Perhaps you can tell this was a butcher’s shop up until a couple of years ago – the blue and white colours are a bit of a give-away. It lay vacant for 18 months and the three of us were sad to see nothing happening here. But we’re fully up and running now, stocked with lots of art and gifts. We’ve done this all on a shoestring, re-using second-hand or discarded shop fittings and bits of furniture from our own houses, painting wine racks and shelves as display stands – all part of our sustainability agenda.
We’ve also left a reference to the former use – we’ve still got the cold store with its meat hooks. So far so good. And thanks to our first visitors – we think we’re already becoming known as a good stopping point on the North Coast 500 route.