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Christmas is coming as festive shop opens in Prince Bishops Place

Nov 17, 2021 | Leisure & Lifestyle

Prince Bishops Place is delighted to welcome Elvet and Bailey’s Handmade Christmas to the centre.

The new venture is the second shop from the people behind Elvet & Bailey and specialises in locally produced, Christmas themed gifts. All products stocked are handmade by a supplier based in the County Durham area.

The shop features an extensive range of products from bespoke, made to order Christmas Eve Boxes to artworks of the Cathedral covered in snow and even offers Durham’s very own Christmas bauble featuring Santa’s sleigh flying above the city skyline.

The striking window design has been drawing crowds before the doors were open with some people referring to it as “The Fenwick’s of Durham”. The decor of the shop has been beautifully created to mimic Santa’s Lodge with Santa himself set to make an appearance every weekend from November 28th. With two walls lined with baubles, a nation of Christmas trees and two giant Nutcrackers it’s already becoming somewhat of a hit on Instagram – providing the perfect backdrop for those festive selfies.

In keeping with the shop’s ethos of engaging with the community, they also offer a Charity Christmas Card. The card features a design by local artist Adele Shallow and has been funded by the profits of the shop meaning that every penny of each card sold will go to charity – a 50/50 split between The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. Mark Taylor, owner of Elvet & Bailey says; “It was really important to us to do a Charity Christmas Card and we were keen to feature a local artist. Adele’s work is brilliant and as she already donates all her proceeds from her sales to Macmillan we were keen to support that. The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust is a local charity and having supported them during the summer with the charity tags on Umbrella street it seemed fitting to split the money generated from sales of the cards between both charities.”

The only Christmas themed shop in the city, it is situated next door to Ryman’s and is open seven days a week (10-5 Monday to Saturday, 11-4 Sundays).

Centre Manager of Prince Bishops Place, Richard Toynbee says; “We’re thrilled that Elvet and Bailey have opened their Christmas shop at the centre. It’s a magical Christmas emporium that just draws you in and I know our customers will be delighted with the great addition to our line up”.

Anna Kidd of Elvet & Bailey says; “To be given this opportunity is a dream come true and the support we’ve received so far is simply incredible. We opened the shop at 10am on a cold Monday morning and people were here in droves. To see so many people looking so happy and really getting into the festive spirit has been great.”