Friends join forces to cash in on the trend for vintage
Fears the departure of Berwick tourist information centre from the high street would leave another shop unit empty have proved unfounded.
Vintage Upon Tweed, the idea of six like-minded friends, has opened on Marygate and is already attracting plenty of interest.
The friends’ interests ranges from interior design to art and antiques.
And their sumptuous emporium reflects their highly individual tastes and creative skills, which mostly relate to creating a unique and individual domestic space for the customer.
Resident artist Angela Proctor said: “We’ve been working together for over three years but this is a new venture in a new premises.
“We are really excited about it and have been thrilled at the positive response we’ve received so far.”
That is demonstrated by its opening last Thursday night which attracted an amazing 170 visitors.
The friends will help customers to source items not already in stock, and a wealth of experience is there to help visitors choose the perfect interesting item for their home or garden.
These include original art, soft furnishings, lamps, mirrors, quirky and collectible objects, books, antique and upcycled vintage furniture, kitchenalia, tableware and vintage toys.
The friends have been joined by numerous other collectors and makers who have their wares displayed in a fascinating number of glass cabinets, the contents of which include antique jewellery, vintage cameras, fossils and designer made hats.
Some of the occupants will be familiar faces, having had outlets in the town in the recent past.
Angela said: “Vintage Upon Tweed is a pleasant place to relax and browse amongst the ever changing wide range of stock.
“This is a unique experience that only an independent shop can provide.
“A skilfully blended mix of old and new is the trademark of Vintage Upon Tweed which will surely leave customers brimming with ideas for their own home.”
With spring and the start of the gardening season not too far away, the opportunity is begging for a good clean out - and an opportunity for some new purchases.
“Customers are already praising the shop to the highest, and see it as a major addition to Berwick high street,” said Angela.
Vintage Upon Tweed is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday to begin with.