The eighth month of the year, already ... really?
We celebrate our two month shop anniversary and what a whirlwind nine weeks it has been, and a steep learning curve too, if we are honest. The huge advantage in being eternal optimists are numerous, however the belief that, to quote a well recognised phrase, "If you build it, they will come" seems to have fact as its basis after all!
Kindness abounds in many places, often the most unexpected as well as the rather more everyday and the joy at rediscovering the kindness of strangers since we have opened cannot be underestimated. Our lovely neighbours have been universally welcoming and with the last of the building works to be completed during August the final new inhabitants of Williams Yard are warmly welcomed by us all.
"Jacks" the coffee shop two doors away from us has opened and the cakes have been met with absolute delight. The ladies who own this bright, cheerful spot deserve to do so well, and their brand of hard work, humour and zest for life makes them the perfect people to dispense welcome and restorative coffee, and so much more to Melbourne residents and visitors alike.
As always, we have been delighted by the press interest in our products during the Summer months and are working hard on confirming Christmas press product inclusions, ironic given the weather during the past week... sleigh bell or kindling bucket anyone?
More seasonal products receiving interest have included our enamelware Washing Powder Box and Silver Wine Cooler on the ForMyHome website, and my favourite article and one of which we are particularly proud was the feature in the latest edition of The Financial Times "How to Spend It" report, after all if it's in The FT" it must be true! Do take a look.
July took us north to Harrogate and one of our favourite trade shows, and as in previous years, we discovered some absolute gems of new homeware and gift products which have begun to arrive with us. Focussing our attention firmly on the "Best of British Design" ensures our product quality remains at the highest level and the unique and quirky range for which we are known, continues to surprise, and we hope delight, customers new and old. Expect unusual and gently humorous designs on everyday items, including crockery and kitchen textiles, fabulous new greetings cards, gorgeous luxury candles from The Isle of Skye and the most indulgent scarves and throws from one of the oldest woollen mills in Ireland.
So as the August weather begins to settle and I enjoy the last few weeks with my precious number two child before he begins his exciting adventure at school, we will hope for picnics and ice lollies, probably receive hot chocolate and windburn and embrace cake in copious quantities regardless!
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