Well it will be two years on the 11th of October since the girls flung open my fabulous doors to you lovely lot! It’s been said (as having eaves I do tend to eaves drop!) that No.38 (me) has made a big difference to Newport Pagnell High Street. The girls have certainly put a heap of effort into my body work as well as all the gorgeous traders they invite to join then. I am just about full to my roof with small independent businesses striving to give you all a vast selection of goodies at reasonable prices. All these lovely people are in and out of my doors restocking their shelves, areas etc so it always looks fresh and exciting.
I thought I might give you all a little recap of our journey so far. The girls got the keys on the 19 September 2014 and set themselves a target of being fully stocked and open by the 11th October. The girls and their hubbies plus assorted children literally attacked my insides. You see I was a bridal shop previously so my walls were covered in mirrors and rails. Anyway once I was just about sorted inside the girls invited lots of lovely people that they had met on the vintage circuit to come and have a peep at the spaces they were renting out. Very soon I was full and a waiting list was in my drawers. Local newspapers and magazines wrote articles and the Mayor cut the ribbon and opened my doors on the Friday to a little preview party (yes there was prosecco!).
Saturday saw live music and a mountain of customers all wanting to see what this strange place was that had opened in their High Street was all about. The girls passed the test and I was approved of. Word spread and I became (still am) a jolly popular place to shop, browse, chat, eat cake and drink coffee. After six months of being open the girls were nominated for the National Vintage Awards and made it to the final for best breakthrough business, wow!
This was followed by being in the final for independent retailer in the Milton Keynes Business Achievent Awards. The girls celebrated six months of opening with an ice cream shack being set up inside me and giving out free ice cream and live music, a photobooth and plenty of discounts.
I got another little revamp including my outsides this time and boy do I look fab. So we are coming up to two years on the High Street and your support for the girls and the emporium has been amazing. The girls tell me that you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram where they post new stock as it comes in, you can chat on Twitter or visit the website. You can write a review on Trip Advisor. They have links on the website to all the little businesses inside me so you can check them out too! Next stop Christmas so please do support us and shop local!