Find Belle & Boo at Amelia’s Coffee Shop

November 03 2014

TWO local businesses have joined forces to create a coffee shop come children's gift store in the heart of Coldharbour Road.

TWO local businesses have joined forces to create a coffee shop come children's gift store in the heart of Coldharbour Road.
Amelia's coffee shop, which is celebrating its first year on the street, is the only place in the UK which stocks the majority of Belle & Boo products.
The online business was established four years ago, and has become a recognised British lifestyle brand, known for original, nostalgic "story book" illustrations of children.
The Belle & Boo characters - a little girl and her bunny rabbit friend - were created by St Andrews resident Mandy Sutcliffe.
The collaboration came about following a discussion between Martin Langdon, owner of Amelia's coffee shop, and Kate Shafe, Belle & Boo co-founder and Redland resident.
Martin said: "Kate regularly comes into Amelia's, and one day we just got chatting and reached the conclusion that we should create a coffee shop come gift store.
"It's such a unique partnership, and it's created a really lovely ambience in the shop which can't be found elsewhere.
"It's an ideal place to find children's gifts - and the Belle & Boo mural at the back of the shop finishes it off nicely."
Amelia's stocks signed prints, cushions, sticker books, crafts, bathroom accessories, lunch boxes and ceramic gifts.
Kate, who lives with her two young daughters and husband Patrick - Belle & Boo's commercial director - said: "We wanted to create a little world of Belle & Boo in Martin's coffee shop. We wanted it to be a calming space, where parents can read and draw with their children.
"Our kids love it - one of my girls even tries to sell the products to customers when she visits the shop.
"We plan to host little events, such as late night shopping, book signings, and reading sessions with Belle & Boo illustrator, Mandy."
A selection of scribble books have also been donated by Belle & Boo for children to use.
Martin's shop has proved a popular venue with local families over the last year.
Besides stocking Belle & Boo items, Amelia's serves teas, fresh coffee and a range of soft drinks, as well as cakes, granola, hot soups, and toasties.

Belle & Boo products at Amelia's