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New Bartington shop keeps Alice In Wonderland tradition
AS far as Jolly Good Ideas go, a trip to an Alice in Wonderland-themed Bartington shop is a must for lovers of the elegant to the extraordinary.
Former interior designer Maria Jenkin’s Jolly Good Ideas store opened two weeks ago, above infamous Bartington tea rooms Davenports Farmshop at Bridge Farm, off Warrington Road.
Full of vintage quirks and Mad Hatter’s perks, keeping in line with the theme of the tea rooms, Maria and partner John seem to have stumbled across the perfect location for their exciting ideas.
“It was quite by chance we ended up here,” said Maria. “We’d read about Davenports’ award in the paper and the fact that it was an Alice in Wonderland themed place we found interesting.
“We turned up and it was closed, but they said they’d show us around and when we saw the barn space upstairs we took it there and then.
“It’s lovely listening to people when they walk upstairs and are amazed by everything going on as we try and find unusual things for a good price – the moto is from the elegant to the extraordinary.”
Despite appearing almost like an exhibition, everything in the shop is in fact for sale and Maria, from Altrincham, has enjoyed a successful first couple of weeks.
“It’s going remarkably well seeing as we haven’t started advertising or marketing yet,” she explained.
“We’ve been trying to develop something in the style of Alice in Wonderland and we have the Mad Hatter’s Tea Room.
“Everything is for sale, apart from the upside down table! We’ve had fun decorating and displaying everything, although it took John a while to work out how to get the tea table on the roof.
“We’ve also got the guerrilla Joe Joe, he’s massive and I think one man bought him for his mother-in-law to just to wind her up!”
However, with Jolly Good Ideas’ collection of unique clocks proving popular it has been a busy weekend for John.
“The clocks sell well,” added Maria. “But they’ve kept John busy, it was his job to set them all back this weekend!”
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