Space retro and vintage store launched its new store this week at The Ginnel, off Parliament Street in Harrogate (right next door to where it used to be). It’s set to be a true asset to the town, THE place to go for authentic one-off pieces, covering fashion, accessories, jewellery, homewares and curios.
Not only that, it’s got a bar/cafe and a record store on the first floor. Major Tom’s Social is a serene and airy cafe by day, and at night, it becomes an atmospheric and friendly bar with a chilled vibe. Run by owners Lee Bellwood and Toby Smith (the chaps behind Leeds-based Baby Jupiter), the plan is to offer artisan beers, meat and cheese boards and pizzas, and have live bands, great music and lots of chillin’.
All of which means this is a most welcome addition to the town, offering not just a cool place for shopping and browsing, but also a stylish yet non-pretentious venue for a drink and a bite. We hope it does very well indeed and urge you to pop along to check it out.
The ground floor truly is a treasure trove, an emporium to gorgeous vintage fashion and homewares – prices range from a couple of pounds to £1,295 for a 1950s’ Dior couture gown (the one in the mirror at the top of the post). Dealers include: Beatniks; Shado; Ben Jays Vintage; Retro Vintage Watch; Vintage Emporium by Keeley Harris; Polka Dot Vintage and Books 4 All.
It’s all run under the stewardship of Steve Elvidge, pictured here with his wife, Stacey Farrell-Elvidge, on the first floor. Steve says he moved Space from next door simply because they had outgrown the premises. And now there’s room for that fantastic bar.
Music lovers, pop pickers and booty shakers will love Wall of Sound, the first floor record shop, run by Elliot Smaje (he knows his stuff). It is full of vintage vinyl covering all genres from folk and punk to reggae and jazz. If you sold your hi-fi to make way for a CD player, don’t worry. Space sell record players downstairs.
Or…top tip from Sharon … you can frame your favourite album covers. They are works of art, after all. Urban Outfitters in Leeds sells frames.
BTW Elliot tells us that the most expensive record he ever sold went for £1,000 on eBay. Few copies of Folkal Point exist and it is the most sought-after British folk album ever produced (apparently). The winning bidder was a South Korean collector.
Space is at The Ginnel, Harrogate, (formerly The Ginnel Antiques Centre) and check out www.spaceharrogate.co.uk