Three independent retailers take space at Halls of Ripon
Last updated Nov 7, 2023
Crazywood sells contemporary pyrography art.

Halls of Ripon department store has welcomed three new independent retailers to its Fishergate premises, while two other businesses have doubled their size.

Operations manager Barry Cooper told the Stray Ferret:

“We now have 16 independents under one roof selling goods ranging from clothing to customised works of art.”

Mr Cooper, (pictured below) added:

“This is the strongest mix of retailers that we have had since we opened in the summer of 2021 and we are looking forward with confidence to our third Christmas of trading here.”

The new entrants include Crazywood, which sells the original works of contemporary pyrography artist Simon Wright, whose wife Tricia (main picture) said:

“The art and craft of burning images into wood is an ancient practice of skill and patience.

“With these skills, along with modern styles and the use of watercolours, stains, textures and oils, amazing reproductions of literally anything can be created.”

Also new to Halls is Janey Mays, a business run by Jane and Mark Coombes, which specialises in steampunk, goth and fantasy goods, including giftware made from upcycled materials.

Jane Coombes, pictured at the Janey Mays stall she runs with husband Mark.

Neighbouring the Janey Mays stall is third new entrant Kimmy Gowland, an artist whose original patterns are printed onto fabric, wallpaper and other materials.

In addition to the businesses taking space for the first time at Halls, Red Buttons Jewellers, run by Mr Cooper and his father Mike, has doubled the size of its presence, as has Robin Gifts, which sells ladies fashion and accessories

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