This October we moved Alcove to its new home at 15 Sheep market, Leek.
It has been quite an undertaking transporting a shop jam packed with vintage items, doors, tables, cupboards, lighting and interiors amongst many, many other things from one town to another. Throw into the mix a couple of kids that need looking after, Alcove cupboards that are booked on and need installing, building jobs that Gary is committed to and a million other things and it has been a busy time!
Well we can finally breathe a sigh of satisfied relief and say that it's all done ( well, we're not 100% but...never mind we're near as damnit!) and we are super duper happy in our new little shop.
Our new shop seems more spacious and airy than our previous one and we've really enjoyed redesigning our displays like our glass frames which we've set up in a vintage wooden suitcase so they can be easily lusted over!
We started painting the shop front the same colour as our old shop, 'Downpipe' by Farrow & Ball and then we made a spur of the moment decision and decided to do something a bit different and go for a teal colour ( 'Marine' by Little Greene, from Avenue Interiors just up the road) It's totally different but we love it!
We've had the windows in the shop sign written with the Alcove logo but we are still working on the main shop sign, as we're making the letters ourselves and we're really excited to unveil them, they're going to look really different ( in a good way we hope!)
We've always been partial to a mooch around the shops in Leek ourselves. There is a fabulous selection of independent shops selling really unusual and gorgeous items, a great antiques market and a relaxed, chilled out vibe that is surely helped by the numerous coffee shops and artisan delis and bakerys. It also has a pioneering 'Totally Locally' campaign that works amazingly well at getting word out about all the fantastic things that Leek has to offer. It has also been very welcoming to us, thanks guys!
The parking is ALOT cheaper than many other areas and it is free in many car parks after 3pm and on Sundays.
Hope to see you soon and that you like our new shop as much as we do!
I'm Debbie and I'm the heart behind Alcove.