OUTDOOR SHOPPING AROUND THE BLOCK
Last Friday, I visited hip Weimarstraat and happened to pass the Huna Camping & Outdoor shop on my way home. With a summery campaign for Den Haag Shopping in the back of my mind, I decided to pay this robust looking and stylish store a visit.
But wait. If you decide to follow my example, before entering take a minute to look up at those beautiful facades. This is a truly majestic building in neo-renaissance style. So typical of The Hague’s Regentessekwartier!
Once inside, I found myself talking to Jim: “This is a genuine family business,” the entrepreneur told me, not without some degree of pride. He runs Huna with his brother Bob and mother Ilja. His grandfather, Hu(bertus) Na(hl), started the business on Regentesseplein over 60 years ago by renting out tents. Since then, the offer at Huna has expanded considerably.
Not because I’m shoe crazy or anything, but I saw shoes everywhere. Loads of hiking shoes displayed on a rack many metres long! All kinds, colours and brands. For the connoisseurs among us: Lowa, Meindl, Merrell, trendy Ipanema slippers, Teva and many more. I was also pleasantly surprised with the rest of the inventory. Sleeping bags, travel outfits (I also spotted beachy dresses!), backpacks, camping equipment, mosquito nets, compasses, air-bed stoppers… you name it.
Beautiful products, lots of choice and someone who takes the time to help. And all this in a historic neighbourhood. Very stylish! It’s pretty clear to me why the large, loyal clientele makes a hearty detour to visit this family business. One minor point though: I noticed that Huna’s email inbox was full. Oh well, e-mailing is sooo not outdoors.