Despite a decidedly tough year for retail, Marlow continues to buck the trend with five new stores opening in the run up to Christmas. The Rug Shed opened its doors in October, while December sees the return of clothing brand JAM Industries and an exciting second gallery for high street stalwart Clarendon Fine Art, as well as the much-awaited opening of Nova Fine Art, and brand-new wine merchants Grape Expectations.
The Rug Shed is a new 'face' for Marlow, with a beautiful range of premium, handmade rugs selected by expert rug artisans. The independently owned store also offers a free home trial service and sourcing of rare antique rugs. With warehouses in London and a successful shop in Henley, the new Marlow store is a natural next step for the brand.
JAM Industries is an old favourite, returning to Marlow High Street for a third time as an independent pop-up shop with its range of comfortable, yet stylish clothing, inspired by a coastal lifestyle. The new JAM Industries shop opened in November at 52 High Street and will be open for the Christmas trading period.
Grape Expectations brings a unique new wine concept to the High Street where shoppers can purchase to go or enjoy a drink in the bar area. As well as wines they offer cocktails, gins and spirits and plan to host wine tastings and wine courses as soon as restrictions allow.
Clarendon Fine Art, already a familiar presence on Marlow High Street, is expanding to open a boutique gallery focused on "Pop and Street" art, opposite its existing traditional fine art space. Helen Swaby, CEO of Clarendon Fine Art, who has built the business up from art parties hosted at home to her now 16-strong portfolio of galleries, said, "Marlow is both a town steeped in history, and a bustling, vibrant cultural hub. We hope, as we open our new gallery with confidence and joy, that we will continue to contribute to the flourishing local art scene, and to engage with the wonderful community that have welcomed and supported us so warmly over the years."
Former 'Made in Chelsea' star Andrew Jordan of JAM commented, "We are really excited to return with a pop up in Marlow. We always receive such a warm welcome from customers in the area, the High Street is starting to feel like a home-from-home to JAM Industries, and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible in store."
Tamra Booth, Managing Director of Sorbon Estates commented "We are very lucky in Marlow that interest in retail stores remains, despite the challenges created by the pandemic. Whilst we see large chains going bust across the country, it is fantastic to see smaller independents take the opportunity to get onto the high street. At Sorbon, the team works hard to secure diverse new stores that bring something fresh and different for shoppers to enjoy. We are only able to achieve this due to the unique appeal of the town, and the loyalty and community spirit of its residents."