Businesses thriving after linking up in same building

Pictured are David Tomlin, owner of David Tomlin Antiques, and Trish Shepherd, owner of Stoves Et Cetera.
Pictured are David Tomlin, owner of David Tomlin Antiques, and Trish Shepherd, owner of Stoves Et Cetera.

A deal to open a doorway between two Morpeth town centre shops is working out well for the owners of businesses that sell antiques items.

And they are confident of future success based on the comments of their customers.

Stoves Et Cetera has been in place at 40b Newgate Street since April 2014. As well as multi-fuel stoves and accessories, it offers antique furniture and restoration.

David Tomlin Antiques started out in an upstairs unit elsewhere in Newgate Street three years ago. He began trading at 40 Newgate Street last month when designer dress agency Your Sister’s Closet moved out and a decision was made to take out the partition dividing the two shops so people can walk between them.

The items in Mr Tomlin’s shop include military medals, pieces and equipment, silver, glass and small furniture.

He said: “I love history and antiques and I have military items from a range of European countries. The most popular are British and German items from the First World War and Second World War.

“I jumped at the chance to go where I am now as it is right on Newgate Street and having a window makes a big difference – 10 times the number of people than before are coming into the shop each week.

“Many people in Morpeth have an interest in antiques and they are pleased that there are two shops together selling different items.”

Stoves Et Cetera sells tables, sideboards, armchairs, teapots, lamps and paintings, among other items, ranging from the 18th Century to early 20th Century.

Owner Trish Shepherd said: “I have been dealing antiques for more than 20 years and with the strong demand in Morpeth, I thought it would be a good idea to include them as part of the business.

“David and I became friends when he bought a few pieces from me and us linking up the same building and opening a doorway between the two shops is going well as my footfall has doubled compared to this time last year.”