Altrincham Gift Shop – IDAHO
Idaho, the brainchild of Local girl Amy Bartlett (25) opens its doors on Tuesday the 25th August and is situated in the Stamford Quarter on the corner of Greenwood Street and Shaw’s Road, opposite the entrance to the new Market Hall. The shop will sell an eclectic mix of eye popping gifts and home wares sourced from around the world but with a high emphasis on local artists and designers.
‘I have always wanted to open my own shop’
The shop has a really comfortable feel with wooden cedar shingles adorning the interior walls giving it a really fresh fragrance as you walk through the doors. The displays and interior cabinets are filled with amazing gifts and accessories that thrill and inspire.
H&A caught up with Amy this afternoon in the sweltering heat of a busy Altrincham:
‘I have always wanted to open my own shop, I have been an interior stylist now for three years with online company Rose and Grey and just love visual eye candy. For my job I have to collect props and source really nice things that would look good in your house, so I have always had to look around shops like this for accessories’
‘I also do interior styling for ASDA and did their Easter shoot this year and will be doing their ‘indoor/outdoor for England Summer’ to show that with the English weather being so unpredictable there are things to do inside and out. I’m styling the photo shoots for them for online’
Amy has had a lot of help not only from her dad, who was helping deck the shop out when we arrived, but also from Altrincham Forward who she couldn’t praise enough.
‘Altrincham Forward have been fantastic, they are just over the road and keep popping in to say hello! I have had a £10,000 business loan from from Trafford Council and have joined Altrincham Business Learning Exchange (ABLE), which is a local business course, to help me. I’ll do 6 classes such as how to run Social Media and what not to do when running a business. My dad’s has helped me enormously.’
‘We will be stocking gift wrap, cards, home accessories – from local designers and Europe, art, screen prints form America, and a lot of local stuff. Stationery, artsy design books, lots of really lovely illustrated children’s books as well. We have jewellery from Vancouver, Barcelona, New York, Australia and also from a local designer.’
‘When ever I come across stuff online on Pinterest or a website I write it down and try and figure out where it came from – I’ve got books and books of stuff! I have visited New York and love Anthropologie – I bought a mug from them recently online and have been trying to find out where it was sourced so I could stock it!’
It looks like Amy has her head screwed on – she oozes confidence and you can see that she has a genuine passion for what she is doing. H&A wish her all the very best for the future of the shop.
This is yet another independent confidently opening up in Altrincham, spreading the success of The Stamford Quarter ever further and we very much hope that more will follow!