It’s a very exciting year for Powder Butterfly. We have added to our stockists yay!!
One of the main aims when I started the company was that I wanted to end up on the high street, and I am thrilled to announce that selected products will be available in Fenwick Newcastle and York this Christmas. This is such an exciting development and means that we can take the brand to the next level.
Although getting the brand on the high street is a great achievement, it is also importnat to me that our product is stocked in unique local businesses. There are some really wonderful businesses in Gateshead & Newcastle and below you will see details of the hidden gems that you will find selected products in. They are wonderful places that are well worth the visit to find something really special this Christmas. We are so excited to have selceted products at The Dotty House, Upside Down Presents & The Staiths Cafe!!
The Dotty House is a really special gift shop that is run by Sarah & Angela. Here is a little bit about the concept behind this lovely place.
“We are Sarah and Angela, and we have been friends for thousands of years!
In 2005 we had a brilliant idea to design and make our own personalised canvases as gifts for kids – and so
The Dotty House was born. Our product range has increased over the years to include personalised framed
prints, books and our ever popular Christmas Baubles.
More recently we decided that there are so many gorgeous things made by other people out there, that we
would like to share the things we love with our customers.
Everybody wants to give a gift that’s special and The Dotty House holds a collection of beautiful gifts that are not
widely available across the internet. There’s nothing in The Dotty House that we wouldn’t have in our own homes
and we hope that you enjoy your shopping experience with us.
If you want to find out more, check out our blog, facebook, twitter & instagram where we’ll be keeping everyone up
to date with our views, news & latest finds.” Excerpt taken from The Dotty House website.
“On 5th September 2014 we moved into the former Taylor Wimpey sales office following an 8 month roller coaster ride which involved living in a caravan and having countless conversations with financial advisers, solicitors and estate agents!
It took around 8 weeks to fit out the cafe and we opened to the public on 31st October (all documented in our very own twitter book- thanks Mary!). After three months of trading, we continue to be overwhelmed by the level of positivity and generosity from friends, family and our new neighbours and customers.” Excerpt taken from the Staiths website
Not only is The Staiths a cafe, but they also serve alchol and have live music and the cafe is also available to hire. Well worth checking The Staiths out if for nothing that the great atmosphere, freshly backed goods and of course their selected gifts and art.
And of course Fenwick. 2015 will be the first Christmas that I will be selling selected products through Fenwick Newcastle & Fenwick York. I have thoroughly enjoyed devlopinga relationship with this store. And it is extremely encouraging that they are investing in locally inspired products lines. Here is a little bit about the fascinating beginnings of this amazing retailer.
‘In 1882 an ambitious young shop assistant, John James Fenwick, began a retail empire when he took over a doctor’s house in a residential area of Newcastle upon Tyne. It cost him £181 and 4 shillings to convert 5 Northumberland Street house into a shop – a tidy sum in those days.
JJ, as he was known, described himself as a Mantle Maker and Furrier. Together with two assistants he sold mantles, silk goods, dresses, fabrics and trimmings. Sales were healthy. The business grew. Within three years he had purchased 37/38 Northumberland Street and when Fred Fenwick, his eldest son, joined the business in 1890, number 40 was acquired. Today the flagship Fenwick store remains on this exact same site.
Determined to expand, the Fenwick family looked beyond the north east. In 1891 J.J Fenwick bought 63 New Bond Street, which is still part of the London site. Like the Newcastle store it specialised in exclusive tailoring for ladies, and over the next decade the two shops gained a reputation as exciting places to visit, full of the newest ideas and styles.’ Excerpt and pictures are from the Fenwick website where you can find out more fascinating information about the history of Fenwick!!