Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Our new shop is almost open - sneaky peek...

It's only two weeks now until the opening of our very first bricks and mortar shop in the ancient market town of Ulverston at the foot of the Lake District. We thought you'd like to see the splendid craftsmanship of Ian Whiteoak as he puts the finishing touches to our hand painted shop sign.

Ian has now painted all of the shops signs in the conservation area of Ulverston, which could easily be mistaken for a pre-war shopping street. Our neighbours include a rather wonderful tea garden and coffee house, herbalists, book shop, stylish clothes boutiques, antiques shops and the irresistible Russian chocolate shop selling the best sour cherry nougat we've ever tasted.

Because we got so excited by his skills, coupled with our love of traditional crafts, we have commissioned Ian to created signage within the shop too. I hope we don't get carried away!

Ian is one of numerous craft workers which still thrive in the town, from cobblers working in what can only be described as a workshop straight out of Dickens, to upholsterers in Buxton Mews, seamstresses and haberdashers in Union Alley and a grandfather clock repairer and retailer in Upper Brook Street. All of these shops, and many more, proudly display a sign which Ian has lovingly painted.

More news of the shop to follow, but we can say we are incredibly excited by the interior already...

Northwest Passage featured on our favourite blog!

Leonard McDermid's latest work, Northwest Passage has been featured in our favourite blog, Spitalfield's Life. Click here to read the article. We don't usually like to say things like this, but as not to disappoint, they are going fast so make sure you order one if you love it as much as we do!