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4 December, 2016 - 22:26 By Kate Sweeney

Importer of blue and white stoneware pottery opens in Cambridge

Exclusive stoneware company, Country Traditionals has signed a lease on 18 Magdalene Street, Cambridge.

Let through Cheffins on behalf of Magdalene College, 18 Magdalene Street is an attractive shop unit on one of the best preserved streets in Cambridge and was previously designer clothes shop, Baska.

Country Traditionals is the UK’s largest and most established importer of blue and white stoneware pottery, handmade and the world-famous Artysyczna pottery works at Boleslwaiec, Poland.

Cambridge is the location of Country Traditionals’ third shop in the UK, with two other premises in Forest Row, East Sussex and Stamford in Lincolnshire. Having been established for over 20 years, Country Traditionals will bring an added dimension to Magdalene Street which is already home to a number of exclusive local businesses such as Bowns, Bridge Cycles, The Flower Shop and The Pickerel Inn.

Luke Davenport of Cheffins, said: “18 Magdalene Street occupies a strong trading location close to the river and within the historic city centre. 
“The street already houses a number of good independent retailers so this area was an obvious choice for a company such as Country Traditionals. 

“The unit in question has an attractive frontage with a number of period features and generous storage. Magdalene College, which owns the property, is pleased to welcome another UK-based independent retailer to the street to further enhance the eclectic mix of businesses currently in the area.”

Country Traditionals is owned by Simon and Nicola Tame who took over the company in 2012, having previously been supplying stores with other handmade kitchen/home accessories.

Nicola said: “Opening in Cambridge is part of a longstanding plan and we had been looking for a suitable premises in the city for over a year. 18 Magdalene Street is the only shop we saw that really ticked all the boxes.

“Finding the shop has been well worth the wait and we are excited to open in December. Our shops in Forest Row and Stamford have been hugely successful so we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to open a third.”

Country Traditionals will be selling the full range of its stoneware from the shop, all of which is patterned with blue and white stars, spots, florals and hearts. The shop will be open seven days a week.

Country Traditionals stoneware is also available from over 130 independent retailers, garden centres, farm shops and department stores.

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