The talented locals behind The Indie Store
As we gingerly step back into the real world, it's more important than ever to support local. Here some of our Indie Store businesses recount their journey and show what makes them special.
Wallets at the ready! The Spring edit of the Indie Store is live, a super scroll of fresh new fashion, gifts and ideas for your home where you track down the best of local talent across the Muddy counties and here in Cornwall.
But who are those local faces behind the brilliant brands? In the first of a Muddy Meets the Maker series, Muddy speaks to the men and women behind these fantastic Cornish indie businesses.
THE ALOFT SHOP – Kim and Beth
Step back a street from the harbour-side in gorgeous Padstow on Cornwall’s north coast and you’ll find Aloft, an independent clothing and lifestyle boutique. Run by Kim and Beth, this colourful and cheerful shop brings sunshine to locals and holidaymakers, showcasing a carefully sourced selection of fun, casual and high quality brands, with a conscious effort to support brands that are working to be sustainable and eco-friendly. Kim and Beth love Cornwall (alongside dogs and disco music) and want to bring a little bit of their seaside town and holiday lifestyle to you, wherever you might be! In Summer 2020 they opened a second shop at the Trevisker Garden Centre, just outside Padstow.
SAINT IVES LIQUOR CO – Tim, Greg and Bertie Thompson
Founded by the three Thompson brothers, SILCo handcrafts a range of premium Cornish gins and liquors, infused with St Ives’ soul; blending locally foraged and fresh botanicals for decidedly different spirits.
Tim, Greg and Bertie came up with the idea for the gin round their kitchen table at their family place in St Ives, overlooking the harbour. After doing the hard graft in bars and restaurants since they were old enough to work, they’d been gathering knowledge, insight and expertise, which came to life in a liquor company with quality, flavour and a sense of place at its heart.
Experimenting and gathering fresh herbs and ingredients from the restaurant kitchen, foraging aromatic flavours from Cornish coastlines, such as bladderwrack seaweed, and hunting down botanicals such as gorse from the local cliff tops, which gives the original gin that distinctive yellow hue, alchemy ensued, with the old fashioned gin-making method of cold-compounding. After hundreds of test tubes, many late nights, and more taste testings than you can imagine, they discovered the perfect blend of 13 quality botanicals, and the original St Ives Gin was ready to unleash on the world.
The Byre Gallery – Elaine Dye
Elaine turned her back on a PR career to turn her passion for contemporary craft into her new day job. Situated on the beautiful Rame peninsula in south-east Cornwall, The Byre Gallery is part gallery, part shop/ showroom. Elaine turns her expert eye and curation skills to select works of design-led craft and contemporary fine art by leading and emerging makers and artists across the UK, displaying her exhibitions to showcase how you might display the pieces in your home rather than a more traditional gallery setting. During the lockdown closures, Elaine has been hosting her exhibitions online, inviting viewers to move through the curated works in a new and engaging way.