Cornwall LivingIssue #113
On the old high street
We take a look at some of the best businesses on the Old High Street in Falmouth.
Walking through Falmouth’s Old High Street is an experience all of its own, transporting us back to a time of carts and carriages amongst the bustle of trading and bargaining in the historic market town. Gorgeous buildings that have stood the test of time guide us through the street, now home to new tenants with fresh, modern businesses, ready to welcome you with a warmth that has always existed in the Cornish town. Hidden courtyards invite curious explorations, and occasional opeways give tantalizing glimpses of the sparkling sea that lies at Falmouth’s feet. The nearby university has brought with it a refreshing population of creative minds with a fresh sense of fashion and style, the reflection of which can be seen in the bohemian atmosphere that radiates from the doorways, inviting you to try a little something new.
Rich in history with a quintessentially Cornish heritage, Falmouth is home to a plethora of local crafters, cultivators and collectors of unique and eye-catching articles. Take a stroll down the cobbled path of indulgence and discovery that is the Old High Street, framed with historic buildings each with a story to tell, and come across a Cornish keep-sake to take home and treasure as a special reminder of a time spent in the calm embrace of Cornwall. Whether you’re looking for fresh home interiors, a handmade signature piece to take pride of place at home, or a special something for a special someone, Falmouth’s Old High Street has it all, and this month we’ve collected some of our absolute favourites.
Stiches and Cream- No.16
For the knitters and crafters amongst you – and those of you who just like cake – Stitches and Cream is well worth a visit. This small, family run business stocks high-quality and contemporary dress fabric, sewing patterns, a wide range of kits, and gorgeous natural fibre yarns. Committed to supporting other local businesses, the story and heritage of their products is important to the sister duo running the show, and will be shared with you. Need help choosing the right yarn or fabric for your next project? Pop in and talk to Sandra, Jane and Nic to discuss all things knitting, crochet or sewing, and if you fancy trying something new they offer small and select workshops for you to learn new skills and develop existing ones too!
The Grey Lurcher- No.20
Having now been a familiar shop front on Falmouth Old High Street for four years, The Grey Lurcher moved to its present position in August last year. “We have to say it’s been the best decision we ever made,” says owner, Julie. “The change of premises has meant we’ve been able to move towards homewares and interior styling.” The team have built a carefully curated selection of makers from both Cornwall and further afield, developing a beautiful collection of limited addition pieces. Alongside some gorgeous interiors and homewares, The Grey Lurcher stocks a range of furniture paints and accessories – perfect for the next upcycle project – and a great selection of cards and contemporary gifts. Pop in and say hello, or check out the website for the whole collection.
Inspire Makers- No.5
Located towards the top of the historic old High Street, Inspire Makers is a creative space showcasing the talent of over 50 small Cornish, creative businesses. Offering affordable, contemporary design-led work, you will find a carefully curated selection of original paintings, limited-edition prints, ceramics, glass, jewellery, stationery, and textiles. There is also a gallery area with a full programme of local artist exhibitions, and a workshop calendar with a range of creative classes that might inspire you to take up making yourself.
A trip to Falmouth wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the resident home, lifestyle and wellbeing hub that is Cloudberry. With a focus on modern style for modern living, the shop stocks sustainable furniture and lifestyle pieces, influenced by simple Scandinavian design. The selection of beautiful, functional gifts and interiors embraces a timeless style and the chance to share a passion for all things Scandi. In order to experience the world of calm and tranquillity that Cloudberry is able to offer, a visit is the best option, but if that’s not on the cards for now you can always go to the website for an extensive range of Scandi style wonders.
Mirri Damer Contemporary Jewellery- No.8
Mirri’s sculptural jewellery is celebrated and coveted for its timeless style and low-key luxury look. Inspired by the ever-changing mood of the Cornish landscape, she translates the majesty of nature into the miniature of precious jewellery. A visit to her studio and shop is a must to view an extensive range of unique, contemporary designs and exciting one-off creations. Her work is all hand crafted on site from 100% recycled or Fairtrade gold or silver, and set with diamonds and other precious, ethically sourced gemstones. So, if you find yourself wandering through the Old High Street in Falmouth, make sure to pop in and say hello! You can even arrange an appointment to discuss a modern re-design of an heirloom piece, or perhaps a private commission?
Ludgate House Antiques- No.51a
A trip to Ludgate House Antiques is an absolute must for anyone visiting Falmouth’s historic Old High Street. Owners Ralph and Nicki Retallack can be found in the 17th century merchant’s house which houses the shop, fronting the high street and inviting passers-by to take a peek into the treasure filled window. Specialising in decorative antiques, Ralph and Nicki source unique pieces with a particular passion for elegant furniture dating from the 17th through to the 20th century. You’ll be met with friendly assistance and advice on period interior, and if you haven’t come across the item you’ve been looking for, the helpful team will be able to advise you on sourcing that wish-list item.