Brooks of Oldgate, a homeware and gift shop, is a new addition to Morpeth Town Centre and hosts a wonderful selection of one off pieces for the home. Their unique items and gift ideas are sourced from a range of local suppliers, providing beautiful things for every home and taste, all at reasonable prices.
They are a family business, run by Keith, Tracey and their daughter Sophie. The idea for the shop came from Tracey’s lifelong love of interior design & furnishings.
From a very early age Tracey has always moved furniture around, painted, wallpapered and decorated, much to the frustration of the family at times! Tracey loves being able to create something from nothing, or to transform an item into an object of beauty.
Such was her passion for interiors, a few years ago Tracey decided to start the families first business; Dollys. She made hand painted wine glasses and handmade gifts, and could be found many a weekend with a stall at craft fairs and country shows all around the region.
As Tracey’s reputation for the quality of her hand painted glassware grew, it got to the stage where it was no longer a hobby and turned into a business.
In 2016, Tracey and her daughter Sophie took the next step, gave up their jobs, and opened Dollys & Daisys, a Tearoom & Gift Shop in Amble. The gift shop is home to many items handmade by Tracey. However, the space was never big enough for Tracey to indulge her love of all furniture and home wares, hence the opening of Brooks of Oldgate.
In July, husband Keith opened Brooks of Oldgate, and Tracey is his number one supplier, as the originality of her designs and quality of her work is second to none. The family looked long and hard for a premises for this business, and were delighted to find the ideal shop in Morpeth.
Many of the other items for sale in the shop are sourced from suppliers who cannot be found in any other shop in Morpeth. Keith and Tracey are forever looking for new unique suppliers who can offer high quality, unique products, but at a price that fits in with their policy of offering their customers affordable and good value pieces.
The family also search tirelessly to find furniture so they can up-cycle them and offer them for sale, always at reasonable prices. They also try to use local crafters who they have met at the many events they attend, and this too gives the shop many unique and one-off items.
Originally from Durham, Keith told us “Morpeth reminds me a lot of the old town of Durham, with its lovely river walks, beautiful parks, boating on the river, local independent shops, national retailers and friendly locals.” He continued “We have tried to create a friendly, comfortable, enjoyable space for people to browse the many items we have on display and hope they like them as much as we do.”
Brooks of Oldgate, 16 Oldgate, Morpeth NE61 1LX
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