What do you get if you mix together comic books and cushions, bunting and objet d’art? The answer is Chalke and Chase – the shopping emporium at Wilton Shopping Village.
The premise is simple. In a world of mass-produced goods and identikit fashions, more and more people are looking for something a little different – gifts, homeware and accessories that can’t be found anywhere else. There is a wealth of gifted artisans and small businesses in the UK, ready to turning their talent to creating these things. The problem is bringing the two together. With business rates and overheads high, artisans running their own shops isn’t always feasible and with many of the items produced being the sort of thing that you didn’t know you needed in your life until you stumble across it, internet retailing doesn’t always work.
Chalke and Chase solves this problem by bringing the work of all these talented local makers and creators together under one roof to create an emporium packed to the rafters with crafts, artworks, home and garden ware, art, jewellery and other trinkets.
The result is a shop where you can find something to suit virtually all tastes and budgets. For comic aficionados there’s X-men, Super Man and the Incredible Hulk rub shoulders with retro toys and 1980s collectables at My Comic Heroes while for fans of upcycling and quirky homewares, delicately restored upholstery furniture can be found in Joanna of Bath.
Or for those who like to stay stylish on the move, there is inspiration from Calypso Campers, experts at refurbishing camper vans, while for those who want to decorate their home - and themselves - with talking points, there’s Terri’s Barn which boasts a range of ‘objet d’art and curios’ or handcrafted jewellery from Sahra. There’s also a range of intricately embroidered gifts and homewares at Picpacnaddywak and a range of decoupage glassware at Styx on Glass.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it in this treasure trove of local talent. Find it upstairs in our historic courtyard.