For the Love of Local

Tay Street Store is arguably the cutest little café and store in Mount Maunganui with a big emphasis on supporting sustainably-focussed, local suppliers (and fueling coffee lovers).

Originally from Auckland, owner Steph Meaden spent 25 years holidaying in the Mount and Pāpāmoa before she and her husband, Sam, made the move to the Bay from Auckland for a different life.

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“The Mount always felt like an extension of home,” says Steph. “It’s such a beautiful, relaxing place to live.”

With a lifetime love for good food and coffee, Steph and Sam moved to Mount Maunganui, purchased Tay Street Store, and set about sourcing local and sustainably-focussed products. Word soon spread and their network grew.

“Once you’re here and excited to be part of the community, then people are excited to get to know you.”

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In addition to some epic local products, including Salt Bags (compostible nappy and dog waste bags), Island Style nut butter, and Mount Sourdough, Tay Street Store has fresh baking delivered daily from Mel at Wildflour. Her banana bread and cinnamon buns are crowd favourites.

Steph and Sam love being in the Mount and the lifestlye it enables them to live.

“The environment eliminates life’s stresses. We put in the mahi and don’t take life too seriously.”