In June 2009 John and myself (Lisa) sat at a little craft fair in Bakewell in the Peak District. We had made a selection of gifts and card to sell. Over the years these products have evolved but today we still make colourful personalised gifts and cards.
At that time I was working in a craft shop in the centre of Chesterfield, John was an IT technician in a local secondary school.
You could say things have changed a lot since then.
10 years on and we now both work full time for the business. My sister Claire works with us in the studio, my Mum does our book-keeping and our children, Layla (7) and Emilia (1) like to “help”. Our studio has been based in Hollingwood in the old Staveley Works building, The Clocktower, for the last 6 years.
After years of selling online and at local markets and fairs we had found lots of other interesting makers and designers based all over the UK. Why could you not find such lovely and unique products in your local area on the high street?
We began looking around both Chesterfield and the surrounding areas for somewhere we could open a bricks and mortar shop. Somewhere we could sell not only our own products but those of many other makers from across the UK.
Then in the summer this year we were told about an opportunity opening up on Steeplegate in Chesterfield. Some empty shop units were being refurbished and they were looking for tenants. And this is where we opened on the 1st October 2019.
We hope to keep bringing you lots of fabulous products from independent makers up and down the country and to help encourage people to shop independent.0