By Andrew Brown
A brand new shop selling gifts and home decor in Southport is looking to open with a bang this weekend!
Urban Attic is opening on Market Street this Sunday (5th September), opposite the side entrance of the new-look Southport Market, which has attracted thousands of visitors since it opened in July following its £1.4million transformation.
The shop is the latest new addition to the thriving ‘Market Quarter’ scene, with Season Coffee, Bar and Kitchen on King Street and The Cake Box on Market Street due to open in the next few days.
German Doner Kebab is investing £500,000 in the former McDonalds building with the creation of 30 new jobs while new owners are in the process of taking over The Coronation pub site.
Urban Attic is owned by Stephen Barr and Katy Khamisa, who joined forces earlier this year to create a permanent home for their individual creative businesses.
They are opening on a very busy weekend for the town, with Southport Food and Drink Festival taking place this Friday to Sunday (3rd to 5th September) and Southport Makers Market returning this Sunday (5th September). Southport Market will also draw in the crowds.
Stephen and Katy said: “So it’s happening! We’re opening this Sunday, 5th September!
“It’s a great day to be in Southport… you’ve got Southport Market opposite us with their amazing selection of food, and the Southport Makers Market happening right outside our shop!
“Make a day of it and come and see us!
“We are so excited to be joining the great business community in the Market Quarter and can’t wait to see this develop even more into an amazing creative hub.”
Stephen, who was born and bred in Merseyside, is co-owner of East Street Concrete which began three years ago. He creates unique home and giftware using concrete and Jesmonite, which is stocked to other shops and makers markets locally, nationally and internationally.
Katy left her teaching career earlier this year to concentrate on her creative business. She has been fulfilling custom orders of bespoke, made to measure furniture and homeware to order from her workshop at home for a couple of years.
She is passionate about repurposing and recycling old furniture and using reclaimed timber to create new pieces.
Katy said: “I’ve lived in London for quite a while, and relocated to Southport in April. I was teaching in west London. Don’t worry though… I’m a northerner, Lancashire born and bred!”
Urban Attic will stock a mixture of their own pieces and a carefully curated collection or work from other local makers.
As well as the items available in the shop, both Katy and Stephen will be offering bespoke, made to measure services on furniture and concrete pieces.