I really believe in championing independent retailers and makers and shopping local whenever you can. As they say “if you don’t use it, you lose it” and never has a truer word been spoken than when it comes to our High Streets.
Last week while visiting an old Uni friend in her home town of Bolton in Lancashire, we decided to pay a visit to Room 356 who have a shop in the town. I knew of this small independent through their presence on Altrincham artisan market every week, where they have a stand selling a selection of their home wares and so it was lovely to actually visit the shop and see all of their stock, beautifully merchandised in a lovely spacious, bright space.
The shop is owned by mother and daughter, Bev and Cassie and is stocked with cool classic Scandi inspired interior objects, with an emphasis on quality but affordability. The familiar Scandi products by names such as House Dr and Bloomingville are here, but with other smaller brands and some local makers products.
The shop is merchandised using cool whites, greys and soft pinks with metallic accents and urban concrete finishes, perfectly co-ordinated to create a cohesive collection. They also have a great selection of lighting, including pendants and floor lamps and some great industrial style lighting that can be wired using a variety of coloured flex.
Bev & Cassie provide a warm welcome in their shop and we were offered a hot drink whilst we browsed and Bev talked us through the collections and the new products that are expected to land any time soon. If you can’t get to Bolton or Altrincham Market, the store is also available online here and selected items are also available from NOTHS.
The winner, chosen at random, will be sent a selection of their new grey speckled crockery, which is perfect for all those hot chocolates and steaming bowls of soup we’ll soon be eating as the Autumn draws in.
For further news on Room 356 they also have a lovely blog which you can read here.