Opening of Studio Pugh design store in New Shambles, Kendal

A new boutique design studio plans to bring a big city feel to Kendal and show that art still has a place on the high street.

Harriet Pugh, originally from the Wirral but now from Kendal, opened Studio Pugh, on New Shambles, adding to the high street’s growing reputation as a hub for small independent retailers.

Harriet is a graphic designer by trade and plans to continue providing this service, but wants to create a more interactive experience for customers,

“I always thought Kendal needed something a little more like Manchester, a kind of little design studio boutique, for people who want something a little different,” she said. declared.

“I want to feature pieces from all over the UK, not just Cumbria, and lovely pieces, gifts, craft supplies, somewhere you can browse a bit and hopefully find something you you like.

“I design keychains, tote bags, notebooks and personal gifts, but I also design logos, signs and invitations for people – really anything.

“It’s a nice open space and then I have another room which is an open workspace.

“We are in talks to do a course so that people can learn how to do calligraphy for example.

“I want to have local artists who wouldn’t necessarily be able to have a space to teach their skills – they can come in and interact using that space, because I was looking for creative classes but there really wasn’t any , only where I should travel for that particular one.

“I wanted to show that not everything is online, that small businesses can still show the arty side of things, that people can physically see things, pick them up.

“I love the New Shambles, there are a few nifty companies there already, and I saw this unit go up and fell in love with it.

“We get grants for signage so we can improve it – plus all the people on the street who own a business are women.

“We really want to promote this aisle as a creative space – Sandra with the soap shop hosts soap making workshops, and we’re all talking about doing little collaborations to create something positive for Kendal.”

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