Where It All Began
No 2 New Buildings came up for sale in 2003, just at the right time for The Highwaymen to expand their kite business into larger retail premises. Then, noticing a distinct lack of gift shops in the area, Shirley decided to dip her toes into the gifting and home fragrance market. It made sense.....of course it did.....Yankee Candles and Bath Bombs....not that much different to power kites, mountain boards and wheel bearings!
So Swagbox ~ The Gift Shop was born in 2009, whilst Sean (The Junior Turpin) took The Highwaymen to a different level, with the design and manufacture of bespoke lightweight structures for a diverse new client base. Both businesses progressed at No 2, and in 2017 the Turpins and Miss Diane refurbished the first floor to accommodate expansion.
The first upstairs room was opened in time for Christmas, and by March 2018 the project was completed with the opening of Steph's vintage room. We are not planning on moving up into the attic rooms yet though, as the fairies and elves have claimed this space for their own secret activities.
Well that's how we work and play at No 2, and we have had a ball! The dogs have also had a ball or three, as we often find one (a ball) lurking under the bath bombs! They absolutely love receiving visitors and are more than happy to hide in the kitchen when required.
So, we hope you have enjoyed reading our little story, and we look forward to showing you around the shop. It is a really quaint 300 year old cottage with exposed beams and original features, so interesting in it's own right. There is so much to look at, so come and have a look for yourself, you will be made very welcome.