Friday, 1 August 2014


The point of this post was just to say, simply - thank you.  The last 7 and something odd years (7 yrs & 10 months exactly, when we close on August 16th - but who's counting) have been incredible.  

We know people always say the same kind of things at these times, usually about roller coasters and the such like, but it's probably because clich├ęs are sometimes true (at least as many times as we've had hot dinners) and a roller coaster is about as perfect an analogy as you could get - certainly in our case.  Or perhaps, more accurate might be a roller coaster travelling through sunshine, storms, rainbows and hail, sometimes all at once. Sometimes with no safety harness. Sometimes with a loose bolt on the rails coming up ahead, with no functioning break. Sometimes getting stuck upside down on the loop, with all the blood rushing to your head. Sometimes ...well, you get the picture.

If we'd known a fraction of what lay ahead when SHOP first opened in 2006, we would have told you to stick it, but luckily we didn't, and therefore went ahead blindly, yet openly.  We've learnt an immeasurable amount about ourselves individually and collectively, about running a small company, about people and we've had experiences that we wouldn't have had anywhere else. We've learnt the value of relationships; relatedness and autonomy (would have been so cool if that last one began with an R). We have very much participated in our experience and experienced our participation in it.

That is just the tangible stuff, with the intangible stuff it's hard to know where to begin. It really is kind of impossible to express and to summarise the influence SHOP has had on every area of our lives, nothing has been exempt and clearly, none of it would have been possible without the people, as in our customers and supporters, as in - you!  Although at times it felt like SHOP was indeed an island, before the Christmas Steps were enjoying the beginnings of the resurgence they are now (and which we're extremely proud to have been a part of), obviously we aren't and it is the sublime, the beautiful (and even the occasional grotesque!) that have walked through our door everyday that have made SHOP what it is.

Thank you - it has been a privilege.

Our first Christmas at SHOP, celebrating with our fellow traders in the defunct Didiers, now Harry Blades and Angry Daves   

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Newsletter: It's July and we're still here...

Possibly/Probably the last proper SHOP Newsletter...

We are still definitely going - it wasn't a trick to make you love us more - and we've just received word that the official going will involve a lot less staying than it already has (since when we first announced we were going) ... if you know what we mean?!

You've possibly/probably still got half of July to come and bring us really expensive leaving gifts, bake us some amazingly tasty goodbye goods (Vegan please), drop off cases of see you later champagne, hand over wads of thank you for the memories cash (we accept Bristol Pounds), lay wreaths, and cry loads.

Keep your eyes on our Twitter timeline and/or on your email inboxes because it's coming.

Don't say we didn't warn yous.


Festival of Football Ideas: The Final Whistle


You''ll be pleased to hear that we're going to stop banging on about that football festival!

For the two of you interested in what happened the blog has all the info:



SHOP's Last Exhibition: FOFI

Our little Art Space is now home to the 34 limited edition prints, so pop down and take a look! It will also be our last exhibition ... ever!

(You can also play table football and still get your hands on a FOFI t-shirt or limited edition Matchday Zine!)

You can see the exhibition online here too:
Football Exhibition

The Festival of Football Ideas Exhibition!

The final whistle has blown on the Festival of Football Ideas, but the exhibition lives on in SHOP!

Our little Art Space is now home to the 34 limited edition prints, so pop down and take a look! It will also be our very last exhibition...!

(You can also play table football and still get your hands on a FOFI t-shirt or limited edition Matchday Zine!)

You can see the exhibition online here too: Football Exhibition

Monday Stock Blog: Cards, Colouring Books and Christmas...!

With Christmas just around the corner, around the corner after that and the corner after that, we thought we'd get stocked up with some Christmas stuff...

Besides we won't be around when the corner after the corner after that comes around, so why not?!

There's also some other bits and bobs...

A new pad.
Early photoshop.
Early Colourstory.
When birthday cards meant something.
It's Chriiiiistmas!
For attractive presents...
Mini Crakers means Mini Presents inside ... Boo!
Actually 11.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Monday Stock Blog: Back to the Furniture!

We haven't had any large items of furniture in for a while we hear you cry from your empty living rooms, as those cries echo off every wall...

And no doubt you had an 80s green leather sofa in mind, right?!

Well ...

Sofa, so green.

Make a house a home..

Your room is alive with the sound of music.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Monday Stock Blog: Men! Update Your Summer Wardobe!

Summer is *ahem* on the way and so the men of Bristol are maybe thinking about getting themselves a new this or that to wear. Maybe? I dunno?!

We've got a few t shirts in and some shirts, so, why not make them either the this or that...?

Ride 'em Cowboy!
College Dropout
Hello Sailor!
Alien Expo!
Anyone for Polo?
Check up on it!
Check me out!
Like the 80s never went away.


Monday, 2 June 2014

Monday Stock Blog: Lesser Spotted Books, Games and Vinyl

We very rarely put books,games and vinyl up on the stock blog - I don't know why, I only work here - so thought it was only right to redress the balance...

What's better than something to read, something to listen to, and something to enjoy?!

A book in time, as they say...
Five! I can only see three.
Kit car.
48s! I can only see 4s.
12s! I can only see 4s