Neale & Haddow was a big hardware store on Trafalgar Street. There was another big hardware store, Wilkins & Field. The latter became a franchise of the big chain, Mitre 10; I'm not sure if this eventually forced Neale & Haddow to close. Anyway, in the last decade, W&F's Mitre 10 was the only hardware store in Nelson's central business district.
Around April 2006, Mitre 10 moved out about 10 minutes West and opened a Mega Store, and closed their store in the city. Feeling the need for at least a place where people can buy nails and a hammer, the current owner resurrected the name Neale & Haddow, this time on Rutherford Street. He intends to have a blurb on the history of Neale and Haddow in the shop in the future.
There's no lavish outdoor furniture, no spa bath, no barbecues, but the shop has everything you might need to fix a few things around the house, or apply a new coat of paint. And the owner's son lives upstairs.
Here are a few shots of the interior.
And... a surprising fact about what I might have seen from the Arts Council loo window found here in the fourth paragraph starting with "When we got to...".