New Arrivals Coming to the High Street

Henley high street will see the arrival of more new shops over the next few months.

A nautical clothing store, Quba & Co known for their unique jackets from reclaimed sailcloth are going to be opening in Bell Street in the former Montpelier Interiors store which recently closed. Quba & Co, was founded in 1996 by two friends with a shared passion for sailing and the lifestyle of the coast. The brand was born in the seaside town of Salcombe in Devon and was sparked by an idea to create unique jackets, prestigiously named the “X10” jackets, from reclaimed canvas sailcloth.  They have stores in coastal towns; Lyme Regis, Dartmouth and Falmouth.

The Mixing Jug, a juice and coffee bar will be opening opposite The Children’s Shop in Gardiner Place in the summer.  The company was started in 2014 by Greg Gabriel with a simple mission to bring healthier drinks to festivals. They have worked with over 100 major events across the UK including the F1, BBC Proms in the Park, Latitude, Isle of Wight Festival, Goodwood, Countryfile and The London Marathon to name a few.  Their first shop was opened in Bordon in Hampshire.

Greg from The Mixing Jug said, “We chose Henley as we saw a great opportunity to redevelop a beautiful listed building in the heart of Gardiner Place and really think the people of Henley will love the atmosphere we create in this location along with our company ethos and menu of healthy and nutritious food & drink.”

The bakery was started thirty years ago by brothers Ole and Steen. In 1991 Ole Kristoffersen, a third generation baker, opened a bakery with his girlfriend Jane in a building known as “The Layer Cake House” in Christianhavn, Copenhagen. On the other side of the country in Jutland, Steen Skallebaek opened his first bakery in 1992. they then joined forces and Ole & Steen was born.  The Henley store will be the second branch outside of London, the other one is in Westgate, Oxford.

Lee Nixon, Managing Director at Ole & Steen said,Ole & Steen has exciting expansion plans this year, with a host of new store openings in London and its surrounding areas.  As a commuter town, establishing an Ole & Steen bakery in Henley-on-Thames would be an excellent addition to the Ole & Steen family. And it would create multiple job opportunities for the local community too.

At Ole & Steen, we are passionate about making everyday moments extraordinary. We hope that our range of freshly baked breads, created with authentic Danish craftsmanship, delicious seasonal menus, and delectable pastries (including our famed cinnamon social), will bring a taste of hygge happiness into the heart of the Henley on Thames neighbourhood in the future.”

Henley’s Chin Chin wine shop and bar will be opening in the old Naughty Mutt Nice shop on the corner of Station Road and Reading Road next to Daisy’s Cafe.