• Kim Bailey

Meet Beth Elsdon of Walter & May

Walter & May was established to inspire our gift buying journey, with a thoughtful range of gifts for all ages, designed with passion by UK independent brands.

Owner, Beth Elsdon opened the shop – situated on Scarcroft Road, York - last year and has big plans for this year, including developing her own product range, offering workshops and looking for new gift ideas to compliment her already diverse collection.

About Walter & May

Walter & May is both a bricks and mortar store in York and an online store with a collection of thoughtful gifts and home décor. We are a huge supporter of UK independent businesses, showcasing over 200 online and in store.

The website has been running for three years and we opened up the store in June last year.

Building relationships

I love running the shop. It’s so much harder than I ever imagined but being able to show the products and talk about the designers to our customers is invaluable.

I also enjoy the social media element. Although super hard work to keep up, I love ‘meeting’ both customers and businesses online and building these relationships.

I never switch off

There are so many challenges you face as a small business owner, too many to mention! But juggling all the hats, a family and now a bricks and mortar store on top of the website is a huge challenge for me.

My brain never switches off from the planning which can be exhausting sometimes. But the rewards are huge too.

Plans for own range

This year will bring lots of changes and developments in the shop. I’ll be starting workshops, launching a customer loyalty card and developing my own range of products too.

As a local business it’s so important to keep things fresh and new, so I am always looking for new business and products to showcase in the shop to compliment our collections.

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