Best Retailer Award 2020 finalists
The Business Action ‘Best Retailer Award’ recognises North Devon retailers who provide the best shopping experience and service in the area.
The finalists in the Business Action Best Retailer Award 2020 are listed below in alphabetical order.
Watch out for the announcements of all category winners.
Churchill House is an outdoor and lifestyle shop in Lynton, which was established in 1995 by Julie Smyth. It was run as a clothing business 25 years previously by Julie’s parents.
As well as one clothing shop, Julie also runs a gift shop on Queen Street called Willow, which she took over in 1993. Julie employs three full-time staff who have all been working with her for more than 10 years. She now runs the business with her daughter, Claire. Their vision is to maintain the business and keep it in the family for generations to come
Ilfracombe / Lynton
Clathers is family-run business, run by mother and son, based in Devon and Somerset. It retails a varied and unique collection of clothing, footwear, accessories, homewares and gifts. The family pride themselves on the quality of service their stores provide.
The Lynton store opened two years ago and the Ilfracombe store opened one year ago, following the success of the Lynton Shop. There are also two shops in Somerset.
Ilfracombe Chocolate Emporium
Ilfracombe Chocolate Emporium is a pretty little Victorian shop on Ilfracombe High Street.
The business makes fresh chocolates on site several times a week and the kitchen is often being used so visitors can watch the chocolatier working or see the video of chocolate making.
There is also a free chocolate museum to browse, with tasters available from the chocolate flavour wheel.
It also has a separate seaview workshop area where groups can pre-book and come along to taste the different chocolates made in the shop, learn about the art of chocolate making, then design and decorate their own chocolates to take home.
The Crafty Beer Shop
The Crafty Beer Shop was established in March 2019 on the historic Butchers Row.
Its ethos is to embrace micro brewers, the best local breweries in the South West and the best of British.
It also stocks great beers from around the world, as well as spirits including small batch gins, rums and wines.