The Piece Hall has recently welcomed two new independent businesses; ‘The Rug & Table Shop’ and ‘Too Nice To Use’, both located on the upper Colonnade level of the historic building – a burgeoning destination for specialist retail and bringing their own collection of homewares and gifts to Halifax for the first time.
Both see The Piece Hall as the ideal location from which to expand their existing businesses, already established with premises in Ripponden and Saltaire respectively. The former cloth hall, which has seen footfall of over 3million since opening, has put Halifax on the map as a destination for a perfect mix of high street and independent retail.
Owners of ‘The Rug & Table Shop’ Sarah and Lee Morton have over 25 years of experience in the flooring and construction industry. The family-run business has an existing showroom at Commercial Mills, Ripponden, that specialises in flooring, but in their new 588sq ft space in The Piece Hall Sarah and Lee are showcasing their own bespoke handmade tables, a large selection of quality rugs and complementary accessories such as clocks, mirrors and lighting in a high street outlet for the first time.
Sarah comments: “The Piece Hall brings back so many childhood memories. After visiting the venue last year, I immediately fell back in love with it and knew it was the ideal location for us to expand our business. We needed somewhere that oozed character and quality and what better place than The Piece Hall. There is such an amazing vibe, the other shops work very well together, we all complement one another so that collectively we can offer a one stop shop for all requirements.”
Artist Simone Crossland and her partner Craig Bradley have chosen The Piece Hall as the location for their second shop, ‘Too Nice to Use’. Simone’s work has been sold in galleries around the country for several years and in 2018 the couple opened their first retail outlet in Saltaire.
Simone’s original artwork is exclusively available in the two retail outlets and she is also available for commission pieces. Discerning shoppers can pamper themselves with Yorkshire made skincare products from Betty Hula, select from a carefully curated collection of candles, cards and cushions, scarves and handbags as well as smaller homewares including mugs, placemats and coasters made from Simone’s artwork.
Craig comments: “When we saw The Piece Hall we knew that it was just perfect for the types of products we sell – art, candles, skincare items, gifts and homewares – by exclusively available brands, designers and makers. It was, for us, incredibly important to be surrounded by the types of creative and unconventional businesses already here, it’s such a stunning and unique place with a really diverse mix of shops but all with a strong independent flavour, giving a really special atmosphere.”
The businesses join an existing 36 retailers, cafes, bars and restaurants and the recently re-located Halifax Visitor Information Centre in the Grade I listed building. Chief Executive Nicky Chance-Thompson said: “These two established businesses are welcome additions to our eclectic and vibrant range of retailers. We consider each application for a retailer carefully to ensure that they will bring something different and complementary to our existing group. Both of these fit that perfectly, as well as specialising in bespoke and specially commissioned work, whether artwork or furniture, and selling a hand-picked mix of products, many of which are only available in Halifax at The Piece Hall. It all builds on The Piece Hall’s growing reputation as a must visit destination for shoppers looking for an original and alternative experience.”
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