Anniversaries are a great time to take stock and think about what you’ve achieved and to think about what your goals are for the future. We are so proud to be celebrating our first birthday today. I remember the first day we opened the doors and how nervous we were! Then came the joy of our first sale and of hearing about how visitors to the shop were recommending us to their friends.
There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes before you can open a shop, things that I never would have thought of – legal paperwork, music licences, which card reader to choose (and boy there are lots to choose from!) and countless other things that seem little but turn out to be really big decisions.
The home of The Mantique was previously an antiques shop, crammed full of furniture and it wasn’t until the shop had been emptied that we realised the enormity of the task ahead. We had those awful carpet tiles and glue to scrape up, new ceiling, electrics and floor to fit, and then the endless painting… It became a real family effort as you can see below!
The shop has evolved over the last year to something we are so proud of! We get so many great comments about the styling and the fact that it’s such a welcoming space. Bowden Knight were wonderful at sourcing beautiful furniture and decorative antiques for us and our product range has gradually expanded to become a collection of truly beautiful, high quality products.
This has been by far the most enjoyable part of opening The Mantique. Being able to showcase such gorgeous accessories from independent British designers is so rewarding. Many of our designers make their own products by hand in small studios and we love being able to bring these home grown designers to the great British public!
We’re always open to suggestions and are always on the look-out for new and interesting designers so if you know someone who may fit into our shop then please do let us know.