We asked Louise Hart from The Christmas Shop to give us an insight into her shop dedicated to Christmas all the year round!
What is the name of your shop and how did you come up with the name?
Our name is The Christmas Shop. We wanted to be recognised as the original, first shop in the UK selling Christmas items all year round. When the business was set up 27 years ago it predominantly sold German items.
Where are you based?
In the Cotswolds at Lechlade-On-Thames, Gloucestershire.
How would you describe your shop in 3 words?
Unique, Traditional, Original
What makes you so special?
We are a traditional Christmas shop and have been trading for 27 years. We are open full-time throughout the year, 7 days a week from Easter to Christmas (weekends only from January to March). We stock a fantastic range of products sourced worldwide.
Are you easy to find?
Yes, very – we are on the high street in Lechlade. We are 15 minutes north of the M4.
What’s the best thing about your location?
Our shop is part of a Grade 2 listed building (Cotswold stone) and has 3 fantastic large windows enabling us to do great displays. We also have parking spaces for our customers.
Where is the best place for a coffee nearby?
The Tea Chest by the river: a lovely place.
Any other must see things in the area?
Feeding the ducks and Swans on the river, taking a boat trip or walking along the river
What is your favourite Gisela Graham product or range?
We particularly like the fairy range and animals (cats & dogs), these always go really well with our customers who collect Gisela Graham items.
Any cute stories about something you’ve sold from customers?
One of popular larger items is fire-screens. A customer bought 2 of these to protect their Christmas tree from their rabbits!
What are your best sellers?
Everything we stock by Gisela Graham sells well including tealights, snowglobes, fairy ranges and musical items.
Your Website or opening hours and contact number:
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sunday 11-5pm
We are open from Easter to Christmas 7 days to week. We are closed weekdays between January to March.
For Trade enquiries please email – Sales@GiselaGraham.co.uk or call – 020 7708 4956