Time Out goes silver, but celebrations tinged with sadness

Mount Eden’s Time Out Bookstore marked their 25th Anniversary with a function in the store’s upstairs space on Tuesday. The store has had only three owners since it was established by Sue Lees in 1988. She owned the store for four years, followed by Joy Draper for a decade and now Wendy Tighe-Umbers, who has 11 years of ownership to date and no doubt more to follow.

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Sue Lees was at the event, complete with a bottle of vintage champagne for Wendy. She told the audience that there were so many memories, and that she felt like a parent who’d given a child for adoption and seen the child in later years as happy, thriving and successful!

In her speech, Wendy credited the ongoing success of Time Out to her hardworking and dedicated staff.

However, the joy in celebrating was muted by the sudden death of one of their part timers as the result of an undiagnosed heart condition at the weekend.

Nineteen year old Hannah de Beer was first noticed by owner Wendy Tighe-Umbers as a young girl who spent a lot of time in the children’s section with her nose in a book! As she grew up, she was offered holiday jobs like wrapping gifts at Christmas and only this year started as a regular weekend part timer.

Written by Jillian Ewart for The Read.