The lovely Old Foundry Chapel in Hayle was constructed in 1845 by the Wesleyan Methodists. It has had several metamorphoses since it was built and now houses a warren of quirky little interesting shops and a restaurant.
I popped in to visit Kirsty from The Emporium of Illumination, my favourite lampshade maker, who has just taken up residence in this beautiful old building. The facade is glorious and entices you in. It reminded me a lot of the Old Market House in St Austell.
Upstairs there are antiques, vintage, art and bookshops, a treasure trove of interesting finds. Downstairs you will find fashion and lifestyle, beauty and creative makers like Kirsty. There’s a florist, jewellery, craft and a fantastic café called Duckies.
I had a lovely wander round chatting to the various stall holders and the owner of the Chapel who runs her fashion shop Ula, also a Kirsty. She had a vision to reinvigorate the Old Foundry Chapel from the slightly run-down building with a tired air which it once was, to house vibrant upbeat artisan shops run by passionate people. It appears to be working! The Chapel has a Facebook page and website, www.theoldfoundrychapel.co.uk, where you can find details of the shops and upcoming events, such as Christmas card and wreath making, musical entertainment on late night shopping evenings and more.
Do visit Michael in Duckies café. He is a passionate chef and the food was amazing. The little café was packed with locals (always a good sign) and the food was fresh and enticing.
I never cease to be amazed by the wealth of creative talent we have here in Cornwall. Genius creative people beaver away in little micro businesses to produce a wonderful array of products – food and drink, art and craft, clothing, health and wellbeing products to name but a few.
You may get to meet them at an array of Craft Fairs or workshops, so do try to pop along to buy artisan products, one-offs made by a talented local maker who you can chat to and buy unique products made with love, care and skill. There is a great group of Etsy makers who have got together to promote themselves. Click here for the Etsy Makers Facebook page.
Their upcoming Christmas Fair in St Ives is definitely a must go to event for me.
Keep an eye on cornwall365.com for a comprehensive guide to all local events and activities on offer in Cornwall.
I just love where I live!