Jules Campbell is the new owner of Boatique in Friday Street. She has taken over from Gillian Nahum who has owned and run the business for the last 5 years.
Jules was born and raised in Bermuda but went to school here. Jules said, “I grew up around the water so I love all things to do with boats. My Mum’s friends had bought their boats through Gillian who said she was looking for a new owner and the introduction was made. I am delighted that Gillian has agreed to be my mentor to steer me (no pun intended!) on the right course.”
Jules and her husband Alan Campbell, (Olympic Bronze medallist in the single sculls in London 2012) and their young daughter Tatty aged 2 moved from Richmond to Henley in July 2015. She said, “We fell in love with Henley. Everyone is so friendly and genuine and a great place for Tatty to grow up.”
Having previously set up an online wholesale retail business with four friends, Jules is looking forward to sourcing some quality products to add to the existing range of boating clothing and tableware, Henley gifts and accessories in the shop. She has already added a range of candles from House of Bluebelle in Watlington (the Damson one was shortlisted in the 2017 Beauty Awards). Beautiful bags from Tea & Tequila which are handcrafted in Mexico (pictured above), tailored women’s jackets by local designer, Phoebe Lucas that are perfect for Regatta and soon Jules will have some Paul Hewitt boating inspired bracelets and bangles with anchors on.
Other plans for the shop are to have exhibitions of photographs by local photographers of the Henley landscape. Nick Middleton will be the first to exhibit. Jules said, “Nick’s pictures are brilliant – he just captures the light perfectly.”
Gillian says she has found the perfect match for Boatique in Jules – someone who shares her passion for the river, boating and Henley-on-Thames. “It’s been great fun running the shop and meeting so many lovely customers. However the boat business is just demanding more and more of my time so it seemed logical to sell Boatique to a new owner who has the time and the energy to take the business forward.”
“Come in and browse. I’d love people to come and be comfortable looking around and then come back when they’ve got a present to buy or would like to treat themselves. I hope to add a few new things every month. I’m really passionate about this new chapter and making it a success. I’m delighted to be part of the great Friday Street community. I also want to help champion the independents in Henley,” Jules added.
The Herald would like to wish Jules every success in her new venture.