Our first few months in Brighton’s North Laine

Well, the months have flown by and the biting frost this morning reminded me that summer has well and truly passed! After three years on the seafront, I decided to move Little Beach Boutique to a larger space, where I could make my fused glass on site, and we would be able to stock a larger selection of work by local and UK-based designers and makers.  After a good look around, I found a (potentially beautiful) new space on North Road, Brighton.  But it needed a LOT of work…

Our new shop before the work
Little Beach Boutique when we first moved into our new space in the North Laine

Several coats of paint later, it looked like a different space entirely! With lots of help from “Handyman Sam”, I put in a new floor and some beautiful tables and shelves made from reclaimed floorboards and pallets. I added a bird decal which I found on Etsy (essential!) and some vintage display units from local Brighton flea markets.

The shop after a week's work, new floor, walls and tables
The shop after a week’s work, new floor, walls and tables

The final stage was easy- filling the space with beautiful handmade finds!  Of course, the felt animal slippers (which were everyone’s favourite quirky find on the seafront) came with me, as did my “Brighton Illustrated” and sea-inspired glass.  I was really excited to be stocking stunning ceramics by Amy Cooper and Lubilou, as well as jewellery by Brighton-based Hoity Toity alongside textiles by Rebecca Bourne and Charlotte Macey…

Adding the final touches to the display, handmade gifts, stationary, accessories and glass, (which I make in the workshop here)
Adding the final touches to the display, handmade gifts, stationary, accessories and glass, (which I make in the workshop here)

And the new shop was complete!  I have created a workshop in the back with three kilns and stacks of colourful glass ready to be made and fired into unique pieces. I just love having a warm, creative space on the (inevitable) cold and rainy days.  I am also going to be running craft workshops downstairs, which has turned from a dark dingy basement in to a colourful room ready for crafting!

Are you a crafty hen or do you have an idea for a workshop?  I'd love to hear from you. Watch this space for glass making workshops in 2015!
Are you a crafty hen or do you have an idea for a workshop? I’d love to hear from you. Watch this space for glass making workshops in 2015!

Little Beach Boutique has been open in the North Laine for a few months now, and although it was a leap of faith moving to a larger space,  it was the right move and I have loved meeting enthusiastic new customers and well-wishes, as well as local artists and designers who have started to sell their creations here. And I am delighted to say that many of our seafront customers have followed us up here, which is a wonderful endorsement of what we do! THANK you!

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