Lullaby of Birdland
The name alone conjures the image of a classic, quirky boutique store that Cuba Street seems to collect, and when you step inside Lullaby of Birdland you’re not disappointed.
The gals in Lullaby have done a cracking job of unifying two key Wellington pastimes, namely, drinking coffee and vintage shopping. I’m not a big shopper – I’m the sort of chap who likes to be in and out like a ninja in the night, whereas my girlfriend will happily touch everything in store for an hour and then declare that she didn’t bring her wallet anyway – but browsing in Lullaby is just so relaxing.
There are quite a few vintage shops in Wellington, which isn’t surprising, what with all those trendy boho-chic cats out there. L.O.B has filled a niche in the marketplace however, concentrating on American vintage.
Having recently spent a month in California, there was a certain feeling of nostalgia walking into Lullaby. Their selection comprises Wrangler shirts (of which I’m particularly partial), varsity jackets, t-shirts from such U.S institutions as Disney and Harley Davidson, mean old-school leather jackets reminiscent of those rocked by a younger, slimmer Travolta, and many more treasures beside. Looking around evoked memories of vintage stores on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and Height-Ashbury in San Francisco, and surely that’s what a store like this is all about.
Lullaby is also unmistakably Wellington-ish inside too, though. The fact that you can sit and have a long black (courtesy of Wellington’s very own Flight Coffee) and a muffin or baked potato – whilst the missus walks ever so slowly around, exclaiming over sixties-style dresses and touching boots and buying nothing – is great.
“We’re trying to create a really laidback, friendly vibe to shop in. We’d love for our customers to be able to sit down and have a cuppa with us after having a shop around,” Manager, Mon tells me, offering me the complimentary jaffa jar I’ve been eyeing up.
So, if you feel your closet is bereft of a Minnie Mouse jumper or you fancy a Six Barrel Soda, swing by Lullaby of Birdland, 209 Cuba Street. There are definitely worse places to take the old ball and chain.