18 January 2012
I love well run independents and Wanamingos is a fine example. Nestled in the stunning Port Solent marina this shop has a vast selection of ever changing gifts, board games, gadgets and novelties.
My family and I have been shopping here for over 11 years and every time we visit there is something new. We think this shop is excellent in terms of it’s frequently changing selection of items, the superb staff and it’s well thought out presentation.. On a side note of the latter, they clearly take pride in cleaning too as the shop is spotless each time we visit.
I am of firm belief that this shop is something special, it has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that games and gifts shops rarely have these days. They advertise themselves as a ‘Family Fun and Games Shop’ on their website and I think this is absolutley true. I see people of all ages, young children to grandparents who are thoroughly engrossed in all the products as they walk around the shop. An hour passes quickly. My boys are now 17 and 23 and they still like it just as much as the day they first visited…how many shops can achieve this? I don’t think many.
The staff I’ve always found friendly and helpful but more importantly they are knowledgeable; clearly they are trained well and enjoy working there. I often keep tabs on their website as they advertise their latest items and post the latest goings on in Port Solent..a very informative feature. The only thing to note is they don’t sell on their website, this doesn’t bother me as I live locally but this may be a disappointment for some.
Like the other reviewer commented they are open long hours every day so the chance of you finding them closed is very unlikely.
In summary, Wanamingos is an absolute one of a kind. I encourage anyone of any age to visit this superb family fun and games shop, you will not be disappointed. I score Wanamingos 5/5 and look forward to my next visit with or without the family.