Perched on the High Street in the salty seaside town of Ramsgate is a newly opened, (and impeccably fitted) independent, called Potters run by former Hub-sters, Ali and Wednesday - a match made in Heaven for those who lust after Scandinavian homewares and textiles, houseplants, lamps and 70's inspired ceramics.
Last week we caught the train to Rammers to meet the dream team duo in their new store, reminisce about old times and chat shop...
Everyone meet the wonderful Ali and Wednesday ♥
Describe Potters in 5 words.
Weds: 'Friendly, Welcoming, Relaxed, Independent, Goodies!'
Ali: 'Relaxed, Simplicity, Sustainable, Local, Community.'
How did the joint venture come about?
W: 'We've been friends for a very long time. We met through Hub when Ali was working in the Manchester branch and I was working in Stoke Newington. When Ali moved to London we became housemates and we soon realised (when we decorated our flat) that we shared similar tastes when it comes to interiors. I moved to Ramsgate and Ali soon followed as we both had friends who had moved here. We both love Ramsgate - it has its ups and downs but it just felt like home straight away. We figured since we'd lived together and worked together for so many years we could probably handle being business partners too!'
What would be your advice to someone wanting to open a small business from scratch?
W: 'Try to know your market really well. Have a clear vision. Make sure you really love what you do/sell. It's not easy so make sure it's worth the gamble ... I guess you need to enjoy the ride!'
A: 'Do your research and be passionate and patient.'
Where are your favourite local haunts?
W: 'Ramsgate has lots of lovely vintage shops. Next door to us is Island Vintage - a great record and vintage hi-fi shop. And next to that, is the Ramsgate Thrift Shop. Opposite us is the Shakey Shakey Fish Bar. They do a full vegan menu and there's Archive for great food and coffee. Down by the Harbour I like Arch 16 for vintage furniture and collectables and Petticoat Lane which is an indoor vintage market with loads of great stalls like Butt Vintage.'
What's playing on the Potter's playlist this week?
John Lennon - Walls and Bridges
Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
This is The Kit - Wriggle Out The Wrestless
The Charmaines - I Idolize You
Willie Nelson - Blue Skies
Freschard - I'm the Boss
Bob Dylan - Tangled up in Blue
Loudon Wainwright III - Lullaby
Leonard Cohen - The Old Revolution
What are your current top picks in-store?
W: 'We have a great selection of ceramics from HK Living. They do amazing 70's inspired tea pots, bowls, cups and great cushions too!'
Ali, Wednesday and Booker.
Photography by Tom Wright
Where to find Potters... 72 High Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9RS