I haven't written a My Stanley post in a while, but the story of changes in the market is not over. Far from it. The rate of changes taking place seems almost to have tripled, and is now at a pace I can no longer keep up with. Nor do I want to because frankly, I find it too heartbreaking.
I've learned, as is the case with the shop I'll tell you about in this post, that sometimes, what's old is new again. What I mean is, sometimes little store owners get tipped out but then magically reappear in new places in the market. They join forces with other shops to share the cost of soaring rents. They reinvent themselves. They survive. And that makes me the happiest of all.
Salt and Pepper is one of our new shiny retail shops in the market selling jewellery, which I was originally skeptical about. When I discovered that the owner's uncle ran the lamp shop which closed down, I was thrilled. We'd bought lamps and other treats from him. He was a dear, and I was sorry to think that he'd perhaps gone into early retirement because of high rent. To know that his family still has a presence in the market felt good.
Their shop is full of gorgeous pieces that they source in China and India among other places. They also design some of their own pieces as well. I love to pop in and try on their sparkly bling and I'm also happy that when I walk by, I'm waving at familiar faces. Those who know that I belong in Stanley as a local as much as they do.
|Displaying their own designs for home decor.|
Pop in, you'll love it.