Cornwall LivingIssue #112
Three Cornish companies working together under the same roof to make your house a dream home.
Time is a treasured commodity for many of us, and when an opportunity comes along to visit three incredible local companies in the very same building, why not embrace it? Based in an impressive showroom in Threemilestone, Truro, Annie & Maude, Cornwall Glass and Hardy Carpets have come together to offer everything you need to transform your house, each bringing their own high-quality products to the table. Whether you’re looking to furnish your floors, re-imagine your home décor, for all things glass and mirror – or, perhaps, a combination of all three – this is where you need to be.
Dave and Heather Mitchell established their family glazing business, Cornwall Glass, in 1978 (originally Dave Mitchell Glass and Glazing), and worked tirelessly together to get their business off the ground and ensure that their customers got the very best of everything for all things glass and glazing. We speak to Tony Smith, Branch Manager, to find out a little more about the people behind the glass: “We aspire to give our customers a wide range of products with experienced and professional customer service. As a company we are genuinely passionate about what we do, from cutting a replacement glass table top to supplying and installing stunning glass balustrades, while working and supporting our local communities with our Cornwall Glass Charitable Fund.”
Expect the wow factor when you enter the Cornwall Glass showroom, with examples of the team’s most popular products on display, plus the county’s widest range of framed mirrors. The friendly team, with years of experience in the glass industry, are on hand to advise and work on projects large or small, offering a first class service, plus glaziers operating throughout the south west, providing a high quality, flexible and professional fitting service.
While you’re waiting for your glass to be cut, why not head over for a little peruse of the myriad flooring options at Hardy Carpets? Having been established for over 40 years, this is another family run business that’s flourished in the south west, and whether you’re after the plushest of carpets for a luxury bedroom vibe, or a rustic, hardwood look laminate, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Hunting for fresh carpets and flooring can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not sure on budget or look, but the friendly staff who walk the showroom floor are there to help, with an enormous range for you to discover at prices that won’t break the bank. Hardy Carpets offers an incredible level of support, from shop-floor advice, to free measuring, and even expert fitting. An ultimate one-stop shop if you know what you’re looking for, and if you don’t! Speaking with Lynzi, Manager of Hardy Carpets, she expresses a noble company ethos: “To make all customers happy, and for each one to walk out of our showroom knowing that they have the best-quality flooring at the best price from a local business.”
Sometimes you just need to see something in action to be able to visualise it in your own home, and if you head upstairs to Annie & Maude – situated on the mezzanine – you’ll be able to see just that, as Hardy Carpets have supplied and laid all their flooring! This company is brand new, having only started trading in May this year, but its eclectic mix of gifts and homewares is growing ever more popular with locals and visitors alike. “As part of the Cornwall Group we are the brainchild of our Chairman Mark Mitchell, who wanted to take a new direction form his well-established and well-known glass companies,” explains Kati Bawden, who manages Annie & Maude alongside Adele Payne. Inspiration for the business, and the origin of its name, comes from Mark Mitchell’s great grandmothers, Maude Parris and Annie Deacon, who Kati describes as “two rather ‘ansum Cornish maids with a passion for making a house a home”. Resourceful and imaginative, Katie explains: “They created homes that were ahead of their time. Today we celebrate their legacy and love of eclectic home styling.” This celebration is showcased in a carefully curated collection of diverse and imaginative pieces that fill the 3,000 square foot showroom and which provide a real feast for the senses, from gifts, cards and wrapping paper, to furniture and homewares. They’ll even gift-wrap for you while you wait!
With Cornwall Glass to your left, Hardy Carpets to your right and Annie & Maude above, we can’t imagine a better arrangement of local businesses to offer you everything you could need to transform your home. The friendly atmosphere and helpful advice spreads through the whole building, so make sure to have a chat with the lovely staff on hand there, you won’t be disappointed!
You can find these collaborative companies under the same roof on Chyvelah Road, Threemilestone, Truro TR3 6AZ. Go and pay them a visit!
Annie & Maude