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Urban Attic celebrates six months of opening and owners ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s support

Urban Attic celebrates six months of opening and owners ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s support
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The owners of a new independent shop in Southport say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support from local people after reaching a ‘mini anniversary’.

Stephen Barr and Katy Khamisa who opened Urban Attic on Market Street in Southport in September 2021 and today thanked the people of the town for helping them enjoy a triumphant first six months.

The shop opened opposite the side entrance of Southport Market, which reopened in July last year as an exciting new food, drink and events venue. The Sefton Council-led transformation was made possible through £900,000 in Southport Town Deal funding from the Government plus £600,000 from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The reopening of the Market has attracted greater footfall into the ‘Market Quarter’ area as well as enticing new local, independent businesses to move into the area.

Recent arrivals include Urban Attic, as well as: Season Coffee, Bar & Kitchen; The Cake Box; Eva’s Sewing Room; and David Davies Sales and Lettings Agent.

New owners are preparing to redevelop the former Coronation pub on King Street, while German Doner Kebab is due to lead the £500,000 conversion of the former McDonald’s building on the corner of King Street and Market Street, creating 30 new jobs.

They will join some favourite local businesses already well established in the area such as Kall Kwik, Southport Market Blinds, Quicksilver Music, Vanilla Nova Cake Boutique and others.

The owners of Urban Attic are delighted to be playing their part in the exciting revival of the Market Quarter.

Stephen Barr said: “Urban Attic has been open for six months. We’d like to thank everyone all for the support since we opened. It’s been overwhelming. Southport rocks.

“It feels amazing reaching this mini-anniversary! We have really been welcomed by the local community in Southport. It’s been overwhelming for Katy and I.

“We love the community feel of the Market Quarter and getting to know all the customers, both regular and new.

“The support they’ve given the shop is confirmation that we’re on the right track with Urban Attic, and its ethos of supporting local makers.”

Urban Attic has been building a keen following due to the shop’s very unique range of products.

Stephen said: “People can expect some unique handmade gifts and home decor made by local makers.

“We have greeting cards, prints, stationary, plants, pots, vases, ceramics, jewellery, candles. We can cram a lot into a tiny shop.

“We also offer a personal touch by catering to bespoke requests as most of the items in the shop are made locally by our amazing makers!”

Stephen, who was born and bred in Merseyside, is co-owner of East Street Concrete which began four 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, from Lancashire, left her teaching career last 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.

Pictured above: Some of the wonderful items on sale at Urban Attic.

She is passionate about repurposing and recycling old furniture and using reclaimed timber to create new pieces.

Urban Attic stocks a mixture of its own pieces and a carefully curated collection or work from other local makers.

After a difficult few months during the pandemic, Stephen and Katy are hoping for a busy year ahead in Southport as warmer weather arrives and the big local events, such as Southport Flower Show and Southport Air Show, return.

Stephen said: “Big events like the Southport Flower Show bring a lot of attention to Southport, and they are vital to small businesses like ours.

“We’re taking part in the Easter Extravaganza at Southport Market on 15th and 16th April and we’ll also be working with Art House Southport in June as part of their Arts Trail month, which is exciting.

“We’re also looking forward to our first proper summer on Market Street.

“We’ve built up a great relationship with the local traders and Southport Market, so I’m sure there’ll be lots of summer events happening.”

As well as the items available in the shop, both Katy and Stephen offer bespoke, made to measure services on furniture and concrete pieces.

For more details please follow the Urban Attic Facebook page here or follow them on Instagram here.

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