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Expansions in store for quirky homeware and gift boutique

Posted on - 21st August, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Events, Food & Drink, People
How The Other Half Live on Blackpool Road, Preston

The Tropic Skincare range at How The Other Half Live on Blackpool Road, Preston

Homeware and gift boutique How The Other Half Live has grown since opening almost a year ago with more new additions just around the corner.

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The Preston store sells homemade gifts and homeware including furniture, mirrors and handmade paper flowers decorated with personalised messages. There is also a baby range and a wedding range, with a new children’s pyjama range expected soon as well as food hampers ready for the Christmas period.

Handmade personalised flowers are a big hit at How The Other Half Live

Handmade personalised flowers are a big hit at How The Other Half Live

The store now also stocks the Tropic Skincare range and has plans to convert an outdoor decking area, originally designed for the Summer, to include heaters and blankets for the Winter season.

Owner Natalie Eastham has expanded the store to now include a coffee house, inspired by her background of 12 years in the catering business. The latest addition to the coffee house is the ice cream which is supplied by local dairy farmers.

How The Other Half Live offer customers the chance to host evening parties in the shop itself. Guests are welcomed with drinks and snacks and the shop provides the venue while the party is left in your hands. This new idea has only been up and running for six weeks, but Natalie has said she’s already welcoming back regular customers.

Since opening, Natalie has said she hadn’t realised how strong the community spirit around family-run businesses was in the area, and prides her shop as having a homely feel, “It’s quite personal. Some shops when you walk in can be quite intimidating but people tell me it’s like walking into my house.

“One girl actually asked me if I sleep here, she said Where’s your bed?”

The coffee house is a new addition to the store

The coffee house is a new addition to the store

She added, “The most popular thing I sell is a mosaic lamp range. They are quite good as a gift but also people like them for their homes. They’re in the shape of an egg or you can get them in the shape of a vase as well. They’re quite unusual.”

For more information on How The Other Half Live, and for updates on the stores new additions, visit their website here, or their Facebook page here. 

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