Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Stanley: Salt and Pepper

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.

Still, as much as I despise that all my favorite small store owners are getting tipped out by high rents, Mainland buyout, and times changing, I've learned to accept that it is what it is.  I know that I will always stand by and support these local shops and their businesses as much as I can.  Even if, because I'm only one customer, I don't make much of a difference.

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. 
Where can you find this store?  As you enter the market, you take a left up the stairs just past the Delifrance.  You'll see their black and white awning and signature mustard yellow exterior with sweet little lounge chairs out front.

Pop in, you'll love it.


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