When you are driving on Koloa Road coming from or heading to Koloa, have you ever wondered what was going on near the warehouse off the side of the road? What’s all those cars parked on the side of the road for? From passing, it looks like there are some food trucks and some people eating shave ice. But why are there tons of cars parked on the side of the road and there are a lot of people walking in an out of the warehouse? Should I stop to check it out? What exactly is going on in there? The answer is Warehouse 3540. A hidden gem on the Southside of Kauai, Warehouse 3540 is a creative community marketplace where there are great gifts and products made by locals on the island. It is a great stop for shopping and a great place to get those one of a kind gifts from local vendors. At Warehouse 3540 get a special gift for yourself or for the special people back home. Warehouse 3540 is a must see on the Southside of Kauai.
Don't Judge the Book by it's Cover: A Creative Space Indeed
It was a surprise going into the warehouse as I never knew that the Warehouse was transformed. Yeah I heard stories about how cool and hip this place was, but I didn’t realize how cool it was until actually going in. As a local, my first thought was that it was an abandon space and people were going to be selling stuff, like a garage sale or something. Not only was I caught by surprise with the numerous pop up shops and variety, I was astounded by the mix of artists, designers and up and coming entrepreneurs here on the island. One of the things that surprised me the most was the functionality of space of the warehouse and what they had done to this building that was once falling a part. The layout of the warehouse made total sense and the marketplace theme fits perfectly into our LOCAL culture. The open floor plan of the warehouse allows for vendors to sell their local products in a casual atmosphere. Shopping here was quite peaceful and the vendors were very friendly and willing to talk story. There was a lot of space to walk around and there was a lot of items to see. It was definitely a “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” experience.
Location and Parking
Located on 3540 Koloa Road, near the intersection of Koloa Road and Iwipoo Road. For Safe Parking for the keiki, it is recommended that you find parking in the back or directly in front of the warehouse.
Friendly and Passionate Local Vendors
I found that the vendors were very passionate about their products and were willing to share their stories of how they came up with the products they are selling and there inspirations. There was no pressure to buy products and the vendors looked very happy to be there, engaging everyone with a smile and even posing for pictures when asked. Warehouse 3540 is definitely L.O.C.A.L (Loving Our Community And Lifestyle) and a recommendation for all visiting Kauai.
What You will Find at Warehouse 3540
Reva Canali Baby: Handmade Baby Products
Live Hawaii Gallery: Oceanic Fine Arts and Prints
West Kauai Farms
Janath Collections Kauai: Vintage Kimono Handbags, etc.
Salt and Sea: Lifestyle Boutique
Workshop: Artist studio and Storefront featuring Machine Machine, Naisish Handmade and Goofy Foot Press
IVY & CO.: Mixes Retro Hawaiana with Hip Accents
Navy Dylan: Slinging Art, Home Decor and Unique Gifts with a Purpose
Lily Koi: Exclusively Designed Pearls and Jewelry
Jane: Lifestyle and Beauty Boutique
Robin McCoy’s Fine Arts
Dark Roost Coffee: Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, Espresso, Chai, Tea
Tommy’s Sharpening Service: Tom Renaltner has Knives and will sharpen cleavers, serrated knives, food processor blades, etc.
Looking for Something to Eat?
Not only is Warehouse 3540 a great stop for shopping, it is a one stop shop where you can get something to eat. While there, we had some food from Kickshaw’s and Chipwrecked “Da Kine Nachos”. We had the Black Pearl from Chipwrecked which was pretty awesome. Kickshaw’s is a family favorite which we feel everything on the menu is worth a try (The Awesome Burger is 100% Awesome). Even if just wanting to stop by for some food, these two food trucks are worth the stop at Warehouse 3540.
Warehouse 3540 Hours
Tuesdays 10:00-3:00 (Storytime for Keiki 9:15am)
Fridays 10:00-3:00 (Friday Farmers Market 10:00-2:00)