Tell me a little bit about your wonderful business.
We’re a small family run lifestyle store, offering gifts, homewares, kids toys, kitchenware, ladies clothes, cards and wrap and we also have a cafe!
And about you
My name is Tash, I’m originally a graphic designer (who isn’t!). My husband, Henry and I run the business which we took over from his parents 6 years ago. We have 2 children, Maggie who is nearly 3 and Billy who is 1.
Why did you decide to open Car & Kitchen? What was the journey?
Henry’s grandparents started C&K in the 1970s. The building used to be a garage, hence the ‘car’ and they started the kitchen shop. Henry’s parents then ran the business for 30 years and introduced gifts, ladies clothing and the cafe. Henry and I were living in Italy and his parents were looking to retire, the timing was right and we moved back home to Settle. Since we’ve taken over we’ve done a massive refurb in stages, and also we’ve introduced shopping online.
What is your favourite part of being a shop keeper/business owner?
The buying and displaying. I love the creative aspect of it all. Theming window displays, planning it all out, I could do it all day!
The biggest challenge you have faced whilst being in business?
What, other than coronavirus?! I actually think one of the hardest parts has been starting a family whilst running the business still. No maternity leave, not enough days off as a family etc. The juggle/struggle is real!
What inspires you in your day to day life?
My friends bossing parenting. Anyone who keeps a clean and tidy house whilst running a business and/or looking after kids. And of course following businesses I aspire to on Instagram.
Tell me your favourite place to go in Yorkshire!
Well we’re from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales, and it’s hard to beat the Dales on a sunny day really. This is a bit boring, but one of my favourite places to go is on a walk that looks down into Settle, a lot of thinking happens on walks, and I usually just use it to clear my head and remind myself how lucky we are to live where we live.
Name 3 other independent businesses that you love.
- Acorn and Pip - I literally want everything they sell.
- Oklahoma in Manchester - they’re so bright and fun, they know their style and stay true to it.
- Kidly.co.uk - again I could buy everything, it’s easy to shop too.
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