We have worked really hard to make it look attractive, interesting and unique and we were looking forward to moving to Dorset this spring to be closer to West Bay. Living a few miles away would enable us to be more creative with the space and try new things out.
Unfortunately, two months into the purchasing process of a lovely house 5 mn from Chesil Beach, we had to stop everything for various reasons... Let's say that some sellers are far from honest...
We were going to pause for a few weeks and give ourselves some thinking time when Matt saw a gorgeous property in the same area, even bigger and ever closer to the sea (but requiring some work...)!
So last Saturday, we jumped in the car to do the journey to Dorset and back to Essex within the day (!).
The trip was a good opportunity to go back to our unit at The Customs House in West Bay. Sales are picking up after a "challenging" winter season, but it's the way things are in that part of the world. If we managed to move to the area then we would make a few adjustments and develop the business properly to make it a "all year round" one... We have lots of ideas, including opening an online shop as a complement to the "Real World" space in Dorset to sell our rarest and most expensive items (we have a lot of those...).
So if you are in the area, go and visit our unit on the second floor! You will find some interesting antiques and vintage items, Matt ArtPix's colourful designs including his very successful "Retro Football" range, some great ephemera and some carefully hand-picked second-hand books from Arcane Publishing!
On the Arcane shelves you will also find some fantastic new fiction and poetry published by indie imprints Arcane Publishing, Ignite Books and November 10th Records!
And if you are into food, there is a new foodie restaurant, Sins at the Bay, at The Customs House!