NOON, a brand new company selling unique and handcrafted dinnerware, opened its doors in Barnard Castle in mid-September.
The bright showroom-style unit features an “eclectic mix” of glassware, handmade Cornish plates, hand-printed linen from the Cotswolds and even candles, displaying the products around the central dining table.
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Customers are even offered a hands-on in-store experience and can create their own dining table set to try out interesting items.
Owner Andrea Poulton talked about her journey to starting the business before it opened in mid-September.
She said: “I had my own care business in North Yorkshire for 13 years but I sold it last year. Now my daughter has gone to university and my son has started college, so I thought about something I would enjoy.”
“My husband suggested that I take some time out and think about what I enjoy, and I’ve always enjoyed setting the table with linens and slightly unusual pieces to create centerpieces.”
“It originated there, and I also thought that people usually can’t just go to a store to get all the parts they need.”
Images from inside the store show all the pieces on offer, immaculately displayed on the shelves, as well as the aforementioned dining table where customers can try out their ideas in the store.
“People have said so far that we are very down to earth in terms of what we offer and there is a really relaxed atmosphere,” Andrea said.
“We have a table where people can put a tablecloth and mix and match plates, glasses and cutlery.
“They can create their own unique look – it’s important that people can express their individual tastes.”
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Although it has only been open for less than a month, Andrea said business has been good so far.
“Business was good. We’ve had some nice feedback from people coming into the store and we’re trying to promote our Artesian brand.”
“It’s about giving people a different experience and showing things that are outside the norm.”