Thursday, July 16, 2009

Abby & Ross - a short history!

Abby & Ross was conceived in October 2008, when Ro & I looked at frustration at the "black hole" next to Park Cafe and despaired at what may open there. Our existing businesses Polish Nail Spa and Park Cafe were buzzing and we decided that it was essential that we fill the vacant shop with something that would excite us and (hopefully) our fabulous and loyal clients.

The silly season was approaching and a Christmas shop seemed like an obvious choice. We wanted to creates something that felt different to the shops in big malls a bit of a "shop around the corner", filled with gorgeous and whimsical gifts.

The name represented the partnership; Abby is a family name of Ro's and Ross is my surname.

So after an insane month of sourcing products and transforming the space, Abby & Ross opened on 1 November. It was filled with all things delectable - wonderful Christmas decorations (Maileg pixies, glass engraved balls and tasteful white ceramic shapes); retro tin toys, gorgeous stationery, candles, glassware and the wonderful Assouline range of books.

As you may have gathered, the Christmas shop has stayed open as a gift shop and hopefully continues to provide it's customers with something a little different to other shops around Jozi.

Our blog is going to be filled with new products, inspirations and gift ideas.

Polish Nail Spa has also started a blog, so read here to see what's happening there.

So watch this space..

Until next time,


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