Finally my dream of running a shop which champions West Country products only has been realised.
Just a year ago we opened up The Gift Barn after I saw a keen increase in consumers wanting to support local makers and designers. Business has quickly gathered pace and as such we have almost outgrown our space in the beautifully converted ham stone barn with original features.
Currently our collection includes home wares, artwork, jewellery, skin care, food, artisan spirits, cider and beer, all sourced by myself and my team. We started over a year before opening, simply meeting with suitable suppliers, visiting their studios and carefully selecting the best of the West.
Customers will notice the pride we take in offering a special retail experience, be it personal shopping, gift wrapping or taking on a bespoke design or commission. Our shop has a beautiful signature scent as you walk through the door and you can be assured of a friendly face to greet you.
My future vision for The Gift Barn is clear, to uphold what is important and stay true to our USP, so if it’s not from The West Country, it’s not coming in. We aim to launch our own brand of products very soon and to start a mail order business to compliment our expanding shop collection. After all there are many people who want to buy from The West Country who might not actually live here!