The third Creative Duck pop-up shop opened its doors last night in the empty old Blue Cross shop in Duke Street for the festive season.
The shop is full of lovely locally produced items including jewellery, pictures, bags, terrariums, chocolates, Christmas decorations and lots more great gift ideas.
The Creative Duck was started by Sarah Gilbert, Nicola Nott and Joey McGinn in June 2017 as a Henley networking group for creative minds and small business owners. The group also run talks and workshops for their members plus an online Creative Directory and online shop.
Nicola said, “This is a better space and location than last year with an interesting upstairs element. We’ve got around 40 sellers – half of which are new this year. We’ve also selling a Henley calendar priced £8 with photographs donated by local photographers. I wanted to do a calendar last year but ran out of time but this year I’ve lost three friends to cancer and decided to do the calendar in aid of Stand Up to Cancer. We’re building on the success of last year’s pop-up shops. There is always quite a lot to organise but it’s good fun.”
Upstairs, Joanne Burgess from The Curious House (interior design specialist) has done a room installation with lots of old vintage and reclaimed articles including a tombola machine which has been converted into a coffee table. Joanne said, “The business has been going a couple of years and I it started because I bought an old listed building in Henley which I’ve done up and really loved it. I’m an interior designer specialising in sourcing and reclaiming historic pieces. I contacted Jo when I saw she was doing the pop-up shop and she said we’ve got a room upstairs where we need lots of big things so it was perfect.”
The shop is open Monday to Friday 10.00-5.00pm and Sundays 10.00-4.00pm until Sunday 8 December and will be run by all the sellers.