Friday, 16 December 2011


Here at SHOP we're finding hard to believe another year is coming to an end, but being big fans of Christmas and of progress in general, we're looking forward to a lovely Christmas holiday followed by an exciting new year at SHOP.

As with most years at SHOP thus far, this one has been one like no other.  It started out business as unusual, but has had many twists and turns, some rather unpleasant, some brilliant.  We've said goodbye to some people and we've welcomed many more.  We've lurched from the brink of extinction to a new lease of life - you know, ying and yang, circle of life, all that kinda stuff.

So, this is to wish all SHOP Fans a wonderful, wonderful Christmas and 2012.  We look forward to seeing you on the other side and in the meantime, we'd like to leave you with this extract from A Christmas Carol.  It is Scrooge's nephew talking to his miser of an uncle and we feel his sentiments about Christmas sum up how we feel about Christmas and in some aspects, about SHOP in general too:

  ``There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say ... Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round ... as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!'' 

Sending you all the old, old wish - see you in 2012!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas News!

It's begininng to look a lot like Christmas!
We ruddy love Christmas! We've already eaten ours and your body weight in mince pies and been using any excuse to mull up some wine we can think of..."Oh, I've got the sniffles, maybe a warm drink will help". "Yeah, I read this thing about this new recipe that's meant to be really good for your liver, let's try it out tonight". "I'm really thirsty and don't know about you but I've found the water is a bid flouridey this week". But the best one is "It's Christmas!"

If you haven't been down to the Christmas Steps just yet this December, then you really need to pay us a visit after 5pm (when it's dark) to see our super Christmassy Christmas lights tumbling their way down the steps.
DRAW by Sam Ulewicz

tales from shop

Three things we got in the post this month:

1) An invitation to go to Italy and hang out with the owners of a vintage shop.

2) A napkin ring

3) And this...


The Christmas Artisan Market was a huge success with lots of great feedback from stallholders and visitors alike. It was by far our biggest and most well attended one to date. Apparently Christmas Markets need a USP to be successful...beat our USP universe!

We genuinely didn't believe it could get more christmassy on the steps than it is already until the beautiful December 1st switch on. It truly was a heartwarming community event.

To see all the piccies from the market and switch on event click on the blog below:

SHOP's Bristol postcode means we always have Christmas in our hearts, but that doesn't stop us really ramping up the Christmas to the max!
We have of course stocked up with lots of jumpers for the wintery weather  (still trying hard to get hold of some of the Christmas Jumpers we had last year) and perfect homewares for gifts. We've also got some lovely jewellery for stocking fillers and games for playing round the fire with the family.

Click on the blog link below for a sneaky peak and a bit more info:

SHOP's Feelin Christmassy!!


We will be open up as unusual through December from Monday to Saturday 11am - 6pm.

We will be closed from Friday December 23rd until Monday January 9th.


Exhibition: DRAW
December 3rd - 10th | 12pm - 6pm

Still time to catch the return of the Ulewicz brother, Sam with his solo-show, running until this Saturday the 10th of December.

Here's a little blog about it:

Draw by Sam Ulewicz

Future Event:

Keep a look out for news of our new look SHOP and a big shopping event heading your way in January to rid you of the post-Christmas blues!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Draw by Sam Ulewicz

Sam Ulewicz's exhibition, 'Draw' opened on Saturday in the arts space.  Sam has had a group exhibition in the arts space before with brother Tim Ulewicz and friends Ross Lovelock Ross Godding, 'Back Then'... but this is his first ever solo show!  The illustrations are ace and very funny but we won't spoil the punch lines, you'll have to come and see for yourself.  In the meantime, here are some pics:

The exhibition poster
SHOP loves this one! It's a tee shirt and a print.
The red arrows, these have been painted onto the wall.
A cabinet of goodies.

Friday, 2 December 2011

SHOP's feelin Christmassy!!

When you live on the Christmas Steps you can't help but feel especially Christmassy at this time of year...but we give it a really good go at being extra, extra, specially Christmassy anyway!

We've decked our halls with the usual mix of mismatched decos and created our own little grotto that will have Santa greenland with envy.

Of course we've also had a bit of a top up on party dresses, Christmas jumpers, homeware and well everything really...These pictures don't really do us any justice, if we do say so ours-'elves'.