Hamptons – the well-known interiors and gift store on Ludlow Lane is about to celebrate ten years of trading in Penarth.
The official 10th birthday of the firm is being celebrated this weekend – on Saturday August 1st
Hampton’s owners Andy Bradshaw and Peter Knowles opened the Ludlow Lane premises in 2005 after carrying out a six-month refurbishment of what was then Brocks greengrocers shop on the ground floor.
Above the old fruit and veg shop was what had originally been St Andrew’s Hall – a large Victorian meeting hall which had – at a later date – been converted into a snooker hall. Now it’s all “Hamptons” which describes itself as “a haven of unique, design led home interiors and gifts” .
From the outset Hamptons aimed to be more than just a retailer – it set out to provide a “shopping experience” for its customers. The store sells a wide range of goods including bath and body products, soft furnishings, china, lighting, home fragrancing, scarves, bags, jewellery and greetings cards. The skill was in pulling it all together to create the distinctive overall ambience, rigorously selecting and quality-checking the goods it chooses to stock and backing this up with other customer-orientated services like free gift wrapping.
Hamptons also offers an exclusive interior, garden and event design service.
The Blue Pelican Café on the first floor at Hamptons quickly became a favourite venue for Penarth residents and out-of-town shoppers. Dog lovers are also catered for. Hamptons has dedicated “Doggie Dining” tables and offers a free “doggyccino” for each canine guest.
Proprietors Andy and Peter say the cafe has ” developed an incredibly loyal following over the last ten years.” Amongst the special events held there in the course of the year are music and dinner evenings, “Breakfast with Father Christmas” and private events including weddings and parties.
Andy Bradshaw says “It hardly seems any time at all since we opened and we’re thrilled that so many people who visited Hamptons in our first few weeks are still regular customers” .
The store has also carried out a largely-unsung key role in working with Penarth Town Council to organise major events such as the Christmas Festival, Santa procession and the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.
To celebrate this week’s 10th birthday and to say “thank you” to all of its customers, Hamptons is holding a range of activities throughout August. There will be a Lucky Dip prize draw, a children’s competition, a discount shopping day, a special afternoon tea offer, and the annual opening of the “Breakfast with Father Christmas diary”.
Peter Knowles says that to start the month, Hamptons is hosting its tenth birthday party with a dinner and live music show in the café and will also launch Hamptons “children’s Pirate Treasure Trail which has Breakfast with Father Christmas on Christmas Eve as the main prize.”
Details of all the activities that Hamptons have planned are available from the store and also on the Hamptons website at http://www.hamptonspenarth.co.uk