Repair Shop star Jay Blades to open first furniture store – in Poole

FURNITURE created by Repair Shop star Jay Blades will be on offer at a new shop in Poole.

The restorer and TV host will open the first bricks-and-mortar store for is brand, Jay & Co, at Kingland in The Dolphin on March 13.

It will feature a range of reclaimed, restored and reimagined furniture.

Jay & Co has been operating for eight years, restoring and recycling furniture, as well as working on commissions, but the Poole shop will be the firm’s first venture into retail on the high street.

It came after collaborator and partner on projects, Steve Wyatt of Restored Retro, suggested the firm should take the plunge, especially as a store next to his in Poole was becoming available.

“Restored Retro was our first stockist, we started selling our products through his shop nearly two years ago, and it has not only been fruitful for both parties, we have become good friends; our business values are aligned and it is the right fit for us,” said Jay, the founder director of Jay & Co.

Jay & Co sees old pieces brought back to life with an injection of creativity, collaborating with artists, fabric houses and other restorers, so that the pieces can extend their lives by at least another 20 years.

“We have lately also been crafting our very own collection pieces which we are making from sustainable materials so we can serve more clients and environments in an impactful way,” a spokesperson said.

“Utilising a cooperative model at its core Jay & Co is about being a bridge between people and including as many different crafts persons as possible in achieving an end result.”

Steve Wyatt, founder of Restored Retro, said the new shop was a ‘magnificent opportunity bringing together two great brands’.

“We just love mixing the Jay & Co reimagined range with our timeless restored pieces,” he added.

John Grinnell, centre manager at The Dolphin, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Jay & Co to our dynamic line-up of retailers at Kingland, in partnership with Restored Retro.

“Seeing two successful independent businesses collaborating and joining forces demonstrates the supportive community we are building here in Poole.

“I’m excited to see Steve build on the great success he has achieved in the two years since he launched Restored Retro and to see Jay’s first store flourish.

“It makes us really proud that he has chosen Poole for this next venture and I’m certain it will be a year of growth and achievements for them both.”

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