We launched our new Arundel store in March 'Sparks Yard RSVP', located by the river on the town quay.
Customers from our mailing list were invited to a launch party and were the first to view our new stationary and furniture store.
The timber cladded walls, Manhattan industrial chest and teak leather folding chairs set the scene for loft style living,
while stacks of notebooks, stylish greeting cards and sheets of wrapping paper form your gift purchases. All furniture in store is available to purchase.
Holly exclaims "We wanted to produce a new concept in stationery shops where customers are encouraged to write their cards or wrap their presents in the store.
The contemporary orange post box makes posting all the more convenient too! I love using Facebook and Twitter but it still feels special to receive a handwritten card or letter.
With RSVP we have tried to bring together an eclectic range of luxurious, hand printed and innovative paperie set against a relaxed industrial backdrop."
Sparks Yard RSVP, 1 Quay House, River Road, Arundel, BN18 9DF. 01903 883577
Winners of Best UK Lifestyle Retailer (including China and Tableware)
The Greats Awards 2011
Above: Andy and Holly receiving the award.
The Greats were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine in 2003, in recognition of the tremendous contribution that retailers, both large and small, make to the success of the gift industry.
Now in their eighth year, The Greats are established as the premier awards event of the year, bringing together the entire industry for a night of celebration.
The Greats recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also the new breed of gift retailers as well as outstanding retail employees.
Observer Business Awards
The Observer Business Awards are designed to praise the businesses which always put the customer first;
the businesses which show a real commitment to their staff; the businesses which take pride in being a major player in the community.
All finalists were chosen by the judges as the best of the best and invited to attend a glitzy ceremony, with the chance of scooping one of the prestigious awards.
The editor of the Observer series of newspapers, Colin Channon, said: " The area needs an awards ceremony like this to showcase how many successful businesses we have in the area".
Holly and Andy were thrilled to win this award and were quoted as saying: " We have been really lucky with our local shoppers, they keep us going...we're delighted to win this award for the second time! "
The Greats - Independant Retailer of the Year 2009
Observer Business Awards - Retailer of the Year 2008
Sussex Business Awards 2009/10 - Finalist, Sussex Businessperson of the Year