Old fishing port bank to reopen as vault of vintage collectibles
AN OLD fishing port bank is set to reopen as a vault of oddities and collectibles.
Newlyn’s old Barclays on The Strand, which closed around a year ago after falling customer numbers, will now offer hordes of “curios and surprises” in place of cashiers and mortgage packages.
The business is due to open its doors next Saturday and is the work of proprietor Stephen Childs, who established the vintage emporium Steckfensters in Penzance.
He said of his enterprise: “I’ve always wanted to create something like this in Newlyn, something with a ‘wow’ factor.
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“I decided to set up a business in Newlyn as I like the attraction of the building, and being based in a working fishing port. Newlyn has a good hustle and bustle about it and we’re the only business like this in the port.
“It’s a lovely old building which I have sympathetically renovated keeping as many of the original features as possible; even the old bank safe has been given a polish.”
He added the shop will exhibit vintage trinkets, antiques, shabby chic and retro items from across the decades.
While the building also sees its old flooring, high arch windows and Victorian fireplace preserved.
A small model of the Newlyn fisherman sculpture is also going to feature, said to be one of just three made by renowned Cornish sculptor Tom Leaper.
The shop opens at 10am on October 26.