There are different blends of Penarth Tea available – all portraying different local scenes on the labels . The Seaside Blend has been specially commissioned for Penarth.

Tins of “Penarth Tea” are amongst the unusual range of items which are being stocked by Penarth’s newest gift shop which opens on Saturday .

The shop called “Not Socks Again (at the corner premises on the roundabout where Lana Beautique used to be) stocks everything and anything except those boring items, long regarded as the least original choice of gift of all …socks.

John McInally with Heather and Fran who together are opening “Not Socks Again” on Saturday (tomorrow)

The shop being run by John McInally, the former registrar of the University of Wales along with two members of his former university team –  Helen, who was Assistant Registrar, and Fran who was Appeals Officer . All three took early redundancy and decided to take the plunge into retailing .

Apart from her university career Helen also worked for a gift wrapping company in Canada and is putting that expertise to good use in the new venture. The business was first of all tested-out in temporary premises over the Image Boutique in Glebe St last Christmas and the public response was encouraging-enough to scale it all up for a full size launch.

“Not Socks Again” has a wide range of gifts – including blends of Penargoes goes th Tea

The range of Penarth Tea stocked is specially blended for “Not Socks Again” by Chantler’s in  Fishguard, Pembrokeshire – and is a special “seaside blend”  with a “lemony tang” to it.

The greetings  cards on display are made by local Penarth artists and many of the goods on sale, including scented candles are produced locally.

John McInally wanted to make sure that “Not Socks Again” also stocked gifts for men as well as women – like toffees in tins replicating the classic steam locomotive Royal Scot

This, however isn’t solely a “girlie” gift shop – there’s stuff here for men too .

John says he’s always wanted to have a gift shop which stocks gifts for blokes and so there’s a section of the shop which has the accent on male gifts

Not Socks Again” maybe should have a sign saying “No, They’re Not Leicas” . These are actually tins of sweets that just look like the expensive classic German cameras

The more macho items are sweets packed in tins that are replica Leica cameras, toffees in containers representing the famous steam locomotive Royal Scot, and drinks coasters that look like miniature gramophone records.

Not Just Socks is also participating in a Penarth-wide Palm Sunday Easter Egg hunt  on Sunday April 9th  – in which each  participating retailer will display an egg  with a specific letter of the alphabet on it .

The Penarth Post Easter Hunt – in which several local retailers are participating – is being held this weekend to coincide with the Easter Fair being held at the Paget Rooms this coming Sunday – April 9th from 12:00 noon to 15:30. The first 50 who turn up at the Paget Rooms with the right answer get prizes

By visiting all the shops, children will be able to note the letters – which should spell out a word in Welsh  – and the first 50 with the right answer will be able to claim their prize at the Not Socks Again stall at the Paget Rooms Easter Fair on Sunday . The Easter Hunt is being organised in association with the Penarth Post.   


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  1. andrewsketty says:

    very best wishes for this venture. nice to see this happening and such a relief that its not yet another charity shop or office.

  2. Hopefully they will be Easter Eggs and not Cadbury’s eggs?

  3. Martha says:

    I like the sound of that seaside tea with a lemony tang and will be in to have a look.
    Congratulations on opening such a lovely shop and good luck with it.

  4. joshua stopford mackay says:

    Best wishes to Not socks Again on the opening of this innovative new shop.

  5. Louise C says:

    Good Luck!

  6. BigPooPski says:

    Good luck will call in for a look round

  7. Grey local says:

    Sound like they will be selling some of the sort of thing the Pier shop should have stocked instead of their expensive mugs at £7 a go. Good luck to them although they will be up against the other numerous gifty shops already in the town.

  8. sjleworthy says:

    i like socks too 😦

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