Wallingford Pop Up Shop: Occupier update…

Variety of VintageA new group of occupiers have taken their places in Wallingford’s pop up shop at 29 High Street with three of the businesses who’ve been in the unit since it opened in July staying on.

“The first 5 weeks in the pop up shop have been a great success.”

Three businesses, who’ve called themselves jointly Variety of Vintage, took up part of the shop on Monday August 24th.

They are:

  • Hayley Shaw with her Vintage and Retro clothing business, Frocks in Swing Time. Hayley says: “As a local resident I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the wonderfully diverse independent retailers that make Wallingford such a special town. I will be offering a beautiful range of true vintage/vintage-inspired clothing and accessories. My aim is to leave customers smiling, with unique purchases that aren’t typically found on the high street.”
  • Zoe Bagley of Varnals Vintage, who sells a mix of carefully selected vintage china, linens and buttons along with beautiful handmade vintage inspired gifts. Zoe says: “I’ve always dreamt of opening a shop and this is a great way of dipping my toe in the water. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Wallingford is a great town and seems like the ideal place to take my first steps into retail.”
  • Devon Masters of The Button Room who’ll sell handmade jewellery, wedding bouquets from brooches and buttons, buttons, and vintage jewellery. Devon says: “As Wallingford is my hometown I am very passionate about helping to support local businesses and the community. One day I’d like to own my own showroom/studio or shop.”

Madeleine Tanner, who lead the first group of occupiers at the pop up shop, continues there along with colleagues Anna Milloy t/a ‘Miss Foxglove’ who designs and makes colourful accessories in English sheepskins; and Reka Kis-Jakab t/a ‘Beegoods – Inspired by Nature’ who sells a range of natural hand-crafted products. They’ve been joined by Cristina Hills t/a Cristinas Quirky Crafts Ltd who makes hand-crafted quirky jewellery and gifts. Cristina says: “Wallingford’s pop-up shop is providing my small craft business with an exciting opportunity to not only sell my items direct to customers, but also to promote my brand and increase my experience of running a business.”

Maddi says: “The first 5 weeks in the pop up shop have been a great success. My workshops have been extremely popular and well attended, and I have met some lovely, interesting and talented people.”

The current plan is for this line up to continue until Sunday September 27th. Plans for the three weeks to Sunday October 18th are under discussion, but on Monday October 19th local resident Karen Dickinson will take on the shop with her business Mrs B Designs Ltd.

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