‘and it happened to be painted red’
The Jingle Bells Christmas Shop Story
Christmas-enthusiast Lisa opened the shop with her partner Derek on April 1st 2011, embracing the inevitable bah-humbug comments at the arrival of a year-round festive store in the town.
Already owners of gorgeous Pencil Cottage opposite, Lisa had been running a pop-up Christmas market in the tearoom there each autumn as the summer season drew to a close. ‘We’ve still got the original banner actually which went over the front of the shop saying ‘Christmas at Pencil Cottage’’.
So when Jingle Bells’ current building became available ‘and it happened to be painted red’, added Lisa with a smile, it was meant to be. ‘It’s been phenomenal’, she added, ‘I don’t think anyone expected it to be as successful as it has been.’
seaside décor galore!
And of course there’s plenty of Christmassy souvenirs to be had as well with the seaside well and truly embraced in all its festive ornamental glory!
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Eager to embrace all things ‘island’, the shop worked with a nearby glass-blowing factory in pre-covid times and is currently in collaboration with a local pottery to create a range of festive exclusives. Watch this space!
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‘I have Santa in my phone’
Why Jingle Bells Christmas Shop?
‘That was my Mum & Dad’s idea. It means we’ve got our own theme tune too.’
Lisa’s parents sound just as enthusiastic about the Christmas season as their daughter!
‘I have Santa in my phone’, explains Lisa who often gives Father & Mrs Christmas (aka Dad & Mum) a ring when she has a small visitor in need of a little Christmas magic.
‘Thank you’ whisper the departing parents of the young customer, ‘We just wanted one more year!’.
FIND IT HERE: 107 High St, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6NS
DATE OF VISIT: 21 July 2021
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