The support of local shoppers was apparent during the festive trading period, reflects Anita Gordon, owner of The Old Bakery Cookshop in Aberystwyth, echoing the experiences of many independent cookshop and housewares retailers. “There was a lot of local shopping going on and people were making sure to tell me. Apparently, they don’t want to lose me!” exclaims Anita.
Anita describes Christmas trading as “better than I had hoped,” with sales escalating in the last week. She reports that: “People were mainly buying practical gifts.” Hence the small cookshop’s bestsellers included Zyliss Ultimate Non-Stick Frying Pans, sets of saucepans across ranges and Le Creuset mugs.
“I was amazed that I had managed to order the right stock in for the demand,” Anita reflects, adding, “I’m now looking forward to finding some new ranges at Spring Fair.”
Top: Anita Gordon at The Old Bakery Cookshop in Aberystwyth.