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Abraxas Cookshop

The original Abraxas Cookshop opened in July 1996 at the beautifully restored and renovated Heart of The Shires Shopping Village. Built in 1867 and in its former days a model working Victorian farm, the shopping village is now home to twenty two retail outlets. Abraxas Cookshop is situated on the top floor of a 3000 sq ft dutch barn, stocking every item imaginable from a pastry brush to state-of-the art coffee machines, cookware, bakeware, knives, electricals, gadgets, utensils and kitchen work stations. In March 2004, Abraxas opened another branch in Regent Street, Rugby situated twelve miles from the primary store at The Heart of The Shires Shopping Village. The renovation was carried out in keeping with the nineteenth century building containing beautiful high ceilings, covings and unusual features. Downstairs in the restored basement, customers can view cookware ranges and accessories together with an electrical section displaying working coffee machines. In November 2004 Abraxas China & Glass opened at 15 Regent Street, Rugby stocking a comprehensive range of cutlery, glassware, dinnerware, table-top accessories and christening presents. Suppliers include LSA, Maxwell & Williams and Emma Bridgewater. The biggest renovation challenge yet, the Banbury shop was discovered in June 2004 in a very run-down condition. Built in 1867, this unique building, listed and in a conservation area, necessitated a complete restoration. Opened in June 2005, Abraxas Banbury has enjoyed positive customer feed-back. Local people were pleased to see this once dilapidated building transformed into a thriving retail business. The usual extensive and comprehensive range of cookware including knives, bakeware, storage, gadgets, utensils, textiles and work stations are displayed on the first floor. Downstairs in the vaulted basement, they have the China & Glass section, including Emma Bridgewater pottery, dinnerware, glassware and table-top accessories together with a working coffee machine area where customers may `test-drive' the equipment and sample the result! They were thrilled when the opportunity arose to take on these lovely premises on a prime shopping street in Northampton, filled with other independent retailers, cafes and bars. Opened in November 2006, Abraxas Northampton benefits from large ground and first floor areas, capturing the rural Abraxas feel into the urban town environment.

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Calliope

Offers interesting and attractive gifts for you and your family and friends, their homes and their gardens; each item and range selected for its quality, design, provenance or individuality. They take the utmost care to source products with thought and consideration. They're really not into mass-produced trinkets; they'd rather have a select, eclectic range of aspirational gifts. They particularly pride themselves on the range of greetings cards, which they believe is the largest selection you can find online from any UK retailer. Everything you find at Calliope has its own story. Whether you are visiting one of their shops, or ordering from their online store, their attention to detail will make your experience at Calliope a memorable one. They will always value customers' feedback, so do get in touch if there's anything you want to share with them.

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Dartington Crystal

Create contemporary crystal and glass to be used and enjoyed. Get inspired and shop online for their fabulous wine glasses, beautiful vases and bowls, classic whisky tumblers and many more lovely gifts.

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Dot Com Gift Shop

Since 2005 their in-house design team have been working hard to deliver the most original and stylish prints, gifts and decorations straight to you before anyone else. Their extensive collection means you can always rely on them to find you something that’s perfect for any occasion, without the hassle of the high street.

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Dunelm

Fast growing specialist out-of-town homewares retailer which provides a comprehensive range of products to a wide customer base, under the brand name Dunelm. Dunelm was founded in 1979 by Bill and Jean Adderley, selling curtains on a Leicester market stall. The business developed into a successful chain of high street shops in the Midlands specialising in soft furnishings and other homeware. Today the major focus is out-of-town retailing – always with the company's original principle of “something for everyone, everything for someone – there’s no place like Dunelm” firmly in mind. Key facts: UK’s largest homewares retailer; portfolio of established out-of-town superstores, average sales area approximately 30,000 square feet; great prices; deep availability; friendly knowledgeable service; online store featuring 24,000 products.

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Ecp Design Limited

Leading homewares and ceramics company based in Gloucestershire, England. The company was established in 1977 on a rural farming estate in the Badminton area of the Cotswolds but they soon out grew their farm buildings and moved to a large factory in South Gloucestershire in the mid-Eighties. Since then they have developed a vast range of over 1500 products including ceramics, homewares and gifts for the design-led gift market. Their product range includes their own unique designs as well as those from other renowned UK designers such as Martin Wiscombe, Jan Constantine, Brixton Pottery and Caroline Zoob, along with licensed products from Marmite, Matt Cartoons and Hope & Greenwood which gives their products range everything from country style to contemporary chic. As a company they are always looking out for talented designers, new product ideas and licensing opportunities to expand their range and aim to offer new collections with each season. They work hard to keep their product range fresh and exciting and strive to continually improve the buying experience for their customers by offering high quality, durable and functional products at the best possible price. They are an environmentally aware company, aiming to use recycled materials whenever possible. They use ethical suppliers whom they visit and assess at least once a year.

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G Cohen

Their Director Gideon Cohen has been dealing in antique silver for 37 years, and has been based in Central London at the world renowned London Silver Vaults since 1995. They specialise in British silver from the 17th century up to the present day and also have a selection of fine continental objects; their emphasis is on quality and condition and, unless otherwise stated, all of their inventory is guaranteed to be Sterling Silver, in good condition, and authentic. They have built a strong reputation as an Internet-based company in recent years, shipping purchases to a growing base of customers all over the world. In addition to that, they have now opened a plush new retail unit in the prestigious London Silver Vaults, where customers can see their extensive collection on display. Whichever way you buy from them, they are committed to providing excellent customer service and guarantee that no compromise is made on authenticity, quality, or condition.

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Gallop Guru

If you're buying a present for a horsey friend, you've come to the right place for a truly inspirational choice of horse gifts and homeware. The unique Gallop Guru collection includes lots of established classics as well as many new, stylish and exciting items - all available online. Gallop Guru is an online horse-inspired gift and homeware emporium, based in the picturesque market town of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire and run by its founder, former personal injury barrister Heather Dardis. They also package their products beautifully so that receiving your purchase feels like a special treat even if you have not selected one of their premium gift-wrapping options. Their vintage range is the ultimate complement to their collection, offering you the chance to buy genuine original one-off gifts that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. And remember, orders over £75 will be delivered to you free of charge! They care about customer satisfaction as much as they love horses, and they promise they’ll bend over backwards to solve any problem or query you raise.

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Habitat

For over 50 years they’ve challenged the conventions of how people live and today their purpose is no different: to imagine life as it should be with cleverly-crafted, affordable design for the contemporary home. Be inspired by their take on modern style, where quality, affordability and innovation rule the roost. This is where you’ll find all you need: sofas, furniture, home accessories, kitchen, soft furnishings, outdoor, dining accessories and fitted kitchens.

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Holly Lasseter Designs

Holly has been hand painting fine china in her Dorset home studio for over fifteen years. Her work ranges from one-off bespoke items to entire dinner services and tiles for kitchens and bathrooms. Her timeless delicate designs are inspired by the natural world, flowers, fruit, vegetables and insects. Holly works exclusively with UK companies for her base china and for the supply, printing and make-up of her fabrics and textile accessories. Holly’s private commissions include commemorative and personalised pieces for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. Incorporating clients special requests make the pieces even more individual. Holly also enjoys working on license and artwork projects for other companies. Holly worked for Colefax & Fowler interior decorating in London before setting up her own business. Her experience with interior design has led to developing her own fabric collection and she is able to advise customers. Her fabrics are popular for curtains, blinds and small upholstery items for light domestic use.

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Ikea

Offers furniture and home furnishings. Their vision is to create a better everyday life, and their business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional furniture and home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

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Joanna Wood

Opened in 1985 in the fashionable Pimlico Road Design District in London, the shop sells an extensive range of contemporary and traditional interior design accessories and gifts which are also available to order over the telephone and online. Joanna actively takes part in the sourcing of products, from small independent suppliers in England to far flung countries around the world. She has a keen eye for the unusual and strives to present pleasurable, tactile gifts and accessories in a friendly and welcoming shopping environment. The shop features lighting, accessories and furniture for contemporary and traditional homes, and an abundance of gift ideas to inspire your imagination and presents that survive the test of time. Joanna Wood is recognised as one of Britain's leading figures in the international world of Interior Design, a reputation built over 25 years. Joanna brings to each project her care and attention to detail, creating a classic style that combines traditional and contemporary elements to produce a result which is both practical and visually exciting.

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