Down a country lane, a mile away from the nearest village, isn’t the most obvious choice to open a luxury gift shop; but in 2004 that is exactly what we did.
Back-ridge Farm had been hard hit by the Foot & Mouth epidemic back in 2002 – as had many of our farming neighbours, and the only good thing to come out of it were grants to help update what were now redundant farm buildings; which is how we came to take over the old stable block after it had been converted into a beautiful split level area. The previous year had seen an increasing stream of customers skipping down the farm yard to the workshop in pursuit of their candles – and we decided it was time to give them somewhere much nicer to come. So alongside our own range of melt products, we selected some beautiful organic skincare ranges, niche perfumes, cashmere, leather goods and jewellery to help offer a diverse, calm and sophisticated shopping experience. We’d like to think we got it right!
The final expansion came when we took over an adjacent unit to create our Chandlery & Reading Room which now perfectly complements the main gift shop. All our candles are displayed around a central fragrance bar where customers can take their time selecting their preferred choice – or curling up on a chair with a complimentary glass of wine and one of our books.
Visitors are always assured of a warm and smiley welcome, and with parking right outside the doors it means you can scamper in very quickly when it’s raining. Which, being in the Ribble Valley, …it does a lot!