Hum and Falling Apple Charitable Trust work together to help promote art, music, education, culture, health and sustainability from within the community. The first stage of their project together was to restore the dilapidated 2 story villa located at 123 Grafton Road, on the corner of Grafton Road and Grafton Bridge. The restoration included over 250 volunteers and various New Zealand businesses. And in 2011 Hum Salon was born! With the classic wooden interior and velvet curtains gives an all welcome and homely feeling for anyone who enters, there are instruments free for use such as a guitar and classic piano, the walls exhibit art from local and international artists, and you can choose the music that plays on the speakers outside Hum via a laptop that sits on a table at the bottom of the stairs inside.
The building is facilitated by volunteers and is offered free to the community, this space can be used for anything from business meetings, as a study space and to patients and visitors from the hospital to forget their worries, or need a hug in times of dealing with shock. The community has donated and continue to donate items that occupy the house, and donated items are also given to those in need, from visitors at the hospital who are caught short in what they need, and also locals who have next to no money for clothes or food.
I was first unsure about walking straight in off the street, as there was a meeting happening in the front room and there wasn’t anyone outside but I soon realised the Hum Salon is ultimately a free for all in regards to chilling out, after another girl walked straight past me and into one of the rooms to greet her friends. There is no front desk, there is no booking required, only a small table to your right as you walk in the door with information on the villa, a donation box, guest book and kind notes praising the owners of the Hum Salon written by regulars which have been stapled to a chalk message board.
Surrounding the outside front of the villa is mismatched furniture covered in cushions, a tree swing and a coffee hut that is run by volunteers which is used to pay for utilities, although no one is pressured into purchasing anything. You are more than welcome to walk in off the street to order yourself a hot drink then find yourself a perfect spot to spend your day. You are more than welcome to wonder around the property and take pictures of the old villa, out the back of the Salon is a rather spacious backyard with a fire box and wooden seating, which sits beside railings that overlook the motorway that runs under the Grafton bridge. You are more than welcome to bring your own wood and set a fire and enjoy the heat while sitting under the stars and sharing stories or music.
While I was here I was greeted by a Boston Terrier with a tennis ball, and for about 30 minutes I was playing a fun game of fetch with her while her owner was sitting up on the deck relaxing with a hot drink. This is a great space if you want to hang out with other friendly souls, with such a welcoming vibe it was hard to leave!
Hum Salon is only a 5 minute walk from Auckland Hospital, so if you need to take a bit of a breather from the sterilised walls of the hospital then head to Hum and chill out on the outdoor furniture and enjoy the fresh air and friendly vibes.
Keep it humming by donating to the trust; as Hum Salon bases itself on "People before Profit" they need a hand being able to keep the villa up and running for everyone to enjoy. You can help our by visiting the Salon and purchasing a hot drink from the coffee hut, or you can click here and go straight to their donation page, every cent helps keep this beautiful community project going!
This place truly is wonderful for anyone who wants to escape their busy life style and chill out with other friendly souls, This is a home away from home for many who enjoy the villa.
The Hum Salon is open Wednesday to Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Check out more about Hum by visiting their website www.fallingapple.org.nz