listed on the Tamahere art trail, Scene Between.

Scene Between is a community of arts, gardens, museum, food, wine, beer and coffee, located between Cambridge and Hamilton within the rural environs of Tamahere, Matangi, Tauwhare and Mystery Creek.

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