After having our shop in Falmouth for a couple of years we decided to look for somewhere to open in St Ives. Now, any of you who have been to this gorgeous town, will know that it’s crammed full of independent shops and it’s not very often that a shop becomes available.
Allison was in St Ives to see an exhibition at the Tate and was wandering through town in the vain hope of seeing something up for rent, when she saw that a café had closed.
As soon as the estate agents opened on the Monday morning, we were on the phone and heading to St Ives an hour later to look at the premises. We didn’t realise that not only were there two rooms upstairs but that the back room had a fantastic view over the harbour! Many years ago it would have been a fisherman’s cottage and even now, it’s still a basic two up, two down cottage which makes it very cute but a nightmare to get furniture in and out of!
As we were well into the holiday season, it was too busy to be able to remove the commercial kitchen, so we had to close that room off and over the next two weeks we turned what was a café into a beautiful shop.
The town was already really busy and if you’ve ever walked down Fore street in July, you will know that it’s almost impossible to drive through as there are so many people out and about enjoying the town, so we did lot’s of very early mornings unloading stock, painting and fitting out. Finally, on July 9th, we opened.
We weren’t absolutely ready, but so many people were knocking on the door that we decided to open and finish off when we could.
We were lucky enough to recruit a fantastic team who look after our customers so well and we get so much great feedback about the shop and staff. One of the highlights was a visit form a ninety-three year old gentleman who was born in the front room upstairs!