As most of our customers will know we have moved out of our shop premises on Chapel Street, Penzance. I thought I would take a moment to write a quick blog post elaborating on our reasons. I think it's nice to connect with the real people behind a business you follow and invest your time and money in. I hope to maintain those relationships we made with our lovely customers even now we are hidden away behind a computer screen.
The quick and simple reason for our closure at Chapel Street is that our 5 year lease had come to an end. We always knew when we took on Captain Cutters it would be hard to say where we would be in 5 years time, I have to admit I didn't think it would be in lockdown in the midst of a global pandemic! But I did suspect we may have started a family. The sweet little flat above captain cutters was perfect for 2 people but once we became a family of 3 and our son started walking the space just wasn't viable anymore.
We shared the building with my dearest father who owned the little book shop on the other side of the corridor and stepped in to run the place while I was on maternity leave. He had felt for a while he was well and truly ready to retire from full time shop life. He has had antiquarian book shops in Penzance and Newlyn for over 20 years and was finally ready for a rest.
I had been so absent from the shop for the past year or so in both body and mind! Having my son was even more of a distraction than I could have ever imagined and I had really lost sight of what and where i wanted Endpaper to be.
Combine all of these factors and then chuck in a global pandemic forcing us to close most of the year and a fresh start sounded really appealing! Hence we made the decision not to renew our lease.
I actually really like change, I love the thrill of starting afresh so i'm feeling really excited about making Endpaper an online only business for a while. I really enjoy the creativity and simplicity of building and maintaining a website and am excited to explore this new challenge. I will however really miss Chapel street itself. It's just the coolest most beautiful little creative hub full of interesting independents. I must say it's pretty hard to walk away from just as everyone else is trying to get their foot in the door. I will also miss actually seeing our customers in real life, the interesting chats and the supportive, creative community of customers and shopkeepers that was fostered there.
So times are a changing, we are working on our online shop and a website refresh and hope to be up and running in March 2021. We will also be keeping an eye out for new premises should anything exciting pop up when the place and time is right.
We work between a very tiny little office room overlooking the sea in Newlyn & a studio space at No.56 Makers Parade Street, Penzance. If you want anymore info or just to chat drop us an email and if you'd like to stay updated with the journey and the shop sign up to our newlsetter.
Thank you so much to our customers for your support these past years and we very much hope you will stay with us on this next part of the journey.